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Not an easy answer

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

WE would all love to go to the doctor with our ailments and have the doctor say, " Take this pill and everything will be fine in a week!"

Yeah....on my annual physical that was not the answer I got for my weight gain woes.
First of all, some background information...I used to be 137 pounds...then I started swimming training ...weight training , then added running, then stopped swimming and kept running, now not doing much except the odd bike ride with the kids or recreational swim. I got discouraged because I was training like a mad person and still putting on weight...some muscle but weight...not losing fat!
But in that time between weighing 137 pounds and now I have put on 30 pounds in 4 years.

I have done it all, paleo, counting calories, no grains, juicing, The Plan.....and my body would respond for the first bit and then the pounds would come back...with friends.
When I was eating well and losing weight I was happy, then when I was still eating well and the pounds started kreeping back, I would throw my hands up in the air and eat what I wanted anyway since doing "the right thing" wasn't working anyway!

Well I sort of had a melt down last week because I am now heavier than I have ever been...and just did not know what to do! So a doctor's visit was in order!

HERE is the verdict:

Low Iron, Bordering on Anemia - this needs to be addressed before I can address the weight gain issue.

Weight gain is due to stopping training in conjunction with eating below calorie range....which has messed up my metabolism.

Also your body will hang on to every ounce of weight after weight loss for 2 years!!!

AND it will take about a year to recover from the messed up metabolism.

Now, this is the crunch....because I am low in iron I am therefore low in energy and that is why I battled to remain active. Dealing with the low iron is the first thing. Since I can't take the supplements - they make me feel horrible ....we have to look into some medical treatments for it. Prevention option..( I will not go into the details, but it is a female issue) and the treatment option ( Iron injections for the next 10 years)

Once my blood levels are at an adequate level then phase 2 of her "Prescription" will be far more doable!

BUT...she said I have to do 1 hour of CARDIO a day! Can you believe that! One hour a day, every day and then she added " You will not see any change in your weight for at least the first 4 - 6 months...."

OH my gosh!

She said that I had a certain type of body type that is athletic! HAHAHAHA! That was funny!
And that because I have an athlete's body and an appetite of an athlete, I have to then train like an athlete!

No pill to fix it but a ton of hard and dedicated work!

So I know I can't just jump to an hour of exercise a day so I will have to build it up slowly. First step is for hubby to get me that gym membership! ( as he promised)

I think I will start the new school year by a daily visit to the gym and get the most out of the membership.
INTERESTING..she also said that for me diet is not going to help me lose weight, because of damaged metabolism, I have to rev up my metabolism by exercise, that is what is going to help.

My response to her was this: If I do all this and after 6 months there is no change, then I am coming back again for a second opinion. She was ok with that!

She said my plight was not a new one, I was joining the hoards of screaming women she sees every day. So not much sympathy there! LOL - My doctor is an athlete and runner herself so she knows what she is talking about in terms of being active.

She does not want me to "just run" or "just swim"...I need to cross train.

So there we go....
I am taking a few days to digest all that and come up with a workable plan.

One that both DH and myself can live with.

So guess who is literally going to be "working my butt off" for the next 6 months!

ON another note, it feels like FALL already here!

Some of you may have already had the BACK TO SCHOOL Week, but we have 3 weeks left!

Anyway on Sunday evening we lit a fire and the kids toasted marshmallows and we all had smores!


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  • SHEILA1505
    Big hugs and good luck xxx
    1709 days ago
    Awww Mel, I am glad you went in and got to talk with your doctor. Hard pill to swallow, but in a way it is better than an actual pill. Your doctor sounds like mine, who I happen to love, even with his tough love. I hear the same thing with my body. Athletic, muscular build that has a hard time losing and really exercise does my body good, over the diet. Diet or calorie restriction has never worked for me. Part of why as a purger without binging, but rather starvation, I would end up never getting below a certain point. I really screwed up my metabolism. I am trying to figure this weight thing out too. I am hanging onto the weight and sure enough when I cut cals it hung on even harder. Just found out I am back to the anemia and the pernicious anemia is even worse. Looks like I need to go in for injections:( Hope your numbers go up!
    1709 days ago
  • SKATER787
    I would seek a 2nd opinion from the alternative side. As I was telling MexGal about the Life Extension org which I read about from Suzanne Somers' books. As a member you can send in your blood test and they have a team of docs and nutritionists who can make recommendations. The regular cost of membership is $75, but I found coupon code on the web and joined for $45. You also get a big book on Disease Prevention and Treatment. I don't get any kickbacks from this. In fact I've known about them for years but too cheap to join until I read Ms. Somers' books.

    I agree with Madeit3 that cast iron cookware will add iron to your food. I've done a lot research on cookware. So thanks to MadeIt3 who brought it up since I didn't even think about it. I think you have a sincere and honest doctor. I just think that she's limited by the protocol. Convetional medicine is great on emergency conditions but for chronic conditions, I'd give alternative a serious look. Good luck.
    1709 days ago
  • ERIN1128
    Interesting, a friend of mine who's had a lot of weight struggles was recently diagnosed with anemia, so I guess your doc is right about it being fairly common. I'll be interested to watch your progress!
    1710 days ago
    I've suffered with anemia on-and-off my whole life and the "fix" for me has turned out to be cooking in cast iron. Weird, but true. Since I started using cast iron pans, I no longer have anemia. And like most women, the iron supplements make me ill. So, absolutely do what your doctor says but start cooking in cast iron too! It can't hurt.

    Hope you'll find a way to do that cardio. I put in about an hour a day but break it up into 10, 15, or 20 minute segments.
    1710 days ago
  • LIS193
    It seems like you got answers but not really... no easy fix.
    At least you have a plan in place and you work with your doctor to monitor your progress! Stick to it and see what happens - look on the bright side, you have tried several other things and nothing worked, quite the opposite, so it cannot get any worse, right? Have you had any input from Igor and the lady that works with you on your Fitness seminars? You have a great support system - you are lucky!!
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    1710 days ago
    I feel your frustration. I also went through a spat of not knowing why despite my weight loss, my scale readings kept saying that I'm losing muscle mass not fat. Very frustrating. I got the ans which was that with doing boot camp and not eating carbs, my body was using the protein which should be building the muscle, for energy instead. I had to buy pea protein powder to add to my morning shake. Did this, almost a month now and STILL the scale says my muscle is going down. Sigh very very frustrating.
    1710 days ago
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