Friday, April 01, 2011
Well, this is fun. I've had this disease for 22 years (at least since diagnosis, probably longer) and gained a ton of weight as a result (ok, only 100 lbs). My face changed, my body laid down bone where bone doesn't belong. My endocrine system shut down. As I got bigger and bigger, no one really said anything about it. Ok, whatever.
So now, I'm determined to lose at least some of the weight. I'm down a total of 36 pounds, which proves that it IS possible to lose weight with this disease. Whether I can lose the entire 100 pounds remains to be seen...but it's a goal, at least.
Asking the docs about this, they generally respond by smiling gently and not commenting. In desperation, I asked about bariatric surgery and was told I'd never survive it. Ok. What about diet drugs? Well, you can take Alli, but nothing stronger. Foo!!
So, now I'm combing the SparkPeople website, reading blogs, tips, recipes, whatever I can find to guide me in a reasonably balanced, low calorie diet that won't mess up my blood chemistry enough to make me sick. Upbeat is hard, but we can try, right?