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Don't know what to do!

Monday, July 30, 2012

I have a problem and I'm not sure what to do. For the last two years I have been on medication for leg edema. My left leg is larger than my right leg. This happened late summer in 2010. I want to be off the medication, but it won't stay away. It seems to be on the mend and then there it is again. I try to avoid salt as much as possible. I believe it will go away if I lose more weight. I have already had a consultation with a doctor for a lap-band. I want to get the Roux en-Y, but it's not possible because of all the scarring from previous hernia surgeries. The last few weeks I have been doing really well on WW and I have started moving around more. This could very easily be temporary and I desperately want this weight gone. I don't know if I should go through with the surgery or not. I have had several family members go through it and they are doing well. What to do, what to do? I appreciate any help you can give. Thanks!

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MEATBALL713 8/9/2012 10:20AM

    Thanks JIBBIE49, QUILTINGB52, and TRACYZABELLE for your recent input. I have just become aware of my mortality. My BIL died a few months ago at 58 and a cousin died recently at 55. Neither had a weight problem. It's just they died so young and I am 52. I am going to have the surgery. I feel it's my only chance at living a longer life. I have had swollen legs before and it has gone away. This time it's hanging on for dear life! It will get better and I will relax. Then Bam! It gets worse again. It gets better when my daughter massages it for me. I call her bonecrusher because she isn't afraid to hurt me. I have read that sitting/standing too long has something to do with it. I am a cashier and stand several hours a day. When I am off I do a lot of sitting. I have tried moving around more. My husband is going to buy me one of those pedal exercisers so I can move my legs more. We live in a small apartment and there isn't much to do. We have a short summer and our winters in Chicago can be brutal. I guess some movement is better than none. I want to be more athletic and it's just not possible at the weight I currently am. I am making a promise to myself to not die a couch potato!


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JIBBIE49 8/6/2012 5:02PM

    If you have only released 40# in the last two years, I'd certainly have the surgery done and get the weight off. I watched the HBO 4 part documentary "THE WEIGHT OF THE NATION" which said that FATTY LIVER is the worst concern we have being obese. IT really upset me to see what considtion so many obese people were in. Your leg problem would certainly improve if you released 200# and were about 160#. Another thing in the BBC documentary on obesity, it said that many obese people have fecal impacting which causes inflammation in the colon and raises the risk of colon cancer, etc.
I'd certainly have the surgery. My SIL was about 450# & she died of a heart attack at 55. She wouldn't go to the doctor because she was to afraid of the surgery.

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QUILTINGB52 8/2/2012 12:30AM

    You most likely have Lymphedema - an incurable disease that will never go away, but you can control it with exercise and compression. Finding a physical therapist with CDT qualifications will help you towards getting in control of your Lymphedema.

As for the surgery - that is totally your decision. I personally would never do it, for you no longer will absorb the nutrients that your body needs. But either way, the journey it tough and having an engorged leg, doesn't make things easier. But onward we plod.....

Good luck in your journey!!

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TRACYZABELLE 7/31/2012 1:03AM

    I have lymphedema/lipodema and I am in the same boat .. severe hysterectomy scarring but I had the vertical sleeve gastrectomy in April-- healed wonderfully and down 60 pounds in 3 months I am feeling great see if this is an option for you... Good luck.

I had a bad couple of weeks from eating beef jerky WAY too much salt!!

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MEATBALL713 7/31/2012 12:02AM

    Thank you for the prayers, Little_Queen. I have been trying to do more for myself instead of having my husband or daughter do them for me. I have elevated my legs in the past. But sometimes I get that numb feeling and then my legs get itchy and tingly. It's just so aggravating that one leg is twice the size of the other. It makes it hard to wear shoes. I have to squeeze my foot into a tight shoe and wait for the swelling to go down before I can tie the shoe. My doctor can't find what's wrong. I had an ultrasound done and she said there weren't any blood clots. I do know that the swelling lessens when my daughter massages my foot and leg. I call her bonecrusher because it feels like she's trying to break my foot. I don't want to live the rest of my life with two different size legs.

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MEATBALL713 7/30/2012 10:43PM

    Yes, I do realize this is not a cure-all. I know that I will have to watch whatever I eat and that I will still need to exercise. At least with the surgery it will make it hard to overeat because of the dumping syndrome. I am a person who will not vomit unless I can't take the pain anymore. I am not a drinker, so that is no problem. I have only lost 40 lbs in 2 years. I'm not saying that I do WW 100%. But, when I do work the program I still have a very minimal loss. I can feel when the retention is getting worse. I can feel my toes getting tight and I can feel my leg start to feel heavier. I read up on it and it says that it could be from too much sitting or too much standing. I'm guilty of both! When I'm home, I sit. When I'm at work, I stand at a cash register all day. I have some time before I make my decision. I do know that my husband thinks I should do it. I could have had it done in 2001, but I was on WW then and my doctor thought I could do it on my own. Then I weighed 401 again in Sept 2010. I am currently at 362, give or take a pound up or down. I haven't lost any additional weight since July 2011. I am working the program now and my husband is helping me to be more active. I walked the mall twice this morning. I figure that to be about a mile since the mall is 2 blocks long. I just want my normal size legs back and I'm hoping losing the weight sooner than later will help with that. Thanks for all your comments. emoticon Elisa

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SASSYTHING52 7/30/2012 9:56PM

    what is good for some isnt good for others and whether u lose on ur own or surgry it will have to be a change in ur lifestyle for ever surgrey sounds like alot changes sounds like u doing good on ur own my prayers are with u emoticon

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NIKKICOLE83 7/30/2012 9:40PM

    As long as you understand that you still have to eat right and will have other dietary restrictions with the Lap-band. My cousin got it and she didn't completely comply. She would drink alcohol still (which is a huge no-no), she would still eat fried foods and bread and now she is miserable because she didn't consider that her lifestyle STILL had to change. Lap-band isn't a cure all but it is a great tool for some. Good luck.

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Thanksgiving November 24, 2011

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Well Thanksgiving has come and gone. In a few hours I will be at work waiting for the doors to open at midnight. Not looking forward to that. They are supposed to feed us, but I am bringing my own food. I only used a stick and a half of butter this year. In years past, I have used a whole box of butter! I only had breakfast and we had dinner at 2 PM since I needed to get a nap in before work. I used a regular kitchen tablespoon for all the sides. I took one spoon of each side and had some breast without skin. I made up my lunch the same way. I used a box stuffing and it was too SALTY so I ended up throwing that out. My edema has been under control and I want to keep it that way. We didn't have pumpkin pie. I made the Weight Watcher Pumpkin Fluff. Yes, it's not the same but I had to make a decision. Do I want to gain this week or do I want to lose? I chose to have a loss. I am bringing some apples and grapes to have when I feel my resolve slipping. I WILL NOT HAVE A GAIN THIS WEEK. I WILL NOT HAVE A GAIN THIS WEEK. I WILL NOT HAVE A GAIN THIS WEEK...


My Mini-Goal November 22, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hello. In my blog dated November 1st, I stated that I gave myself until Thanksgiving to lose 10 lbs to meet my mini-goal. I actually have it written on my calendar for next Tuesday, November 29th. I chose Tuesday because that's when I go to my weekly WW meeting. I believe I will meet this goal because I lost a whopping 6 lbs this week, after losing only .2 lbs last week. I knew it would eventually catch up. I made my first 10% goal this morning. My second 10% goal is 36 lbs, of which I've already lost 2.4 lbs of. I amazed myself! I have consistently lost weight for the last 4 weeks. I am a yo-yo dieter (I hate that word) and continually go up one week and down the next. I decided to get serious with the edema in my legs and I watch the salt content carefully. I have cut the salt in half in my cooking and the edema has gotten better. My left leg looks almost the same size as my right, where as before it was twice the size.

I have tried to spread the word about SparkPeople to a couple of women at my meetings. I don't think they are interested. I mentioned it again today to one woman and she asked me what exactly is SparkPeople. I told her it's very motivational and empowering. I still don't think she will try it out. All these people on SparkPeople can't be wrong. It works! But only if you work. Too many people want to the reap the rewards but put forth minimal to no work. You get back what you put into it. Simple as that.

Have a great Thanksgiving! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHYJR73 11/22/2011 10:35PM

    emoticon you are so right Spark is emoticon

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MEATBALL713 11/22/2011 5:58PM

    Thanks. I love WW! I could probably do it on my own, but I enjoy the meetings and I really like my leader. Have a great holiday! emoticon

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COLETTEFB 11/22/2011 4:32PM

    Nice job on meeting your mini-goal! Did WW for years then I switched to WW online, until I discovered I could do essentially the same thing here on Spark for FREE!

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MegaYoga dvd November 15, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

I pre-ordered a yoga dvd from Amazon. According to the UPS, my package should be here tomorrow. I cannot wait! I went to a store and bought a yoga mat for $5 in preparation for tomorrow. Being as big as I am it is hard to move, bend, and stretch a certain way. This dvd was made for plus-size people. There is another one that I want to get but I'm having a hard time finding it at a price I can afford. It's by the same lady, Megan Garcia. She's a plus-size model and Just My Size clothing developed a yoga dvd with her. It's called Just My Size Yoga. It got rave reviews and now I'm fixated on getting a copy. I'll keep searching until I find it.

I had a small loss at WW this week, .2 lbs. It's a loss, so I'll take it and be happy about it. I have been tracking my food and limiting eating out. Lucky for me that when we ate out it was at Subway and I knew what I could have without ruining all my hard work. We had dinner at my best friend's house and she was great at understanding that I was watching what I was eating. She made a delicious chocolate chip pie and I had a slice about as big as my thumb. It was smaller than everyone else's but just as good!

At WW we discussed what our eating plan was going to be on Thanksgiving. I'm not having people over this year because I have to be at work at midnight. I'm a cashier at a department store and this year we are open 24 hours on Black Friday. I don't have to make as much food as in the past. And since my daughter is vegetarian, I will probably make more vegetable dishes. I have a recipe to make Pumpkin Fluff instead of pumpkin pie. I have a goal to reach on the 29th of this month and I am going to try my hardest to reach it. I aim to lose 5 more lbs by then. It'll be hard but I'm going to give it my best shot.


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BABY_GIRL69 11/15/2011 3:52PM

    That is so wonderful! I'm with you if its a loss then I too will take it. I like having an option do exercises at high intensity & low intervals so when I find a dvd that has them both, I'm all in.

God bless & pumpkin fluff sounds sweet.


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MEATBALL713 11/15/2011 12:51PM

    You are so right! The dvd I'm getting tomorrow is titled MegaYoga and the instructor is a plus-size model for Lane Bryant, etc. She has an older dvd that I also want, Just My Size Yoga. They have it at Amazon for an outrageous price for used. I will wait until I find it for less. I liked what you said about stretching and I noticed that my daughter's posture improved once she started doing yoga. I find it difficult to get on the floor and I'm envious of you! I can't even remember the last time I was able to get on the floor willingly. So I figured that you were right. Stretching will lead to other things.

As for Thanksgiving, I plan on having a great day! I have some modified recipes that I used at Thanksgiving in 1999 and I lost that week. I want a repeat. There was a saying in the weekly handout at WW today. It said "if you fail to plan, you plan to fail". So true!

Have a great week! =D

PS There was also an article in the handout about yoga and stretching. I wanted to scan it and put it here but I didn't want any trouble for posting something that isn't mine to post.

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GIRLONFIRE1979 11/15/2011 12:21PM

    I had no idea there was a Yoga DVD for plus size peeps!!! I need to check that out! I'm glad you're so excited! I always get the most excited about stretching and exercising. What I want most is a GOOD mat to support my back. i have one from modell's but it's just not enough support for me at this weight. you will DEFINITELY lose that 5 lbs! How many Thanksgivings have you lived through? You know what they're about, and you have a plan, and it is JUST ANOTHER DAY. have a slice of this or that if you want so you don't feel deprived, and then keep it moving cause it's JUST FOOD and you have more important things to worry about, like the rest of your healthy life and all the healthy Thanksgivings to come! Next year at this time we will be looking back out our photos shaking our heads, GRATEFUL that we worked so hard a year to make BIG changes in our lives!

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Rainy Tuesday :( November 8, 2011

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Good morning SparkPeople! It's raining here in Chicago and it makes me sleepy. I walked to my Weight Watchers meeting this morning and I didn't get too wet. I lost 2 more pounds. I need to lose 3.8 more pounds to hit my first 10% mark. I was so close at the beginning of June and then the edema in my legs got worse. I am watching extra carefully what I'm eating. I've cooked and baked a few things and left out the salt entirely. Nobody noticed a difference in taste. I even had a slice of cheesecake this week. I made sure to deduct it from my daily POINTS.

I went to McD's with my 2 younger sisters yesterday and all I allowed myself was a Coke Zero and a parfait. My one sister commented on how long it took me to eat it. In the past, I would have been aware of what they were eating and that I couldn't have it. It didn't even bother me yesterday. We decided to maybe make it a weekly thing. I live so close to my younger siblings yet we don't see each other but maybe once every month or two. We had a good time.

I hope my job will honor my request and give me Tuesdays off, so I can go to the morning WW meeting. There is an evening meeting, but if I work I can't make it to the meeting because I'm too tired or sore from standing all day. I like the morning meeting better than the evening one. I always feel so out of place, but I'm opening myself up more. Today I met a new join and she was so excited because she lost 6 pounds on her first week of WW. She was kind enough to drive me home because it was raining. I even told her about SparkPeople. She said she'd check it out when she had time.

Gotta go write my food in my Tracker. Have a great week SparkPeople! emoticon

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ELLIEFUNT 11/9/2011 7:36AM


I've been tinkering with the idea of going to WW. I need face to face accountability.

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BABY_GIRL69 11/8/2011 6:59PM

    Way to Go!! If its easier for you to go in the morning I hope they give you the day off too.

God bless & do what works for you!


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GIRLONFIRE1979 11/8/2011 2:17PM

    I'm very proud of you!!!! The last time I joined WW I didn't stay long enough to make it to my 10% mark so that is astounding. You are almost there! And not only did you not feel deprived having the parfait, you are actually planning to go back in the future, not for the food, but for the company. That is a big mental step! emoticon

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