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Old 06-05-2013, 09:34 PM   #1
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Dr. Ordered Maintenance Break...

So I went to the doctor for my anual check up. First of all my Doc was very happy with the weight loss of course she wanted to know what I was doing so I expained it to her. She was not familiar with it so She didnt want to say one way or the other how she felt about it, however, I had a full blood work up and It was all wacky. I am anemic, I was low on 3 diffent vitamins,, my thyroid is right on the border and then 2 markers for my kidney function were off. I explained to her that I havent been taking any supplements at all, not even a multi-vit. which I know i should be, and I have always had low iron on and off my whole life. Anyway, She wants me to take a break from weight loss mode untill I come back for my follow up labs in 4 weeks. If my kidney function looks good and supplements are helping shes on board with me going back to WLM. Sooooooooooooo close I get and now PAUSE So I am going to take this month and work on toning up, probably trying out 5-2 since I was still losing with 4/3... My husband is already going nuts just thinking about the fact that he is going to have to do some DDs by himself,lol,I somehow see this turning into a maintenance break for him too...
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Old 06-05-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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Sorry your labs are wacky! Maintenance will be fun, and then when you go back to WLM it will probably come off all the faster. Take care of yourself!
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:57 AM   #3
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Sorry to hear about the wacky lab tests! Your kidney function test reminds me that I need to get it done too! My doctor's been at my back for the past few months as they had missed it when I got the full blood work done. Eating vitamins is even more important when we restrict the calories, so please try and make this a habit! And look at me advising, I only started taking the supplements a year ago along with the other meds (BP, Thyroid and Cholesterol) that the doctor had prescribed! Maintenance breaks are always good, I take one every time I go on vacation ( to be honest it becomes more than maintenance) but when I return, I try to get right back on track!

So close, I know! But + or - few lbs for a month or two doesn't really matter in the long run. Taking care of immediate health issues is more important. Wishing you good health
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Old 06-06-2013, 03:10 AM   #4
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As soon as I read your post, I went in there and took my vitamins. I got out of the habit on down days because they make me nauseous on an empty stomach, and then on UDs I forgot. Your bloodwork is a good reminder. Thanks for sharing. Hope it gets straightened out.
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Old 06-06-2013, 04:41 AM   #5
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A maintenance break may well do you nothing but good. It's maddening but I decided to take one within 3lbs of my goal and I'm happy with that decision.

tbh, I think that it's increasingly difficult for labs, GPs, endocrinologists etc. to comment upon some lab work. So many people are following a WOE that has an effect on one or more parameters that are measured in bloodwork. It's difficult to interpret those measurements during WLM against standard, reference values.

Good luck to you and your DH.
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:28 AM   #6
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Oh boy, I understand your frustration for sure! The good news is you are so close to goal already and no doubt feel and look so much better. I bet the maintenance break will make it much easier to get to goal once you return to WLM, too! ( and you might just continue to lose a bit in maintenance!) take care of yourself and be proud of how great you are doing! You rock!!!!!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:30 AM   #7
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Crystal, take care of your body. Maintenance break is never a BAD thing. Knowing you can maintain easily is a nice feeling. Is your signature correct and you are only 7 from your goal? You might be surprised and find that even on 5:2 you may lose those last few pounds. WOuldn't that be nice?
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Old 06-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #8
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Crystal, were these results out of the blue? Had you never had any problems like that before? That's scary, and has me worried lol. I hope you enjoy your break and take good care of yourself!
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Old 06-06-2013, 07:14 AM   #9
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I'm a big fan of the maintenance break. I know how crazy we can make ourselves wanting to get to our final goal, but sometimes it's good to stop and let our bodies catch up. I'm hoping your bloodwork stabilized with this break and you learn some things about the joy of maintaining in the process.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:55 AM   #10
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Female bodies are sooooo sensitive to the slightest hormone shift....learning this first hand too! Sounds like your doc is trying really hard to figure it out!! Hope it all works out great for you.

Maintance 5:2 might not be a horrible thing....will help you relax mentally too until you know what is what!!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 11:01 AM   #11
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Good luck with this break Crystal! Your body clearly needs something it's not getting, and I hope you find it quickly. You've done so well already, so close to goal!
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Old 06-06-2013, 12:01 PM   #12
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Dang girl! I hope your kidneys straighten up and you start feeling better soon!! Maintenance is good! Consider it a trial run!!
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:15 PM   #13
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Take care of yourself. A maintenance break is a valuable tool. You will learn how enjoyable maintenance is with 5:2.
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:24 PM   #14
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Thanks ladies!!! I know its not the worst thing in the world to take a break, and 7 lbs in the grand scheme of things is really nothing Ya, know,Once you get in the grove, you want to keep going, lol!! I guess, it just threw me for a loop, because honestly, I feel totally fine. The only thing i have noticed different is i have dark bruises all over my body,and Ive been really tired, BUT I work 3rd shift and I have 4 kids so its really hard to think of it as anything other than that Thanks for listening :-)
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