I WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT..................HOW............????

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mommyphotographer
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   Posted 9/3/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -6)   
any help out there. i had the subtotal colectomy and you would think i would be loosing alot of weight and i am NOT and that upsets me. I want to loose weight and i need some help. why am i  not loosing weight after loosing so much colon. I am 5.3 and about 137 pounds....... i would like to loose like 10 or 15 pounds and keep it off. what is the pointer. I dont think i can work out my belly due to the muscles being cut in june for the surgery. and also i think i have a hurnia. so that is out of the question. i know walking and stuff will help but what can i eat..........what did you all eat to loose weight. .......... i need help.................... please................

Equestrian Mom
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   Posted 9/3/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   

Unfortunatley, the only way to loose weight is the old fashion way...watch what you eat and exercise!!!  I had a proctocolectomy in February and didn't start working out until May.  I started out walking to build up my stamina and then added in some light weights.  I don't do many abdominal exercises, a few crunches once in a while.  Basically, enjoy feeling better and when you are ready start walking and gradually increase from there...

BTW, what does your doc say about the hernia?  Has he/she given the okay to exercise?


mommyphotographer
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:25 PM (GMT -6)   
well i go back there in november. and i did mention it to him on my 6 week check up and he said wait till i heal more and see what happens. so i might get in there sooner because if it really is one i want it taken care of while our deductable has been met for the year. it is near my belly button. and my guess is, that it is a hernia.
how much weight did you loose when you started dieting or excersizing. what did you weigh and what do you weigh now.

mommyphotographer
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:32 PM (GMT -6)   
another problem i have is that i get alot more hungry now that things go thru me faster. so i find that i eat more often. and that i get more shacky when i dont eat more often. does anyone else feel like this and what do you do to make yourself not eat and stay away from that food......................I really want to loose weight...............really bad

mommyphotographer
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   Posted 9/3/2008 6:41 PM (GMT -6)   
another problem i have is that i get alot more hungry now that things go thru me faster. so i find that i eat more often. and that i get more shacky when i dont eat more often. does anyone else feel like this and what do you do to make yourself not eat and stay away from that food......................I really want to loose weight...............really bad

suebear
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   Posted 9/3/2008 7:28 PM (GMT -6)   

Try drinking more water.  Your hunger pains and shakiness can be signs of dehydration.  You might try adding an electrolyte to your water.  Vitalyte is a good option.  You can read about it at www.vitalyte.com

Just because you lost your colon DOES NOT MEAN YOU WILL LOSE WEIGHT!!!  Remember, the colon is only an organ to hold waste.  Even though your frequency is higher it does not mean that you will lose weight.  This is a common misconception about colectomies.

To lose weight you need to decrease calories and increase exercise.  A sound way to do this is by following weight watchers.  You can do that diet online and never go to a meeting.  There is no secret.  Exercise is needed to kick up the metabolism.  Choose from healthy low calorie snacks and don't make excuses.  I have lost 25lbs this way.  It can work and safely at 1-2lbs per week.

At this point you should be able to exercise in the form of walking.  My surgeon had us walking one mile before we were allowed to leave the hospital!  It was marked in the halls.  I credit my recovery to my surgeon's belief that exercise is vital for recovery.

Sue


dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


resa
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   Posted 9/5/2008 4:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Mommyphotography

I said this before but I will say it again. I lost 30 lbs within a week from being released from the hospital. My surgeon said it was probably due to excess body fluid, weight of the colon, and stress to the body. Over a 10-month range I lost another 30 lbs. That averaged out to about .75 lbs per week. From month 10 to where I am now month 17 (surgery 3/12/07) - I have managed to lose ca. another 7 lbs. I still need to lose ca. 8 - 15 lbs to get back to where I was pre-Oct. 2002 which is where my CI took a turn for the worst. My weight before Oct 2002 flucturated between 5 lbs high/low. I would love it if I could lose the last of the pounds, but I eat too too much. Who knows these last few pounds might be Menopausal. At this point, I do not exercise. Maybe if I start I could lose this other 8 or so pounds that I have left. Before surgery I was considered Obese. Now I'm back to normal for my height except these few pounds..

Some people might lose weight then gain it back or some do not lose weight at all. Maybe I am just an oddball or maybe it's because the surgeon took all or part of my terminal ilieum (read this in the path report). I do not know, but I do know that I am happy I had the surgery and happy I lost the weight I have. When I returned to work 6 weeks post op my co-workers thought I had weight reduction surgery. HA HA fooled them. I pray everyday that I do not grain it back.

A few strange things happened to me after surgery - 1) I did not like tea of any kind, but since surgery my favorite drink is Green Tea mixed with 2 or 3 ounces of other juices. I drink Green Tea everyday - I can't get enough. 2) For 3 months post op I couldn't get enough water either. I drank so much of that stuff. I would go to Costco and buy Kirkland 20 oz bottles and drink maybe 7 to 8 a day. And this is from a person who hates water. 3) For approximately 2 months post op I drank Boost only. 4) There is something else but I won't mention it again.

Hope this helps you some.

Right now I guess I am low on something because everytime I get up from sitting, knelling; or laying down I get dizzy upon getting up and everything goes black but I do not pass out but need to sit down quickly. I'm gettng charlie horses nightly. Dehydration???

suebear
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   Posted 9/5/2008 10:31 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, if you lose a portion of your terminal ileum weight loss will occur.

Sue
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free


mommyphotographer
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   Posted 9/5/2008 2:24 PM (GMT -6)   
if your getting dizzy and leg cramps it might be your potasium and that is LIVE threating i almost died just from a colonoscopy becasuse the prep made my potasium drop to where my body was shutting down. you might want ot have the blood work on that and just make sure. you can take to much also . it was the scariest thing i went thru...... thought i was having a stroke like my mom. very scary... and i think i run low all the time. i am now keeping an eye on it. look it up on line what the side effects are of low potasium

awesomeame
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   Posted 9/8/2008 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
if you want to lose weight it's the same as it's been forever. you have to have a calorie deficit. you can't be taking in more calories then you expend in a day. you can control this through diet or exercise, or both which is of course prefereable. i track all my calories every day using this website www.fitday.com and if you need some exercise or other weight loss info these forums are both very good www.fitness.com/forums.php for me i notice if i eat gluten the weight will stay on me. i cut that out, also most processed foods and i keep my saturated fat intake below 20g/day. i feel noticeably different, now when i eat fatty stuff i feel like crap!

--matt
Dec 2006: Proctocolectomy/permanent ileostomy
Since 1991: Indeterminate crohn's/ulserative colitis


Katie7
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   Posted 9/8/2008 7:33 PM (GMT -6)   

Well this is finally an area where I may qualify to give advise. I have taght aerobics for over 20 years and been a personal trainer...that si until April of this year when I started having MS symptoms. I tire easy now, so I have to watch my pace.

I think alot of it has to do with the TYPE of calories you consume. I had cancer 3 years ago and it was recommeded to me to go on the BLOOD TYPE DIETby the head of hematology who recommeded it. I give it high regards. I do not have have a weight problem, never have. Before my cancer, I was extremly active with aerobics and weight lifting ( I am 50 years old-2 kids).Now, I do not lift at all, I just eat like the above diet mentioned and do my daily chores. We have horses, so that amounts to about an hour or so a day of stall cleaning, haha.

I also frequently walk ( fast pace off and on) 3 to 4 times a week and take my pups with me.

Diets are diets. They all claim to be the best, but in the long run ( from a trainers point of view) they do not last. Once you go off of them, you regain the weight and add some. The best advise I have is the above mentioned ( blood type) and stick with it. It is not meant to be a 6 or 8 week plan...it is a lifetime plan. Thats where I feel people get mixed up. You cannot expect to lose weight on ANY diet for a specific amount of time and return to how you ate before. The Blood type diet, is a way of life...everyday...forever. Hope this is helpful. Blessings~Katie


What you put into the lives of others comes back into your own ; The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God will not protecxt you!
                              Hugs~Katie
                  Diagnosed ~ August 2008


DavidWhy
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   Posted 9/9/2008 1:47 AM (GMT -6)   
In changing your body shape, whether you want to get bigger, smaller,musclier, anything, exercise is only the tip of the iceberg. Diet is always key.

If you want to lose weight the only way to do it is to eat less. A good starting point is going to the site www.fitday.com and keeping a log of what you eat each day. It logs the calories, grams of fat, carbs and proteins.

Work out what you eat each day, and then gradually, week by week, try and eat 200 - 300 calories less each day. Doing it slow this way will allow your body to gradually become accustomed to eating less and it will eventually get you into the habit of eating smaller amounts.

Over time you will see an improvement. It's not an overnight solution and there is many ways to lose weight quickly but most of those are short term solutions that don't keep the weight off and don't encourage healthy eating habits and healthy lifestyles.

2 RIS K
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   Posted 9/9/2008 11:55 AM (GMT -6)   
You guys have given some great advice. I have gaine 25 pounds since December when my colon just up and quit working. I never had a weight problem before and all the weight seems to be in my belly (ok, maybe some in my butt!) I am hoping after my surgery on the 22nd of this month that some of it will naturally come off. I have been hoping that mine was caused by this condition, at least in part.
Amanda
35 years old
Chronic Lifetime Constipation
Diagnosed IBS - 1995
Rectal Prolapse - February 2007
Rectosigmoid Colectomy w/low anterior Anastomosis - 3/13/07
Diagnosed with Colonic Inertia - June 08
Scheduled for Total Colectomy - September 22, 2008
 
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