Alright, I know many of you will snarl at that title. For the first time in my life, I bought a weight scale, which arrived today. Stats: Height: Just shy of 5’3″; Weight: 78.2 lbs.
Here’s the deal: I have one of the highest and fastest metabolisms. I lose weight if I sit still and think. If I miss a meal, I lose a pound. I’m not kidding, nor am I bragging.
My normal weight from age 19 to 55 was about 94 lbs, varying by a lb on any given day. It is true I can go a long time between meals, which is part of the problem, but, trust me on this, when I sit down to eat, I will eat a steak, an entire portion of rice meant to feed two people with butter and soy-sauce, a vegetable – let’s say corn on the cob smothered in butter and salt and pepper. I’ll drink a tall glass of milk or a glass of wine or cold beer with my dinner. About an hour or two hours later, I will eat dessert. If I stay up late, I’ll throw in a plate of cheeses with Triscuits and fruit.
With the diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), it was mentioned to make a real effort to eat as COPD’ers can lose weight. While I was working, I had a real bad cold/flu and was prescribed Prednisone – wow! Almost immediately, I suddenly had cleavage. It took me forever to understand why my jeans were so uncomfortable. I’d gone from a zero or a size 2 (depends on the brand) to a size 4. For the first time in my life, I had to buy in another size. I actually shot past 100 lbs for the first time and went as high as 108. I was so delighted, especially when anybody said something. I was becoming a woman of substance. Bamm! Job came to an end and there was nobody around to remind me or eat in front of me, making me think, mmmm, that looks good.
I bring this up because I now have health insurance and they did a full panel of tests, one of which determined I was hypo-thyroid. The symptoms: you feel sluggish, might be sleeping more, oh and you’ve been gaining weight. Two out of three. For the record, the score is supposed to be in these ranges 0.04 – 5.1. Me? I was at 54. something. Instantly, an Rx to combat this, with checkups in the future to seek the perfect balance. Heads up: you might lose weight while taking this medication. I did ask if anyone had checked my weight. Mmmmm.
So, back in 1974, I fell in love and it didn’t work out. I dropped 20 lbs in about two to three weeks and it took a year to get back 16 lbs, eating six full meals a day. Well, I’m now back in 1974 ~ nnnnoooooooo. I’ve spent the day researching online, again…., the best foods for gaining weight. There’s more info out there than you’d think. One of the best suggestions was to drink a gallon of whole milk per day. Per day, kids. You work up to it. But, it really comes down to eating six meals a day, which is where YOU COME IN.
I am bored with my own recipes. What do you love that “If I just look at it, I gain five pounds.”