Why a Fitness Update on a Bipolar Blog?
As much as I am grateful for the meds that have made a dramatic difference in making me more balanced, there is one side effect I’m not thrilled about – weight gain. Weight gain can be a major struggle for those of us on bipolar meds because of its effect on the metabolism. I gained over 50 pounds and skyrocketed to over 300 pounds.
Fitness Update Overview
Losing Weight over the past few years has been an exciting and frustrating adventure. At one point I lost exactly 90 pounds and was excited that I was so close to reaching the 100 pound milestone. But, I stayed at 90 pounds…and stayed at 90 pounds…and stayed at 90 pounds.
Eventually, my weight started changing, but it was moving in the wrong direction. Each week I’d gain ¼ pound, then ½ pound, and so on. Eventually I gained back 45 of the 90 pounds I lost, but fortunately I stopped gaining and have stayed there. While I’m very frustrated about the weight gain, I’m pleased as well. Why? Because most people who lose weight regain their entire loss back, plus additional pounds.
This Weeks Statistics
Original Maximum Weight: 303 lbs
Goal Weight: 160 lbs
This loss/gain this week: -2.8
Total loss so far: -44.8
Current weight: 258.6
That’s two weeks in a row that I’ve lost, for a total of 3.8 pounds. The funny thing is that I can’t imagine how I did it I didn’t focus on eating healthy as much as I should, nor did I exercise as much as I should. I guess I ate less or exercised more than I thought. Either way it’s a pleasant surprise.
I told myself that if I didn’t get below 255 lbs by December 1st that I would go back to speak with the surgeon regarding gastro-bypass surgery. If I keep on this track that won’t happen. (Keeping my fingers crossed)