Starting Weight: 318.2 lbs.
Weight Last Week: 283.6 lbs.
Current Weight: 282.0 lbs.
Weekly Change: –1.6 lbs.
Total Weight Lost: 36.2 lbs.
Today was the last weigh-in before Christmas! I can’t believe that the third of the Holy Trifecta (Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas) is already upon us. I still feel that I’m going strong and that I’m going to be OK! I am down another 1.6 lbs. this week, and a loss is a loss is a loss! Anytime the weight comes off, I find myself happy and satisfied. My total loss is now 36.2 lbs., which means that I am now only 11.6 lbs. away from hitting my 15% target (a loss of 47.8 lbs., which is a weight of 270.4 lbs.).
Typically I expect to lose between 2.0 and 2.8 lbs. per week; that’s the vicinity that I tend to stay in and that’s where I feel comfortable. I lost marginally less than that this week, and I’m thinking it’s because I played around with my PointsPlus intake a bit. Aside from two days this week, I ate pretty close to my full PointsPlus daily allowance each day, which is rare for me. I have noticed that the closer I get to using all of my points each day, the less weight I tend to lose during the week. Other people at my Weight Watchers meeting don’t seem to have this problem—they only lose weight when they consume all (or close to all) of their daily allowance. Moral of the story: I am going to have to continue to work on finding a PointsPlus range that works for me because I haven’t quite got the swing of that yet.
So, friends, here’s a question for you: how do you feel about dietary supplements? I know many people who take a daily vitamin of some kind, but, personally, I’ve never ever taken a vitamin—not even when I was a kid. I’ve read several articles, however, that talk about taking vitamin D pills for a number of reasons from everything to help with teeth and oral care to help with the control of insulin levels and even as a cure for depression. Peruse Google and you’ll find hundreds of articles and personal testimonies of folks who have claimed that they’ve reversed whatever ailment they have by making a few lifestyle changes (mostly dietary) and taking a vitamin D pill. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition even says that vitamin D deficiency is associated with obesity.
Great reasons to take a vitamin, right? To get some of those issues under control?
I sure thought so.
Yesterday I went to Walgreens and got a flu shot. The wall of vitamins was about 5 feet away from the area where they administer vaccines, so I sat looking at it the entire time I waited for the pharmacist. After I got my shot, I walked over to the wall and spent a good twenty minutes or so looking for a supplement that screamed out to me. After checking reviews on my phone, I decided to go with Nature Made Calcium with Vitamin D.
It seemed like a great idea. Really. It did.
Until I took one this morning.
Throughout the entirety of my Weight Watchers meeting this morning, I had a pounding headache—one so bad that I thought I was going to have to call someone to come and get me instead of driving myself home. I popped a couple of prescription ibuprofens and managed to make it home without calling anyone, but the rest of my day was shot. I tried to blog when I got home around 11 AM, but it wasn’t happening. I ended up going to sleep and sleeping all day long. It’s now close to 6 PM, and it’s the first time all day I haven’t felt too exhausted to function. But as for my appetite? It’s non-existent. Before my meeting this morning, I had an egg sandwich (2 eggs with a slice of reduced-fat provolone cheese on a Thomas’ bagel thin), a side of homemade banana-tangerine fruit salad, and a 12 oz. glass of seltzer water (a grand total of 8PP). I haven’t been hungry since. I forced myself to eat a little cereal (Kashi Golean Crisp! Cinnamon Crumble) with 1% milk when I woke up in a daze around 2:30 PM, and I’m guessing that now I’m just done with food for the day since I feel incredibly nauseous.
Knowing that the only thing I really did differently was take that calcium with vitamin D pill (since, ya know, I’ve gotten a flu shot every year since I was a kid without ever having a problem), I decided to look up the side effects of Calcium with Vitamin D pills online since Nature Made doesn’t put them on their bottles.
Common side effects may include:
- irregular heartbeat;
- nausea; constipation
- weakness, drowsiness, headache;
- dry mouth, or a metallic taste in your mouth; or
- muscle or bone pain
So I’m now thinking that the dietary supplements were a horrible idea. I paid almost $15 for this bottle of pills, and I’m torn about what I should do. Should I take them for a few more days to see if the pills really are making me sick? Should I just cut my losses and toss them in the garbage? Should I make a complaint to the company (and pretend like they actually care)?
What do you guys think? Do you take dietary supplements and multivitamins? Weight Watchers actually recommends taking a vitamin or supplement every day, so I’m at a loss as to what to do.
Anywho. I had more to say, but, honestly, I’m not feeling great, so I’m just going to end my rambling now and come back in a day or two and write another post instead—one where I can talk about food pushers and sabotaging, which was the subject of this week’s Weight Watchers meeting.
I hope you all have a fantastic week. I promise to write again soon.
Eat well. Be well.