“When solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.” – Anthony D’Angelo
I was standing at the almighty scale and explaining my day yesterday in a nutshell. It was Drew’s 10th Birthday and I was pretty much at his service for the day. I did a great job of staying on the clinic’s high protein low carb diet, but it was all but impossible to squeeze in a proper workout. I found three ten-minute time periods and walked as fast as I could. One of the ten-minute bursts was at Dave and Buster’s and another was at the go-cart park. I consider the fact that security was not called on me at either place to be a huge accomplishment. So even though I didn’t get the best work out in, I logged some steps and I said “No” to the cake! I always thought that would hurt my kids’ feelings, as it turns out my Son could have cared less.
I stepped on the scale and voila – down ½ a pound.
Untangling the Weight Gain and Weight Loss Web
As soon as I stepped off the scale, I decided it was time to start blogging about those first 60 pounds and how I lost them. I meant to start writing about them sooner, but it’s been difficult because it’s kind of like a tangled web. In fact, I thought about calling this blog the weight loss web. Webster’s defines web as a complex system of interconnected elements, especially one perceived as a trap or danger. I feel that the definition is perfect for my situation. What about you? Do you feel your weight loss efforts are complicated and part of a sophisticated web of interconnected variables and elements?
I want to share my experiences with you because I want you to benefit from them. Clearly, there will be something in my 16-year 60-pound weight loss journey that will benefit you. I hope, and I pray so.
So, here goes……
My husband and I were thirty when we married.
I was thin, and he had dark hair. I had a few female issues in my twenties and was told I may not be able to get pregnant, so we started trying on our wedding night and it worked!
And then there were three!
Within a few days of being pregnant and well before I knew I was expecting, I started feeling horrible and got horrific migraines every day at 2:00 PM, my equilibrium was off, I was exhausted, and my stomach instantaneously ballooned. Before I tested positive for pregnancy, I looked five months pregnant! At the time, I thought it was funny but quickly found out there was nothing humorous about it.
I pushed through my entire pregnancy thinking things would go back to normal as soon as I met my beautiful baby girl and I was wrong. By the time Taylor was born I had gained over 80 pounds and continued to feel the way I had felt throughout my entire pregnancy. And, I continued to gain weight after she was born and ultimately felt even worse!
Every doctor’s appointment scored to a new diagnosis
Tony and I talked to several traditional doctors and received little to no help other than picking up a few diagnoses.
And then finally, someone came along who could help Untangle the weight gain and weight loss web
Desperate for answers, I made an appointment with an integrative physician. We had a great phone conversation and she walked me through her process and told me she would need to run a few tests. On the day of my appointment, she only ran two tests. I will always remember the look on her face as she took the stethoscope off her neck and placed it on a table next to her.
“How do you get out of the bed in the morning?” The integrative physician seriously asked.
Hmmm, I’ve been to a lot of doctor appointments at this point and no one has asked me anything like this, I thought to myself.
“It’s really difficult for me to wake up,” and I started to cry because I was so embarrassed about how difficult it was for me to wake up every day.
“You have the worst case of adrenal fatigue I’ve seen since I have been in practice. If I had to hypothesize I would say somehow your body was keeping itself going before you became pregnant but the stress of carrying a baby pushed you over the edge” said the integrative physician.
Within minutes of her explaining adrenal fatigue to me, I knew we finally had the right diagnosis. This was the beginning of untangling the weight gain and weight loss web.