Brian Legacy said...
This is the most I have ever weighed and combined with coming off the prednisone I find myself very depressed however the bright side is I am infact off the prednisone. I do eat somewhat healthy and I do infact workout however not nearly as much as I would like - Last year when I came off the predinsone the weight fell off over the course of a few months with very minimal effort on my behalf.
Hang in there man. My second round of pred was about
a year after my first and it sucked to go through it all again. But then I was in complete remission for almost 3 years, and got in great shape in the meantime. And now just finished my third round and am feeling weak and flabby again. But by now I am pretty confident that I can get back to where I want to be (even if I won't look like Arnold Schwarzenegger). This thing keeps kicking you down, and it's extremely frustrating, but you gain confidence every time you get back up. If the day comes when I feel like I can't "get back up", then I'll opt for surgery.
N.b. I actually gained less weight this time, and had fewer side effects in general, than during the previous courses. But I am not sure if that was a blessing or a curse, since the drug just seemed less effective overall and I'm not sure how durable this remission will be. If I end up back on pred in 6 months, then it clearly will be a worse outcome than gaining 20 pounds (heck...40 pounds, maybe even 60!) but attaining a remission that lasts 3+ years.
And yeah it sucks in the meantime to feel less attractive than you're used to feeling, but we're still far from obese. And someone who is obsessed with a perfect body is probably not the right mate for me, since my body is clearly far from perfect, even if it's not obvious on the outside.
Also, prednisone effects catabolism, plus many other biological processes, so significantly that I would not be surprised if a person who managed to eat exactly the same diet and get the same amount of exercise would not gain (or maybe even drop?) weight during a course of the drug. I can think of a lot of variables, so I am not sure that the standard "food intake minus calories burned" principle is not violated in this case. So the point is I think you may find that a lot of the weight will come off without trying really, since your body is just finding its previous equilibrium.