By stabilize I mean feel healthier more of the time than I feel cruddy. Between the my hypothyroidism and fibro, I thought I'd never feel stable again. But, I seem to be in some sort of remission at the moment.. for over a month straight, really. I still have sleep-it-off days, but most of my week is good. Today I wasn't tired all day- surreal!
So, I have gone back on the strict diet and joined a weight-loss competition with some relatives and friends. We've done 4/8 weeks so far. I'm down 5.69% body weight and 11.8 pounds so far since Jan 1. I actually lost about 7 more pounds during the fall. I still have quite a bit to go, but I know I'll get there if I don't lose hope. I'm actually 6/26th in the contest, so that's not terrible. I'd love to win some of the money, but that's not the main goal here (only because I only have so much control over whether I win or not!)
Here's a chart of the year so far (yeah, I know you can tell my weight- and that's okay):
I realize that keeping my numbers in my head causes discouragement for me. I always think I'm doing more poorly than I really am, so then I want to give up. I also think about my ideal weight, which at 5'0" is somewhere between 120-130, but it's not smart to focus on the final goal, just today's goal. I find that using www.myfitnesspal.com helps me a lot; that is where I got the chart. They have a free website and app which keeps track of weight, inches, calories, and exercise. I don't do the calorie part, because I'm on the strict diet, so I feel that's sufficient for me. Friday morning is weigh-in. So I then eat something I want that's not on the diet after that. And then I behave the rest of the week.
I've also been able to exercise fairly consistently. You'll notice in the following chart, there's a week of nothing- that's because once a month I spend most of my time in the fetal position watching Netflix. But I've been able to walk to work many days (I live 5 blocks from work) and I'm doing yoga, water aerobics, and belly dance (I'm in a troupe here) pretty regularly.