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How I Coped with Regaining Weight After Major Loss

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How I Coped with Regaining Weight After Major Loss

I have tremendous anxiety about gaining back the 70+ pounds I lost. Four months ago, I had a small setback (a little scare) with my Pulmonary Embolism. Uncomfortably, I agreed to take medication again for three months. There are many side effects to the medication, but the ones that bother me the most are random fatigue, slowed metabolism and loss of appetite. All of these set me up for weight gain. The last time I was on the medication I gained 10-12 pounds in less than two months. It took me about two months to lose that weight and it was HARD. The anxiety of gaining weight again really put me in a panic. Listening to my complaints, my doctors all told me it is okay to gain a little weight so you are alive.

One day, when I lamented to my therapist about my recent ten pound weight gain due to this round of medication, he told me, “I know you can do anything with your determination.” That resonated with me and I started thinking about how I could lose the weight. I began to examine what I was really eating all while complaining I did not have an appetite. I randomly skipped breakfast. If I did have breakfast it was about a half of an 8-ounce protein shake (Sun Warrior Protein and organic unsweetened almond milk). I noticed I was eating a huge about of almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, walnuts and pistachios a day. I was also eating a bag of gluten free baked chips with organic hummus or a large bag of GMO free popcorn. I calculated eating close to 2,000 calories a day without drinking a lot of water or having vegetables and fruit.

I had been committed to early morning workouts for the past 5 years. Being unable to get up to workout made me depressed. I would try to workout in the evening, but was inconsistent because my body was not adequately nourished to do so.  As I began to develop a plan, I realized that I was not tired all day and had bursts of energy in the afternoon.

With this reality check I developed a new plan. I realized I had to go back to basics of when I first began losing weight by eating clean. I had to start eating better, like steel cut oats and fruit for breakfast. For lunch, I have vegetables with a small amount of lean protein. Dinner is the same, or might include a specific low-glycemic starch. I drink at least 80 ounces of water a day and have chai tea as a treat. At night I have another treat, either a handful of raw almonds with goji berries or homemade air popped GMO-free popcorn. I had a harsh reality in that I really needed to get more protein. I no longer eat a lot of tofu (even sprouted tofu) because I found that it affects my fibroids.

Since I began this  last 11 days ago I have lost 7 pounds. I lost 6 lbs in my first week. I know my body is going through the dreaded week two blues, but I am staying committed because I know going back to the basics works and I am clear about what I need to do.

I am still not pro-medication. I am just more determined now that whatever comes my way, I will try to figure out another plan of action to maintain my health.

Have you ever had a regaining weight situation, either through health setback or something else? How did you deal with it?

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EnJunaya Canton

EnJunaya Canton

Eat Right Get Fit Coach
EnJunaya has been working as a clean eating and fitness coach since 2007. With a background as psychotherapist, she uses the tools from her training to engage, partner and coach clients on nourishing their bodies through whole plant-based foods and exercise. Find out more about her work on her website and Youtube channel.
  • Mary-Ellen

    I had lost about 35 pounds and kept it off for years. After both my parents died within a year of each other – mom first from lung cancer and dad a year later from a broken heart, I went into a funk and stopped doing the things I had been doing for many years – eating healthy, staying active, challenging myself with new goals. I ate my way through the sadness and gained about 40 lbs. I woke up on my birthday almost a year after my dad died and said “Enough”. I got back into healthy living – eating well and making good choices about food and activity. It took me another year to lose it all but I did. It has now been 3 years back at my healthy weight and I know that it’s not easy but it is worth it – I AM WORTH IT! (and the good news is – so are you).

    • EnJunaya Eatrightgetfitcoachgm

      Thank you Mary Ellen so much for sharing. I’m learning that life happens and sometimes it can knock you off your feet….take your breathe away. I’m grateful for the Spirit in me that also showed up in you and said let’s get back at it.
      Thank you so much.

      • Mary-Ellen

        Life does happen – and always will. We can either take control or let it beat us. It’s our own choice.

  • Maisha Powell

    Thank you! This really helped me. As always I will continue to put in the universe positivity , good health, love & happiness for you! You are my inspiration always…xo

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