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Old 09-14-2018, 08:32 AM   #1  
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I am 45 yrs old and weigh 345lbs. I am so tired of feeling crappy, being huge, looking horrible, and frustrated with my weight issues and health. I just started the KETO way of eating and hate it. I just want to eat healthier. I am not very active due to hurting. I injured my left knee a couple months ago by falling. I am back to being able to walk without aid though. Also I have planter fasciitis and have a lot of tendonitis in mostly my right foot (a lot of pain). I use Carb Manager for a food log as I like the idea of keeping an eye on my macros. I also have a fitbit just haven't used the food log for it(as it wasn't keto friendly) but might start using it.


I also have the issue of making meals for myself, my husband and my 18yr old son(he has special needs). My son has the opposite issue than what I have, he needs to gain weight, so I have had him to the dietician and speech therapist(for swallow study) and I have to add calories into his food. This is all so overwhelming for me. I was in tears lastnight because I just want to lose weight but also have my son gain weight. But I just have limited time for things as I work midnights and sleep days.


Just wondering what you all in the same situation, or were in the same situation are doing/have done?
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Old 09-18-2018, 03:46 PM   #2  
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I tried keto but gave that up after a day. There was too much to think about to plan meals, and after dinner I was still starving and had already went wayyyy over on my protein. So, I just decided to count calories, I'm extremely picky and I'm trying to work on it, but I still eat the same bad for me stuff as before but I just cut my calories down. Before I started trying to lose weight I ate about 3,000 calories a day and weighed 333, I cut my calories to 2000 for 3 weeks and then went to 1800 and I'm now 305. I basically get no exercise, from pure laziness, so activity wise were the same. Along with just counting calories I quit drinking pop cold turkey after drinking nothing but Dr Pepper for 15 or so years. My weight loss has slowed down recently but it's still going down and I'm sort of mad at myself for not doing this sooner lol I haven't made any crazy dramatic change and I'm almost 30 pounds down!

I'm trying to get myself to think of food as a way to live, not something to necessarily "enjoy". I've quit rewarding myself with food, I used to think when I got something done or did good at whatever I should treat myself and I always chose food but that's really not the reason we eat lol Instead of going out to eat when I reach my mini goals I have made a list of things I want to do/buy for myself. Most are things to go and experience but my first one is at 299 and I want to buy a scale that tells you how much fat and lean muscle you are. Not sure if you son is able to help or not, but maybe get him in the kitchen when your'e cooking, you'll be helping him out and it would be a good distraction so your'e not thinking about what he gets to eat. If he's unable to help maybe just bring him into the kitchen or dining room and talk to him while you cook.
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Hi, I just joined so a month behind the thread but I have been on Atkins 72. I weigh 300 lbs and have some pretty big health issues. Am 46 now but at the upper end of GERD into Barium's disease and numerous other scares. I actually have been fairly active most all of my life even if overweight all but maybe 5 years of it. My husband is wonderful and so supportive. I have 2 kids age 17 and 20. My son is probably my downfall as he brings in his own food. He has done fantastic and lost a lot 6 years ago-kept it off and now is very fit. However, he has a difficult time understanding my triggers, hormonal issues with menopause and is resentful that he has to put his food in his room as I have very little control when my hormones and infections hit.

I have to restrict myself or I will kill myself by food; literally. If I don't get control of my health issues, it will become terminal. Our health insurance is limited through my husband's work and already we are paying so much in medical bills. It has to stop. I have hit amazing depression and some suicidal times but most times, these can be linked to the times peri-menopause hits the hardest and my hormones are completely in control. Of everything, Atkins 72 is the most helpful for all these problems. Yep, it gets boring for certain and it is very limited but if I get rid of the trigger foods and make my son lock his food up, I stay pretty regular on it. I have gone off recently but it didn't have anything to do with the restrictive areas; I hit a very bad time with many infections, migraines and hormonal problems. In this time, I just cannot control myself and care less what I am eating. My son had a fit of rebellion and had his newest junk food, etc, out in the kitchen. I wound up in the hospital with more testing for this relapse. Back on it with chicken and broth. Next week am talking to my doctor about a possible 800 cal diet for a recommended time by the doc and see if it can help with the health issues.

I totally agree with looking at it as a way of life and maybe trying to give a lot less importance to food and more of a viewpoint for energy and fuel only. The pop issue is something I have to give up for my health completely as it is really horrible for Barium's esophagus and it's really the most difficult for me. I do get a walk in, especially this time of year as it's just beautiful here now and my chihuahuas are my loves. Soon they can't go out. I also have guinea pigs and that includes rescues. In our home, our guinea pigs are more then a hobby. We have cavy cages throughout our family room and upstairs 2 bedrooms. The cages are on the floor with upper levels and separated by bonded pairs or the largest with our 6 females. Each cage has hand sewn fleece blankets that are used for the base over corrugated cardboard and several kitchen areas with hay and pebbles. They also get balanced salads once a day. The kitchen areas are the only areas with soft bedding and in sort of litter boxes but cut in front. They prefer to have covered kitchens so are under the upper levels and fleece forest areas in the upper areas. Every day the cages are cleaned, meals put into different areas and given in about 8 different plates. Our latest one is blind in one eye so he needs some extra care with his cage. When we get rescues, we need to modify the existing cages or add other ones. This process we do daily is a lot of work and physically, I can get one heck of a workout. On sat, we completely strip the fleece blankets, wash and sanitize the cages. It takes some hours for all of them. This is my activity and definitely breaks a sweat. Also kills the knees and walking slow and funny for hours after. I would like to get to where I can add an actual exercise routine however and maybe not be so pitiful after doing some basic home chores and bending knees so much.

In regards to your son; I totally understand. Not certain of the entire situation with his special needs but only can think maybe to see if you can get help with that. Try to keep his foods in a different place and maybe let hubby or another handle some of the more difficult parts that leave trigger foods in your vision. It's a totally difficult thing with that kind of situation. I have a similar thing but probably have a few more options (like wait happily for retirement and kick his booty out into the harsh world lol). In the meantime, I keep persisting in trying to get my family to step it up with help keeping trigger foods away from me (meaning pretty much anything besides what is on my Atkins plan).
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Old 10-25-2018, 06:01 AM   #4  
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Thanks for your replies ladies.

So I have dropped the keto way and have recently joined TOPS (similar to weight watchers). Here in canada it is based on the Canadian Food Guide and also the TOPS exchange program (again similar to the ww points program). I have decided to take baby steps to changing things. I have already dropped how much pop (my biggest issue) I am having per day and chosing to have water with crystal light in it(and not as strong as they would normally suggest). Also trying to make better choices snack wise. Such as having fruit (recently I did it with apples and clementines) instead of candy/chocolate. Also instead of a bag of chips, I now get the crispy minis (my favourite one is the Crispy Minis Veggie balsamic and bruchetta). Also trying to walk more. I work at an answering service midnights and my co-worker and I walk around the cubicles. I started TOPS on October 4th and went from 347.8 down to 338.2 lbs. I also want to start rewarding myself with things not food.

As for my son, he has Down Syndrome and is very delayed (he is 18 yrs old but functions more around a 5 yr old). I have to make his meals which isn't such a problem now as we can all have the same things, I just have to add more calories to his. Also a lot of his losing weight is also because he does everything so slow(even eating). It can take him up to 2 hrs to eat his meal (which would take us around 15-20 mins). I have found that as long as it's something that I can just spoon feed him, he does a lot better and it gets done a lot quicker.

Thanks again ladies for your replies
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