Congrats on being a survivor... I have not yet earned that title. My diagnosis was only 2 weeks ago, so I have not even scheduled surgery or anything yet.
One thing I do know about is healthy eating and exercise. However, these things are in absence of hormone therapy, which I understand can cause weight gain. My recommendations include:
Track your calories religiously!! the calorie tracker on sparks is great, learn to use it efficiently so you keep at it. by doing so I have been able to maintain a very lean body. I plan to track my food carefully when I start treatment so I can ensure my nutrition is adequate while trying to keep my wieght under control. With trial and error you will figure out how many calories you can have and still lose wieght.
Make exercise a priority! It will make you feel better on so many levels and it is an important part of your overall health plan. As you get used to exercise, try to exercise at a level that is rigorous enough to really benefit. so, if you choose walking, walk fast and pump those arms; if you lift weights, lift enough to really struggle that last rep.
Finally, consistency is KEY! Eat right most of the time and maintain your exercise schedule most weeks and you will see benefits.
On the food thing, pay attention to what is calorie dense and low on nutrition. After discovering this, I really cut back on pasta and bread. Egg substitutes are now part of my breakfast every day bc they are nutritious, filling (esp when I add lots of veggies) and very low in calories. Another favorite is spaghetti squash. Eat it with a low fat spaghetti sauce or with taco meat (preferably made with ground turkey) and salsa. You can have a huge plate of food with low cals. & high nutrition. You can also make it ahead of time and heat it in the micro at work.
Best of luck to you!
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Hi, welcome to our group. I am a survivor of 18 yrs. Just hang in and you will enjoy this group. They are the greatest. You can learn so much here and get all the help and support you need. Good luck and God bless you.
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Hello Clovetta, Glad to have you here. on being a survivor. I wish you the strength, determination and motivation you need to lose some weight, eat healthy and exercise. I am a 2x survivor and have lost 5lbs at sparks so far, you'll enjoy weight loss here! Lot's of luck You will also make new friends here! Ingrid
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