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Oh No, NOT Again!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

I feel like all I do is complain when I post a blog! I've been working out pretty consistently, 2-3 times a week at the gym with my trainer, and 2-3 times a week at home on the treadmill. This isn't just putting in time, it's me pushing myself to do things at the gym that my body feels for a few days afterwards. I rotate my workouts on the treadmill, going fast enough to keep my heart rate up, then the next time I go faster and even jog a bit. So, back to my dilemma. I was pretty happy with my workouts and my last weigh in, but I got on the scale yesterday and I'm up 4 pounds from 2 days ago! Needless to say, this just bursts my happy balloon! I can't figure it out at all. I did notice my sodium was up a little, but 4 pounds worth? But on a happier not, I took my body measurements this morning and I'm down 2.75 inches overall, with 2.50 of those in my hips. I'm not looking for sympathy, I just really needed to get this out of my system, again :(

  
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REJOHNSON3 12/8/2013 6:08AM

    Fluid retention does it to me and I have had three and four pound swings on the scale due to fluid retention. Salt/sodium will do it to you and me and others as well. We are only suppose to consume about one teaspoon of salt per day and anything over that will cause you to retain more fluids. Just keep working at it, be aware of it and still drink plenty of water too and it will work out. Congratulations to you for your commitment to continue the weight loss battle. This will work for you!

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GRLTAZ 12/6/2013 4:08PM

    You are doing wonderful !! Stay positive and keep on working out. TC

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GARDENCHRIS 12/6/2013 7:04AM

    Salt will do you in all the time..... drink more water.

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DIONNE1972 12/5/2013 2:56PM

    Is your cycle anywhere near, that sometimes has a tendency to assist in holing water and sodium and for sure Sodium is not your friend.

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CHALLENGER15 12/5/2013 2:04PM

    It looks like you have some good advice here. I know that I can show a 4+ pound gain after a meal out - sodium is not my friend.

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MADEIT3 12/5/2013 11:31AM

    Could be muscle, could be water. Weigh again and see what happens in the next few days.

Remember that the scale matters not at all. It's how you feel and how your clothes fit you.

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WONDERGALE 12/5/2013 11:12AM

    I think it's muscle weight. My husband and I have been walking and strength training consistently for at least a month. The scale has moved some for me, but for my husband, it goes up and down. He can't get past a full 10 pound weight loss. But he is wearing jeans that he couldn't wear a month ago. And those jeans are lose. I am trying not to worry too much about the scale. As long as those inches are coming off, we are making progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WONDERGALE 12/5/2013 11:10AM

    I think it's muscle weight. My husband and I have been walking and strength training consistently for at least a month. The scale has moved some for me, but for my husband, it goes up and down. He can't get past a full 10 pound weight loss. But he is wearing jeans that he couldn't wear a month ago. And those jeans are lose. I am trying not to worry too much about the scale. As long as those inches are coming off, we are making progress! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NKING1982 12/5/2013 10:15AM

    Pay no attention to the scale. You will notice a difference in other ways. Keep up the good work and dont give up

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ANNROW0354 12/5/2013 10:09AM

    Congrats on the inches lost emoticon .....forget about the weight because your clothes will fit better!!!!



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Frustrated, again

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Just another question for anyone who knows. I've started back at the gym, working my butt off, lose a pound, gain 2, gain 1. Admittedly, my eating is not in line with where I want to be, but still trying to make working out a habit, instead of an occasional occurrence. Anyway, how do I gain 3 pounds in two days, without going way way over in my calories? This always seems to be my sticking point with trying to lose weight. I seem to be able to lose easier if I'm not working out!! How can this even be physically possible?? I'm trying to not let this bother me, but this happens to me every single time I try to get back in shape. It is a bit disheartening to say the least, and it always leads to me giving up. I came into it this time with a pretty good attitude and it is slowly turning into a bad attitude. I just can't believe I work out as hard as I do and GAIN weight :(
OK, rant over, just wanted opinions, thanks

  
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GRLTAZ 11/9/2013 5:59PM

    Aww, sorry. Like some have said, fluids play a role in weight. I for one have to watch my carbs. I can eat a normal pasta serving of 1 cup and gain 2 lbs over night even when staying in my calorie allowance of 1550 cals. I have learned to eat a half portion and eat more veggies. The intensity in which you exercise, how long, and whether you do the same ones every day will make a difference also. I hope I have helped a little. Keep your chin up. Do not get discouraged. At the very least, you are building muscle and endurance by exercising and that leads to better health. TC

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REJOHNSON3 11/8/2013 11:51AM

    Eda, fluid retention. The salts in the food you are eating cause you to retain fluids in your system. I know that I can gain 3, 4 or five pounds over a weekend and by Wednesday I am back down again. If I eat most of my meals at home, this does not seem to happen for me. It is a problem when I dine out at a restaurant where they must use more salt in their preparation of the food.

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GARDENCHRIS 11/8/2013 7:32AM

    salt!

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GAYLLYNNE 11/8/2013 7:30AM

    Always remember muscle weighs more than fat. Sometimes we gain a little even while we are losing. Don't give up. For a while, just weigh yourself once a week. Hope this helps.

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KITTYCAT64 11/7/2013 7:26PM

    Be different and don't give up, but work through it, and see what h as opens. Be sure you are w working out doing s one thing you enjoy doing, and don't put so m u c h pressure on yourself. Are you writing your food down. Good luck. Plan to come through.

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WONDERGALE 11/7/2013 5:31PM

    I agree with Challenger75. Also I believe muscles play a big part in this. I've been back at it for 10 months now and I just came off a two month period where my weight went up and down, but never too far from 290. I couldn't understand it. My husband told me not to get discourage because even though I wasn't losing weight my clothes were fitting better and better. And finally I had a break through at the end of last month. I'm not relying on just the scale anymore. I'm measuring how my clothes fit, and how I feel. Don't give up! You can do this!
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CHALLENGER15 11/7/2013 4:25PM

    You may be one of those people who should not step on the scale every day. My weight bounces around regardless; I believe I have read hormones, water, fluid retention, sodium from food, etc will have a day-to-day affect. It is what happens over time that is important.

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Starting Over...........Again :)

Saturday, November 02, 2013

August 23rd seems like a long time ago, but it's only been a little over two months. That is the day I had the surgery that gave me back my life. If you go back and read my previous blogs, you'll see why. I really don't want to get into the details again :)

Anyway, I am back at the gym, have a new trainer (a good friend) and am feeling like maybe I can do this again. I know that change takes time, but I am going to be patient and not rush it all. Exercise is easy for me when I feel like doing it. If I get too lazy, I can think of a million excuses not to exercise! Water intake and sleep are the two easy ones for me. Since I retired, sleeping is a luxury. Water is pretty much all I ever drink anyway. But FOOD, now that is my major problem. I have allergies, I have foods that I just cannot eat without getting sick, and I have foods that I cling to for comfort.

I also live with a man (my husband) who doesn't think there's anything wrong with my weight, which leads me to wonder why do I think there is? Um, because I'm fat and overweight? I just can't see how he doesn't see it. But anyway, it's very hard for me to eat healthy with him here, but I keep trying.

An example: I was out today and he texts me to please stop and bring him some potato chips. OK, I text back, but in my mind I'm thinking NO! cause I know darned well I cannot resist potato chips, and I didn't, I had some this afternoon. So much for trying right?

It just bothers me that he does that when I've told him not to buy anymore, and if he needs some, then get something I don't like, such as sour cream and onion :( But on the other hand, I know that I can't go the rest of my life without eating chips ever!

So, here I am back at SPARK, trying to do this again. I've lost a pound and I am happy, because it takes so much for me to lose anything, my body is stubborn and greedy and keeps the weight on.

I'm just happy that I am able to exercise again after 5 months of inactivity! Wish me lots of luck!

  
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GRACE612 11/3/2013 9:27AM

    Glad you're feeling better and able to get started again! emoticon . My husband is the same way with the snack food. But, as hard as it is, I'm learning to just walk away when he eats them. Have you tried slicing a sweet potato or potato really thin, seasoning them, and baking or microwaving for your chip fix? That's what helps me.

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DELLA81156 11/2/2013 6:02PM

    I can feel for you. My. Spouse does the same thing..It's hard when you feel or question if they are trying to sabotage your hard work. All I do is keep reminding myself that I do this for me..I need to be proud of me and my accomplishments. emoticon emoticon emoticon







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Surgery :(

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Well, I ended up having surgery on August 23rd. It was pretty painless, nothing near what I expected. I took percocet for two days then couldn't stand how it was making me feel, so I quit. The pain is tolerable so no more pills. The surgeon said that the skin tags he removed may have been making my problem worse, as one was pulling on the fissure, not allowing it to heal. I hope that he is right! I have a follow up appointment on September 9th and I'm hoping that things are healed enough for me to start doing some kind of exercise, even if it's only walking. I have been able to keep my weight from going up during this mess, but I feel like such a slug. Sitting around is pretty much over rated!

  
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MNOT2THICK 10/6/2013 12:01PM

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Sorry I am so late. I hope you are recooperating well.

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SHARONSPARKLE 9/2/2013 10:55AM

    I had to go back and read why you needed surgery. You poor lady! You have had a miserable summer but I am glad the surgery is over and wasn't as bad as you feared. Now I pray for a nice recovery so you can get on with a happy retirement! Good job on not gaining weight. I probably, as an emotional eater, would have gained several pounds.

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CHALLENGER15 8/31/2013 1:00PM

    That's quite an accomplishment for your weight to not go up. I think a lot of times it does go up just as a result of the fluids they give a person.

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WONDERGALE 8/31/2013 10:47AM

    Hi, I hope you feel better soon! emoticon

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TERRY0217 8/31/2013 10:43AM

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Hope you're up and around soon!

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Hitting the Fan and Trying to Get Through It All...................

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Just a disclaimer: this contains what some people would say is "too much information" sorry if any of it is offensive, but I was hoping to hear from someone who has this same embarrassing problem :(

Ha! My last blog was before the sh** hit the fan in our house!

After retiring and spending time in Jamaica and Florida to celebrate, we came home to HUGE medical problems for both of us. It started in April when Jack was having leg pain and shortness of breath. I told him he better get to a doctor or an ER soon, but he said no, it'll go away. Well, it didn't, it just got worse! He finally got so out of breath that he was willing to go to the hospital. Turns out he had 7 blood clots in his leg and both lungs. Everyone said it was from driving too long without getting out to exercise. He spent 5 days in the hospital, 2 in intensive care. After a bunch of tests and bloodwork, they found he has a genetic disorder and will be prone to clots, and is on meds for life. He is doing fine now, even though he hates to take the meds as they make him a bit dizzy when he stoops down. Oh well, I told him, would you rather be dead or dizzy?? Men!

He wasn't out of the hospital a week before I got another spider bite. I had one 2 years ago and what a mess it was! When this one appeared, I went right to the emergency room. They put me on antibiotics and sent me home. Turns out I had a doctor appointment already scheduled with my family doctor, who approved the ER doc's choice of meds. He then suggested I see a surgeon. OK, so I go the very next day to see the surgeon and he starts yelling that he couldn't believe the ER and my doc "let me go" with my bite in such a mess. He admits me to the hospital and puts me on IV antibiotics and then operates on my back, draining the abscess. I ended up in the hospital for 5 days and had to go another week as an outpatient to get IV meds.

Oh and I forgot to mention that I am also dealing with a real pain in my rear end. It started in March while we were in Florida. A little pain and bleeding, nothing really bad, I'm figuring hemorrhoids? Never had them, so I don't really know. I went to the ER at the end of March when we got home and the doc said hemorrhoids. OK, great. I saw the surgeon, same one mentioned above, and he says, no, not hemorrhoids, but an anal fissure. Never heard of that one! He gives me an ointment and sends me home. The problem goes away while I'm in the hospital and maybe a week or so later. I'm wondering now if it was all the antibiotics that made it go away? Then it starts again. The surgeon (naturally) wants to operate on me. I said no, I'm not gonna give up my summer for that, so I stay on the ointment. I get a letter in the mail from the surgeon, who is retiring and recommends another guy to go see. I schedule the appointment and he gives me a different medicine to use, and says there's really no good operation for this thing. I use this medicine for 3 weeks and the problem is getting worse, not better. It HURTS constantly. They just told me today, to stop using the medicine and I have to go see him on Monday. In a nutshell: this pain is REALLY getting me down and it feels like this is never going to end! I'm usually a pretty happy girl, but I can tell that this is just making me into a whole 'nother person. It's been almost 5 months of dealing with this and I'm starting to wonder if I should see a gastro doc instead of a surgeon? I go see my family doctor next week for my regular checkup and need to ask him some questions. I saw him 4 months ago and I was supposed to have lost weight, but with all these problems, I'm just glad I haven't gained!

I'm trying to live normally, but I am in constant pain. I haven't taken any pain pills because I'm told they will constipate me, definitely NOT what I want. I keep telling my poor husband that this is just getting me so down. I don't think he really understands how much this really hurts. I had to quit walking because it hurt too much, but I joined another gym yesterday and had a nice workout. Today I went swimming and did an hour of water aerobics. I had a few times at the gym where it was bothering me, but nothing at all in the water. I just want this whole ordeal over with.

If anyone has this problem, could you please send me a spark message or comment here? I need to hear what helped you get better. Thanks!
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AQUAGIRL08 8/31/2013 10:30AM

    Good luck! I hope you feel better soon!

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DARLENEK04 8/20/2013 4:40PM

  Wow, interesting set of issues. My Sisterinlaw has the blot clot issue, along
with just getting over surgery for cancer.

SLEEPERELLA that was great information and options.



Good luck,
DarleneK

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SLEEPERELLA 8/6/2013 5:27PM

    Hi I am a nurse, so here is what I know about these things
1) Hubby can do home PT/INR testing so he does not have to be at doc's office every week or more for his warfarin levels. It is easy to get started, just ask your MD.
2) The Fistula...will more than likely need surgery for decompression. Repair of most fistulas are considered to be elective but due to the pain most people get the repair done. The least invasive surgery is the fibrin glue injections.
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