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  • v ARCHYA21
    DEEEBEE-thanks for your support! I'm going back to my family doctor this week for blood work to get a handle on this situation, but I am going to force myself back to the gym this week b/c my birthday is this wednesday and I refuse to be in this funk then! LOL. Anyway, thanks again!!

    3884 days ago
  • v SPARKLE72023
    DEEEBEE - - I love your Daffy Duck profile pic. It's ADORABLE !!!!

    I live South of you in Central Arkansas, I'm 55 & have about 120 or so pounds to (miraculously) loose! Good luck with your SparkPeople weight loss program.


    3886 days ago
  • v ARCHYA21
    Are you your sons's primary care provider? If so, there are many things you can do for him in order to help curb his weight gain. For instance, if he craves sweets, try making desserts for him made with Splenda-it's made with sugar, and it actually tastes pretty good. You can also buy sugar-free desserts for him at many grocery bakeries. Just ask the baker what specials they have that day. I have a cousin with juvenile diabetes and she has always had a sweet tooth the size of the Mississippi, so these were just a few of the tricks we learned to help her along the way.
    You might also consider incorporating exercise in with whatever games he plays, or introduce him to the Nintendo Wii. It's a game system that has different exercise programs you can do-like Yoga, tennis, bowling, etc.-that he can enjoy doing, but will also get him up and moving. (I worked for about 2 years at a retirement community and we used the Wii's bowling game to get our Seniors up and moving, and they really seemed to enjoy it : ) )
    As far as controlling his appetite, you may want to add more fiberous foods into his diet, so that he gets full faster, and upping his water intake will also help.
    Now, I know I am not a doctor, but these are some suggestions that have proven helpful with many of my clients in the past, as well as with family members with medical conditions.
    Hope this helps!

    P.S. I enjoy writing to you as well. emoticon
    3904 days ago
  • v ARCHYA21
    PCOS is Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It means that your ovaries have tons of little (or in my case not so little) cysts all over them and they impact your body's ability to release eggs, which trigger your hormone cycle. Without this monthly occurance, your body has loads more testosterone (the male hormone) and way less estrogen and progesterone (the female hormones) that it needs to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, acne control and "male" hair growth in check. It also makes your body fat super sticky-not like real glue, but it makes your body think it HAS to hold on to that fat and any more it comes in contact with. You can almost literally gain weight just by looking at a doughnut.LOL
    This is actually a semi-common female problem, but up until recently, it has been almost a death sentence to said female's chances of pregnancy. Now, however, they have medications that-while it cannot cure this disorder (it's something you learn to live with, unfortunately)-can help control, or even minimize, the symptoms. They also have fertilization drugs to help women with this condition become pregnant.
    Does this help?
    3905 days ago
  • v no profile image MTRAUTWE
    Hi Deebee,

    I love, love, love TJ's! great store and pretty good prices. I am happy to help, I really identified with your post, because I was so so hungry when trying to cut calories and I've found tricks that really help. I am not good with being hungry and really struggle with going to bed hungry, I just can't do it and then end up overeating AT NIGHT! SO FRUSTRATING. I actually bought the brussel sprouts at TJ's and made them per the recipe on Food network. Give the fiber and the oil a try - for me the only thing that has helped me stay within 1500 calories a day. emoticon
    3907 days ago
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