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11/23/11 2:40 P

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Have you tried a week or so at a higher calorie level to see if that makes a difference? Either just eating more or if that doesn't budge the scale then dropping back down to a lower level might shock your system a bit. It also might be as a previous poster stated that the medicine just hasn't kicked in yet. Has your dr retested your levels after 8 weeks or so on the meds?

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11/22/11 12:11 P

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just a quick note that i feel is worth the mention... if you find that regular metformin makes you sick and you can't tolerate it, ask for extended release metformin. for whatever reason, doctors sometimes don't offer that and it made a big difference for me. i could only tolerate a small dosage of the regular stuff and they wanted me on more. so now i take the extended release and i have no problems.

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11/21/11 8:11 P

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Wow, today is my first day as a member on this website and you guys are so inspirational. In the past few years I have gained at least 60 pounds and have " eaten myself up over it". I have really let it get to me and effect my daily life. I have recently found out that I have PCOS and at my next visit, my doctor is going to start me on Metformin and I really hope it helps. I work out at the gym (not as much as I should), but I try and stay active and I dont eat probobly like I should in the perfect world (but not bad at all) and I cant seem to lose anything. I am going to try and start my first weigh in tomorrow and follow this website daily. I am so excited. Thanks guys for your help!

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11/21/11 3:17 P

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Here is my 2 cents: take it for what its worth. :)

I have had type 2 diabetes and pcos for over 10 yrs now and have had very similar struggles. My efforts to lose weight seemed futile. Finally, I am starting to see positive changes and here's my advice.

I have lost 40 lbs, but it took me 3 yrs to do it. Your metabolism is going to take awhile to get functioning properly again... its not going to happen over night. I decided that I was going to stop weighing myself and I think I'm much better off. I realized that my body is not functioning normally and therefore I have to adjust my expectations. I no longer focus on the number on the scale or the size of my pants. On the rare occasion that I do get on the scale, I'm happy if I'm within a few pounds of the last time, up or down. Focus instead on how you feel and be happy about the healthy choices you are making.

Metformin has made all the difference for me. Now, unlike before, I don't feel like I have to be a perfect angel all the time. If I exercise pretty regularly and eat reasonably well, I feel good and the weight has been gradually but steadily coming off. Of course, I keep trying to get better and better at the diet and exercise so that I'll get even healthier.

I think that the two most important things that you can do are 1 - go to a really good endocrinologist. I feel that they really have the best chance of getting you on an appropriate treatment plan moreso than a pcp or obgyn because their expertise is the metabolism, and that is where the root of the problem is. And 2 - don't necessarily listen to what the doctors and nutritionists tell you. If you eat less than what your body requires to function (which is your weight in pounds with a zero on the end in calories), your metabolism is going to think it needs to conserve. Just make sure those calories are good stuff -- whole grains, whole fruits and vegetables, lean protein, healthy fats. Carbs do not cause insulin resistance, processed sugars and artificial ingredients do.

Hope this was a little food for thought... best of luck!!!

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If you have to tell someone how bad you want it, then you haven't shown them how hard you already work for it.
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11/19/11 1:49 A

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I hear you! My diet/exercise habits are not as good as yours by any means, but i seriously do not eat as many calories as should be necessary to maintain my weight. And i can just feel that I am gaining all the time. I need to just buckle down, through out everything that is even remotely unhealthy and get to work, but I am just plain exhausted with thinking about it. I have told people before that my weiight battle feels like being on a treadmill all the time, running and running and getting bigger all the time. I will just be working one full time job instead of two part time jobs starting next week so I am hoping I can make a routine and stick to it. I try not to weigh myself too often when i am dieting because my weight flucuates so bad. If i lose two pounds one day then gain them back the next that ls just a recipe for me to cry and eat a bag of candy. So i usually weigh twice a week and take my measurements. Measurements always help because many times even if i havent lost weight i will lose inches!

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11/18/11 6:14 P

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Sorry for the "F" word (fat) by the way.... It's just how I feel about myself.

Robin


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11/18/11 6:12 P

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Misha,

Thank you so much for the idea!!!! I will weigh twice a week. I thought I was immune to water weight because I take a diuretic but I guess not. Your encouragement means so much... I'm loving SP for the support. If either of you guys needs need anything... Hmu :-)

Robin

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11/18/11 6:07 P

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Wendy,
Your response is tons of help, I sometimes feel like the only one. I watch these skinny bitches (sorry, I had to curse once...) at work eating like pigs while I munch on a carrot. Arrrrrrgggggg!!!!!!

I try to tell myself that I love myself no matter what but am lying as well. I hate being fat. :-(

Robin

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11/18/11 11:48 A

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Okay...so I know you know that your weight can fluctuate because of water. Right? Right? And as much as we all what to see a lower number on the scale sometimes it does happen.

Are you weighing yourself the same time under the same circumstances every time? I know that I weight myself twice a week (Tuesdays and Fridays), in the mornings, after I have gone to restroom (TMI both kinds), and before I eat or drink anything.

Water weight can actually make you gain up to 3 or 4 pounds, so don't get discouraged. I really recommend weighing in twice a week. A serious weigh in and then a "see where I am" type of weigh in (or maintenance). This allows you to get a better idea if your gaining, or if it's just water weight.

Keep up the hard work, and remember it takes time (grrr...I need to start listening to myself). I have no patience for weight loss either, but a 2 pound gain is nothing really, I swear.

Good luck and hope this helps!

~Misha~


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11/18/11 11:26 A

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Ok move over! I am climbing in the boat!

I have the EXACT same problem. Can't wait to hear from someone else. Sorry I am not much help.

I do know that I feel better by making the right choices, I keep telling myself that I don't mind being a really large strong fit woman, but I am lying.

~~Wendy

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11/18/11 6:44 A

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Good Morning All,

Can anyone let me know what works for you? Briefly, I always had a problem with weight. I always had doctors tell me I wasn't dieting properly etc. My TSH sat between 2.6 and 3.0 so they never did much about it. That was until I took upon myself to switch doctors after gaining 25 pounds between June and Mid-August this year; without dietary change AND while hitting the gym 4-6 days per week. Instead of just running a standard TSH, he did free T3 and T4. Lo and behold, while my TSH and free T4 were within normal levels... My free T3 was rock bottom. My body is not converting T4 to T3... T3 is vital to metabolic function. On top of all THAT I was diagnosed with PCOS! So I think great I can get medicated and finally I can stop eating like a rabbit and gaining like a moose.

I was put on Armour Thyroid, the only medication that has T3 included. I mean Synthroid is all T4 and if my body won't convert it, it's of no use to me. I'm on 60 mgs. I'm also on Metformin 1,000 mgs per day and Spironolactone 100 mgs per day.

I was all excited! Waited 6 weeks not worrying about seeing much happen because it takes about 6 weeks to show effect.

Results? Well joined Sparkpeople 2 weeks ago. Weight 200. Up but, ok, still fired up to go. Week one complete and weighed in = 197.8 - Ok week one for anyone else is usually better but... Yeah, ok. (I'm telling myself.) Today weight in day.... Results = 199.1 WHAT??

I am desperate for ideas here. I feel like a cow and am tired of being the picture of dietary perfection and not only not losing anything but gaining/being overweight. Has anyone else had these problems? What works for you? What meds are you on?

A few things about the way I eat: I do not eat fast food, red meat, processed food (I cook), sugar, flour, potatoes, pasta, white rice, bread, butter,goodies or deserts of any kind except maybe four times a year, no pop, no chips, I do not snack, I do not drink alcohol..

I do eat 7-8 servings of fruit and veggies (2 which are fruit), always chicken, turkey or pork, I make sure I get 35-50 gms of fiber per day. I keep my sodium low. I drink 10-12 glasses of water per day (I only drink water, except on weekends I may drink tea.) I maintain my caloric intake between the suggested levels of 1,450-1,750. Usually the low side. I've never hit 1,750.

I do exercise 3-5 hours per week. (I'm on overtime right now or it would be more.)

Slow loss I could live with.... But I am GAINING emoticon !!!!!
Any suggestions? I really want to curse but won't.... Thanks in advance for the help.
Robin

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