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Is weight loss while dealing with illness possible?

Jan 06, 2016 3:58 AM

So I'm up again. So that just leaves me more time to think. All that been happening with me and my family. I'm really looking for some sort of personal accomplishment. Most times my family has talks and they try to comfort me by telling me all the good me being home has been for them. And all thats great but u stil go back to how they only speaknon how they feel better. Nothing really good has happened just for me. Now yes iuve had family stepo up to help me with financial situations. And I'm so greatful for that. But I've left my boyfriend my home my job my environment I've set up the last 15 years of my life. I'm 35 and I don't feel I've done near enough with my life.
I've come home and became the caregiver for two elderly parents and a sounding board for my sister. U do the shopping the cooking the caring the planning. All the while I'm slowly slipping more and more in debt.
So my point for this babbling sob story is I at least want loss the weight I've gained since being sick and get back to my weight from before my lkssdt two surgeries. But it seems the !ore I try to loss weight and control my body the more I'm fought and the sicker I get. So should o just give up? The funny thing is even with the 40 lbs I've gained I'm really the only one who seems to have issue with it. Even my doctors r saying either nothjing bout my weight or if I ask them they just say " well unfortunately yes weight gain us gonna happen " so I'm like well what the heck?!! I suppose withnall this I just to have control of something. Nothing in my life right now is the way i want it. And I have no idea how to get it back. I've got at least one more msajor surgery coming up and all that comes with that.
..lol..I don't even know what my real question is here.. Sorry.. .........

Jan 06, 2016 7:16 AM

Newfibrogirl, I can tell you that I thought I was going to live the rest of my live being over 300 pounds! I had been starving myself for more than 25 years trying to lose the weight. I finally found a doctor that listened and even heard what I was saying. She sent me to a nutritionist ans I learned that I wasn't eating enough, so my body was storing every thing it got. I now make sure I never eat less than 1200 calories in a day and I don't go over 1500. I have dropped 20 pounds since July last year. I live on my couch too. So their is hope!

Jan 06, 2016 8:13 AM

Scaryann thank you..I've been told that several times also....last year my gastric surgeon even told me I had gone into starvation mode..which basically what u just described.. My issue is now since I've gone so long in starvation mode I don't get the hunger signal anymore. I've tried using reminders and apps to help me at least eat more regular. But your right, there is hope I've just got to find some way to ensure I eat enough and on a schedule. Thanks for reminding me of this..

Jan 06, 2016 8:31 AM

You are so welcome! I use www.myfitnesspal.com (they also have an app to go with the web page) to help me keep track. You are welcome to look me up there, if you decide to try it out. My user name is scaryann1 :) It's so nice to know we are not alone in our struggles.

Jan 06, 2016 8:32 AM

Yes...it is amazing how much it helps.I'll checknit out

Jan 06, 2016 9:22 AM

One idea (depending on your body) is to eat a lot of meat, and then carbs around stretches

Jan 06, 2016 7:55 PM

Newfibrogirl, Unfortunate for most of us, I think we struggle with weight, and I believe it's because we can't be as active. Since 2010 I've gained over 70 lb, and being shorter than most it spreads horizontally. My insurance has health coaches that call me every few months to give me this on my eating habits. At the beginning I was also in starvation mode because I wasn't eating enough. I've got my calories to between 1200 & 1400/day, and my weight is holding steady. But in talking with the coach I realized I'm eating the wrong types of foods. I've been eating too many carbs & starches since Thanksgiving, and not enough protein. Well with the new year my hubby and I are eating out the not so healthy foods and not replacing it, especially sweets. I have a very deep rooted sweet tooth so that's a challenge in itself. I also keep fresh fruit and veggies to snack on. And all the chocolate is gone. I reserve eating it at occasional outings.

I also purchased a fitbit and have worked on moving more through the house & out on errands. I make sure to get up and walk through my house multiple times a day, whether I'm doing anything or not. I've increased my daily steps from 1200 to over 3200/day. When I walk the treadmill just 10 minutes I get up to 500-6000 steps. I'm just beginning to see some results in the calves of my legs, they're gaining muscle, not a lot but every little bit helps. I do want to lose at least half the weight I've gained. But I'm trying to be realistic, knowing it didn't come on overnight and its not leaving overnight. If I can avg 10 lb a year I will be ecstatic! It's going to be hard because of my meds and hypothyroidism anyway. I don't want to get discouraged and quit. So we will all work together for support. I'm game if you are! 😷🙏🌼

Jan 06, 2016 8:06 PM

I'm with you flappys.. I also have hypothyroidism and I've had gastric bypass so I can only eat small amount at a time. And times like now when I'm so dizzy I can barely stand. And I'm super nausea.... So I'm snacking in wheat thins. I've been told im in starvation mode also from my gastric surgeon. I had gottt to where I only ate once a day for almost a year. And I worked 14 hours a day /6 days a week. I'm extra frustrated. My sister has been doing the same detox drink I have and she lose 4lbs but I've gained 7lbs... I was like what the heck!!!!!! But this has been a hard week for me. Stress and no sleep. Whike she my sister has been home chilling. Lol so I suppose I have to put things in perspective

Jan 06, 2016 8:15 PM

And I also have polycystic ovarian syndrome and am on daily hormone therapy .

Jan 06, 2016 11:19 PM

Weight loss is absolutely possible! When the pain started almost exactly a year ago I thought I would stop being able to lose weight as I had to stop my exercise regime I had been using to get me out of the highest weight I had ever been at 250lbs. I was only down to 230 as the pain stopped me in my tracks but through a gluten-light, no pasta, dairy-free, high protein (white meat, eggs, nuts etc.), veggie & high fruit diet I have been eating plenty each day while not being able to work out except for light water therapy and gone down to 188 lbs!
It takes effort to change but feeling healthy in at least one aspect of your life feels amazing.
I suggest you start where I did, by looking up diet alterations suggested for individuals with chronic pain or fibro.
Best of luck, I hope this helps :)

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