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Doctor Visit and You On A Diet

Sunday, April 13, 2008

OK, i went to see my doctor Friday mainly because I wanted help losing weight. I have read the book, You On A Diet and Dr. OZ talked about some meds for helping with cravings, etc. Anyway, on page 272, he talks about topiramate (Topamax) which is supposed to help with weight control and has a calming effect. sigh. So, I went to see my doctor who is a female and I really like her. She is over 60 and you would never believe it to see her. She did not agree that I should be on that drug. I was not surprised. BUT, she kept talking to me and eventually, I broke down in tears. I hate that.
I told her that I just needed something to help calm me down besides wine so that I could lose weight. Then we talked about how I can not relax and that it makes me nervous to relax and watch a movie with my husband and that I always have to be doing something in addition to that. I usually am reading. I usually read self-help books or magazines also.

SOOOOO, she said that that means I"m just ignoring what is really bothering me.

I'm sure that is true but was not prepared for that....so she put me on Zoloft. I"m not really depressed! I just need to calm down and when I read about Topamax in Dr. Oz's book, it just sounded like what I need.

I guess life goes on and I will just eat healthier and stop obsessing over my weight. I wonder if that is actually going to happen? ha.

I have to get a new doctor anyway since she is leaving to go somewhere else to practice. I really hate to see her go but maybe it's time for a new one anyway. I just hate starting over from scratch.



shhhhheeeeeeesh.

I guess I will take it awhile but I'm not really keen on that.

  
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CYNAMIN 4/18/2008 3:08PM

    Whenever a doctor suggest meds for me that I don't "need", I think twice about taking them. For example, after my hysterectomy my doc immediately prescribed HRT. I had already begun taking wonderful herbal products that relieved all symptoms, so why would I take meds??? Here it is two years later and I am still taking my herbs and I feel great. Do what you feel is best for you. Best wishes. :-)



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NICURN3 4/14/2008 8:42AM

    Zoloft can be a great help. But, a family member of mine went on, they said they just didn't start enjoying life- they enjoyed food even more. The taste improved, they gained a lot of weight. But, this does not have that effect on everyone.
Wellbutrin helped me loose a lot when I first went on it, but the weight did not stay off.

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SKINNYNANNY 4/13/2008 11:51PM

    I hope that you use the sources on SP to learn more about medication and weight loss. I too would love to have a medication that makes this journey faster, but I have friends that have even had surgery and after years gained back the weight because they didn't really change their diet and exercise in the long run.
Really I want to wake up 50 lbs lighter and I would be happy; talking to my dr. she said that diet and exercise is the only long term things that works. The rest is temporary, so make positive choices every day that will help get you where you want to be.
getting where we are took time, and getting where we want to be takes time too. You are not alone in your journey. we are here for you, I am not anti-meds for the right things and know that they can help. I just think that you should really look at the side effects of anything that you put in your system, to see if it is what is best for you.
good luck in this journey, SP has some great tools, and great teams, and you will find all the support you need; the rest; is up to us to change!
if you need a friend, spark mail me
skinnynanny

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~~LILA 4/13/2008 11:35PM

    I was on Zoloft for years. I like it better than Prozac, which of course we're all hearing how bad that is for us now. I was on Zoloft after my first child was born, simply because it wouldn't "knock me out" at night. I was always concerned about not being able to hear him in the middle of the night.

Anyways, I just wanted to mention that some people have claimed to experience weight gain/water retention on some anti-depressants. I don't know if Zoloft has that effect, and I do know that some Dr's will put an overweight person on anti-depressants "believing" that they may help the person to lose weight. Just don't become discouraged if you step on the scale and after following your diet to a 'T', you find you gain weight. It could be the meds.

Or, you could also become one of those who actually DO lose weight while on anti-depresants. I did for the first couple of years, then I began to gain...obviously or I wouldn't be here! Hahaha Heeheee.

Sorry bout being so long winded. Hope you start feeling better soon,
Lila

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TESSA_NJ 4/13/2008 8:10PM

    I've not been on Zoloft, but I went through a period of taking anti-depressants. Part of it was for depression, but really it was more for anxiety and an inability to relax. Give some time for it work, and see how you feel. You may be pleasantly surprised of the effects. I remember how unhappy I was (initially) that I had to take drugs to feel better, but once they kicked in, I was truly happy that I had decided to take them.

Good luck. I hope everything works out for you. emoticon

p.s. I went off the anti-depressants about a year later :-)


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GAYLLYNNE 4/13/2008 8:04PM

    I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. In this instance I would try and see how the zoloft works. It takes a few weeks to kick in I'm told, so I'd give it at least a month. Maybe you will feel better and have an easier time staying on the diet. In any event, if you feel it really isn't for you, after you give it a chance, you can go to the new Dr. and explain what you believe you need.

I'm rooting for you to win this battle. I just know you can do it. Have a great week, and hang on!

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BUGLET- 4/13/2008 7:34PM

    The Dr is probably right. It happens just about at your age with menopause. It hit me hard but I made it through alive. Keep the good in your mind and keep the bad things out. Easier said than done. You have done so well, don't let go now. My thoughts are with you and I wish you well. I also have a bookcase of self help books, I know where you're at but there is life and survival ahead..and you can do it! Hugs, Bug

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Thinner Peace

Friday, April 04, 2008


I love SparkPeople because it is so full of information and self-help articles and tools. There is no other place like it on the internet for free.

I love the message boards and have met so many great people here. But, my head is swimming with so much information! My brain feels like it's in overload mode (not that I had that much room in it anyway).

What I'm longing for is less stress and more peace. It seems that I constantly have to reassess my diet and my life when I just want to be on autopilot for awhile without worrying about gaining or losing weight.

One question that I need to ask myself frequently is: What are you passionate about? Why aren't you doing the things that you love? I love creating and I love creating art. I work in the arts field but I rarely take time out to create my own. That is going to change. I'm tired of creating stress for myself. I am not getting any younger. It's my turn!

So what if there is dust on the shelves! There will always be dust! At least I don't have to sit still and let it settle on me.
I am going to do what makes me happy and healthy.

Hopefully, in the process, I will find my (th)inner peace.

  
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SCRAPPINGIRL40 4/9/2008 3:09PM

    I think we all need to find our thinner peace. Isn't so nice to have a place like Sparkpeople to help us.

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*SOLA* 4/4/2008 4:41PM

    poor little dust bunnies....LOL Have fun with creating your artwork!! Just enjoy yourself in what ever you decide to do!

Carol / Sola

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SKINNYNANNY 4/4/2008 4:13PM

    love the comment on your blog, I just did a blog about how creativity helps us feel better physically, mentally and emotionally. check it out!
you will be less stressed the more you create...so start dancing, painting, singing, sewing, gardening, or whatever makes you happy to do. and your life will seem so much happier too!
have fun while you get fit, and remember baby steps, you don't have to do it all at once.
it will happen!
skinnynanny

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MARIADALE 4/4/2008 2:15PM

    Happy creating!

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Starting Over...Again!

Monday, March 31, 2008


I'm starting over again on my program. I have a new resolve to finish getting the fat off while also eating healthy foods and exercising regularly.

I would love to keep this resolve. It seems like whenever I make up my mind to do something that there is always someone or something that comes along to try to make me fail. Why is it that there are just some people in the world who do not want us to succeed? I get so irritated when people tell me that maybe it's not meant for me to get to my goal weight. If anyone is an expert on my body, it's me.

So, I'm reminded of what my horoscope said yesterday. It said this:

"You have a healthy sense of who you are, but do you have a good sense of the person who you want to be? You're still a work in progress -- everyone is. And you need to think of your future not only in terms of where you'll be living and what you'll be doing, but in terms of who you want to become. Aim high. You can take the pressure! It's critical for you to maintain an open mind and be willing to learn. Embrace controversial ideas, because they will teach you valuable lessons. "

I can definitely embrace controversial ideas but I don't have to embrace negative attitudes of others who try to make me feel bad just when I've made up my mind. Maybe that is a good thing because it just makes me more determined to show them wrong.

I'm not going to be a freak about losing weight. I am going to put in a conscious effort to be healthy and happy. I just have to take it a day at a time. You'd think at my age that I would not let what others think or say bother me so much. It's just that I have enough of a problem trying to keep MYSELF from talking negative to me. I just don't need it from others from whom I didn't ask advice anyway! grr.

  
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PRETTYNINK23 4/2/2008 6:17PM

    i totally get you! i have sister that has basically mocked me for wanting a work out buddy saying that SHE wasnt going to wait to lose her weight for someone to help her and she got kinda sarcastic with me when i mentioned spark people and said she has REAL friends! that was so irriatating and honestly i think to myself she hasnt gotten any smaller sense december when she was talking as if she works her butt off and so forth...im thinking she also said when sh efirst saw me that day that she mocked me for being a sparker that i defiantly lost weight so you know what i think, that alot of these negative people you talk about, just are insecure with thereselves and dont want you or anyeone else for that matter to succeed at something. thats what i think. so hold your head up high and dont let anyone stop you from making your dreams come true! :)

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~~LILA 3/31/2008 10:01PM

    I have found that the "secret" to weight loss is not willpower, but determination. It HAS to become a mind set! After many failed diets, I had finally made up my mind that this time I was going to do it, nothing is going to stop me, no more excuses.

I realized that no one can sabotage my diet, except for me. No one can put the food in my mouth, except me. No one can lead me off track, except me. No one can.....

Once you set your mind to achieving it, only you can allow outside influences to affect your outcome. Gee, I'm sorry, it sounds like I'm lecturing you. That is not my intention, I'm just trying to get the point across that only you can control your actions. I realized for me to succeed at anything, I had to make up my mind that I would allow NOTHING, or NOBODY to get in my way.

You can do this, I believe in you,
Good luck in all you do and the choices you make,
Lila

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*SOLA* 3/31/2008 7:56PM

    So true Bug. Donna, people like to cause strong emotions whether it is good or bad ones. They are not the ones walking in your shoes. I want support from ev1, I know I won't get it from ev1. I have to listen to me and my body, and I am being told to keep going, don't give up. You know there are people who thrive on other people failing. I am like you, I am not giving them that pleasure...hehehe!

WTG and keep going if that is what you feel you need to do, I think you are worth it to do this for yourself!

I just looked and read your page and looked at your pics again. Forget those other ppl who have negative things to say. OMG! YOU look great and wow 75 lbs gone. I say forget those nay sayers!

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BUGLET- 3/31/2008 4:21PM

    Donna,
You can do this! Give yourself the slack that you are so willing to give to others who have problems losing weight. Not to say that you shouldn't focus and give it your best but to accept that none of us are perfect but we just keep giving it our best. You have done this before and you can do it again. Give yourself a hug and don't be angry at yourself. You are a winner or you would never have lost what you have already lost. It doesn't matter what others say or do, we are in charge of our own lives. We can do it together! Hugs, Bug

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Eating while on a road trip

Wednesday, March 26, 2008


One of my favorite things to do while on a long road trip is to eat breakfast. I guess I could eat breakfast any time of the day. It's especially nice if someone else does the cooking. One of my favorite places to stop is Waffle House. I have learned that all Waffle Houses are not the same. On my recent trip back home from Florida, we stopped at a Waffle House somewhere in Louisiana. It was at about 3:00 AM. We were just stopping so my hubby could get some coffee and wake up a little. I noticed that they had a new menu item and one of my favorite foods in the world....Biscuits and gravy...yum. Theirs was biscuits with sausage gravy.

The waitress took our order and gave it to the cook. After a second or two, he looks over at us with a strange look on his face. I figured that since I had already blown my diet while on vacation, I might as well go ahead and have my favorite food for breakfast.

Being raised a southern girl, I knew how to make gravy and I assumed that being they had that on the menu that they cook would know how to make it also. When they bring me my dish, it is a plate with two biscuits on it, sliced open and on top of each was ground up sausage complete with all the grease from the pan. There was no gravy at all. It looked like it had already been eaten.

So, I sent it back and just had a cheese omelette with no toast or anything. I was glad that I was not tempted to eat it. I love to cook so sometimes, it is hard for me to eat out when I know my food tastes much better anyway. I never make biscuits and gravy at home though. I guess it's time to find a healthier alternative for them. I guess I'm going to have to find some type of whole wheat recipe and maybe some gravy made with whole wheat. Well, for now, I can live without it because it kind of turned my stomach at 3:00 AM.

  
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~~LILA 3/26/2008 7:48PM

    That is oh so true! I've had no luck with the TWO Waffle Houses we have here in my town. I love ham, cheese & mushroom omelettes, but our Waf Houses don't seem to know the proper way to cook an omelette.

Because I also just got back from my "road trip" it was kind of hard to not have breakfast made for me these past two mornings. (Our hotel served continental breakfast.) But, I'll get over it...LOL

Have a great one
Lila

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Determination and Starting over

Monday, March 24, 2008


I'm back from spring break and from breaking my diet or eating plan. So, how do I get my determination back?

I found this quote online today that helps me go in that direction. I was thinking so hard about it that I just wore my brain out. Why do we tend to make things so complicated at times. I promised myself that I was going to use the KISS (keep it simple, stupid) principle this year and so I shall.

The only thing I need to do is plan my work and work my plan.
So, that's what I'm going to do. Then I will wait for my motivation to catch up with my determination or visa versa.

But, right now, I'm hungry so I'm going to go have a healthy snack. It's good to be back home.

  
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MARIADALE 3/25/2008 6:22PM

    I just got home from a fabulous 10 days in Peru. I am right there with you getting back on track.

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~~LILA 3/24/2008 8:56PM

    Welcome back Donna,
I'm feeling your pain, I have just come back from a 4 day out of town visit with my son, and have yet to step on the scale. I ate so terribly for the past 4 days, you know, I'm actually looking forward to getting back on track.

Once again, welcome back,
Good luck in all you do and the choices you make,
Lila

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TANNEB 3/24/2008 2:47PM

    Sounds like you've a great plan in place. Determination is a powerful motivator. Go for it!

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133BEE 3/24/2008 2:19PM

    Keep up the good work!!

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LVDLPHNS 3/24/2008 1:22PM

    Well welcome back, hope you had a great spring break. Seems like you have your determination back and making a plan, now the motivation...well, I'm still working on that one myself. I think we all start out with the best of intentions and slow down somewhat and then find the even keal....good luck to you on KISS...you CAN do it.

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BUGLET- 3/24/2008 12:11PM

    You can do this. Focus and determination will go a long way to your goal. Do a hard down day and the loss will motivate you again. If I can be of any help, please let me know. We can do this together. Even though I'm at goal the battle is not over. It's almost as hard to maintain as to lose...

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