I posted this four days ago in the weight loss forum, but I haven't gotten any advice yet. So I decided to re-post it here.
Okay, this is a bit convoluted, so here it goes.
I'm desiring to lose some weight. I think I look just fine but it's getting difficult for me to be active, I hate having to buy new clothes, and I don't want to size up my wedding band. I'm 5'7" and I'm currently (according to the neighbor's scales) 195 pounds. According to the doctor's scale from 2.5 months ago I was 185 lbs.
About 3.5 weeks ago I started a low carb diet, loosely based on Atkins and Primal Blueprint. I eat between 25-35 net carbs a day, focusing on dairy products, meats, fats, and non-starchy veggies. I am not eating any grains. I will have an occasional drink, 0-2 times a week using diet ginger ale and vanilla vodka. I had two big cheat days this last weekend, but I've cleaned up my diet again and I don't feel too guilty. My average calories are 1600-2000 a day.
A lot of my health issues seem to have resolved. I don't get heartburn anymore, I haven't had a migraine this month (I usually get 2-10 a month), my nasal congestion and post-nasal drip have basically dried up, and my anxiety has been way, way lower.
However, I haven't lost any weight. This is discouraging to me since I was expecting some sort of loss in three weeks.
As far as other health issues, I'm on Zoloft (started a couple months ago for anxiety) and I've been tested thoroughly for thyroid conditions and some major deficiencies. My doctor suspects I have PCOS, and my mother does have PCOS. Recently we got a car but prior to that we didn't own a car for over a year. I would walk or bike everywhere, including hauling a bike trailer with my two kiddos (35 and 45 lbs) and sometimes groceries. I would often take the kids to school and would bike or walk 8 miles a day. During this I was still gaining weight.
I'm discouraged because I was vegan (for ethical reasons) after my firstborn and I easily got down to 125 lbs by the time he was 9 months old. I couldn't stay vegan, though. After nursing so much and going through another pregnancy and then tandem nursing I was totally burnt out and couldn't function. And, yes, I was a good vegan, I did everything I was supposed to do.
My current theory is my body is trying to balance out, as evidenced by my other symptoms lifting. After everything balances I'll be able to shed some weight. I'm curious is anything like this has happened to anyone else.