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Glad to see this group.  I’ve been on my own weight loss journey this year.  My motto in March was that COVID calories don’t count as everyone was buying us great food and we were hailed as heroes.

I quickly learned that they do count!!

Im currently at my lowest weight in 5 years and trying to lose another 30-40.  The more I lose, the tougher it gets and I’ve currently plateaued.  
 

I work out about 5-6 hours a week and am on WW green plan.  Just trying to get over this hump.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Welcome to you. For me, weight lose is a necessity, not a luxury. I've struggled all my life, even right now, I WANT something. It's my megace making me want to eat the wallpaper! 

I have a very looooong way ahead of me. Doing my own thing to muddle along. Hang in there!

 

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

3 hours ago, amoLucia said:

Welcome to you. For me, weight lose is a necessity, not a luxury. I've struggled all my life, even right now, I WANT something. It's my megace making me want to eat the wallpaper! 

I have a very looooong way ahead of me. Doing my own thing to muddle along. Hang in there!

 

If you don't mind my asking what are you taking megace for - Is there an alternative that would not effect apetite

 

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

Welcome, welcome. While this who covid thing has placed a lot of restrictions on my exercise - I did get to break-up a fist fight on my unit today which got the old heart rate up to aerobic levels.

At 57 and with a life long relationship with weight loss/gain I have plateaud more often that I care to count. Still the current regimen of collegen peptides and intermittent fasting seems to be working for now!

Welcome

Hppy

I did keto for a bit.  I had zero energy and was miserable all the time.  I did WW before but did not understand how to work the program and 23 points a day for food was not nearly enough.  Now I get 30 points a day on green and I use some of my fit points, and I find it much for sustainable.

Even when I don’t lose, I maintain which I feel is a victory.  I was such a yo yo dieter and I know that’s not good for the body.  But it can be frustrating.  I’m turning 45 this year.  My youngest was born when I was 41, it’s very hard on the body to have a baby after 40.  I also don’t want to be that frumpy, “old” mom when my youngest starts school and is involved in things.  
 

I had Covid a couple of months ago and I still have some residual things afterwards.  My balance is off and I tire quickly.  I’m exercising again, but my intensity is not the same.  I still have residual hip and leg pain.  I’m hoping as time goes on this will go away.  It may just be my age as well!

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

hppy - new May dx endometrial CA. Megace for the bleeding. Surgery NOT an option with my other risks. I wish they'd have done a TAH when they did the emerg D&C. But that would have been elective during the height of C19 and hosps' limitation of electives. Friday appt with oncology new therapy plan will be radiation and to continue Megace.  Hmmm - wallpaper starting to look tasty for lunchtime!

 


 

NRSKarenRN, BSN, RN

Specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion. Has 44 years experience.

{{{{ Hugs to amoLucia }}}

Here's some fibrous wallpaper for ya!....

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actually my latest needlepoint pattern.

Stopped maintaining exercise program post 2011 gastric sleeve after program PT assistant left + classes ceased 4 yrs ago. Have maintained 90% of wt loss.  Practically home bound caring for father and disabled DH since then, both now passed so time for ME again.  

Been  walking 4-5x week around my neighborhood this Summer. Bought a beautiful live edge wood bench for outside my front door that I can sit on to exercise in fresh air --similar to this design using my weights and exercise band.  Planning Duodenal Switch in November if Covid remains low in my area.

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Best wishes to everyone's efforts.

 

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Wishes back at you! And that tapestry truly looks delicious! :)))

Early 1980s, I did a diet; lost 200#, solely thru a group-managed diet program. Never went thru their transition, then maintenance programs and dropped out d/t life issues. Slowly the weight crept back. It came back & hovered, but I ballooned TREMENDOUSLY about the time I had a silent MI. I have an IDEA of my wt then, and I figure I'm about minus 100# from that time. I'm slowly losing- minus 20# since mid June.

My physical status is sooo limited, so any exercising is NOT a possibility except I still manage my PT/OT knee/shoulder exercises. My ADL level is sooo limited also. Meals-on-Wheels is a provider for me - not much opp'ty to be very calorie conscious with their meals, but I'm doing something right. Slow but sure working around their meals. But Megace's side effect of increased appetite makes it so much harder for me. 

It's comforting to know others are seriously doing this for lifestyle changes. It's toughest for moment-to-moment obstacle overcomings. But that's why I come here.

nursej22, MSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg,CV. Has 36 years experience.

I joined a gym in January (pre-covid) and met with a trainer who seemed a bit, um, arrogant. He asked me about goals and when said "weight loss" he said at my age that probably wouldn't happen. And he disapproved at my jogging/running for exercise. I didn't go back to that gym after February, canceled my membership in April. 

Since January, I've lost 30 pounds and can easily jog three miles 3 times a week and am training for a 10k (6.2 miles). 

My favorite breakfast is avocado toast, which for me is a slice of multigrain bread toasted, then smeared with 1/2 ripe avocado and sprinkled with flax seed meal. Fiber plus healthy fats and complex carbs. 

hppygr8ful, ASN, RN, EMT-I

Specializes in Psych, Addictions, SOL (Student of Life). Has 19 years experience.

10 hours ago, nursej22 said:

I joined a gym in January (pre-covid) and met with a trainer who seemed a bit, um, arrogant. He asked me about goals and when said "weight loss" he said at my age that probably wouldn't happen. And he disapproved at my jogging/running for exercise. I didn't go back to that gym after February, canceled my membership in April. 

Since January, I've lost 30 pounds and can easily jog three miles 3 times a week and am training for a 10k (6.2 miles). 

My favorite breakfast is avocado toast, which for me is a slice of multigrain bread toasted, then smeared with 1/2 ripe avocado and sprinkled with flax seed meal. Fiber plus healthy fats and complex carbs. 

I've had a number of physical trainers over the years and they all displayed some degree of Arrogance all the up Narcissism. At 57, with diabetes and two other autoImmune diseases I was not likely to get the kind of results I wanted. MOst of them also dissapproved of running/walking as part of my program. They faveor the eliptical for two reasons one it's friendly on the joints. Two it keeps you in the gym where they earn their money. The best trainor I ever had was my son's MMA coach who who would give me a small doable cross fit routine while my son was traing and let be have a quarter of his gym all to myself. He was an Army Ranger and new how to motivate people.When I woudl give me an exercise that I could't do he said. "I really don't care what you can't do. Show me what you can do." I totally loved working out there . Plus he cured my son's asthma! He closed up his gym and moved to Virginia a couple of years ago . 

I'm doing a intermittent fasting (modified) which consists of two high protien collegen peptide smoothies a day and one senisble low carb meal which I switch around to keep my metabolism suitably confused. 

The weight loss is happening slowly but surely and my blood sugars are pretty well balanced

While weight loss is a great bonus I am really trying to just feel better. As I have not felt really well in a long time. I've had two majro surgeries with severe wound healing complications and am at last back on my feet. 

Since you like avocado - have you considered Paleo or Keto?

Hppy

nursej22, MSN, RN

Specializes in med/surg,CV. Has 36 years experience.

2 hours ago, hppygr8ful said:

 

While weight loss is a great bonus I am really trying to just feel better. As I have not felt really well in a long time. I've had two majro surgeries with severe wound healing complications and am at last back on my feet. 

Since you like avocado - have you considered Paleo or Keto?

Hppy

I agree, just feeling better and enjoying moving have been the greatest rewards. I have done Atkins and South Beach in the past, but found them too limiting and challenging when dining out or traveling. Plus, dh likes what he likes and I don't like having to shop and prepare for 2 separate meal plans.

Mostly, I follow the CDC guidelines for preventing diabetes: complex carbs, healthy fats, portion control, and lots of water to drink. And I try to eat minimally processed food like fresh veg and fruit. I never tell myself I can't have something, but I am mindful about what I choose to eat. A donut may sound wonderful, but it has limited food value, so I will choose an apple instead.