What's with the WEIGHT GAIN!!?

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keldew
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   Posted 4/12/2005 2:54 PM (GMT -7)   
Okay, so I had to go to the doctor yesterday for the flu and when they weighed me the scale said I had gained over 40 pounds!!!!  Now, I know that I've gained some weight, but 40 pounds???  What can I do?
 
I meet with my pdoc on Thursday and I am just telling him that something is very, very wrong.  Until I got sick I had started a pretty steady workout program and have tried to watch my diet.  Being unemployed and having a picky boyfriend who has a pretty hectic schedule, eating well has been difficult, but 40 pounds???
 
I take Lithium, Sereoquel and Lexapro right now.  I've been changing anti-depressants for the last couple months, and personally I'd like to go off the anti-depressants, I just wonder how much of that is contributing to my weight gain.
 
Does anyone have any med advice I can talk to my doctor about? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

psychnurse
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   Posted 4/12/2005 3:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Lithium is known for weight gain, although not as much as depakote or zyprexa.  Seroquel is pretty harmless.  Lexapro may or may not.  It's not really a guilty one.
 
What is your workout routine?  Like most bipolars I have had a few careers - personal trainer/nutritionist is one.  When I started meds, I weighed 102 pounds (I'm 5'9")! Severe mania burned it off - started depakote and zyprexa and gained almost 60 in the first few months.  It happened so fast, I didn't even realize it.  I have lost 30 with diet and excercise, now normal weight.  Don't let it get worse!!!!
 
Feel free to ask me any questions - I'll help you the best I can.

keldew
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   Posted 4/12/2005 3:14 PM (GMT -7)   
When I first started medication I was in a spinning class that was typically 5 days a week, sometimes more, on average I was there 5 days a week.
 
Then my mother died and I lost my job.  I tried to keep up a routine of jogging about 2 miles a day or doing Pilates, but I wasn't always consistant.  I was also in the middle of a long distance relationship and eating out a lot.
 
Recently I have moved and have yet again lost my job.  I walk my dog for about 2 miles, although again, inconsistently and I try to get on the treadmill about 30 minutes a day, 4 days a week.  I live in a pretty stressful environment, my boyfriend is constantly working and when he's not working he's tending to a sick mother who has been sick since Thanksgiving.
 
I drink a ton of water and only drink diet pop.  I have a frozen yogurt fetish of sorts, but I always try to go for the plain vanilla variety.  My biggest problem is eating at night-especially when my boyfriend's not home because I tend not to sleep very well.
 
It's a will power issue in the end, but since the death of my mother exercising has become almost excruciating.  I used to run 5Ks, 2 per month, but running a mile is almost killing me now.
 
I'm very frustrated.  I've battled weight problems all my life, as did my mother, we both could carry weight and not show it.  My bloodpressure is fine, but I'm worried about other health problems.  Any help would be great.

psychnurse
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   Posted 4/12/2005 3:33 PM (GMT -7)   

I'm sorry to hear about your mother.  I hope you are doing OK.

I'm not sure exactly what you are doing as far as excercise now - you mostly mentioned things that you had been doing. 

The aerobic excercise you had been doing is key, you know that I'm sure.  When you walk your dog, do you walk fast?  If the running is too hard, do a couple blocks jogging and a couple blocks walking (very fast, of course!)  The harder work in between is very effective in burning fat.  The two miles is good, whatever takes at least 30 minutes or more.  This should be 5 times per week.  Pilates is my pet favorite - I really recommend Winsor's Advanced body slimming - has an all over workout.  I do that every other day and walk/run with my 2 dogs about 5 times per week.  It's always good to go longer if you can, but don't push yourself beyond your limits if you get too tired.  I know when I'm stressed or a bit depressed, my energy gets VERY low and it's so hard, some days I just can't do it. Last winter I fell into the usual winter depression and couldn't do anything for about 3 weeks - lost all my muscle tone and it took 2 months to get it back. sad Here's the deal:  Healthy weight is 25% excercise and 75% diet.  You know very well the eating at night is your undoing.  nono I had a hard time stopping, too, but after stopping for a week, 5 pounds came off.  It does get much easier after a week or so. :-)

New study out this month:  Lack of sleep causes weight gain, because the brain sends out hunger signals so you will eat to have more energy.  If you aren't sleeping well, you need to call your pdoc and get adjusted.  If you are bored at night, find something to do like maybe read a book, learn things on the internet, brain teaser puzzle book, anything to occupy your mind.  We all know that TV usually = food. mad

Also, the frozen yogurt usually has a good amount of sugar, take a look at the contents and calories in a serving size.  Usually their recommendation of a serving size is a tiny 1/2 cup!!

I hope this helped some, ask me anything - I love it!!! :-) :-)

Shannon

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