I know Oprah has her thyroid issue, which makes weight loss harder.
I have a minor one, too. A couple of years ago, when I was in my Can't-Get-Under-200-Pounds Plateau, my bloodwork revealed "borderline" low thyroid. The doc said that it wouldn't be intelligent to put myself on hard-to-regulate medication for the rest of my life (particularly since I had no other symptoms of low thyroid) and that if I wanted to lose more weight, I should run.
(He still believes, by the way, that it is my running that drove my weight loss. I have not been able to persuade him otherwise, despite the evidence: I lost 75 of the 90 pounds I've lost before I started running. He's a competitive runner in his late-50s age group, so no wonder -- that's where his bias lies.)
That's one thing I wish my running, "in-shape" readers and friends would understand. Oh, I've eaten too much in the past, but I really didn't eat that much too much in the past. Obese people aren't necessarily lazy or particularly gluttonous. On some people, the weight falls off; others have to work so much harder. Weight loss isn't as simple as Eating Fewer Calories Than Your Body Needs. Or maybe it is -- there's just the reality that it can be surprising how few calories different bodies need.
The best example I see in my life is with one of my friends. She started elementalyou well over a year after I did. She had maybe 50 pounds to lose, and she never hit the 200-pound mark. She's at least two or three inches shorter than me. Now, she's on maintenance, and she has to add food so she won't continue losing. She weighs less than I do now, and she eats a lot more than I do now. She's also less active. And she looks thin. I definitely don't. It's people like her who have made me feel a lot better about my perpetual struggling.
So there's a strong element of luck of the draw in the hand we're dealt. It's only now, too, in contemporary life that my tendency to hold onto weight is a disadvantage.
It's frustrating, but it's just something I have to deal with. Right now, I'm in a long Can't-Stay-Under-160-Pounds Plateau.
I could go the Oprah route, where I just accept things as they are -- or, I could shake up my workouts again and see if that can kickstart things.
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