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11/17/17 9:48 P

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You are MORE than welcome.

Good Luck,
Kris xxx

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11/17/17 9:39 A

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Thank you so much, Kris! I really appreciate your advice. I do have hypothyroidism and have been on medication for years for it (my doctor keeps increasing it). I know this is going to be a daily struggle for me to lose weight and exercise, but my life is a daily struggle right now. I know that things can get better if I stick to a healthy diet and move more, and I know that if I continue on the same path I'm on now, I will get worse. Thanks so much for taking the time to reply and for all the useful information. I will be scouring the Spark pages this weekend!! Thanks again!

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11/16/17 8:29 P

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Hi, You CAN turn this around, but you will need to work.

The first thing is to start with baby steps. You have a sitting job and sit in the car for a long time getting to/from work. Make use of that office sitting. Get up more frequently for a glass of water. try 1/2 filling your glass or bottle so you NEED to make more trips. Go for more frequent bathroom stops, whether you need it or not. Walk on the spot at your desk, WHILE seated. When you have a lunch break go for a 10 minute walk in the fresh air. All of these little snippets of exercise will help you overall.

When you get home, try going without your wine a few nights a week, and reduce the amount the other times. Wine has loads of calories but no nutritional value. If you watch TV, try doing some chair exercises. Even just walking on the spot or doing some dumbell exercises (cans of beans/fruit/veges are great weights for this) will help a lot.

Look at WHAT you eat. If you don't eat much in the way of fruit/veges, decrease the processed foods and replace them with extra portions of fruits/veges.

I strongly urge you to make an appointment and talk with your Dr about what is going on. It may be that depression is playing a bigger part in this than you think. There could also be other health factors involved, such as hypothyroidism, Diabetes, PCOS, - even a sleeping disorder. I didn't know I had one until my daughter told me about my snoring. Turns out I have Obstructive Sleep Apnoea which is particularly bad. I was stopping breathing 60 times PER HOUR, for 17 seconds at a time.

Your Dr will also be able to refer you to a Registered Dietitian to help you. I suggest that you make very good use of the Nutrition Tracker, weighing all of your food for increased accuracy and entering it all into the Nutrition Tracker. Then you will be able to see where to tweak to make better choices. When you go to your Dietitian's appointment, take printouts with you. This will enable the Dietitian to better help you because the accurate information is there rather than trying to rely on memory. As we all know, memory can sometimes be rather inaccurate or not there at all!

I had significant pain but since I lost a lot of weight, the pain has reduced considerably.

I urge you to take baby steps to reach your goal. Don't make a lot of changes all at once, but rather change one or two things and allow your mind/body to get used to those changes before adding something to the mix. It might be as simple as replacing 1 or 2 glasses of wine with water, or adding an extra piece of fruit/vege to your day as you reduce donuts/ice-cream etc. The changes re exercise should use the same format, too. Gradually build on that with intensity and duration.

As far as dealing with sugar addiction, below is a link that you may find helpful:
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Good luck,
Kris

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11/16/17 12:44 P

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I know that's not a very positive message title but since the tears are always flowing, the weight keeps coming on, and my body has started to give out, it's exactly how I feel right now. I'm 59 years old and I work at a desk job where I sit for 9 hours a day and I sit in a car for over 2 hours a day to get to and from this job. I'm too tired when I get home to do anything but eat, drink wine and go to bed. I try almost every day to start eating healthy but I fail every time. I have a foot problem, a knee problem and a back problem that prevents me from walking for more than a few minutes. I have 140 lbs to lose, but don't see how it's possible when I'm sitting in a car and at my desk for over 11 hours a day. I don't know how to turn things around. Weight, depression and sugar addiction has taken over my life and I'm missing out on so much. So, yes, feeling hopeless.

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