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Water weight is still extra weight

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

I have congestive heart failure and sometimes that causes me to retain water. Two weeks ago, I had a flare and gained 8 pounds! My legs were so swollen that I didn't even have ankles, they went straight into my feet. Since I've been told that you can retain a quart of water in your legs *without* even seeing it, I must have been retaining about a half gallon in each leg.

This is very frustrating because I had finally "broken" 220 and had hopes of getting to onderland before the end of the year (or at least early next year). That won't happen now. It could take weeks for the water to go away despite the medication.

It didn't help that in my frustration, I made no effort to control my eating last week and actually ate 3000 calories one day and more than 2000 calories daily for the rest of the week. But that is just an excuse. I'm determined to do better this week.

Do you have a health condition that can derail your weight loss program without warning? How do you handle it?
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  • TLG71567
    Yeah, I can relate. I have diabetes, reactive airway disease, several bulging discs and a herniated disc that is going into my spine, among other things. I have lost a total of 46 pounds from my highest weight. I have hit a plateau unfortunately though and have been stuck for a while now. I have two pounds to lose to get to my original low, then it's 67 more pounds to be at my final goal. I just keep trying to make more healthy choices than unhealthy ones. I try to get in more steps everyday and I try not to beat myself up when I don't meet these goals. Keep working on it and don't let this get you down. You'll get there. emoticon
    1666 days ago
  • MJ7DM33
    1690 days ago
    Water retention is something else!! emoticon
    1691 days ago
    Thanks MJRVIC2000. I know that losing weight will help my health. I've beat diabetes with weight loss so far. It is good to know that CHF can also be beat without drastic measures.

    Congratulations on your return to health. I'm sure you worked hard to achieve it.
    1691 days ago
  • MJRVIC2000
    In 2007, I had a massive heart attack, CHF. But in 6 months in 2008, I reversed CHF without drugs or surgery. You can do it too! God Bless YOU! Vic.
    1691 days ago
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