I'll try to keep this post quick and to the point. Perhaps I have too much time on my hands... perhaps sitting in the arm chair for 2.5 days straight is starting to get to me. Possible.
But I am downright confused.
Something inside tells me "just pick one and go with it..." but when it comes to diets, who in the world knows what really works? Every website or resource I've visited says something different! What on earth is a person supposed to do?
Here's the skinny on my weight loss. In a nutshell.
I had my third baby and everything went downhill. This is when my back problems started. This is when my headaches and neck pain started. That kid wrecked my body, God love him. So, I figured I'd try Weight Watchers again. It worked after I had Baby #2.
Didn't work this time. And yes, I actually followed the plan. And saved up some bonus points. And exercised.
Next, after discovering a more holistic/natural/organic approach to food intake, I decided to try counting calories while killing myself at the gym 4-5 times per week. Each class was about an hour and a half long. It was hard. I was sweaty. I loved it.
I did it for the entire summer like that. Weekly. Tracking calories.
I lost zero pounds in three months.
Yeah. Fun stuff.
So, I had my thyroid tested. Overactive. It made no sense. I should've been dropping weight!
Recently, I've been back on the roller coaster of loss and then gain and now, I'm feeling bloated and just completely frustrated by the immense number of choices out there as far as weight loss goes.
I had my thyroid re-tested and was told it's looking like Thyroiditis. That means it vaccilates between hyper and hypo thyroidism. Fun stuff.
Does this mean I can't lose weight even if I try? My doctor told me basically to just wait till it swings back to the abnormal range so they can give me medicine (which I will then be on for the rest of my life.)
So, in my quest to find something that is easy to follow and will actually work I've considered the following:
Weight Watchers. (Should I give it another shot? It did work at one time...)
Form You Three. I ran into someone who is doing this. She also has thyroid issues. Is it worth it? No idea. I want to shop for my food in the store, though...I don't want to buy someone else's food line (like Jenny Craig)...
(I have this book. I pretty much do everything it says and so far, I'm not mastering my metabolism. Getting it out to re-read it today...)
Going back to the gym (which is admittedly kind of dumb considering I have an elliptical and free weights here in my house...)
The sit on my couch all day and wave the white flag of surrender diet plan.
HCG (I half considered this. It's all natural, but you have to inject yourself...uh....)
Really, really don't think I can stick needles in myself. Plus, this hormone is actually the one your body produces when you're pregnant. I don't know about you, but I didn't like the way I felt when I was pregnant. I certainly don't think it'd be wise for me to do that to myself on purpose.
The Kind Diet.
I seriously think I could do the vegetarian thing, but giving up all animal products? (this completely contradicts Jillian, by the way...) I don't know if I can do it... I hardly ever eat eggs... but I love my yogurt... and that's dairy, so that'd be out... I don't know. I'm also told a vegan diet can make you really depressed. I don't need any more reasons to be depressed, thankyouverymuch. Still, it intrigues me. People who do it are really passionate about it and its benefits. I think it may be a little over the top for me, but what if the problem isn't how much food I'm eating but actually what I'm eating? hmmmm.
Back to the Endocrinologist to ask for additional testing to be done? I don't know if this is wise...
Maybe this is still all related to my eating disorders and I've fooled myself into thinking it's not? No idea. The thought makes me feel completely mental.
I've also considered eating nothing but fruits and vegetables for a few weeks and then gradually adding foods back in and seeing how I feel. Given Sam's allergies, it IS possible I've got some sensitivities of my own that I'm not even aware of...?
Now. Every one of these plans tells me to do at least one or two things differently than every other one. I know it's about calories in, calories out...but when you are tracking it all and burning good calories weekly and still not losing, where do you turn?
It's interesting, I ran across a thyroid website and discovered I am not alone in my frustration. So many other people struggle with this... they are told they obviously are eating too much or aren't exercising enough...because people who don't have the problems associated with hormonal imbalance don't understand. They assume it's the person's fault they aren't losing.
I have no idea why I'm even putting all this out there. I guess because I'm realizing that something too many choices is NOT a good thing. I have no idea what to do next. What's my next step? How do I stop being the person who gives up sugar for three weeks and still manages to gain weight?
Anyone know? Any theories? I would love some insight.
Perhaps I have way too much time on my hands with this darn back injury...but there has to be an answer. Doesn't there?