Fighting the Battle of the Bulge

Canada
July 25, 2007 11:13am CST
Every Monday, I watch a program called Big Medicine, on The Learning Channel (links provided at the end of this post). I watch this show for two reasons: One, because I was recently diagnosed as being obese, and two, because the show is actually quite informative. I'm starting this discussion because I want to know how other obese people handle this battle of the bulge, and what kinds of issues are encountered (feelings, experiences, etc.). I have a weight journal (if you want a link to it, please send me a private message), and I'd like to explore these issues there, as well as discuss them here. Thanks in advance to anyone who responds to this discussion... Big Medicine: http://tlc.discovery.com/tv/big-medicine/big-medicine.html The Learning Channel: http://tlc.discovery.com
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@rajatin (39)
• India
27 Jul 07
Well I too have not seen the show. But telling something about myself. While I was in 10th class,My wieght was 96 Kg with 5'4" height and 39" waist but in 11th class I went to a new city for studies and I had to stay thier in PG with no good food and I have to drive cycle for reaching school. And I have to run for tutions.So, double the hardwork and little food with no morning meal. Within one month, I was 80Kg and 34" waist. By the end of the year I was 5'9" long,34" waist and 80Kg weight.
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• India
27 Jul 07
Moral: Just by changing our eating habbits and by burning extra calories which have been accumulated in our body we can definitely win over obesity
@kelly60 (4548)
• United States
25 Jul 07
I have never seen the show, nor heard of it. As for my battle, I have been struggling with my weight most of my life. I had lost just over 35 pounds about a year ago, then gained it all back when the doctors changed my medications. I am struggling to lose even a few pounds again, but with the medications I am on right now it is more difficult than ever.
• Canada
25 Jul 07
Hi Kelly, Thanks for responding. I do know that certain medications seem to have a very bad tendency to cause weight gain, and I wish I knew how to counter it. I'll have to do some research into that, because it does seem like this is a common problem. In the meantime, have you spoken with your doctor about an alternative medication that will do the same job, but without these kinds of side effects? Also, what methods have you tried to help you counter these effects? Do you find you need to work harder than you did before to control things, or are you finding that what you were doing before to help lose the pounds isn't working at all now?
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
28 Jul 07
The only time I was able to lose weight was by accident when I was separated from my husband and got very depressed. I lost 15 pounds in about a month and a half. I gained it all back within 3 months of getting back together. Nothing I have tried has budged an ounce lately. Pills don't work and neither does exercise, with my asthma, I can't do enough to burn all the calories. As I approach 40, I am getting used to the idea that I will be slightly chubby forevermore.
• Canada
28 Jul 07
Hi Trace86. :) One thing I can tell you is that it's no accident that you lost weight when you separated from your spouse (and I'm sorry you've had to go through that). It's a well-known "joke" that women tend to lose weight when they break up with or separate from their partner or spouse. My understanding is that it has something to do with a deep-seated sense of freedom; we start to care about ourselves again. I know there's more to it than that, though - I'll have to find the article I read about it; it was really quite interesting. The most important component to any weight program, Trace, is to make sure you're doing it for YOU, and not for someone else. If you're still having problems, there are a number of things you may wish to consider that might be of help to you. Why not hop on over to my blog and see if there's anything there that might help you? Just go to my profile page and look for the weight journal (I would post it here, but myLot staff expressed to me that they would really prefer that we don't link to our blogs in discussions). :)
@Trace86 (5033)
• United States
30 Jul 07
I absolutely loved the laughing video. I couldn't stop giggling! I am trying very hard to drink more water too. I have issues with snacks at night. I tend to have dessert about 9:30pm. Dinner is usually around 7-7:30.
• Canada
31 Jul 07
So you stopped by, did you, Trace? :D Glad you enjoyed the video - the first time I saw it, I peed my pants, I was laughing so hard. LOL My hubby came in because he wanted to know what I was laughing about, and when he saw the reason, he started laughing too. We both were laughing so hard we were crying - he could hardly breathe, and I was trying not to fall off my chair. LOLOL As for the water, yes, drink more. I saw the chiropractor today, and he explained to me that water intake has to be increased - first, to help ease the dehydration in the body, and second, to help flush the fat. So, for someone who is - for example - 200 pounds or more, 3-1/2 to 4 liters of water is necessary to help flush the fat. :)
@34momma (13895)
• United States
27 Jul 07
i could stand to lose about 20-25 pounds and i am currently working on that with my son who is over weight. I have totally changed our eating habits and now we do two 15-20 minute work outs twice a day. i have notice my clotes fitting me better and i see tha my son's face is getting smaller. so like the person before me said, just change what you eat and get a work out going and anyone can do it. No sorry i have never seen nor heard of the show
• Canada
27 Jul 07
Thanks for the great comments, people! :) I've managed to gather a few tips myself, recently, that might be helpful, in case you're interested: 1. Don't eat after about 7:30pm - by that time, the stomach is tired and sluggish, and it doesn't digest very well. 2. After a meal, take a brisk walk around the block - brisk walking speeds up digestion by up to 50% 3. Drink lots of water - water helps flush out the bad stuff so it doesn't decide to take root elsewhere (like, in your hips, on your thighs, or on your belly) 4. Reduce your stress levels! Studies have shown that stress can actually cause fat storage in the belly and abdominal area (makes you look like you're pregnant). Reduce your stress levels, get lots of exercise, and drink lots of water, and you'll help your body get rid of that fat. 5. Go to my profile and look in the section to the right of the Photos sortie for a link to my weight blog. There are lots of helpful hints, tips, and tricks (and humor, too :D) to help you get on the path to peeling off those layers. :)
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
1 Jan 08
It's also on the discovery health channel. I'm watching a marathon of it no as I've already seen the lae and order episode in the other marathon I'm keeping track of. It's a strange way to bring in the new year, but I've always been a bit strange. I'm a chubby girl; "They" might even call me obese, but I'm different than those folks. They just seem so huge and not at all like me.
14 Aug 07
Hi, I have been a yo-yo dieter for most of my life until for about 4 years ago when I was able to find a solution. I have in total lost 48lbs and are feeling great. I have totally changed my eating habit and are more carefull of what I drink. Lots more water and Thermo Beverage which helps my waterintake and gives me a light energy boost. I have now kept the weight off for over 4 years and feel fantastic.