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    Encouragement for those with a lot of weight to lose

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    I posted this on the other forum about a month ago and thought it might be helpful to post it again here for the new folks. here's my original post:

    i was in meijer tonight- saw some heavy women coming out of the plus size dept and experienced a bit of deja vu. i remembered how often i had gone over there to buy clothing (never wanting to spend much on "fat clothes"), and one time looking through all the sizes to see if there might be a 4x (ouch!) when my 3x ones were starting to span the globe.

    it's been about 19 mo now since i started my journey and as i was walking by in my sz 10 shorts, 100# thinner, i realized just how quickly the time had flown by- and how happy i was to be thinking about the last few pounds i'd like to lose, rather than the first few.

    at 55, chronically ill, 5'3" tall and weighing in at 240#, i felt the same desperation as some of you feel now. you want to lose it TODAY. you hate how you look and you can't imagine how you let yourself get this heavy. you want to push to lose every additional ounce on P2, you're thinking about how you could cut your breaks a bit short, and calculating how much weight you can lose before important upcoming dates.

    i just want to encourage you all, to say that in a year you will be wondering where the time went. you'll be realizing that a few weeks or a few months really doesn't matter in the long run- that it's sticking to it and getting the job done that is important. enjoy that first ten pound loss, that first 20, or 30. really celebrate reaching onederland! find ways to reward your hard work that are not related to eating.

    i realize now that reaching my 100# point was not the finish line, but rather the starting line for another phase of my journey. so relax, take a deep breath, get a massage (only baby oil, of course), and enjoy the ride!

    (i added this portion later, within the thread comments):

    someone whispered a question to me about my health issues and i decided to answer her publicly, in case it helps those of you who think you might have too many strikes against you to be successful with this.

    i've have had chronic fatigue syndrome since 1995, and it got bad enough that i've been on full disability from it since 1998. i have major sleep problems including severe apnea. chronic pain x 20 yrs from 2 serious back injuries; had a lumbar fusion with bone grafts 11 yrs ago. headaches and memory loss from 3 severe concussions (my left leg is weak and tends to go east when the rest of my body is going west, so down i go...) I'm hypothyroid, menopausal, have environmental allergies, many food sensitivities, adrenal issues. those are the major things- you get the picture...

    In Feb of '08 i was functioning at probably 10-20% of normal energy, and spent the majority of my day on either the couch or in bed. hardly ever planned activities because i didn't know how i was going to feel, and if i would be get to sleep by 11pm, or it would be 3am, or 8 am. too weak to do any exercise. just playing the piano for 20' would raise my body temperature to almost 101 degrees, when the viral portion of my illness was at it's worst.

    so if I can lose the weight, ANYONE can! i did have the advantage of living alone so i was able to avoid a lot of food temptations- but also had the disadvantage of not having much emotional support- so this forum became a great place to check in.

    the bottom line, you can do this!!!! Don't let those doubts creep in. Believe it, and your body will make it happen. for those of us with a lot of health issues, maintenance will not be as easy as it is for others. i had real ice cream for the first time yesterday and woke up to a 2# gain. but at this point i'm content to accept that i will have to be extremely cautious with what i eat for the rest of my life. that is hard, but SO much easier than having my first thought of the day be how disgusted i am with my weight.

    someone posted a great comment on one of the threads a few days ago, and i'll paraphrase it. "dieting is hard. being fat is hard. pick which of them you want to be hard.". We all want to believe that this protocol is a "cure", and that we can get to the point where we really don't have to think about what we're eating. for those of you who are young and healthy, that's a definite possibility. but even if that's not meant to be for you, you can celebrate how far you've come and that you are you are taking better care of this marvelous machine that god gifted us with.

    embrace the small victories. each inch off your waist, each size you go down (i'm down 8!). and for those of you in the first couple of weeks, celebrate that you have now made a CHOICE for better health.

    i still have a long journey in front of me in terms of regaining my health. i still have my bad days, but i have less of them, and they are not as bad as my bad days used to be. i've decided that just being on the journey is ok.

    Update, 12/23/10: Now down 110#, have held at LIW or less for my first 2 wks in P3, and i'm wearing sz 8.

    Update, 6/20/11: Things have definitely become more challenging, I have to admit. I am basically not able to eat any sugar or starch. When I do, my weight skyrockets- just recently I gained 7# over the course of 4 meals! During those meals I had a little bit of bread as well as potato (which I never do), and twice I ate 1/3 of a desert. I've had 4 occasions now where I've gained weight at that rate (such as during a holiday, when I had less control over what I was eating). That wouldn't be so bad if I could lose it in a couple of days, but I don't. I go back to eating meat/veggies/salads and will drop some of it, but generally "keep" half of what I've gained. I stayed around my LIW for all of P3, then gained 8# in less than 72 hrs when out of town for Christmas. Only lost 2# of that in the following 2 weeks, in spite of no dairy/gluten/starch/sugar.

    I had a lower body lift in Jan. of 2011 and then a breast lift/reduction as well as an upper arm lift in April. Right now I'm about 9-10# over my LIW, although when you count the skin they cut off I'm really 17-18# over my LIW. I have tried 3x this year to do a round, and quit after less than a week each time. I get profoundly weak, and I'm very hungry no matter how much I adjust my dose. Obviously this is a problem, since I've not found any other way to lose weight. So I'm frustrated, to be sure. I think my thyroid is still off, and I'm hoping that some med changes might at least help stop the gains.

    I hate to end the thread on a discouraging note, but it's my reality for now, and I'm always one for full disclosure- good or bad. I'm trying various supplements now to help reduce my appetite, and trying to follow the Leptin Diet since my leptin levels are quite high and I suspect this is big part of the problem. If I could just stop gaining, I'd be satisfied with where I am. My bigger goal at this point is to do more exercise, get more fit, and reduce my body fat percentage.

    No road is without some potholes. I'm still a heck of a lot thinner and healthier than I was 2 1/2 years ago.
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    thanks for sharing. You are an inspiration!

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    Absolutley wonderful post and so inspiring. I too have many health issues. Chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and many more so while I was reading your words all I could think of was 'she is totally describing my life". I am curious however about your food sensitivies.. Is there anything we can do about them? Does it make it easier for us to gain having allergies and sensitivities.. I am kind of in a state of panic today about heading into phase 3 and having these sensitivites.. When I look in the mirror , I see my face full of a rash due to the foods that I am eating in phase 2.. I am trying very hard to not look too far into the future and worry about things that haven't happened yet but it is so hard for me not too.As you know, with the health challenges we share, everyday and sometimes moment to moment we have to 'plan" how things are going to go for us throughout the day.. Thanks so much for your words of encouragement

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    i figure if i can make it through this, anyone can! have you ever had your food sensitivities tested with blood work? they can be a big factor in CFS and fibromyalgia. they check the 100 foods that are most common for sensitivities, and then grade each one. the treatment is to avoid that food entirely for a period of time. if you score a "1", you avoid that food for 3 mo. if a "2", 4 mo. if "3", 5 mo. if "4" or more, 6 mo. then you re-introduce that food in small amounts and see how you do. some are easier to break than others.

    P3 is difficult for me because i'm sensitive to eggs, dairy, and most nuts. i also became sensitive to a lot of the things i ate regularly in P2, since my gut is not healthy (and thus i develop new sensitivities easily). some foods i've given up entirely, and others i've been totally stubborn about (like dairy). i don't eat anything that is a "3" or greater, but most of mine are a "1" so i get away with eating small portions from time to time. it's giving up the ice cream i can't do!!- even though i only eat the no-sugar-added kind now.

    and yes, food sensitivities play a big role in gaining weight so it does make it harder for us to keep the weight off unless you're meticulous about avoiding all those foods. but i'm sensitive to so much stuff that if i avoided it all, i'd be down to a very limited diet- and then would probably become sensitive to those foods since i'd be eating them often. so i have to do a bit of a juggling act.

    i hear you in regards to your worries- i didn't believe this was going to work for a minute, and when i finally started believing (after losing 30#) my body went into a major stall in protest of losing any more weight. but i did, and bit by bit i'm getting healthier.

    a few weeks ago i rode my trike 39 miles- 2 years ago the idea of DRIVING 39 miles would have seemed like too much!
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    Very encouraging! Thanx for this post. And btw..I love your siggy


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    this story is so encouraging. I am very grateful for each detail, as it gives me hope and encouragement. I've bookmarked it and plan to read it every time I need to remember this is possible.

    many thanks,

    spice

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    you can do it!
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    Margie,
    Where did you get that test?
    I have gone to the regular doctor and had a skin test, is the blood test very different?

    I really need to have this done because I am such a sensitive person when it comes to food.
    I did eat some organic cheese yesterday and didn't gain, that was a first.
    I can have my insurance do the food allergy test and they pay 80%, but the blood work one I don't think is allowed, I should call and see.

    Ellie

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    my doctor drew the blood and sent it in- i'm having a mental block right now, but i'll think of the name of the lab- they changed their name a while ago.

    the blood tests are VERY different from the skin tests. they only test a few foods with the skin tests, and you can only tell what you have an immediate response to. most food sensitivities have a delayed response, and thus do not show up with skin testing. i would be your insurance would cover it. i have had 2 lousy insurances, and both have covered it.
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    mgsondance~ Thanks so much for that post. AWESOME job!!!! I am wondering if after losing all that weight if you have sagging belly skin? I have alot to lose too and am really hoping the sagging skin wont be to bad. Thanks!!

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    Mgsondance,
    Thank you, thank you, thank you. I have really struggled this round, and your post was the perfect thing I needed to read!
    I also have fibromyalgia. My birthday present to myself this year was my husband and I went and had me blood tested for food allergies. Holy Camoly!!! Wheat, gluten, dairy, and yeast are my biggest no no's. I remember my Dr saying to me, you won't really know what they have been doing to you until you remove them from your diet, and then have them at some point. You want to talk about MAJORLY aggravating my fibromyalgia, my husband and I were shocked. It's unbelievable how they effect me.

    I have about 45 pounds to go. By the end of my journey I will have lost 115 pounds. I know that this is just the beginning for me also, and that's ok. It's a good beginning. I am starting with the best odds I have ever had of being healthy, and I know how to take better care of my body and what it wants and needs. I'm also finally catching up with the skinny girl I have always been on the inside.
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    love this: "I'm also finally catching up with the skinny girl I have always been on the inside."! I'm so glad you got tested!- i've worked with a lot of fibro patients, and food sensitivities are frequently a big part of it.
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