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Sunday, July 15, 2012

I went to see my doctor last Tuesday, I told her all about my diet and exercise and asked why I was not losing my extra weight, she has reduced my sleeping medication so I shall see if I can do any better now. I was at the gym on Monday and I also went swimming but not managed any other exercise apart from the walking I do back and forth to the shops which is downhill to the shops and uphill back and it takes about 15- 20 mins each way.

  
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ILOVETOCRUISE 8/15/2012 12:29PM

    Lithium made me feel the best, but my kidneys didn't like it & I had to get off it w/in 3 mos. & have some kidney damage from just that short period of time on it.

My husband has been on this and ran out of pills two days ago. Thanks for the warning.
Leona

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JUST2MUCH2 7/23/2012 4:01PM

    And read all the fine print on the inserts that come w/your medication. Check out the FDA.gov site for updates on medications.

When I started on Abilify it was "weight neutral" about 12 years ago. NOW it has the listed side effects of weight gain, blood sugar increase & metabolic syndrome--which I now have. My meds provider is working w/me & have gotten off Abilify (It was necessary for me to take as I was paranoid & not thinking right; & w/the help of Abilify I could then understand & implement what I was learning in indiv. therapy & DBT).

But I no longer needed it (on it about 12 years) when I learned new thinking & coping skills.

Lithium made me feel the best, but my kidneys didn't like it & I had to get off it w/in 3 mos. & have some kidney damage from just that short period of time on it.

There is a definite risk/benefit factor that you have to consider w/each medication & we need to be proactive as consumers of mental health services. Unfortunate but true that sometimes we need medications to save our lives ( when suicidal) & then have to deal w/the negative side effects after the crisis is over...

Many cancer treatments have the same thing--the CURE is so intense that it can cause other medical conditions, many severe to occur, but you have to decide the best you can.

What else can we do? My mother died of suicide when I was 15; I wonder IF she could have been helped today.

My suicide attempts have not been successful & I am glad I didn't leave that legacy to my children.

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USMAWIFE 7/16/2012 12:32PM

    go to webmd and check out the side effects of your medication. that could be your answer right there

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/16/2012 12:10PM

    Seems like the exercise is on track..are you eating enough caloires..sometimes we eat too little. Up your calorie intake a day and see what happens..also are you faithfully tracking your calories..but hope the change in the sleep meds help too. I certainly understand the sleep issues.

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BEEBEE1936 7/16/2012 7:13AM

    Sounds like you are doing all the right things. Keep it up. And I do think sometimes our medications either make us gain weight, or not be able to lose it. emoticon emoticon

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MS.ELENI 7/15/2012 6:19PM

    Hang in there emoticon

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BRANDI1809 7/15/2012 4:35PM

    Hope it works.


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MCJULIEO 7/15/2012 3:12PM

    Maybe you'll see some reward for all your hard work now!... but even if not, you are doing great... it WILL pay off eventually!

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LUCINDARW 7/15/2012 2:51PM

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NANCYPAT1 7/15/2012 1:36PM

    Swimming is a good exercise and so is walking in the water. Take your exercise a little at a time and work up to more. You will find that it will only take you a short time to increase what you can do and to feel more like doing more.

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PATTOMMC3 7/15/2012 1:32PM

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Tablets

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Last week was not very good but at least I did not gain any weight. I have been to see my GP today and she has lowered my sleeping medication as that may not have helped in my quest to lose weight.

I was at the gym and aqua jog yesterday and as I had to use the bus to get to the Doctors I decided to go swimming today, swimming is my favourite exercise.

it is just over a month to go before my holiday so hope I can get on track and lose the last 4 pounds.
Hope you like this photo of me with Archie who I was looking after for days.

  
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MCJULIEO 7/11/2012 11:16PM

    He even LOOKS like he ought to be named Archie!

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GAYLE119 7/11/2012 3:42PM

    Picture is nice! Good luck with your journey! emoticon

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F8CONE8 7/11/2012 11:31AM

    Good post! Hope you are focusing on doing whats right and not the scale so much. Your doc sounds like she listens to you! Woo Hoo. Sweet picture.

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/11/2012 10:26AM

    emoticonand cute dog..

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CAKAROO 7/11/2012 7:36AM

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IMREITE 7/10/2012 9:09PM

    Medications can often interfere with my weight. hope it works out.

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ROJAKHAN 7/10/2012 3:07PM

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MS.ELENI 7/10/2012 12:59PM

    I do like the picture. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Not good

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I have been on my new diet over a week now and today I weighed myself only to find out that I am still 12 stones 4 pounds, I was so disappointed but I am not giving up at least not yet. I have worked so hard and have even been going swimming twice a week.
I know that I have lost nearly a stone since Christmas but it has been so slow and very hard work, I am not over eating and have kept to my alotted calories. I am on tablets for depression and wonder if they are part of the problem.

  
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MARGOMCP 7/6/2012 8:48AM

    The depression tablets and whole bodily mood could be contributing to how slow it is. That's great that you have lost and are holding your own rather than gaining. I gained back .4 of a pound this week but my weather here and other stressors have me being kind to myself instead of disappointed.

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1MILLDOLLARBABY 7/5/2012 9:51PM

    Stick with it!! in my own experience with meds weight gain was a real problem. Years ago I had a horrible doctor who could care less of the side effects of the meds he put me on...long story short the meds really packed on the pounds...almost 100. Now I'm on meds that do not cause weight gain and am feeling much better over all as well.

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MCJULIEO 7/5/2012 8:01PM

    Don't give up! We're cheering you on!

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GAYLE119 7/5/2012 6:37PM

    Just like the rest say...hang in there...I have gained back my 13 lbs that I lost since I joined Spark in May emoticon but I'm not giving up and neither will you! WE CAN DO THIS!! emoticon

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ELAINEANNE1 7/5/2012 2:07PM

    Thank you all for the support, I have been feeling a bit low recently which is not helping. I will get there I'm just going to take longer. emoticon emoticon. It is very miserable here so I am not doing as much walking as I would like.

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MS.ELENI 7/5/2012 10:32AM

    Hang in there.It may take longer because of meds. emoticon

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TERRIH8118 7/4/2012 8:16PM

    Sometimes the scale doesnt tell the whole story. Look for other ways its helping like maybe more energy or just feeling better about what your doing for yourself. I do know some antidepressant med will make it much harder to lose weight, you might want to ask your dr. But either way Keep up your hard work, even if it takes awhile it will make a big difference. Keep positive. emoticon

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FAERY_PRINCESS 7/4/2012 2:08PM

  Hang in there! You admit that you've have lost at least a stone since Christmas, so there's your progress. Do you feel better in any way? Is it easier to move about, make healthy meal choices, or do your swimming workout? In addition to the loss of a stone, congratulate yourself on at least one of these smaller goals. Write them down if you have to. I know it helps me to do so. For a while, all I could put down was that I didn't huff and puff when I got to the top of a flight of stairs. No real weight loss, despite calories and excercise. But, when I thought of it, that IS an accomplishment. My body became healthier and could work more efficiently due to my excercise, regardless of what the scale said. I also knew that my eating choices were healthier than before, so I was actually getting the nutrients to get stronger day by day.
So WOO-HOO to you, despite the numbers!

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Going well

Friday, June 29, 2012

I am doing quite well up to yet and the support I get from my emoticon is amazing.
My starting weight was 172 pounds and should be about 165 by the end of July.

  
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MCJULIEO 6/29/2012 9:38PM

    WONDERFUL!

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MS.ELENI 6/29/2012 3:17PM

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Counting calories

Sunday, June 24, 2012

I have decided to change tactics and count calories instead of Weight Watchers points. I have been so slow at losing weight that I thought it was worth a try. I have worked it out that I should lose about 1 to 1 1/2 pound a week and by the end of July I should lose 6 pounds.
I am not bothered about how fast I lose weight but do want to try and lose a regular amount each week. Today was my first day so shall see how it goes.

  
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ILOVETOCRUISE 6/29/2012 12:13PM

    Good for you. Let us know how you are doing.
Leona
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MYSTERY-LADY1 6/24/2012 6:30PM

    You can do it!

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BRANDI1809 6/24/2012 4:47PM

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MS.ELENI 6/24/2012 2:17PM

    I use the food tracker every day to keep track of calories. I do it the lazy way. I don't put down what I ate.Only amount of calories. Counting calories does make a difference

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ELAINEANNE1 6/24/2012 2:13PM

    Hi
Just to let you know, I found a web site called my fitness pal which lists British foods which I find easier to use and at the moment I am feeling really positive.
Thank you all.

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VICTORY2XS 6/24/2012 2:05PM

    You will find the food intake tracker and the exercise tracker to be wonderful tools. I don't exercise enough, i'm working on it, but not there yet. But even the slightest improvement is noted through the exercise tracker, and that motivates me to keep going. With the food tracker, i have noticed that my downfall with food intake is carbs. Now that I know this, I can address that particular problem and hopefully see improveent soon. Best of luck to you in reaching your goals.

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DANAWALKER4 6/24/2012 1:55PM

  You can do it! When you start losing it will stimulate some excitement about it and you will be encouraged to continue toward your goal.

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