Group Forum: Why is this time different?

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RoundIsAShap...

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Posted: 09 Mar 2013, 11:25
I doubt that this is the first attempt at losing weight for anyone in this group. You don't get to be more than 100 lbs overweight without realizing that maybe you have put on a few too many pounds and should try to lose them. Smile

Since we are all here, we obviously have all decided that we want to lose the weight. Is this time different for you from those other attempts?

If so, how? If not, is there something you doing to make it different and be successful this time?
kimmyjeanmil...

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Posted: 09 Mar 2013, 16:44
The trigger for me this time to loose weight was when my doctor recommended gastric bypass for me. To be totally honest that surgery scares the heck out of me, that's when I decided I had to do this or I was going to die at a very young age. I have a 13 year old son that is an amazing kid and I really want to see him grow into a man and have grandchildren one day. I think I am looking at this journey as a life or death decision, and for the first time in a long time I truly want to live. I am working very close with my doc and have agreed that if I don't loose a significant amount of weight in a year I will revisit the option of surgery.
Kim Miller
lilgeorge327...

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Posted: 10 Mar 2013, 10:25
I had already started to make some changes, but the biggest trigger was the 'acute bronchospasm' attack I had that sent me to the ER in January. On a follow up my doctor mentioned that the ER doc was concerned over potential signs of arterial hardening in an X-Ray. Fortunately, after many tests nothing has come of that. But it really made me accept the fact that I'm not really healthy and it's due to what I've been eating, my lack of activity, and being morbidly obese for years. I also don't want to die young; the doc has also mentioned the surgery to me as well but I would like to do this on my own for MANY reasons.
tina10915

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Posted: 10 Mar 2013, 15:42
Different than Kim and George, I have thought about and did the research on the surgery.I want to do the surgery but it would cost quite a bit. Being off work for 8 weeks and only getting 60% of my pay, and the surgery itself would cost me around $5000. I am killing myself slowly with my weight so I figure I better do something. I have, in the past, gone back to eating the way I had in the past and I have fallen off the wagon several times here in the last 3 months. What keeps me coming back and continuing to try and beat, what I call an addiction, is the support I have from the people on this site. There are not that many who are on this exact post but the few we do have, I really enjoy talking to and helping, listening and working as a team. It's march and usually by this time I have quit trying.
Tina

We can do this if we take it day by day and step by step~
lilgeorge327...

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Posted: 19 Mar 2013, 19:06
Well, I got my results back from the echocardiogram my doctor sent me to have done last week. I wish I could report there were no concerns, but there are. I have been told it looks like I have 'mild concentric left ventricular hypertrophy.' While this is by no means a 'death sentence,' it does mean I have to keep cracking down on my lifestyle choices.

I will have to have a full visit with the cardiologist soon to see if further tests are warranted and more than likely have additional meds and or tweaks to my current BP medicine. This can regress as BP and weight gets under control.

I will still be working out, and I checked with my doctor today if that was still ok. He was fine, but I'll have to tweak my weight exercises a bit. Trying to keep a positive attitude...
libragirl4fd

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Posted: 20 Mar 2013, 04:41
Tina, we can do this togehter! There is a quote hanging in my office... "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed people can change the world: indeed it's the only thing that ever has." I too find myself getting frustrated with repeat attempts, but I know I can do it. I've had success before. But, the support here is great. And, it's cathartic knowing I'm not alone.
kimmyjeanmil...

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Posted: 20 Mar 2013, 05:03
I so totally agree with you libragirl the support here is what is making a differance for me too this time. I love checking the boards and seeing how everyone is doing and sharing my journey with other like minded people, keeps me grounded.

George I am sorry about the results of your echo hopefully things can be managed medically without any interventions, let me know if you have any questions for 22 years my background in nursing has been cardiac so if I can help or answer anything for you let me know.

Hope everyone has a good day today will check in later
Kim Miller
lilgeorge327...

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Posted: 20 Mar 2013, 14:09
Thanks Kim, I'm trying not to get to 'keyed up' over the echo results. Hopefully it was something caught early enough that we can manage thru watching my blood pressure medication, diet, and exercise.

As long as I have been practically sedentary and morbidly obese, I'm surprised I've not had more issues.
RoundIsAShap...

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Posted: 21 Mar 2013, 07:19
lilgeorge, sorry to hear about the test results. Hopefully you'll find out that getting fit will reverse most if not all of your problems.

I worry that if I actually had tests done I'd find the same or worse. I've spent years being told by doctors that, "You are very healthy except for your weight." So I haven't taken it as seriously as I should have.

Several Dr. Oz shows, documentaries and biggest loser episodes made me realize that my weight really is a death sentence if I don't get it under control. Visible symptoms don't start until after a lot of the damage has been done.
lilgeorge327...

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Posted: 21 Mar 2013, 13:38
Round, I hope that it is reversible with this change in diet, more exercise, and at most medication. None of us can hope to go completely unscathed by being overweight/obese or in my case 'morbidly obese.'

I asked my doctor if I needed to alter anything I was doing in light of the echo results and he told me to keep doing what I was doing. I am scheduled to see the cardiologist on 4/10. This condition can regress (fully? I'm not sure of that) with non-invasive treatments.