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tink 2
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   Posted 8/28/2007 2:52 PM (GMT -7)   
I was just wondering how people are feeling about the weight problems? I am getting ready to start weight watchers tomorrow and wonder if it is worth my time or should I just settle into the fact that this is the way it is?  I know meds have a lot to do with it and the fact that it is hard to exercise.  I am not a big salad person but to digestive issues some days I can tolerate it and others I cannot. I can always go for a free meeting before I join.   Chime in and tell me what you think...
Lupus since 2005, MCT since 2005 polymysoitis since 2005,Arthritis since2005 sjogren's syndrome since 2005, vertigo since 2006,migrains since 2006, diabetes since 2006, Depression since 2004. who would not be with all of this.
 
       I just try to make it threw every day as best I can.
        God please remember I am on the diet platter.
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                   Have a great Lupie Day Denise 


okie
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   Posted 8/28/2007 3:20 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Denise, I don't know about weight watchers personelly but I do know it's important to do everything you can to feel good about yourself. Never ever be satified with the status quo. My personel choice is I eat atkins and do exercises when I can. I also get out and walk around walmart and stuff just to get some exercise in a large air conditioned building. I went to GNC today and picked up a complete body cleansing program. It has enzymes it's for kidney health, liver cleansing, fiber probiotics. It's a 7 day program. With all the meds I have taken i feel like this is somthing I can do for myself. I also bought what they call akavar 20/50. It's supposed to help with weight loss. I usually don't pay money for anything to loose weight but I need to loose the last 20lbs and I hit a platu so after several weeks of staying the same weight I decided to try a jump start. If it doesn't work I get my money back. But like I said I don't normally put money out for stuff so that's why I wouldn't do weight watchers. You have a good idea though to check out a free class and see if you think it will work for you. What ever you do take the best care of yourself as you can because you deserve it!
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carol
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Carol
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cured4real?
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   Posted 8/28/2007 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Denise--
I think losing weight is very important because once we cross the line from overweight to obese, it is very hard on your body. My bloodwork goes out of whack and there is a five pound window between normal labs and bad labs for me. I do Atkins because I have special metabolic problems and that diet helps me. I also have just found out that I cannot eat salad at all anymore, I have diverticolosis so that is probably part of it. I can't tolerate a lot of foods and am pretty restricted, but still can't lose weight because my liver doesn't work to burn fat like it should. I would definitely keep in touch with your docs when dieting and include perhaps some diabetes screening by your doc to be sure that you don't have that problem, which can make dieting hard. They recommend you be screened for diabetes and metabolic problems with a glucose tolerance test before starting Atkins. I think all overweight people should be screened for insulin resistance and diabetes, it can be a real problem and make dieting difficult if you don't know and then you get frustrated and give up. I definitely think diet is very important when you have any illness, though if you just can't lose weight, then maybe that's the way it will be, but proper nutrition and not overeating or undereating is very important and weight watchers should help with that. I wish you every success and let us know how it goes! Congrats for making the decision to do something, possibly! Good food can make you feel good.
Love, Marji
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tink 2
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   Posted 8/28/2007 7:47 PM (GMT -7)   
THANKS Carol and Marji I do have diabetes and they do tailor your diet for that. I did Weight Watchers a long time ago and I can do it again. You do not have to eat anything special. I know it is going to be harder to do it being sick and they do have the on line support. Wish me Luck I am going to do it...............
Lupus since 2005, MCT since 2005 polymysoitis since 2005,Arthritis since2005 sjogren's syndrome since 2005, vertigo since 2006,migrains since 2006, diabetes since 2006, Depression since 2004. who would not be with all of this.
 
       I just try to make it threw every day as best I can.
        God please remember I am on the diet platter.
                  So many beads so little time.....
 
                   Have a great Lupie Day Denise 


kpeachy75
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   Posted 8/28/2007 11:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Ever since I've had lupus, it seems like the weight has taken on a mind of its own. The body weight shifts all over the place, and even though I have gone from a size 18 to a 14, I still weigh the same. Everything went to my boobs -- and I mean everything! They went from a 36c to a 36I. I could eat a bag of doritos every day or salad and fruit, and my body seems to either get out of whack (I have issues with my blood clotting too much) or the weight stays on. When I tried working out and not changing anything on my diet my body went out of whack. I've finally come to love the size 14 in the mirror instead of getting frusterated with my weight. Technically, I am average, not obese. I should lose 30 pounds, but honestly, if I got a breast reduction I would probably lose half of that 30.

Good luck to everyone who is dieting!! It's tough!!
Take care,
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dbab
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   Posted 8/29/2007 7:46 AM (GMT -7)   
Living with a debilitating illness can make your weight spiral out of control. I am a yo yo when it comes to weight. I am average for my build but I can easily get close to the obese point within days. If you can, try and keep active as much as you can. Even a 20 minute walk around the block or neighborhood is good, plus it decreases your chances of serious problems like clots. My ankle has been swollen since Friday so I can't get on the treadmill or walk too much but I'm still down there on my mat doing sit ups, anything is good.

I hear a lot of good things about weight watchers. I think its worth a try. My thing is I have to force myself to eat but not losing much weight. Not sure how that happens. I'm bloated much of the time though, maybe from all the air I ingest.
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tink 2
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   Posted 8/29/2007 2:10 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to say my bed just felt so good and did not get up until 11:30 meeting at 12:00. I will try next week. Thanks for all the replies.
Lupus since 2005, MCT since 2005 polymysoitis since 2005,Arthritis since2005 sjogren's syndrome since 2005, vertigo since 2006,migrains since 2006, diabetes since 2006, Depression since 2004. who would not be with all of this.
 
       I just try to make it threw every day as best I can.
        God please remember I am on the diet platter.
                  So many beads so little time.....
 
                   Have a great Lupie Day Denise 


hippimom2
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   Posted 8/29/2007 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
peachy said it perfectly - my weight has also taken on a life of its own. I've never had trouble with my wieght like I do now. I've had some times when I've needed to lose weight and I had always been able to do it. I've been thinking about Weight Watchers too. I went on their program after my daughter was born and had a lot of success. They teach a lot about nutrition and balance and how to eat in the real world. I was thinking about getting my old info out and trying it again. Good luck with whatever you decide to do. I think that weight gain is a big issue for a lot of us.
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NanaBee
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   Posted 8/29/2007 5:41 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Denise,

I am going to join Weight Watcher's next with week with a co-worker.  I have been trying to do the At Home program but to no avail.  I need the discipline of someone weighing me.  I desperately need to lose weight.  I seem to just be gaining and gaining.  I am not on pred so I can't even blame that.  I just know that I am having a hard time.  Hopefully WW will work for me.  Let me know how your meeting goes next week.

Mary Ann


 
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Willow73
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   Posted 8/31/2007 4:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi! I am new to all of this, but I too have been feeling bad about my weight... so, this morning, I joined Weight Watchers on line. I did it a while back and it worked for me. I now have thyroid problems, so my weight is hard to take off these days, but I know I can do it. Sometimes positive thoughts makes us accomplish things we didn't think we could.... and on days when you feel really bad, take a break. For me, I think that getting my weight back in check will only help me. Not only is the extra weight bad for the arthritis, but is also puts such an added strain on our bodies that we really don't need.

gloryroad
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   Posted 9/1/2007 11:57 AM (GMT -7)   
I find that because I am hurting and fatigued most of the time, my activity level has shown a sharp decline and the pounds keep piling on. It is depressing. I try to exercise when I feel like I can. I'm thinking of atkins but I just can't face the idea of no carbs. Maybe if I just lessen my carb intake and try to eat more veggies and lean meats. The other problem is that I'm usually so tired that I don't want to cook. I know that I would probably feel better if I lost the weight but losing the weight takes energy. This illness really sucks.
Gloryroad

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