Thank you all. I think I need to try to take this one step at a time. I'm used to making things happen quickly. I obviously need to retrain my mind. I've really only been looking at the "weight" and not at getting healthy. I still compare myself to who I used to be before Fibro or even to who I was when I was younger with firbro. I definitely find it harder to deal with this as I get older. I am looking forward to communicating with others that may have been there and done that.
Sonja, Mark's advice is really the best that anyone can offer. The main hint that I would add is to start making very small changes. For example, try doing stretches in your chair at night. Get a basic yoga video and use it for 10-15 minutes a day. When you are hungry, walk for 5-10 minutes and drink a glass of water. Do something with your hands. Don't watch TV while you sit; studies show that TV watchers gain weight. Instead, read, doodle, knit, use a crafts kit to make something. Take an online class...small changes add up.
PS don't focus on weight loss. Focus on health gain. Healthy habits will change your life and eventually weight goes.
Edited by: MARTHASPARKS at: 8/12/2012 (12:56)
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Hello Sonja, Overcoming the weight gain is very difficult. But it can be done. Exercise is the key to both reducing pain and losing weight. I know that it is hard to do and it is best to start under the guidance of a physical therapist. Slowly work up to where you get a good work out. At first you well think it is making your pain worse but after a time you well notice less pain (It took me about 8 weeks).
I do not know what to recommend about the eating. It is a problem for a lot of us and takes a lot of discipline to over come it. Star with breaking your meals up so you have 5 small meals instead of 3 bigger ones. Make sure you eat plenty of protein with each meal. Protein is one of the keys to feeling full, along with fiber. I find that if I eat something with protein in it for breakfast, I can make it through my exercises and actually wait til lunch time to eat again, while with out the protein I am starving when I finish my exercises.
I won't even go down the cookie and potato chip isle in the store, So I well not buy those items and eat them. Try to cut sugar out of your diet. Sugar causes you to feel hungry again quickly as it burns off.
Hello everyone. I just wanted to introduce myself. Dealing with fibro a CFS for past 21 years. I'm in the middle of dealing with spine issues for past 2 years. Has practically cut me out of life. I am asking any and all of you that have any advice regarding losing weight (or even maintaining weight at the moment) living with these issues? I feel like I have completely run out of ideas. The meds make me starved. I do great all day then come 4:30 - 9:00 it's over. I go crazy,and there is no stopping me at that moment. I eat plenty of veggis, and fruit. I drink 8+ glasses of water a day. Now what? What do any of you do when all you feel like doing and sometimes can do, is sit in the recliner or sleep. BTW, I do work full time, and I am the lone income in my household. So, I feel like all I can muster is work. Nothing else left in me. Help!! Thanks in advance. Sonja
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