Weight loss or lack there of

@sunnflr (2767)
United States
June 1, 2009 12:19pm CST
I am so frustrated! I weighed this morning, and I lost 2 pounds for the month of May. That's right, only 2 pounds for the whole month! In April I only lost 1.5 pounds! I did low fat in April to see if it would work because I've never tried low fat before. May, I did low carb, which is what I usually eat. Seems I can do either and lose about the same amount of weight...hardly none...lol. I did great with my exercise for May until I fell and sprained my ankle and busted my knee. That was only the last week and a half of the month though! And, after I fell I lowered my carbs trying to compensate for the lack of exercise. I just don't know what to do anymore. If I could afford it, I'd ask a doctor for some pills to help me. I know my health problems work against me: fibromyalgia, hypothyroidism, and diabetes, but I know I can lose weight! I guess it is just going to take forever.
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@russso (1699)
• Philippines
1 Jun 09
Patience dear. My trainer always tells me that "Rome was not built in a day. The same holds true when trying to lose weight." Sometimes, our bodies also get tired from our activities, that it kinda looks like it has its own switch or something. Perhaps you can try modifying your physical activities, which I am currently doing. My weight loss this month is not as intense compared to my first month, so I am modifying my program a bit. I'm giving it two weeks then I'd check the numbers on the scale. If it's any consolation, I also have Hypothyroidism, but I am able to lose weight. Hey, have you consulted with a doctor about it?
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
1 Jun 09
Yeah, I've talked with numerous doctors about it. They have no ideas beyond what I'm already doing...lower carbs and exercise. I have Hashimoto's Thyroiditis along with hypothyroidism. It's an autoimmune disease. Do you have Hashimoto's? I've read some evidence that says with an autoimmune disease it makes it even harder to lose weight. I know it's possible, because I lost some myself right after finding out about my diabetes. I lost 20 pounds in 8 months doing weight training, cardio and eating low carb. Now, I have no place for my weight bench so can only do dumbbells. I need to find a good routine for them. I'll keep trying. Sure don't want to give up! Good luck with your weight loss too!
@russso (1699)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
Maybe walking will do for now. Walk at least 30-minutes everyday. I don't know if I have Hashimoto's. My doctor has not mentioned it to me, but I have read about it in books and in resource articles in the Internet. Are you under medication right now?
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
4 Jan 10
I'm so sorry I didn't reply to this earlier. I am way behind on mylot and trying to catch up. Yes, I've been on thyroid medication for years. The Hashimoto's actually killed my thyroid gland so I have to take medicine. Without it, I would die.
@sulynsi (2834)
• Canada
2 Jun 09
I can completely empathize with you. I don't have Hashimoto's or diabetes, but the hypothyroid and I have 13 of the tender points of fibromyalgia. I have been trying to find a solution to the health problems. I am trying to avoid becoming diabetic. To me, doctor's have been extemely unhelpful when it comes to my struggle. The issues we face are so complex and no "pill" will fix it. I'm glad you at least have diagnoses so you know where to begin. Sounds like you are on the right track with low carb. I have read that low fat, particuarly for thyroid issues, is not going to help our situation. What kind of carbs are you eating? What kind of proteins? I am not focusing on weight loss anymore. My concern is to feel better, more energetic. To keep the heartburn under control. I won't go near that stupid scale, because all it does is discourage me and make me lose focus on what is really important: my health and feeling well. Weight training is excellent. To build more active tissue, muscle. Aerobic for your well being. It is extremely annoying when any interruption breaks your program. Why not keep working the weights the best you can. How about Pilates? With fibromyalgia, and in my case, the extreme fatigue I get, whatever you can do to keep you moving, even if its "only" the 2 pound weights or "only" 5 minutes at a stretch, keep doing it until you can do more. Continuity is key, at least it is for me. Don't compare yourself to others who don't have the serious challenges to their metabolism. Two pounds off is two pounds off! That is a VICTORY! Don't beat yourself up. Awesome. But far better to focus, I think, on how you feel. Feeling less pain is a victory, feeling more energy is better than losing an inch! Once you get yourself feeling better, maybe the weight will be easier to lose. I always live in hope! But in any case, being a size 10 again is not my goal. I'm reading a book by a fellow hypothyroid patient who has done lots of research. Her name is Mary J. Shomon and she has a couple of books out. You may find them helpful. She explains things in a way that they are fairly understandable. All the best
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I have read alot of Mary's online articles and information about hypothyroidism. She does have some very good info. I'm sorry you are having a hard time getting help. Unfortunately, alot of doctors don't know how to treat fibro, let alone people with it and other conditions. I used to have great doctors until we had to move and lost health insurance. Now, I see whoever I can and they no nothing about fibro, so I'm pretty much on my own. I know not to compare myself to people without health problems, but it is hard to do sometimes. I have kept doing as much as I could since I fell and hurt myself. I started back on the exercise bike yesterday and it didn't hurt my knee or ankle too bad, so will keep it up. I get most carbs from veges and I do eat protein...no fried foods, and if I eat breads they are whole grains. I lost the 1.5 pounds doing low fat one month and I lose 2 doing low carb, so for me it doesn't seem to matter. As long as I watch something and exercise I lose my 2 pounds. Guess that's a good thing! A regular exercise routine does make fibro sufferers feel better, so stick to one if you've found it! I wish you all the best.
@sulynsi (2834)
• Canada
2 Jun 09
Keep in touch. I'd like to know how you're doing and let each other know if we find something working for us. I found it interesting that so little is really known by physicians about nutrition based problems. I worked in a vet clinic and the vet says that a lot of the problems people are bringing their dogs in for now, are nutrition related. You guessed it: diabetes, allergies, immune problems, thyroid and other hormonal issues.
@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
1 Jun 09
losing weight slowly means really changing your lifestyle, and a change in life style is what is needed to lose and keep weight off
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
1 Jun 09
Yeah. I think I've decided to make my goal 2 pounds a month. That way I'll always be doing good when I accomplish it...lol.
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@ElicBxn (61149)
• United States
2 Jun 09
mind ya, we just went shopping to try and start this new diet that the roomie has to do to get ready for bypass surgery, they want her to lose 35 lbs before the surgery, and I might as well support her, and join her in the diet.
• United States
1 Jun 09
Sunnflr- The thing with weight loss is that it is better done slowly, contrary to popular magazine belief. The slower you take off weight, the healthier it is, and the less likely you'll be to put it back on. You're changing your eating habits, which is a plus. A well balanced meal is the best for you, especially with your diabetes. There are lots of websites out there with special diabetic meal plans that one can use for the entire family, though I'm sure you have enough information from your doctor alone lol. I know when I was suffering from gestational diabetes I had to really watch my carbs so I counted carbs. I also had 6 small meals instead of 3 large ones. Now, I always have 6 small ones. Before I eat any meal I have a glass of water, just to help fill up my tummy so I don't feel as hungry. And I make sure I'm getting enough proteins to keep my blood sugars stable throughout the day. You could try adding in one slice of bread with your largest meal dipping it in 2tbs olive oil before eating your meal. This will help to not over eat. That said, don't be so hard on yourself. Having a treat now and then is ok. Being diabetic I'd also say get off all soda, if you're not already and that means diet too. Both regular and diet have their issues and the most healthy thing to do is avoid them. For rabid weight loss (not that I support it) you could try giving up all fats for a time. The top ingredients to avoid are HFCS, processed flour, and polysaturated fats. You can go low fat very easily, though some fats are ok because the body needs them.Changing your bread to high fiber, whole grain is a good idea too. In terms of exercise you could try to add just more walking or more steps to your day when you're not in pain. An extra 1000 steps per day can really make a difference. Best of luck and keep up the good work. Namaste-Anora
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
1 Jun 09
One doctor told me not to go above 100 carbs a day, and another gave me the regular ADA diet plan, which goes a little higher. I usually stay below the 100 a day. I don't eat much food at all. My husband says he doesn't understand how I weigh anything...lol. It's just cause my body is so messed up from the different conditions I have. I also had another doctor tell me it would be 4 times harder for me to lose weight, not only cause of the conditions, but because I'm only 5ft tall. He said I don't need to EVER eat more than 1,500 calories in a day. I really haven't been counting calroies cause I count carbs. Don't wanna spend my whole life counting, but I might have to. I do the 6 small meals a day thing also, and if I have bread it is whole grain. I'm trying...doing what I'm supposed to...it's just working very slowly!
• United States
2 Jun 09
Sun- The other problem is that for women over 35 we loose weight incredibly slow, most women only loose 2-5 per month after this age. Those who loose vast amounts each month are prone to putting it all right back on. You are on the right path and you should be proud of yourself ok? A friend once told me this when I was discouraged with weight loss. She said for each pound I took off to look at a pound of butter. That's a lot of fat! So know that you just took off one package of butter! I know you have lots of issues medically speaking, so you should keep that in mind. Give yourself extra non-food treats when you meet each pound. I'm not sure how many carbs are good for diabetics to be honest. When I was on my gestational diabetes plan I simply counted carbs and I could have between 10-16 carb choices per day. I had a really nice menu style that I followed (it was easy to memorize) and just ate by carb choices rather then counting grams. It worked well for me and I still count carb choices though my sugars returned to normal. Diabetes runs in my family on both sides so I'm being proactive about what I eat. I also spent a lot of time learning about the glycemic index and avoiding foods that were on the high end, like corn. Though, I still enjoy corn on the cob from time to time. What I'm getting at is for you not to be so hard on yourself. Praise yourself for the work you've already done. Trust me, slow is better. I'm plateaued again right now, so I understand the frustration but I just keep with my routine. We walk, we swim, and I do my Wii Fit. I take off Saturday/Sundays from the Wii Fit, and I only do strength training 3 x week. It works for me, slowly, but then I'm not as sore. You might want to think about swimming though because of your fibromyalgia. Oh, and on the food thing, you can undereat and still gain weight. Remember that if the body isn't getting what it needs it will go into starvation mode and pack on the calories as fat. It happens quite a bit to women who go on those crash diets. Namaste-Anora
@maezee (39822)
• United States
17 Jul 09
Wow! Two pounds is definitely better than nothing, though, you have to admit. At least you're still making progress- and you're not just gaining or even maintaining your weight. That would be unfortunate. Maybe you can step it up with your workouts and eat more fruits & veggies and hopefully see some better results in the future, though. And as a side note - do you take pills for hypothyroidism? I actually have it, too, and it honestly doesn't get in the way at all when I take my Synthroid on a daily basis. Hypothyroidism (as you probably know since you have it) - when untreated, causes nasty things like fatigue and weight gain..But when you're on the medication for it, those symptoms don't usually affect you. Hopefully you're on some kind of medication for it! Anyway - good luck to you. I'm sure if you keep at it, you'll break through this temporary plateau.
• United States
2 Jun 09
i know it sucks.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
2 Jun 09
LOL, thank you! I needed someone to comisserate withe me! It does suck!
• United States
2 Jun 09
Dont get discouraged! You are moving in the right direction and that is what is important. I would be careful with the low anything diets. Your body needs all of those things to function! Make sure you are getting enough of each thing - fats, carbs, whatever. Otherwise your body may be slowing down to compensate for not having enough. The only thing that has worked for me was changing the way I eat and counting calories. I switched to more whole grains. The fiber really helped keep me full so that I wasnt hungry all of the time! Lots of fruits and veggies, but only the ones I like! Helped me to still eat plenty without eating too many calories. I have lost 12 pounds so far this year. Not a ton of weight, but it is the healthy way of doing it! Doing it slowly means you are much more likely to keep it off in the long run. Keep at. You are doing great!
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Congrats on your weight loss. I've lost 12 pounds total myself since December. I don't do really low carb...my doctors advised staying around 100 grams a day, so that's been my goal when doing it. When I tried low fat, I stayed between 30 and 40 grams a day, so not low as most there either, but what I've been advised to do. Good luck with your continued weight loss!
@tundeemma (896)
• South Africa
2 Jun 09
weight loss is not a sudden thing, it requires a continuous and sustainable plan, for instance a good diet and everyday 30 minute fast walk is enough to make you lose fat on a steady but slow pace, don't be upset that you have not lost much but keep to your weight loss routine and you will be surprised at how much weight you have shed
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
2 Jun 09
I've been trying to lose steadily for five months now. I've lost 12 pounds. I'm proud to have them gone, but that means I lose 2.4 pounds a month on average. Just hard to keep your motivation when you lose in five months what some do in one!
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
There are a lot of people that it takes time and effort to loose eight, even if you're almost doing everything.I hope you're not eating too much after a good work out.otherwise, your dieting Would just be in vain..that's just one month i don't think you should giving up just yet since you had lost a pound already. you should consider it as part of motivation to loose more pounds.
@zzyw87 (1259)
• Philippines
2 Jun 09
Losing weight is never easy as it seems. Maybe you can get a daily diet schedule from your dietician. What is important is that you stay healthy and eat the right foods. Also, as we get older, it becomes much more harder to lose weight. I speak from personal experience. In the past, I eat a lot and I don't gain much weight. If I wanted to lose some weight, I lose the fat in just a week or two. Now, I go to the gym and eat less rice but I still cannot get rid of even a few pounds. What I am saying is that you are not alone. :) We need to be patient.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
2 Jun 09
The month I followed the doctor's plan I lost 1.5 pounds. I lost 2 the next month doing my own low carb plan. I'm sorry you have trouble loosing too. You are right, all we can do is be patient.
• United States
2 Jun 09
My wife has hypothyroidism too, I lost some weight, not that I wanted to and she didn't loose that much. I just keep encouraging her and making sure she takes her meds. Don't quit, you can do it.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
2 Jun 09
That's what my husband does. He thinks me losing 2 pounds a month is good because he knows how hard I try. And I know it's better than nothing. It's just hard putting so much effort in for no much return, know what I mean?
• United States
2 Jun 09
You'll get there. Try working in some extra activity and a few more glasses of water into your routine each day. Maybe take an extra walk around the house or at work during the middle of the day, and have a full glass of water at the end of it. It doesn't have to be anything super rigorous, but just getting moving will help you feel better and motivate you to stay on track. Baby steps will get you to where you want to be! If you lose too fast, you have a greater chance of putting the weight back on. Concentrate on being healthy and the rest will follow in due time. Good luck! If you're looking for some extra support or tools to help you, I suggest SparkPeople.com - I've been using the site for years for nutrition and fitness tracking and they have an amazing community to support you through your quest for a healthier, leaner lifestyle. Feel free to PM me if you'd like more info.
@sunnflr (2767)
• United States
2 Jun 09
Right now I can't walk much. Doc told me not to cause I have a sprained ankle. I did my exercise bike today, and it didn't hurt too bad. I'm going to keep it up until I can get back to my walking and jogging. I'm not giving up, was just disappointed because I was doing more exercise and eating great and still only lost 2 pounds!