I Accidentally Lost 12 Pounds In 1 Week When I Eliminated These Foods

I was focused on reducing my pain, not my weight.

Anna (she/her)
7 min readMar 29, 2022
I would LOVE to eat a grilled cheese sandwich right now. Photo by Nathan Dumlao on Unsplash

Over the past two to three years, it has been difficult to get the scale to reverse the other way and lose some weight. I’ve always had an incredible metabolism but it’s finally slowed down now that I’m a middle-aged woman. I still don’t know if my weight gain since January 2021 is related to the pandemic (and working from home) or if it might be related to my recently diagnosed health issue.

Nevertheless, as of today, I’m 12 pounds lighter than I was just two weeks ago. In fact, I lost those 12 pounds in just one week and my weight has since stabilized. Who knew that all it took to jump start my weight loss is to be in enough pain that I lost my appetite and had to redesign my diet?

I have been dealing with persistent unusual symptoms for more than a year and a half now. Due to COVID, I delayed seeing a doctor until last summer after I was fully vaccinated. After multiple tests (and more invasive screenings including a pelvic ultrasound), a minor procedure, and an MRI, I was recently diagnosed with adenomyosis as well as a “huge” fibroid (it’s larger than my abnormally enlarged uterus!).

Per the Mayo Clinic:

Adenomyosis (ad-uh-no-my-O-sis)



Anna (she/her)

9X Top Writer. Proud grad of CA public schools. Committed to justice & leadership development. Wife & mom of 2 girls & 2 big dogs. Love to eat almost everything