Diet Changes

It’s been awhile since I talked about medication and anxiety, etc. Here are a few posts to give some background:

Medications and Weight – the brief history of starting prozac because of my postpartum anxiety.

Positive Thinking, Positive Change – The post where I talk about gaining 10 pounds when I increased the dosage of prozac and trying a different medication.

Keto Background – The post where I decided to try the keto diet in order to lose the weight.

What was so frustrating about gaining 10 pounds on prozac last year was that I was still working out. I was still counting my calories. I did some research and it seems like prozac in particular, changes the metabolism in your brain. There are some theories that it might cause insulin resistance, as well. I read through a bunch of online medical journals and reports and articles. Some of which I understood–a lot was over my head. But there was definitely evidence of prozac causing weird shifts in your metabolism and WHAT you crave.

I know that when I increased the dosage from the minimal I was craving sugar and carbs like mad. I went back down to 10mg and the cravings decreased. I went on the keto diet and lost some weight in the beginning and then the weight loss stopped.

“It has been observed that Prozac and weight gain go hand in hand, especially in women.  (source)”

Ugh!

I mean, none of this is news to me, really. I’ve had a history of depression my whole life and I’ve tried a bunch of different medications over 20+ years. I had bad experiences with Paxil, Effexor (40 pound weight gain), Celexa (15 pound gain), Zoloft, Lexapro, Wellbutrin (the best one,that never caused weight gain). I know that antidepressants can cause weight gain. Which is why I try and be more diligent–keep counting my calories and keep working out.

I’ve been doing okay lately with my anxiety and at my last therapy session my doctor “cleared” me of having a “clinical mental health issue.” They don’t say cured. 😉 I’m not cured, I will always struggle with anxiety, but I am using the tools I learned to try and manage it. Which is why I thought maybe it’s time to stop the prozac, see how I manage without it and HOPEFULLY finally lose the weight.

It’s been pretty frustrating this year that I didn’t lose a lot of weight doing the keto diet. Especially following a bunch of keto people on Instagram and seeing drastic weight changes for people doing the diet. It felt like my body adapted really quickly to doing keto and then just STOPPED losing weight. No matter what I did. It wasn’t even a slow weight loss…it just stopped.

It takes about a month for prozac to be completely out of my system. But I’m ready to try and see if it helps me with weight loss. It’s been a struggle the last few months to stay committed to keto when I’m not seeing results.

Finally, you might want to check out this podcast about metabolism. It was really interesting and informative!

The Sound of Water

Over the weekend I got to go on my annual weekend away with my bff Rachel! This is our third year doing it and I love it. It’s a fantastic way to stay in touch since we don’t live near each other (she’s in Seattle). We email and stuff but there is something special about being able to get away together for a weekend of girl talk, junk food and chick flicks!

This year we rented an airbnb in Gig Harbor, right on the water. On Friday I got up, took Logan to daycare and went swimming and then home to pack and hit the road.

The house we rented was near Sunrise Beach in Gig Harbor, which is kinda near Tacoma and Vashon Island, about an hour from Seattle. Two bedrooms (a queen and a king bed) and amazing views!

Of course the best part of the weekend is spending time with Rachel and catching up but I have to admit…a weekend of being able to sleep in without a toddler crawling into our bed for cuddles at 5am was REALLY nice 😀

The house we rented was SO nice and private and felt remote. We were right on the water and my bedroom upstairs had AMAZING views.

This is what I woke up to on Saturday morning:

Talk about stunning. What a way to wake up! And it was a king sized bed just for me. 😀

Friday we unpacked and then went into the downtown area to look around a bit, window shop and then got happy hour at Tides Tavern right on the water. I definitely recommend it! The food was fantastic. Good service, too.

We both got the happy hour Wedge Salad, which was the best Wedge salad I’ve ever had! And then split an order of clams and garlic herb bread.

We stopped at the store for a few essentials and then went back to the house for the night. We opened a bottle of wine, watched a chick flick, got caught up on stuff and then had a snack plate for dinner.

Saturday morning we had breakfast:

Lots of coffee and then I went for a run in the little downtown area. It was 50 degrees but not cold. It was SO nice to run after having like a month off. It felt GREAT and I was happy my cortisone shot had helped. And having carbs the day before made my run fantastic! I felt like my legs were flying!

I ran downtown and looked around a bit and took some photos. I found a little path near the water.

Then I ran on the boardwalk by the marina.

It was such a fabulous run!! I did just over two miles and then went back to the house to clean up.

I saw some deer on the way home. It was cool. We walked around downtown Gig Harbor and then had a late lunch at Anthony’s on the water. I had the Dungeness Crab and Shrimp toast. It had an artichoke and tomato tapenade on it, too. Then topped with melty cheese. It was SO delicious!

Back to the house for more movies, girl time and hanging out on the deck enjoying the sunshine. We chilled outside for a long time and even saw a few sea otters swimming by us.

Dinner was more snacks:

It was so much fun and just what I needed. I felt relaxed and recharged and happy.

Sunday I got to sleep in until 8:30. I missed the sunrise, but glad I saw it Saturday. We had breakfast and relaxed with our coffee before packing up. I hit the gym in Olympia on my way home. It was such a nice weekend but I was also glad to get home and hug my boys!