I was told in the medical study to be more proactive in weighing myself. Apparently, I was defying all medically recognized feats by gaining weight while exercising and eating proper food.
Yeah, I know. It’s weird to me as well.
During this period, I spent my time meticulously counting calories, being ever watchful of what I ate, when I ate it, and how much I did eat to the point where my mother got sick of me. I didn’t eat junk food and, to her, that was tantamount to sin.
Get this part though; I actually gained weight during this time. I jumped up twelve pounds from my lowest recorded weight when I initially joined The GEIO Study. Naturally, it was assumed that I must have been sneaking food somewhere and gorging on junk food or something but I honestly wasn’t and hadn’t. Unless you count apples, lettuce, orange juice, etc. as junk food, I hadn’t touched the stuff.
So I was given the recommendation of actually weighing myself rather than ignoring the scale as I had been and, the more I did this, the more it went up. I maxed out at nearly 250lbs. This is with exercising, journaling, eating properly, literally measuring out my food and everything that goes along with a healthy fitness regimen.
Understandably, this made me depressed as hell. Here I was completely eschewing the foods I loved in favor of an even more healthy diet than the one I was already consuming and I gained weight.
The first thing I thought of was my medication. Depakote has been known to cause weight gain and appetite increase but my appetite hadn’t increased from what it normally had been. In fact, it decreased and I was frequently unable to finish meals that I’d have asked for second helpings prior to starting this whole thing. The whole thing has been one long heady trip.
Recently, I’ve been pretty much out of action due to my foot and, you guessed it, I lost weight. I was about 245lbs maintained prior to my foot getting crazy and within literally the past week and a half, I’ve lost nine pounds without even trying beyond doing Yoga. If you saw what I’ve been eating…hell, I cried when I calculated it all up.
The only difference between me now and me a few weeks ago is a switch in my meds. I explained to the doc what was going on and she upped the Lamotrigine due to both my suspicion of the Depakote weight gain and a bit of an uptake problem. Edema problems have been few, far between, and nowhere near the severe levels I’ve suffered on occasion. If I could just get up and walk more I’d feel more fulfilled though.
What a weird turn of events. I’m going to have to e-mail them about this.