Joined December 2008
Weight History

Start Weight
285.0 lb
Lost so far: 15.0 lb

Current Weight
270.0 lb
Performance: losing 0.1 lb a week

Goal Weight
250.0 lb
Still to go: 20.0 lb
I am a 32 year old wife and mother of three. I have always been a full-figured woman but within the last eight years, deaths in my family have put me on notice to lose the weight and pay more attention to what I eat. My father died of a heart attack and he had high blood pressure when I was 22 years old. My mother died five years later of congestive heart failure. She did not have heart disease, diabetes, or high blood pressure until she had her first attack two weeks after my father died. Then all of a sudden she had a plethora of health conditions. Two of my mom's sisters have all died within four to five years after her and of each other - all of congestive heart failure - THIS WAS A WAKE UP CALL!
My blood pressure is always good and I finally got my cholesterol down from 250 to 205 (still over where my doctor and I want it, but remarkably better than before). When I started on Weight Watchers I weighed 285 lbs. Starting with Weight Watchers was difficult because I always felt hungry, but then I figured out I was not eating filling foods. Once I modified my food choices and really paid attention to the plan guides, the weight came off slowly (1 to 2 lbs a week) without exercise. My husband and I joined a gym and have committed to each other we will work out at the gym at least 5x a week for 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours. We do 1 hour of cardio and 15 to 30 minutes of resistance and strength training. Even with the holidays and going WAAYY over my points allotment, the work outs have helped me to not gain back all the weight I lost. Within three weeks on Weight Watchers, I lost 16 lbs and have only gained 9 lbs. All due to not going to the gym and not following my plan. Now I am back in the gym and staying within my points allotment.
I am happy that my friend told me about this site because the stories and journal entries are encouraging and inspirational. It helps to know I am not alone - especially when I fall off the wagon!

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cals: 56kcal | fat: 2.82g | carbs: 3.91g | prot: 3.79g
Jalapeno Poppers
These baked and battered poppers have minimal points but maximum flavor.
cals: 375kcal | fat: 11.12g | carbs: 57.35g | prot: 19.47g
Penne Broccoli Chicken
Spicy and healthy pasta dish.
cals: 160kcal | fat: 3.67g | carbs: 19.68g | prot: 12.47g
Chili Con Carne with Red Beans
Rich and heart healthy chili con carne with lean ground beef that's suitable for all meals.
cals: 140kcal | fat: 2.11g | carbs: 24.77g | prot: 6.21g
Oatmeal Banana Muffins
Absolutely delicious muffins.
cals: 270kcal | fat: 3.07g | carbs: 53.85g | prot: 11.19g
Peachberry Smoothie
A delicious fruit treat that makes a good breakfast, lunch, or dessert.
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Does Losing Weight increase or decrease Estrogen levels?
I asked my doctor friend and she said losing weight decreases your estrogen levels but not to dangerous levels. Excess estrogen turns into fat which is why most overweight people are so susceptible to different health conditions like endometriosis.

I agree with you Deb, I don't think we are in danger of a famine! lol.
posted 03 Feb 2009, 17:44
Does Losing Weight increase or decrease Estrogen levels?
Hmm...here is what I found on the Breast Cancer website:

Get more exercise. Exercise has many healthy benefits. Research has shown that 5 hours of exercise a week may lower the risk of breast cancer. Over time, exercise may be able to lower the estrogen levels in your body. With less estrogen around, there is less stimulation of breast cell growth, which is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. Other research on exercise and breast cancer has found that exercise also can help boost the immune system, limit weight gain from chemotherapy, and help ease treatment side effects.

Maintain a healthy weight. Overweight women have an increased risk of getting breast cancer after menopause. And being overweight can increase the risk of breast cancer coming back in women who have had the disease. There are probably several reasons that being overweight is associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Extra fat cells make extra estrogen that might stimulate breast cell growth. Plus, overweight women tend to exercise less and eat higher-fat foods. Regular exercise can reduce fat in the body and help with weight loss. As we age, it's harder to keep weight under control because our metabolism slows down and we tend to get less exercise. But if you can stick to a low-fat, low-calorie diet and stay physically active, weight is much easier to control.
Reduce your exposure to estrogen. Prolonged exposure to estrogen without a break can increase your risk for breast cancer. To reduce or eliminate sources of extra estrogen from your diet and environment, try the following steps: Shed any extra pounds and try to keep those pounds off. Extra fat cells make extra estrogen. At a healthy weight, estrogen levels tend to be lower.
posted 03 Feb 2009, 14:46
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posted 03 Feb 2009, 14:32
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posted 03 Feb 2009, 14:32
Does Losing Weight increase or decrease Estrogen levels?
There has been some speculation and commentary that "estrogen levels RISE when you lose weight. Estrogen gets stored in fat instead of being released and shared throughout the body, so when you lose weight you have an abundance of estrogen in your body. Some weight loss surgery patients are required to get on birth control before surgery because it becomes so much easier to become pregnant, and they don't want that to happen soon after the surgery." However others have noted that our estrogen levels drop when we lose weight and "that being heavier can cause too much estrogen in the body."

This conversation thread began because I have noticed differences during my monthly curse and in my skin and hair. I believe my exercise and change in diet has contributed to the difference. I have always had nice clear skin but my hair has always been a problem for me. What I have noticed is my hair is stronger and healthier - even shinier. It looks really good and it is growing faster than before. Now this may have something to do with me taking vitamins as well, but I think the exercise and change in what I put in my body is a result of this change. My skin (all over) is softer and when our evil curse brought down on us by our Mother Eve decides to pay a little visit, the water intake and less sweets has reduced the unpleasant side effects before and during this time, in addition to this, it also seems that her stay is a little shorter.

Has anyone else noticed a change in hair strength or look? How about the smoothness, clearness, or softness of your skin? What is the verdict on Estrogen Levels?
posted 03 Feb 2009, 14:31
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