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This is a great team for support. We are always here for you. Bev


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2/16/13 1:48 A

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Sorry that you've had a rough time WHITNEYTEACHER.
I think we've all been there one way or another and that
is one of several reasons this team is a good one. ...
and can be of great support. Losing weight as we get older
is hard enough, but when you add arthritis issues and the
inflammation - just makes it a little harder. I understand about
the availability of doctors in your area but would consider trying
to find one or two that can keep an eye on you. Even if it is a few
miles away, could be well worth your drive. I had so much going
on with the level of severity of diseases and with early surgical
menopause, etc. etc. and when I found an excellent rheumatologist,
and an advanced internal medicine doctor - I started receiving better
overall care. They communicate with each other and work together for
my health care needs and communicate with my pharmacy as well.
They monitor my blood, other labs, etc. nutrition, meds, etc. -
also take care of the paperwork and insurance issues.
I have good and bad days and the diseases will never go away, but the
treatments I receive now are better with these two specialty physicians
working together for my "overall care". I am losing weight slowly and have
better understanding of the changes my body is going through than before.
Our day to day challenges are enough to handle as it is.
Between my higher power and my doctors, I let them worry about my care
and I do what I am suppose to - on my end - the best I can do -
and keep my chin up.
Hang in there and we're here if you need us --
this is a great team for support.
Hug to you, from
HJ



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2/15/13 9:47 P

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Carolyn -- If you keep your calories at 1200 and sodium at 1500 you should lose. At WW they constantly tell us to eat all our point values for the day, if we don't our body thinks it is being starved and we won't lose the weight. Make sure you drink 8 glasses of liquid (even coffee counts per the Doctor) So I usually get in more than 15 a day. As we get older the metabolism slows down so we have to stay focused. Bev


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2/15/13 1:46 P

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I think I've been doing better lately with the calorie count. I've been eating so little for so long that when I tried to make sure I was getting 1200 I'd end up eating a lot bigger dinner than I was used to in order to make up the calories I hadn't gotten earlier in the day. Then I would go to bed feeling too full. For the last several days I've been trying to eat a bigger breakfast and a couple of snacks that will give me more protein and not leave all the calories for dinner. I'm amazed that with increasing my calories I've lost a pound this week. It's only one pound but it's a start. I was really sure I would gain if I ate more. For years when I was teaching I would have a bowl of cereal (usually corn flakes) with nonfat milk for breakfast and for lunch (which I ate on my 70 mile drive home) I would have 6 cherry tomatoes, 4 Triscuit crackers and 1 slice of cheese. I then would have dinner with my husband. We would split one piece of meat (I'd take 1/3) with a salad and a vegetable. I did that for years and couldn't understand why I didn't lose weight. I've been trying to drink more water though. When I was teaching I would drink a bottle each class period because after having my thyroid removed I discovered I would lose my voice if I talked very long without drinking water. My larynx was slightly damaged and for some reason drinking water helps. Since retiring I don't talk as much though so I don't drink as much water either.
Another problem with small town living is that choices in doctors are limited. I think mine is probably pretty good for such a small town but he's only a GP. When I tried to talk to him about the problem I'd had trying to lose weight he basically made it pretty obvious he didn't believe me about how little I was eating and told me if I ate less and exercised more I would lose. I stopped talking to him about it. At my annual OB/GYN visit I talked to that doctor and she was much more helpful. She was the one that told me to increase my calories to 1200.

My name is Carolyn
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I moved to Grants Pass, a small town in Southern Oregon in January, 2014.




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HI WHITNEY-TEACHER I suggest you talk to a NUTRITIONIST and see what route they can suggest. You should not be eating less than the 1200 calories like your doctor said. Remember Calories in and Calories out should be the same or more Calories out, I hope seeing a nutritionist will help. You may also want to check with your THYROID doctor to see if he/she can help. I get really constipated and when I eat Almonds they keep me regulated. Eat lots of fruit and vegetables (FREGGIES) Remember there is alot of helpful sites on SPARK PEOPLE also. GOOD LUCK AND BEST WISHES ON YOUR JOURNEY. DON'T FORGET TO DRINK 8 TO 10 GLASSES OF WATER PER DAY. IT HELPS ALOT. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Judy, I agree with you. As I got older my metabolism slowed and it is harder to lose the weight. I do have to keep my sodium at 1500mg a day and I will lose. I try to keep my calories at 1200 and I will do fine.

Whitney - Good luck on your journey and joining SP is a step in the right direction. Always ask for help and there will always be someone to respond. The support is every day and that is great. Bev


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2/10/13 1:36 P

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I would not go under 1200 calories (1200-1500) but be sure to eat small meals 2 1/2 - 3 hours apart. Drinking water and strength training will also help to boost your metabolism. If you don't eat enough calories and don't eat often enough, you metabolism will slow down. You also HAVE to drink in order to help your metabolism stay up. Your body will adjust to those calories but you must eat something often so your body doesn't go into the "STARVATION/STORE" mode. You want it to keep in the "BURN" mode and that will happen IF you do the above things.

Being in menopause (during or after) your metabolism will automatically want to slow down and then with your thyroid removed as well it can slow it down more. Thus, the importance of keeping active and eating/drinking often. Your weight can and will fluctuate from day to day depending on what you've eaten, how much salt, retaining fluids, when you would normally be in your menstrual cycle etc etc etc. So many things add to the metabolic problem.

The reason I say this is because I've been through it and have tried so many differennt things and done research on it besides. Don't get discouraged and give up. Keep trying different foods and find out which ones work the best for you! BUT, do not go below 1200 calories. I have found that for me if I eat more (1200-1600) calories, drink at least 8 glasses of water a day and walk every day I will lose. It's when I go below the 1200 calories my body wants to go into the starvation/store mode. The body seems to think that it better hang on to the fat as you are getting skimpy on the calories when you below that.

Good luck to you on your journey. You are in the right program with SparkPeople. There is lots of support and good information for you to find/research in this program. We are here for each other and don't be afraid to ask for help as we've all been through it in one way or another.

Judy



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2/10/13 1:24 P

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The more you move the better your metabolism. The more often you eat the better your metabolism.

Now that being said, talk to your Dr. There may be things he thinks you should do and things you shouldn't. What ever you do, movement is good but too much is bad, start slow. A friend say she started by walking 5 min one way turning around and walking back. That is 10 min. Slowly increase the number of times a day you do this and or the number of min you walk. Remember you start where you start.

As for eating increase the number of times, but use the tracker to make sure you are staying in your calorie range. Too many calories, well you knew about that, too few and your metabolism will slow down even more to try and save fat.

Objects in the mirror will get thinner than they now appear

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2/10/13 12:38 P

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Hi everyone, this will be my first post since introducing myself. I知 new at this so be gentle, OK? Please, can anyone tell me if they have the same problem I am having? I started menopause in 1999 after the death of my first husband and then had my thyroid removed in 2001. I had a slow metabolism before those things happened but now feel like my body is responding to everything at a snail痴 pace. One reason I get so discouraged and end up giving up is because I already feel like I知 doing what I should be doing and it isn稚 working! I never felt like overeating was a problem for me and started tracking my food on other sites (my-calorie-counter.com and WebMD) and it confirmed what I already knew, I generally was only eating between 800 1100 calories a day. Since retiring I have been walking pretty much every day and try to go at least 2 miles a day unless we池e on vacation or the weather is really bad. When I asked my primary care doctor for help I could tell he didn稚 believe me. On the next visit I brought a month痴 worth of print-out痴 showing my calorie intake and brought my husband with me to verify that I wasn稚 田heating. All the doctor said was that if I really was doing what I told him I was doing I would be losing weight AGAIN he didn稚 believe me! Last month I went for my annual OB/GYN visit and talked to that doctor about my weight loss issues. She told me that with my family history, my early menopause and my missing thyroid I may not be able to ever lose much weight and as long as I was exercising regularly and my blood pressure and general health remained good not to worry so much about it. She said I shouldn稚 eat less than 1200 calories a day though so I致e tried to adjust my intake and since then I致e gained 3 pounds! That痴 going the wrong direction! I knew from past experience that would happen, that痴 why I was trying to stay around 1000 calories in the first place. To say I知 frustrated would be an understatement! I marked 菟ublic for my nutrition and fitness journal if anyone wants to make suggestions, I知 certainly open to them. Any suggestions of ways to speed up my metabolism would be greatly appreciated also.

My name is Carolyn
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