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#1 InfertilityMom

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Posted 25 October 2013 - 09:28 PM

I've been doing 2-3 hours of weekly water therapy at our local gym for 14 solid months. Along with careful eating. I'm down only about 6 pounds in over a year. I'm glad it is finally some loss after about 50 pounds gain, but it is still so discouragingly slow. Thought?

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 08:41 AM

Perhaps something you are doing is not right because others here are losing weight on their diets and exercise programs. I'm even losing and not trying but I'm not eating as much as I once did a while back. Even if you just walk daily that should result in pounds lost. I walk some with the little puppy then we ride on the scooter when I get tired.

My knees are not working right and it's very hard for me to stand up from sitting.

#3 ken27

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 01:43 PM

Hi Mom, Can you ride a stationary bike, this is a great way to lose weight. Talk to your doctor because if you been doing water therapy and eating well, you should be losing weight, maybe you can push a little more in the pool, like walking in the shallow end or doing some exercises in the gym if you are able to again check with your doctor.

#4 becky1

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Posted 26 October 2013 - 05:34 PM

Losing weight after a stroke can be so frustrating, I agree. For one thing, we're less active than we used to be. For another, our meds. may cause us to gain. Nonetheless, I was pleasantly surprised at my last doc appt. to learn that I'd lost 15 lbs. since I saw him 6 mos. before. Since I'm confined to a wheelchair, I can't exercise fully, a good cardio workout. So, I did what I could, and changed my diet. Low-fat everything, no sugar, or red meat- mostly chicken or fish. And lost 15 lbs. in 6 mos. with very little exercise! I'm not a real strict dieter, either- I still have sugar in my coffee, for instance. But, I still need to lose weight, and, for that, Ithink I need to exercise more. Try looking more closely at your diet, and exercising more. Good luck. Becky

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 08:55 PM

are you on any meds that keep you from losing weight like prednisone ??? the other thing is the same exersize everyday - just becomes the normal for the body so one has to "change up" the type of exersize they do ... cardio one day, weight the next, rest stretch ect...just my thoughts...

#6 Pamwill

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Posted 27 October 2013 - 09:54 PM

I’m struggling with weight loss as well. It feels like my metabolism has stopped. I talked with my doctor and he didn’t find anything that would hinder me from losing so I just keep plugging away. I gained 20 pounds and lost 5 so far. I recently started a low carb diet and running a couple days a week and that’s starting to help. Even though I’m not losing I’m not gaining so I know that as long as I continue to eat well and exercise I will eventually lose this last 15 pounds. I have read some articles where you have to shock the body, for instance, eat a lot one day and then eat hardly anything the next day, and the same goes for exercise. Problem is most of kept shocking it with over eating and never stopped. lol

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 01:04 PM

Yes, I've been battling the serious huge muffin top. I lost about 10-15lbs after the stroke, then started Zoloft, and have slowly crept up to my pants being so tight. But, I need to cut out the
wine and eat better. I do boot camp 3x/ week but think I need to walk daily on other days. It's very frustrating but it will happen.

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Posted 29 October 2013 - 05:40 PM

I am in the same boat. I've tried ALL kinds of diets as well as fitness programs. My neurologist told me not to focus on my weight, I've gained a whole person but with the medicine that I'm on or have been on, it is counter productive to try to loss weight right now. Frankly, he's right. I've seen a slow progress but the main thing is to focus on inches lost not so much pounds. We all know muscle weighs more than fat.. I say that because I need to hear that too. I know that but I'm the crazy person who wants to weighs herself everyday. Some clothes are looser ..but having said that, when I loose inches my stomach fat is more bulgy. I have balance abd vertigo issues that prevent me from doing a lot. ( since stroke)

I'm REALLY having a hard time with this for I have Body Dismorphia http://en.wikipedia....orphic_disorder so this has been a struggle for me even before the stroke. I understand how you feel. I've spent money I should have saved just to try anything with that easy fix. I know stroke isn't easy, If I can cope.. you got this.
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Teasing or criticism

It has been suggested that teasing or criticism regarding appearance could play a contributory role in the onset of BDD. While it is unlikely that teasing causes BDD, likewise, extreme levels of childhood abuse, bullying and psychological torture are often rationalized and dismissed as "teasing," sometimes leading to traumatic stress in vulnerable persons.[28] Around 60% of people with BDD report frequent or chronic childhood teasing.[28]

I was abused in my first marriage so now all those insecurities are resurfacing as a result of weight gain and is a stress in my marriage :( My perception not his)

#9 smarshall

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Posted 30 October 2013 - 05:29 AM

Losing weight after a stroke can be so frustrating, I agree. For one thing, we're less active than we used to be. For another, our meds. may cause us to gain.. Becky


Hi,
I agree with Becky, and I know my almost sedentary lifestyle now, and some of my medications, have made it extremely difficult to lose. One thing I have decided is to exercise and eat properly, and if there's any weight lost, it's a bonus.
As stroke survivors, we have to adapt to so many changes; having to adapt to weight gain can be an added slap to the face.

Susan :gym:

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Posted 27 July 2015 - 10:17 PM

My doctor told me about the Engine 2 Diet. Completely plant based. I definitely feel so much better, healthier. it's really difficult at first, but plant based diets do help the environment and can reverse heart disease. Just a thought....I still have LOTS to lose. It's hard to exercise because energy level is kaput and there is generalized pain. but the eating piece seems to help a bit. 

 

Hope you find something that works! I'm with you in the battle! 

 

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Posted 18 December 2015 - 10:50 AM

I have pouffed up with swollen ankles,feet,calves since they put me on a fistfull of pills. So many sides say weight gain and hair loss. Paint me yellow and I may look like a minion soon I fear.
OK so the antidepressant says weight gain. How is that antidepressing? I am in a nursing home on a diabetic diet and no way to get to a drive through for chili cheese fries. In fact the imitation food here forces me to gladly eat fresh fruits and salads. I am wondering if I stopped eating I would still put on weight.
I move slow. No cardio happening here with balance probs. I went on a treadmill and thrilled to go almost as fast as a can on a grocery store conveyor belt.

On an outing I split a picture perfect hot fudge sundae and I enjoyed one of the pure pleasures in life. With so much pain in my life I am entitled right?

Can't I have some pills with sides saying weight loss?

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Posted 19 December 2015 - 10:22 PM

are you on any antidepressant meds. I know for me as soon as I got off those meds I lost 10-20 lbs without even trying. lot of meds has those side effects. post stroke I feel weight & age is just a number let doctor worry about it. I have to do my part by eting right & doing exercise, portion control rest let doctor worry lol

 

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 02:25 PM

Directly you get onto diets there are so many ifs and buts, dos and donts that life gets very complicated. I keep my eating down to a reasonable level and am not terribly concerned about weight, What is bothering me is flab around my tum. When we lived in a campervan I spent a lot of my time climbing up ladders doing bodywork maintenance and repairs. Now I am sitting down most of the day and my trousers tell me something is wrong!

I started learning to juggle just so I would have to bend to floor level to pick up the dropped balls but have to be careful with the dizziness factor that seems to be a part of recovery problems.

My juggling is not improving and exasperation makes me end up throwing the balls at the wall but I keep on trying.

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Posted 20 December 2015 - 09:24 PM

Having had a weight battle since I was 10 years old I can understand your frustration. I was recently placed on a medication for arthritis and INSTANTLY started putting weight on. I stopped the med - I could stop that one, it wasn't critical to my health! Given the choice of being thin and living, I take living! Six pounds down in a year I cheer about! Two pounds up in a year and I get a lecture from my doctor!

 

Seriously, I have had the most success on the very sensible Weight Watchers program. IF I follow it religiously the weight comes off. If I start to play with it I get in trouble!

 

Stroke survivor or caregiver, we all have the same complaint about our weight it seems. All I want now is to feel good, not winded when I walk.

 

Take care, keep the faith! You are beautiful and don't let anybody tell you differently - especially you!! Don't beat yourself up - that isn't allowed!!



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 03:26 AM

I have found that by cutting out the empty calories, watching the portion size and not eating after 9pm I can maintain my weight at an even point.  worrying about fat content of foods doesn't seem to help, for me sugars are more of a worry.  learning to eat only when you are hungry and only as much as you need/want (rather than finishing the plate religiously) seems to be the key for me.  Working with the nutritionist and getting my underlying mineral balance back made a big difference.  We got me to a stable 97kg (which is probably more than ideal although I'm quite tall so I get away with it.) and it made a huge difference to my fatigue levels.  The doctor would prefer me to be at or below 90kg but I have other priorities, for me being able to manage my energy and physical recovery goals is more important than the number on the scales. I did lose a heap of weight during my initial hospitalisation which of course came back on pretty quickly once my taste buds started working again, and I got away from the hospital food.  I'll never understand why the place that supposedly wants to improve your health feeds you so badly.



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Posted 21 December 2015 - 02:41 PM

Right, I'm going to let you all into a family secret. My wife and caregiver has had a problem with weight most of her life. She is 76 years old (I admit to being a cradle-snatcher) her shape is excellent. For many years she tried every diet under the sun and was almost a life member of weight-watchers! About fifteen years ago she got fed up with the whole thing and decided to get control over her eating. She threw away the scales and made a couple of rules, one was not to eat between meals no matter how tempting and the other was to leave some food on her plate. This was not an easy thing to do, we were both war-time kids and there was not a lot of food around in England and one got used to eating everything offered!

By sticking to those rules she has lost 30kilos! and now hovers around 73kilos.

The third rule she made was to eat slowly, We live in a country where people eat enormous meals and woof them down at a fast rate. We are always the last to finish in a restaurant. I am at the moment involved in turning all our photographic slides into digital and storing them on the computer. It is fun being able to see her looking very overweight and comparing her with how she looks now. I'll see if I can add a recent picture of her.

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Posted 27 December 2015 - 06:57 PM

That was a great picture. 

 

My problem is I don't feel hungry or full most times. I talked to my family doctor and all he said was 'that part of your brain was affected' Well that part of the brain gets the information from THE BRAIN STEM. When I don't eat one would think  i would lose weight. NO the less I eat my body holds on to every calories eaten. This is why I have a PCP and a Neurologist. 



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Posted 28 December 2015 - 03:16 AM

Oh my gosh, where have you fellas been?? So glad for this thread!
I'm so over people telling me I've put on weight!
It's nice to know that I'm not alone in the weight thing.
I've put on 20kilos in 18 months. I've plateaued which is great, but find losing weight extremely difficult.
Down to diet I think. I'm trying to exercise, but as we all know doing too much leads to fatigue.

Oh good Lord, I just did the conversion thingy...44 pounds!!

Janelle x

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Posted 28 December 2015 - 02:28 PM

Smitty, Thanks for reply, I was expecting a lot more response from my letter. Think perhaps I should have put weightloss in pounds since kilos are not commonly used over there. 30kilos is about 70lbs.

With Valerie's system she could eat what she wanted so perhaps the brain never realised she was dieting!

There were a couple of other rules (You didn't think it was that easy, did you?)....... One, no TV or even reading while eating, (Radio is OK)....... Two. put down your knife and fork when there is food in your mouth.

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