Joined January 2011
Weight History

Start Weight
207.0 lb
Lost so far: 13.8 lb

Current Weight
193.2 lb
Performance: gaining 0.4 lb a week

Goal Weight
150.0 lb
Still to go: 43.2 lb
Hi! I am a wife, mom and nurse. I have 4 kids between 4 and 10 years old and a wonderful husband, and now it's time for me to figure out who I am. Somewhere under all of this weight is a person that I haven't met much of lately, so I am determined to break her out of the shell.

There's only one complication: I have a mitochondrial disorder so everything that I do to diet and exercise affects my body in more than just being a little tired or sore. I NEVER feel energized after exercise as some have claimed, and eating can be a challenge because I'm not really sure how to eat well and deal with this disorder. But, despite all of that I have lost 15lbs so far and have about another 75 to go (give or take).

So onward and upward I go! Or downward if you look at the scales!

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I actually found myself saying the very same thing Tpalladino! Who knew. In other words, I tried so many crazy things thinking the "eat less, more exercise" would never work for me, and in the end, it did. Who knew. It was for sure a self revelation for me. Great tip.
posted 29 Mar 2011, 12:24
No Period
Ok, so I have read a few posts, and I totally don't want to come off as judging. I am not in the least judging you. Most of your symptoms are common in people that are underweight. I am an RN too, working on my Master's for Nurse Practitioner. I have seen a lot of underweight girls in my practice, and one of the most common signs is an irregular, if at all there, period.

I would def ask your doctor if you have a lot of symptoms (no period, muscle weakness, pain, etc) because you may be going through more than you realize.

Hope you find your answer soon! =) And good luck in nursing.
posted 28 Mar 2011, 19:33
I must be very fluffy or something
My height has been my size downfall... I am 189 and wear a size 18 because i carry all my weight in my stomach. Apple shaped, certainly not pear shaped... It's been said that for us mid section fluffers, the belly weight adds more risk to getting high blood pressure and diabetes than the hippy pear shaped people.

I like Lane Bryant jeans because they account for shapes, but even the petite sizes wind up a little to long on my 5ft 1inch self. I was at a size 12 in highschool at 135-140 pounds. I like what Mmmily said, There is no ideal. It's individual.
posted 23 Mar 2011, 18:02
Photographic Height/Weight Chart
Wow. That was very informative. I always wondered what the heck was going on with my proportions, but this chart showed me that at 5 feet 1 inches, you have to be 110 pounds to not "look" overweight by modern standards. It's sad really. What kind of a goal is that? It really inforces my decision to look past the "looks" and focus on the real reason that I need to lose weight. My health.
posted 07 Mar 2011, 12:06
Leg exercise for DDH
Hi! I don't have DDH specifically, but I do have a mitochondrial disease, which makes my muscles weak and my hips come out of joint a lot. I'm also an orthopedic nurse... That "clunk" is not a good sign. Mine do that a lot to when I do something requiring to much resistance.

Here are a few hip exercises that my PT gave me last year that have really helped:

1. Lie on back, have a medium size ball between your knees and then squeeze your knees against the ball. Do not over do it so that your hip pops.

2. The opposite of this: if you have an elastic band or towel, tie around knees and push outward against the force of the towel/band. It doesn't take a lot of force, do not let your hips pop. It is better to do repetitions than to push the limits of flexibility.

3. On your side: Leg lifts, but modified. Keep knees bent inward (like almost fetal position) and raise. Do not do if hip pops.

These really helped me. But, certainly don't take my advice over a doctors since you have already had hip surgery. I took care of a lot of hip surgery kids where I worked and many of them did have re-occurring problems as adults that required intervention. Hips a finicky thing...

Good luck! And I know you are not at your goal yet, but you do look great! =)

posted 28 Jan 2011, 11:20
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