Obesity & Weight Loss Journey Starting from Over 270 Pounds & History of Weight

Phat in My 40's Health Guide January 04, 2010
  • Hi Folks, I'm new around here.  Not new to HealthCentral, but to MyObesityConnection.  I write for a couple of other HealthCentral websites related to the chronic autoimmune diseases which I have.  In addition to those health issues, I am obese and have been for a while.   271.6...

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  • Kimberly Cacey
    Health Guide
    Jan. 04, 2010

    I reached my highest weight before I decided to try to lose it - I started out at 270, and now I'm down to 215. It's definitely doable!

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Jan. 05, 2010

      Thanks Kimberly,

      Right now my goal is not so much to lose weight, but to get honest with myself regarding what I'm eating and staying active.  I have rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, both of which limit my mobility and seriously dampen my endurance in any physical activity.  Things like too long on the exercise bike and I literally can't...

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      Thanks Kimberly,

      Right now my goal is not so much to lose weight, but to get honest with myself regarding what I'm eating and staying active.  I have rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis, both of which limit my mobility and seriously dampen my endurance in any physical activity.  Things like too long on the exercise bike and I literally can't walk straight.  It's a challenge for sure.

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    Jen
    Jan. 26, 2010

    Hi Lisa---

     

    You're awesome. Smile

     

     

    XOXOXOXO

     

    Jen

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      Jen
      Jan. 26, 2010

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  • Rena
    Jan. 23, 2010

          I am so, in the same boat as you!!!  I saw this post and could have sworn that I wrote it.  I have subscribed to your posts.  I am with ya girl!!!Smile

         At the first of the year, I was at my heaviest as well (220lbs.).  I am a sugar-o-holic.  I have started keeping a food diary...

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          I am so, in the same boat as you!!!  I saw this post and could have sworn that I wrote it.  I have subscribed to your posts.  I am with ya girl!!!Smile

         At the first of the year, I was at my heaviest as well (220lbs.).  I am a sugar-o-holic.  I have started keeping a food diary and counting my calories.  I have rheumatoid arthritis and struggle with depression.  I am currently on what I call, "The Fat Wagon".  I am trying to eat healthy and count calories, but not call it a "DIET".  My portion control sucks, but I am trying to get better.

         I am also, back on my vitamins (new years resolution).  I stopped some time back, because, I got tired of popping pills all the time.  But, I must admit, I am feeling better mentally and physically now that I am back on the Vities!  I am taking a multi-vitamin, calcium, B-complex, Omega-3 (for joints) and have just started (for the first time) Vitamin-D.  I really think that the Vitamin-D is helping me a lot.  I saw an article about approx. 50% of Americans living with Vitamin-D deficincy, which caused all sorts of problems (aching all over, tired, no energy, etc.).  I think that I am one of them.  I am feeling much better with the vitamins.  I also am hoping that the vitamins will help my body not feel so deprived and the excess poundage will just start falling off!  Wishful thinking I know!  Wink

         I have not started an exercise program yet.  I'm procrastinating terribly.  I did pruchase a Beginner Yoga DVD to do.  It will be better on our joints and also be good for our minds as well.  I just can't seem to get started with it.  I need to get with it!

         Good Luck to You and Thank You for sharing your weight issues with us!!!  I look forward to all of your posts.  It helps to hear from someone who is in the same situation as me! 

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Jan. 23, 2010

      Hi Rena!!

       

      Rheumatoid arthritis, depression, overweight?  We could be sisters.  Thanks for jumping over from the RA site.  I'm with you - I love sugary things.  I used to love bakery items from the grocery store but my RA doesn't love them so much.

       

      For the past three weeks, I haven't so much as "dieted" but I have started to...

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      Hi Rena!!

       

      Rheumatoid arthritis, depression, overweight?  We could be sisters.  Thanks for jumping over from the RA site.  I'm with you - I love sugary things.  I used to love bakery items from the grocery store but my RA doesn't love them so much.

       

      For the past three weeks, I haven't so much as "dieted" but I have started to watch more closely what I'm eating.  I even allowed myself some brownies earlier in the week, just a smaller amount than I normally would have.  Hmmm, they tasted so good.

       

      I need to get back on a multi-vitamin.  Like you, I've been tired of taking so many pills.  In fact, I've been slowly tapering off some of my meds which probably weren't helping much anyways and I don't feel any worse for it.  (note: they weren't my RA meds.  I could never do without my methotrexate.  I tried that once before and it wasn't pretty.)

       

      In September 2008, my PCP tested my vitamin D level and it came back shockingly low at 7.8 (the normal scale being 30-100). We started an agressive supplement plan and in six months it was up to 35, then 44 some months later.  I need to have it tested again but with the MS/RA I'm aiming for closer to 60.

       

      Before starting the vitamin D prescription and OTC pills, I remember being so very achy in the bones, sore in the muscles, physically tired, even more depressed and headachy.  It was nice when those symptoms were relieved as the vitamin D must have been rising.

       

      This morning I stepped on the scales and came in at 265.2 lbs.  I would get excited about that but I know that the 271.6 was the week of my menstrual cycle and I was probably retaining water.  But it feels good to take a bit more control over the situation and slowly move to a healthier mind and body.

       

      I'm glad that we can share this journey together.  Thanks so much for coming on over and commenting.  I feel much less alone.

    • Rena
      Jan. 25, 2010

           Thanks a bunch for writing back!  We really could be sisters!  Its good to know that I'm on the right track with the Vitamin D!  How have you been doing as far as exercise?  I've not got going on that yet.  I've done pretty well with the food journal so far, but it's hard.  I have been really craving...

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           Thanks a bunch for writing back!  We really could be sisters!  Its good to know that I'm on the right track with the Vitamin D!  How have you been doing as far as exercise?  I've not got going on that yet.  I've done pretty well with the food journal so far, but it's hard.  I have been really craving sugary things.  I think I'm having Sugar Withdrawal!  I've been allowing myself to have a few puff peppermints (which I love) at 20 calories a piece, but thats it.  I'm going to make a sugar free (using splenda) cherry pie today.  Hopefully that will help my sweet tooth cravings.  I've also bought some fat free yogarts that will seem like desserts, hopefully.  I have to trick myself,...isn't that awful!Embarassed

           Good Job on shedding some of those extra pounds!  As I see it, any reduction on the scales is a good thing!  YEAH!  We just have to keep it up!  I started on 1-3-10 at 220lbs and now I'm at 212.  I just have to stop trying to reward myself with food for doing good so far.  I'm terrible about that.  I need to come up with some other way to reward myself.

           I go back to work on Tueday and am planning to make a meat loaf and try a low calorie trick someone wrote in the Weight Watchers Magazine.  It is to cook and mash up califlower in place of potatoes and sprinkle lightly with parm. cheese.  I'm go to give it a try.

           Have you found any tricks so far, that seem to help you???  Keep up the good work and keep in touch.  You've got a friend on the diet wagon with you!Smile 

  • Anonymous
    Tia in KC
    Jan. 14, 2010

    For me, once I start exercise, even if it's just taking the dogs for a walk, but even moreso when I do an activity where I am aware of how many calories I am burning...then I am more aware of just how much work it takes to burn off that twinkie or super size fries. The bad foods are instantly less appealing to me and my diet begins to fall in place more easily...

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    For me, once I start exercise, even if it's just taking the dogs for a walk, but even moreso when I do an activity where I am aware of how many calories I am burning...then I am more aware of just how much work it takes to burn off that twinkie or super size fries. The bad foods are instantly less appealing to me and my diet begins to fall in place more easily than if I were to just try to change diet alone. There's something about sweating all over a treadmill or a bike or an elliptical that makes bad foods just not taste as good anymore! Wink

    • Phat in My 40's
      Health Guide
      Jan. 23, 2010

      Hi Tia,

       

      You are absolutely correct.  This week I've been looking for good information regarding how many calories are burned doing different activities.  It is shocking!!

       

      An example: Walking at 2miles/hour (slow but doable) burns 5 calories per minute (while at my current weight).  That's only burning 150 calories in 30 minutes....

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      Hi Tia,

       

      You are absolutely correct.  This week I've been looking for good information regarding how many calories are burned doing different activities.  It is shocking!!

       

      An example: Walking at 2miles/hour (slow but doable) burns 5 calories per minute (while at my current weight).  That's only burning 150 calories in 30 minutes.

       

      It would take a long time to turn off my favorite egg & cheese sandwich.