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Old 10-12-2010, 01:36 PM   #1  
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Hi everyone!

I've been overweight all of my life. The chubby kid became the chubby teenager became the overweight young adult became the overweight/obese adult.

When I was younger it bothered me cosmetically but not physically. My tests always showed that I was perfectly normal, healthy as a horse, except for my weight. I was active, tried to eat healthy, etc.

Then, I started suffering from some severe anxiety/depression issues. I stopped doing the things I used to do (like moving off of the sofa once in a while) and I didn't care much about what I was eating either.

Two years ago, my blood tests were still perfect with only slightly borderline cholesterol numbers. The doctor put me on anti-anxiety, anti-depression meds and life started looking up.

Until yesterday when I went back to the doctor and had some repeat blood work done. My sugar count was high for the first time ever. Not high enough to warrant meds or for him to even say "you're diabetic" but the message was clear...I'm on my way to being one.

My cholesterol was much higher than it had been previously and he prescribed some medication for that, saying that it was most likely a combination of my weight and heredity and therefore could not/would not be completely controlled by diet and exercise alone.

Finally, my liver enzymes were slightly elevated. The ast/alt (? think that's what they were called) were both between 5 - 10 points higher than the cutoff for the "normal" range. The doctor said that it wasn't anything to get too worried about because it was almost certainly caused by a mildly fatty liver due to my weight.

He also pointed out that I'd gained 40 pounds in the last two years. He seemed confused by the weight gain but, really? He put me on a medication that has "weight gain" and "lethargy" listed as major side effects and he wonders why I'm gaining weight? Oy!

Anyway, I know it's not all down to the medication. It's my lifestyle choices and I need to pony up and make a change. It's time to take control of my life before some of these issues create irreversible damage. The doctor has been really pushing some weight loss meds to give me a kick start. I'm not even willing to go there. I've seen too many issues with that. I'm going to do this the old fashioned way.

So, since I've always found a wealth of support in on-line settings, here I am.

Also, I'm in my mid *ahem* thirties, happily married for 8 years to an extremely supportive husband and I work as an administrative assitant at a church (yeah, going from a job where I was on my feet all day to a desk job hasn't helped the weight thing either).
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:31 PM   #2  
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:37 PM   #3  
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Welcome and good luck I recommend making small changes if going all out discourages you.

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Old 10-12-2010, 03:30 PM   #4  
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Thanks so much for the warm welcomes!!

I hated putting my weight on my ticker but I can't make the changes if I don't acknowledge where I'm at so I'm trying to be realistic and hold myself accountable!

@beerab: I think you're right about making small changes. The weight didn't get here overnight and it's not going away overnight either (sorry doc!). But small changes here and there with small goals along the way.

When I think about how much I have to lose it's so defeating but I read someone's signature around here and it said something like "I'm going to lose 10 pounds, 10 times". That made perfect sense to me. Breaking it up into small step at a time.
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Hi and welcome to 3FC.

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Welcome to 3FC, we are glad you are here and know that you will find a lot of support here.
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