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3/29/13 12:08 P

My advice is focus on your diet first, worry about the exercise later. People here on SP say over and over that change needs to be made in small steps. If you try to change everything all at once, it's too stressful, and you will implode.

As for not getting support, many of us here do not get support from our friends and family. While some folks are lucky enough to have a supportive group of people who are dedicated to seeing them succeed, that's definitely NOT the norm. You need to learn how to take care of YOU. Nobody can make this journey for you. Muster your strength and move forward.

SP_COACH_DENISE Posts: 42,369
3/29/13 10:11 A

You have been given some good advice here. In addition to that, I would recommend joining the Stress-Busting Challenge to help you better manage your stress:

Coach Denise

BUNNYVUNE Posts: 110
3/29/13 12:03 A

I also have a rare kidney disease! I had my transplant over 12 years ago, and I didn't gain more than 5 pounds the year I was on the prednisone. If you're on it, find out if your transplant team will wean you off of it. It's just a nasty drug.

I also lived in Denver for 9 years, and I was never overweight before I lived there. Not necessarily Denver's fault, but I just wasn't happy there. Not a good fit. Since you have such a full life with the illness on top of it, You might want to look into talking to a therapist to get stuff of your chest. Then, you might think twice before fueling yourself with junk.

And you know that neither your workouts, nor your transplant benefit from junk food. There's no reason why you shouldn't be a size 6 again, and you've already shown progress all by yourself.

Feel free to message me if you need to talk.

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3/28/13 9:23 P

First of all Congratulations on your weight loss so far. That is no small feat. It is very important that you continue to work on you. With all the past medical issues, taking care of your body needs to be a priority. Some suggestions to consider: plan and prep your meals at the beginning of the week so they are easy to just grab and go, keep bottled water and protein bars in your car as backup so you will always have an alternative to soda and fast food, park far away to walk more, take the stairs, walk during your lunch. Any small step is a step in the right direction. Don't give up. You are worth the effort! Also finding a way to let the stress go is important. Pray, Workout, talk to a friend. Accept the fact that some things are out of your control and then let it go. But work on the things that are in your control like smarter eating choices and exercising. Good luck!

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3/28/13 8:06 P

Hello My name is Crystal and I live in Denver, CO. I am a mother of four great kids Isaiah (16), Emilio (8), Avianna (4), and Lorenzo (2). I was always a small girl, but after having four kids, being sick for over 10 years with a rare kidney disease, being on dialysis, having a kidney transplant, and the medicine I went from a size 6 to an 18. DEPRESSING!! As you can see there was always an excuse for me to not workout, even though these should have been reasons to do the opposite. I am sick of carry around all the extra weight and while I would love to be a size 6 again my goal is 8-10. I am not too worried about my weight because for some reason I have always weighed more than I look, but right know I am too heavy for my own good. I have stress hitting me from every angle and the last 2 weeks I have just broke and have went back to my old eating habits (fastfood, pop, and candy). I have continued to workout up to 45mins per day (three different sessions a day). I work full time, go to school full time, and have a house full. My husband and I get along every other day and that is hard on me and my nerves. I cannot get control of myself and sometimes just want to give up all together. Since I started working out I have dropped to a size 14 and lost 19 pounds, but I am my own worst enemy and with no support this is getting very difficult. Help does anyone have any suggestions or pointers?

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