Obese, diabetic with high BP; need help with food addiction

Posted by minda77 @minda77, Oct 4, 2016

Diagnosed 1 year ago. Can’t take Metformin or Glipizide due to side effects. Felt like a zombie, could hardly do my work. Didn’t make much difference in my levels as I am also a food addict. Weight at 312 (was 320 2 1/2 weeks ago). A1C at 10.2 and sugar was 345 on Saturday morning. Feel better off the Meds, actually walking and getting to the gym. I know a lot of this will get better if I lose the weight.
Anyone out there a food addict like myself? How are you coping?
Also would like to know if there are any vitamins that help with the high blood pressure or the diabetes since the meds only make it worse for me.
Thank you in advance for any help.
Minda

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@gailb

@noreenf, The name of the Facebook private page for discussion of issues about Gastric Bypass surgery is, Gastric Bypass Support – We Journey Together. You send a request to the page and you will be approved I’m sure. I’m one of the administrators of the page. It’s a great place for discussion of any issues or questions people have before or after the surgery. People who have struggled with keeping the weight off go to the page to get encouragement for getting back on track. This may be very helpful for you during your work to lose the excess weight you have put on. I’m behind you all the way and hope you will find this helpful.

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Thank you for the information, I’ll look for it. I hadn’t heard about it before, but I’ll check it out.

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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I spent about $300 on the tent, sleeping bag, and pad. I’m trying to keep the expenses down. I don’t know how I would tow something like 5th wheel. Sounds like a pickup truck is needed. I’m actually trying to figure out how to make due with less. If I can lose enough weight then maybe I don’t need cpap machine. That’s what doctors told me. Then I could camp without electricity hookup. One of my goals is to be able to carry everything into to a remote camp site. I’d have to keep the weight of load down. My tent weighs probably 7 pounds. I need to carry food, water, sleeping bag, etc. So I’m thinking about how I can do this. Maybe start in state park and reserve walk in site. That would probably be just a half mile away from vehicle. One day I’d like to thru hike for several days and get a ride back. It’s an ongoing process. I can’t thru hike at present. But for me the whole point is developing outside activities and a mind and body that is capable of doing these activities. I was watching people hike and run through the park on Sunday morning. I saw some senior citizens hiking with trekking poles. It seemed like they used the trekking poles for stability. I was totally in awe of them. I’m thinking of getting trekking poles too. My family doctor recommended them to me. It takes stress off your legs, back, and hips when you use arms too. It’s probably better for cardio vascular fitness. It looks kind of like cross country skiing, but with hiking boots instead of skiis.

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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@ihatediabetes I have not used the trekking poles but I’ve seen them being used and they do look like a great help. Folks who have Parkinson’s use them for stability and balance so it would probably be good for anyone starting a fitness program. If you try them, please let us know how they work for you and if you feel more comfortable with them. Teresa

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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I use trekking poles and love them. Frankly I had to get a pair because I couldn’t keep up with my mom. She’s so fast when she uses them. I like that they make me stand up taller when I walk. It really helps to counter-balance the computer slouch.

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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I bought a hiking pole from camp store but it’s just one pole. It looks bigger and heavier than the trekking poles I saw. The people using them were moving their hands really quickly. And there was a clicking noise coming from the poles. Btw I signed up for living with chronic conditions class. It’s through Well Connect of South East Minnesota. I think it’s a good resource for people living with any chronic condition. The class is free but the book is $20. There is a lot of overlap between healthy living program and living with chronic conditions class. It talks about nutrition, physical activity, and managing emotions. So that might be useful resource for many.

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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@ihatediabetes, I use hiking poles and I love them. I use 2, my husband prefers to use 1. I like them for balance and so that I can look at scenery and not trip/fall while moving. They are great for uphills, too. Great if it is wet and slippery! They also help to easy the back burden if carrying a back pack. Ours are lightweight and fold easily. They are available in many brands and models and sizes and prices. A quality outdoor store is a good place to go for assistance.
The clicking sound might have been the tips that were hitting on rocks or concrete walkway.
Rosemary

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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@ihatediabetes, Check out this. It contains some basic information plus gear suggestions.
http://www.hiking-for-her.com/beginner-hiking-tips.html
Rosemary

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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Rosemary, thank you for the information. I’ll take a look. I also wanted to take some Bow courses or “becoming an outdoors woman” courses like fly-fishing in state parks. I am interested in getting a fishing license and maybe catch a fish and cook it. I am getting pretty good with hiking about three miles at a time. Yesterday I actually tried the interval training that I’m supposed to do for wellness plan. I was hiking and when I saw a hill I started running up the hill. I was wearing heart monitor. I’m supposed to aim for 156 bpm. I was able to do that three or four times then I was too tired and just walked. They say that interval training us supposed to be really good for health and you can do it using hills on hiking trails. So I did try yesterday. I did get my toolbox for bluebird monitoring so I can only carry one pole. I made an action plan to get back out there to repair some of the boxes. It’s amazing to learn that there are so many people involved to increase the bluebird population. I am going to watch 38 boxes this season.

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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@ihatediabetes, You are an exceptional woman! Remaking yourself is not easy, yet you are doing exactly that. Reading about how you are making healthy changes in your life is very inspiring.

Would you share with us how old you are? Did you find your inspiration for making changes in your life from the Mayo Diet/ Wellness program?

I know I’m not able to do all the things you are doing, but I am feeling like I can begin to do more than I am. Your story helps me dream bigger. Thank you!

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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OK. I will give you some details. I’m 52 years old. My daughter transferred to four-year college so I became empty nester. I also raised son with developmental disability. Very difficult to raise. I got the diagnosis that my son would need lifelong support when he was three years old at Mayo Clinic. I know them. Yup. I get anxiety just thinking about it. I was totally worn out from being mother of special needs child. So at 51, I got diagnosed with class 3 obesity, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia, mental health challenges. I had a kitchen sink of problems from internal medicine clinic. Yup. But I started hiking last summer. Then I got snowshoes for winter. I used nature and trails for my really messed up mind and body. I stopped at every running brook and just listened. It’s healing. I made short video clips to listen to at home. I took photos to look at. I have PhD level psychologist that knows about dissociative disorder and what it comes from. Eventually I started getting used to certain state parks and learned the trails. I felt home there. I kept going every chance I got. Nobody to worry about at home so I could wander there for hours. I bombed psych assessment for bariatric surgery. That was last year. Totally bombed it. Not suitable candidate for psychology reasons, e.g. Dissociative disorder. Glad I bombed it now. So I only do healthy living now including physical activity, nutrition, and resilience. I think resilience really means taking care of your mind. So far healthy living program kept me. It still asks me questions day and night from portal. Good morning, how is your energy level today? Good evening, how did your day go? I still have wellness coach. I have challenges. But now I am running on the park trails with heart monitor to reach my 156 bpm. Plus, I am doing bluebird route. I take a hotbath every night for my action plan. I am supposed to organize condiments in my kitchen cabinet to gradually organize my cluttered life. But I am trying to take ground like hiking and hold it. I don’t feel like I have my life together at all. But on positive note I believe I am diligent and teachable. Those are two positive qualities I have. If you can find certain qualities you have often you can leverage them for your benefit. Yes. I am diligent and teachable. That’s why I knew it would be good for me to have responsibility like monitoring bluebird boxes. I have hard time dropping things if I agreed to do it. So that makes me exercise even if I don’t feel like it. It’s the responsibility. Maybe you get that from being a mother. That’s where I learned responsibility. But I’m kind of messed up, too. I think I am getting better though. Peace.

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Hi Minda! I am prediabetic (6.1/120) and shed significant pounds and was able to drop my blood pressure. I was wondering if your doctor has advised you of any circulatory issues you may be having? Do you heal and recover slowly? What plan do you have to recover going forward and to manage your situation with as much independence and mobility as possible? I hope you are feeling OK today.

GF

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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@ihatediabetes I’m so inspired by your posts! Thanks for keeping us iinformed with your progress. Teresa

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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Teresa, OK well the scoop for today is my son came over for supper and sleptover night. I tried really hard to cook something nice. But I do know I was anxious and snacking on sweets. Lots of emotions still over my son. So I have been taught to observe but don’t judge. I guess it means look at what you’re doing or feeling but don’t condemn yourself. So I did notice I was anxious and snacking on sweets. Lots of extra calories that aren’t on my nutrition plan. But I just have to give myself a break and not beat myself up about it. I think we do have tendency to condemn ourselves. So that’s my update for today. I have to recover my balance. So I did go for strength training session in women’s club I go to. It really helps to pick up heavy things just to deplete me of anxiety.

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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I too have those days when I indulge in things that I should not indulge in. Of course I beat myself up a bit afterwards but the important thing is that we do “recover our balance”.
Strength training, huh? I should look into that at my health club. I hate, hate, hate the gym, I am totally intimidated by the equipment so I would need to get a personal trainer to get me started on that ($$$$$$ though).
JK

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@noreenf

I definitely know about food addiction. I am 68, and over the years, I have lost more weight than I weigh right now. I put on weight after my first child, and more with my second. My family called me fat my whole life, but looking back at pictures, I never was a bit overweight. I did put on weight my senior year of high school, mom took me to her Dr, who was really obese, he gave me a diet to follow, and diet pills. I lost the weight, then met my husband. My first real weight loss was when Weight Watchers came to our area. I lost over 100#, then my husband, who was in the Air Force, got transferred, and I lost my support system, of the weekly meetings. The next time I joined Overeaters Anonymous, when they first got started, and lost the same over 100#. Then the group lost the meeting place, so I lost my support system again, and gained the weight back, again. Then, I started hearing about bariatric bypass, and had that done 7 years ago. I lost 60 pounds, then quit losing. I maintained that 210# for about 4 years, then was put on meds for nerve damage pain, and started to put it back on again. I’m at 235# now, and not happy about it. The doctors thought I would be a good candidate for the surgery, since I had managed to lose the weight twice, but they didn’t realize that the reason I was able to do it was the weekly meetings, and I thought they would have more support than the once a month support group they provided.
If it was possible to undo the bypass surgery, I would. Actually, I wish I hadn’t had it in the first place, because now my body doesn’t absorb nutrients, so I have to take loads of vitamins, and am supposed to eat lots of protein, etc. I feel like I’m between a rock and a hard place. I went to an Overeaters Anonymous meeting a couple of times, but it has changed so much, it didn’t help me any more.
So, I have pretty much given up. I try to eat the things that will help me lose the weight, but my husband expects me to cook him the foods he likes for dinner, when I would rather just have a salad, etc, but I don’t know how to cook meals he likes, and not eat what he eats, like casseroles, hamburger helpers, etc, We end up with more leftovers than I can use as it is.
So now I pray and do the best I can. I know God doesn’t want me to keep hating myself over this, so I take it a day at a time.
This is the first time I’ve seen this site, maybe it will help, hearing other food addicts share what they are dealing with.

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JK, I used to go to coed club that was big. But I felt intimidated by the guys and how much weight was left on the bars. Now I go to women’s club. It’s much better for me. The weights are all within a certain range that women use. Also they include personal training in membership fee. They create a program that you do 12 times. Then you make appointment with trainer to get new program. I did explain what I am doing to healthy living program and they really liked it. So my physical activity program includes keep going to women’s club for strength training. They told me to tell them that Mayo Clinic believes its a great program. They focus on proper form and change program after you do it 12 times. It’s important to change program regularly for muscle development. I noticed it’s big muscle groups, then smaller muscle groups, then core strength that you do on a mat with your body weight. It’s quite challenging but you get results. Every woman has a notebook on shelves with pages of her present and past programs. It’s very helpful for me to see progress.

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