If I’ve learned anything from attempting to maintain my weight loss I’ve learned that there will be setbacks.

New to Weight Loss Wednesdays? Here are a few past posts:

Set Point

Eat What You Want

Diet Food

Haters Gonna Hate

But back to setbacks. Whether it is a big holiday or just a dessert-filled weekend, there have been times that I have gained back some of the weight I have lost. Especially when Vegas is involved.

Yeah…that happened.

And that.

And when I went the following year there were was some of that times two.

Although usually I haven’t eaten enough to have gained any real weight. It’s usually from eating too much salt and not drinking enough water and this “extra” weight goes away as I get back to my usual life.

But recently I’ve had a much bigger setback. I think my weight gain has settled to around seven pounds. So what happened? Have I been avoiding the gym while eating pounds of candy?

Yes, I love candy. Yes, I loooove ice cream. But no, I haven’t been eating enough of either (or food in general) to have gained weight. And I have been exercising just as much as I always have. So again, what happened?

To be honest. I have no idea. It could have something to do with all of the messing around with my thyroid medication. I was on Cytomel for awhile and then had to cut it out because I was having so many negative symptoms from it. Unfortunately, without it my thyroid refuses to function.

Now I’m back on the Cytomel in addition to Synthroid but I keep having to change what time I take the Cytomel. If I take it in the morning with the Synthroid my entire body breaks out into a rash. If I take it at night I get really hot and my heart feels like it’s going to pound out of my chest. I then switched to taking it in the afternoon, but I started to break out into rashes again. So right now I’m trying to do it in the evenings before dinner. And….I’m starting to get overly warm all evening. As in, I’m getting a glimpse into the future with what hot flashes are all about.

Reading all of that back I realize it’s probably not that interesting to read about.

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But it is the only thing I can figure out that might be why my weight is freaking out. It was when I first cut out the Cytomel that my weight jumped up. And trust me, it did not slowly creep up. I weigh myself every two-three days and it was a fairly sudden jump.

Even with adding it back, my weight has stayed the same. I’m trying to cut back on treats in attempts to get back down to where I feel more comfortable, but nothing seems to be changing.

Now, I could use all of this as an excuse to skip the gym and eat more junk. I mean, my weight isn’t going down anyway, right? So I might as well enjoy myself.

And I’d be lying if I said I haven’t thought about it. Just throw in the towel and be done with it. Especially since my emotions have been completely out of whack as well. But do you know what is the only great thing about “falling off the wagon”?

You can always get back on.

Mud smoothies for all! Okay, maybe just for me.

I have talked with numerous people on SparkPeople about falling off the wagon. Sometimes it just seems easier to stop trying to lose weight. Why keep at it if you’re completely stuck on a long plateau. Maybe that’s your body’s way of telling you what your set point is, the point at which your body is most comfortable.

But what if you’re still overweight? What if you have health problems that could be lessened by losing weight? What if you know that you could push yourself further?

Get back on the wagon. Ask friends and family for encouragement. I leaned on my own support system and the SparkPeople community when I’ve struggled in the past. And I know that I find it’s easier to get back on track when I talk about whatever it is that I’m going through.

In the end, I don’t have all of the answers when it comes to maintaining. But that isn’t going to stop me from continuing to try. And if the extra pounds stay on, I’ll still exercise and eat the foods my body craves. Because it doesn’t matter what I weigh, as long as I’m doing the best I can for my health.

What setbacks have you come up against?
What did you do to get around them?