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Banging My Head Against A Wall

Banging My Head Against A Wall

Despite my best efforts, I haven’t made any significant weight loss progress for months.  I’ve been going around and around trying to lose the next 5 lbs since at least May.  I lose a little, gain a little, lose a little, gain a little.  The net progress is none.  I’m not 100% perfect with Weight Watchers, but I’ve been close.  Still, I’m cycling around and around the same 5 lbs.  It’s extremely frustrating.

I’ve gone from restaurant take out multiple times a week, to a take out dinner maybe once a week.

No progress.

I’ve gone from working out maybe twice a week (at a total of maybe 5 activity points per week) to working out 6 days a week, most days at high intensity (earning me well over 30 activity points per week).

No progress.

I’ve gone from drinking about 2 bottles of wine a week to 2 glasses a week.

No progress.

I’ve replaced my daily late-afternoon sugar splurge with a cup of coffee and a WW mini bar (2 point little cakey thing).

No progress.

I’ve been working hard for months and have virtually nothing to show for it.  At this point, I feel like it can’t all be for lack of effort.  I am beginning to suspect that a prescription I am taking is interfering.  It’s a prescription that medical trials have shown is prone to cause weight gain when subjects begin to take it (and, upon reflection, I did put on weight when I started it).  Anecdotally, the internets are full of accounts of people who have been on it and have either gained weight or had significant difficulty losing weight. I’ve decided to go off this prescription (no, it will not be harmful to my health to do so)  but it’s also very frustrating that it’s going to take quite a while for it to get out of my system.  So even making this decision now, it’s going to be a long time before I see effects, if I even see any. 

In evaluating my weight gain or loss, I focus very strongly on my OWN actions.  I try not to blame anything that is not within my control.  But I had brunch with a friend of mine recently, and she was looking amazingly svelte.  She revealed that a medication she had been taking (different from the one I’m taking) had caused her to gain weight, and even with running and running and running, she couldn’t lose the weight.  Finally when the doctor changed her medication, the weight came off.  This made me start wondering whether the prescription I am on is likewise interfering, despite my best efforts.

I’ve been holding on to a stack of gift cards, promising myself when I hit the 20 lb weight loss, I can use them on some new workout clothes. But I’ve been busting my ass, with no weight loss to show for it.  Athleta’s running a sale, and I’m proud about how I’ve made 5am workouts a daily thing.  I’m going shopping.  It’s not the reward I anticipated, but I’ve been working hard and want to celebrate that.

Have you hit a weight loss plateau or have you had a prescription interfere with your weight loss?

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