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8/10/11 12:33 A

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I would like to wish you ladies the best - PCOS seems to be very common over the last few years. I am blessed I think not to have that added element.
You extra efforts I think are greatly admired!

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i have the opposite problem with going on the pill....i don't stop bleeding while on it. :/

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I seriously don't understand doctors who prescribe 800 calorie (or less) diets. It just seems to go against every bit of research I have done over the years. Since we're supposed to be having a severe obesity epidemic in this country, I also don't understand not having a scale that goes up to higher weights. I've only been to one place that had one and I was happy to see it!

There are three types of treatment for PCOS: birth control pills, metformin or fertility pills (like clomiphene). Since my husband and I would like to have kids, I went the metformin route. I'm on 1500mg daily. Before I went on metformin, I hadn't had my period for 9 months and didn't actually get one until I was up to my full dosage in January - so I went almost a whole year without one. The insides of my ovaries look like there are black pearls lining them. My doctor said we could go the clomiphene route after I lost at least 20 lbs and if I still wasn't ovulating. It looks like I won't have to go that route. My friend who has the insulin-resistance and PCOS has to be on BC pills because otherwise she won't stop bleeding.



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8/6/11 11:40 P

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Sara,
I am not nor will not go on Metformin. I was just saying I heard it works for that (perhaps why your old DR also used it...jump on the wagon they do! lol).

Linda, I will still be heavier than their scale. Their scale only goes to 250. Odd for prego women lol

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When I was in my early 20's I went to a doctor who specialized in weight-loss. His theory was that most obese people suffered from insulin resistance and he only treated his patients with metformin.

He put me on a really high dose of metformin (850mg 3X a day,) and an 800 calorie a day diet. I stayed on it for maybe a year and a half. I went from 280lbs to under 200lbs. I'm not sure how much of it was the metformin and how much of it was the diet and exercise. During this time I also worked out A LOT. Sometimes I'd spend 4-5 hours a day at the gym. I never got over the side effects of the metformin. I had horrible stomach problems the entire time I was on it, and I got it into my head that I couldn't lose weight without it. Also, every time I ate something greasy I got horrible heartburn and extra bad stomach issues.

This year I finally went to see an endocrinologist and got a ton of tests. I found out that I didn't have PCOS or insulin resistance. So basically he was treating me for something I never had!!

When you get your yearly exam you should talk to your doctor and make sure you don't have PCOS or insulin resistance. If you don't have either I wouldn't look to metformin to use only as a weight-loss aid. If your doctor does discover you have PCOS and or insulin resistance being on metformin can help with weight loss. My father was on it for his type 2 diabetes and he lost about 50lbs over the course of two years.

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I guess one of the side benefits of Metformin is weight loss, but I think it might be more dramatic in folks who are insulin-resistant. I seem to only lose weight with Metformin when I eat right and exercise. Once I got up to my full dosage in January, I started losing - but I was also doing the Full Plate Diet program and exercising. When I lost my job in March and got depressed, I stopped exercising, was less careful with my eating and gained back everything I'd lost between January and March. I started on SP in mid-May and have now lost (again) the weight I lost at the beginning of the year. My annual is in November. This time, I won't be heavier than their scale can measure!

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8/4/11 1:40 P

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Linda,
My OB is my only doctor with a brain and has done a full battery of exams. She is the one who does not want me to have the surgery either. I do believe she said I do not have that, but I will ask her again in OCT at my yearly. We have many patients on Metformin for weight loss in the pharmacy - have you seen success?

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What an incredible thread!!

Has your doctor checked you for PCOS? Even though the syndrome was discovered in 1992, many doctors don't check for it. I have it, but not the kind with insulin resistance (so I don't have to do low-carb). I am taking metformin but it still takes work to lose weight.

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8/4/11 4:23 A

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GV, 10 lbs isn't much in 7 months but think of it this way.. that's 10lbs less on your body.. (walk around a grocery store with a 10 lbs bag of potatoes in your arms and you'll see how much it is!) and it's less the amount you would have added.. Congratulations on the loss

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I agree! 10 lbs. is 10 lbs. GONE! emoticon



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Thanks so much for the reminder I can do it. I went to the Dr yesterday for my knee, something unrelated. They said nothing about my weight, but I was down 10 lbs on their same scale. Ok, so 10 lbs isn't much for 7 months but at least I am not the same or up!

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I googled critical weight and what all I saw come up they are talking about bugs. I think your doctor (as someone else said) gets a kick back from them doing the surgery. My aunt had this surgery done (she's in her 50's) and talked me out of doing it. She almost died and still has to be careful and she still turns to food for comfort and says she has to be really careful. Also she doesn't get in enough protein like she should and her hair is thinning really bad because of it.
I weighed 320 pounds when I started and I'm down to 289.6 now. I've had some bad weeks here and there and gained some back, but I'm back with it and lost 4.8 pounds this week. You can go it girl, but you do have to get your body moving, even if at first you break it up durning the day. YOU CAN DO IT!!!

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7/25/11 11:37 P

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Well I am still stuck at the same weight - I have my next appt with my OB in mid Sept - lets see what I can do before then!

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emoticon GV! 8 lbs. lost is emoticon

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DIVA, I havent found anything I love. I am still trying to figure that out. What if there isn't one? lol

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I am down 8. Please please keep going down!

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Diva, thanks I see we do have a lot in common and please let me know if your friend lives in Austin. Sisters of the heart, I like that emoticon I don't have any blood sisters but make up for it through my girlfriends near or far.

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2/20/11 9:57 P

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I have a friend that recently moved to TX, I need to double check WHERE in TX she is. She is a real hoot, I hope she lives close to you.
I am in the same boat, got let go from my job back in July so gym membership is an issue for me too. I did look into the Y but I have issues with the pool - lots of steps but I may look again. I am hopeful I will find the right spot. I too had great success when I was doing this regularly. GLad we hooked up. Keep me posted as to how you're doing! PS, I am the only fat person in my family too (I am adopted) so I can totally relate. We can be sisters of the heart :) Hang in there pretty lady!

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I agree, water aerobics are awesome, back in the day I dropped 3 sizes in one month when I was doing water aerobics 5-6 times a week. But then my scheduled changed and my work hours increased and I wasn't able to go anymore. Now I currently don't have a memembership to the gym and am currently working temp jobs so I don't have steady income to get one at this time. But yes love the water exercises!!! I hope to find something that will work for me, I wish I could meet someone here in Austin to workout with or do something, makes it easier when you have support! I'm pretty much the only one really overweight in my family so they are not supportive.

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2/20/11 9:32 P

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Hey TX BBW1!

Exercise is one of those things, you have to find what YOU like. For me, that was water walking, and water exercise then swimming then water aerobics. I love the water! My quest now is to find a pool I can get into and out of safely (bad knees don't help!) I have friend that does a reclineing exercise bike & watches tv & LOVES this! Most important, be gentle with you! If it really hurts, don't do it! If you are a little uncomfortable and a little sore, that is ok. A lot sore, not ok. And don't think you have to be perfect at whatever you chose by the end of the first week. Good for you to look carefully and chose wisely. Best wishes and great success in your quest to get up & move it! :)
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Victoria - You are right, it has to be slow and steady. A start that you can build on. Keep in touch and posting how you are doing!!!

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Watching salt intake also trying not to buy foods that have high fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose etc. in the first three ingredients.

No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.

If an item has more than 10 ingredients I put it on the Do Not Buy List as it is too processed.




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Thanks Fairy, That's the thing I always try to start off and go hard when I do anything and then burn out so I guess I have to start with the way I think. If I go walking I walk and then my shins hurt and then I don't walk again so I guess I have to find something to start off slowly.

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Txbbw1 - Exercise for me is mainly walking. I bought a new pair of running shoes and I use them to walk in. I did not pay much for them $20.00 on sale but they were just over a $40.00 shoe. I begun just by walking my drive way and back and then next door's mail box and each day a bit more.

I have a Wii and right now I use that and I hula hoop, yep hula hoop. I am not good but even bending to pick up the hoop is exercise! LOL

I know that some people have found chair exercises to be helpful. I think that if you can find something that you like and is doable for you, do it. Walk, or sit and wave your arms in the air like you are a music conductor, its movement and anything and all that you do counts. Just start and build on it a little every other day!!

I do wish you the very best. Please let us know how things go for you!!


Watching salt intake also trying not to buy foods that have high fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose etc. in the first three ingredients.

No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.

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at over 300 lbs I cant motivate myself to exercise. What exercises did you start off with? I just can't go and start walking outside cause my shins hurt. I'm curious to see what exercises people start off.

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GV0903- You have some great reasons to drop the weight and open a can of whoop ass on that doctor. If you want that, what are you doing?

These are a few things that have been proven to work.

Track your food, either here on Spark or write it. As the saying goes "You bite it, you write it".
I am a paper and pencil type girl so i journal. I write down my food, exercise and track my moods and hunger level.

Drink water, 8 - 8ozs of water a day, some of us do more but the 64oz is a great start.

Move, do something every day. A little walk, yoga, Wii, anything even starting with 10-15mins a day is good.

Here comes a NO..............NO soda, it's an evil thing even the diet stuff. OK don't kill me, it's also a personal opinion.

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Google a program to find out what your calorie intake is for maintenance and weight loss. Plan to loose 1-2 pounds a week. 1 is better, if its more, you may be setting yourself up for failure.

The most important thing is be kind to yourself. We didn't gain this weight over night and it will take time to drop it. If you slip or don't make a goal on time be kind to your self, stop and re-evaluate, are you being realistic etc.

I hope that these tools help on your weight loss journey. emoticon

Watching salt intake also trying not to buy foods that have high fructose corn syrup, sugar, rice syrup, corn syrup, fructose, sucrose etc. in the first three ingredients.

No foods that have more than 3 ingredients that I can not pronounce.

If an item has more than 10 ingredients I put it on the Do Not Buy List as it is too processed.




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LOL @ DIVARELLA's Critical CRAP! emoticon on your 55 lbs. lost and on a great attitude too!


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Moe, you hit the nail on the head. I lost & and gained back 2 so I am only down 5 BUT I still want so badly to prover her wrong. Prayers wpould be appreciated.

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I have nothing to add that hasn't already been said...just I LOVE THIS TEAM and the fact that people care enough to take the time to answer. Thanks so much!

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Yes, girl, you CAN! Baby steps! Love YOU and give yourself permission to take ALL the time you need. We are all here for you!! :) BIG hugs to you! Just say NO to surgery!

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OK, forgive me, I am new. I think everyone has pretty well come to the same conclusion, your doctor is on her own agenda, not thinking about what is best for you.

I have NEVER known a thin day in my life and it was not for lack of trying. I have done a lot of crazy diets, been to some real woo woo"doctors" and I am a super-size person and over 40 now.
My Doc also has been pushing HARD for WL surgery, I kept saying no. I finally gave in and went for the consultation. The surgeon hardly looked at me and told me I was "too big for surgery" Can you imagine? Shut my regular Doc right up! For a while after that, I confess I felt like I was doomed to life in a wheelchair (I need a knee replacement) Everything I had ever done didn't work for long except exercise and now I can't.

But I did find something that is working for me, I am down 55 lbs and have no delusions that this will be "fast & easy" but I am committed to the changes I am making and to getting my knee replaced.

I want to encourage you to love you for you right now where you stand. Even if you never lose another pound in your life, you are a wonderful, gifted, worthwhile woman who does NOT need the validation of a lame, uneducated, unfeeling doctor! You DESERVE all the best things life has to offer! Treat yourself well and others will treat you the same. Love YOU! Take your own self evaluation, don't be so critical but see what is good about yourself and I challenge you to say something positive about yourself to yourself EVERYDAY for 1 month! See how you feel then & let me know. Critical weight? Critical CRAP! I love you Sister! Hang in there and don't let the turkeys poop on your parade!.

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I am so glad to have found this thread! I'm crying happy tears right now. I so don't want to go the surgery route (as some people around me have suggested I do). I have an appt with my doc on 3/11 and I hope to hear that I can do this without surgery. It may take small, baby steps, but after hearing your stories, I'm hopeful that I can do it.

Mary

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Dusty, Thank you!

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GV,


One of our members SPUNKY521 / Sharon wrote this on her SparkPage

"I have to lose at least 200 lbs. without being able to exercise (after having a stroke). My doctor told me it is impossible for me to lose weight, but with the help of SparkPeople I hope to prove him wrong."

emoticon AND She's lost about 120 lbs. so far! emoticon

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Just don't let hr put you down or anything like that. no negative tones!

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Oh I dont plan on continuing to see her, but i have to follow up on my bloodwork. I would like to just prover her wrong while I am there.

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I agree with fathom when i got dx with Diabetes my doctor gave me recommendations on what i could do what book i could read and that it was soemthing in my control to change. IN MY CONTROL

I took him up and i'm no longer diabetic i'm actually off meds. While i will always battle witht he insulin resistance due to the fact that we have 5 generations (maternal) of diabetes I have to exercise and do lo carb diet i have seen results 40 # in one year is a big deal. So look for another doctor. One that is not fat fobic but one that will help you reach your goals and give you tools to succeed.

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Why are you still seeing this doctor? One of the most important parts about trying to lose weight is surrounding yourself with supportive people. Your doctor isn't supporting you and she will try to, perhaps subconsciously, sabotage your progress.

On this journey we will all have moments when we "fail". We work hard, eat right, and don't see any results. Negative people will jump on those moments and say, "See, I told you that you couldn't change" and you will be tempted to believe them. You need people who will tell you the truth: There are lots of factors that may cause you to not lose the weight some weeks, but if you stay persistent the weight will come off. If it doesn't, it means there is something medically wrong that may require treatment. Your doctor is too blinded by this false idea of "critical weight" that she won't be able to see or help you will real medical issues that may be holding back your weight loss.

Whatever happens at your weigh-in stay positive and keep trying. And for the record, 6 pounds is a great loss. Go find something that weighs 6 pounds to help put it into perspective.

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I am soooo hoping I loose some by Monday, That is my follow up with her and my 1 week of p90x!

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I had a family member have the surgery. After surgery you have exercise exercise lots she looks great, but I can't help to think that if she would have done all that exercise before the surgery she would have had the same results.

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I have been here for a few months. But my doctor actually told me that surgery was not an option b/c he believed that I could make the change to eating healthier and exercise and I would see the weight peel off. He recommended that since I have PCOS that I go on a low carb diet since I'm insulin resistant. So my fiance and I started Atkins about 4 weeks ago and I've lost 13 lbs it would have been 17 but I started weight training and I gain 4lbs two weeks ago, but now I've been loosing a few lbs a week. I also started walking two miles in the morning with my fiance (he's trying to trim down too.) We love looking for new recipes to try and it's actually been really fun doing it together. I have to agree with the other responses you're doctor seems to have some kind of cut if you do get the surgery. I would honestly look for a new one. Good luck

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I have been here for a few months. But my doctor actually told me that surgery was not an option b/c he believed that I could make the change to eating healthier and exercise and I would see the weight peel off. He recommended that since I have PCOS that I go on a low carb diet since I'm insulin resistant. So my fiance and I started Atkins about 4 weeks ago and I've lost 13 lbs it would have been 17 but I started weight training and I gain 4lbs two weeks ago, but now I've been loosing a few lbs a week. I also started walking two miles in the morning with my fiance (he's trying to trim down too.) We love looking for new recipes to try and it's actually been really fun doing it together. I have to agree with the other responses you're doctor seems to have some kind of cut if you do get the surgery. I would honestly look for a new one. It seems like you have a starting weight right around where I did. So if you need a buddy, just let me know! Good luck

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Well, I have lost 6 pounds in the effort to prove her wrong. Not much but today I started P90X

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i don't have insurance. :( the coverage my employers offers isn't very good and i can't really afford to pay for it anyway (i have two part time jobs so i'd get a group discount, but they wouldn't pay towards it other than that). i might be able to work something out to write it off, but seeing as my tax refunds go to my student loans every year, that wouldn't make a difference to my pocket anytime soon....

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I'll have to look into that. When I do my taxes, I can only claim healthcare costs over a certain amount.

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Regarding insurance... even if your insurance won't cover it, if you have a medical reimbursement plan,you may be able to be reimbursed for it. Just make sure you budget enough for it in your planning.

The key is that your doctor prescribes the activity for you. If so, you will still be paying for it out of pocket, but you can at least get it tax free. Exercise equipment (e.g., treadmills), gym memberships, diet programs (like Weight Watchers) can all be covered if your doctor presribes it as medically necessary - and usually this is based on your BMI.

That being said - this is based on the information I had from last years reimbursement. Also check with your employer - they may have a reimbursement plan as well. Sometimes the options we have are a bit more hidden.

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and i had the exact same thought about health insurance (not just considerate employers) paying at least a portion of the cost of a gym membership or fitness classes. and it would totally make sense if you had to log a certain number of hours per week or something for them to keep paying for it. gyms keep track of that stuff anyway for their own insurance....

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I do not know why SparkPeople is so successful adjusting my mental outlook and motivating me. I thought I was motivated before but no - never like this - I WANT to go the fitness center - almost HAVE TO GO - I WANT to eat healthy - I WANT my water and I love this site.

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My Dr. actually said something similar - He said it was not likely I would lose the weight without surgery but then went on a tirade about how bad surgery is and that what I really need is to start eating healthy and go to the gym everyday.

I tried dieting and failed. I prayed for help and the next day I found/joined/bought the book SparkPeople. That was 2 months and 25 pounds ago. I am motivated, I am making small changes to my lifestyle, I am happy and I will succeed.

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I personally know two people who have had gastric bypass surgery. Only in one case was it medically necessary and she has been able to keep the weight off.

I have watched a lot of medical shows that have people who have changed their eating habits, started using healthier foods and just got moving and have lost a lot of weight.

You can do this. I have learned that it is baby steps. Some weeks you will loose 2 to 3 pounds. Those are the weeks that we celebrate. What we also have to do is celebrate the weeks we only loose 1 or less pounds. Even if we loose 1/2 a pound, that is 1/2 pound that is gone and if we work at it will not come back.

I have faith in you and know that you are a worthy person, as we all are, of being who we want to be. You have come to a great place. The people on this site are the best and whenever you have need of advice, inspiration or motivation, you will get it here.

Good luck and let us know how you are doing. We are all here for you.

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Ramble on!! Something needs to be done. If I'm obese, it's cheaper for my insurance to sponsor a gym membership than to pay for my surgery, or long term care due to complications from obesity. It just makes no sense!

You can tell this really struck a nerve with me.

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my girlfriend who is on medicare got better healthcare for lsoing weight then i do paying for it. she got a dietation, dr to monitor her progress and something else i can't remember but she lost 217# where is that for us. First of all they should not be taking PE out of schools and they should promote healthy lifestyles and make insurance cover part of physical activity - gym, jazzercise, rec centers anything that is sports related that get people moving! ARGH!!! i'm rambling now.

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if we had better health care (in the US), obese people would probably have more success losing and keeping off weight. because then dr's could (and would!) refer overweight patients to therapists and/or dietitians and those patients would be able to keep meeting with them every week or every few weeks.

i know one thing that has held me back too is exercise - i can get out and walk, but there really isn't room in my house to exercise. seriously, i don't think there's a big enough chunk of floor to get down and do push-ups even. but i can't afford a gym membership right now. maybe part of that health care thing should be exercise classes? *hehe*

now i'm starting to ramble....

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There are so many doctors telling people to have surgery to lose weight, but I don't understand why a doctor wouldn't prescribe therapy for obese patients. Most of us most likely have a food addiction or are emotional eaters. I bet if doctors referred their obese patients to get therapy, there would be better success. Lots of people get surgery and gain it back because they haven't learned to stop relying on food to deal with their emotional problems. Surgery works for some, but most people that I know that have had it gain all or most back.

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Thank you all so much! This is excatly the encouragement I needed to hear. I did well over the last week with calories except for yesterday. And TODAY, I got off my butt and exercised this morning - only 30 minutes, but I did it. Someone below hit it on the nail, EXERCISE is what i am seriously lacking! I had not heard of a critical weight either, but I dont know all. I want so badly to prove her wrong!
Thanks all!!!

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Please don't go the surgery route yet! I was considering and my doctor asked me about it but wasn't really in favor of it. I had tried all the diet fads and lost then gained a few pounds several time. I always gained back more than I lost. I had even tried Sparks a few times but didn't really commit to it. I finally reached the do or die stage and I am doing it. You need to really commit to the life style change and you will lose the weight. There is no such thing as not being able to lose the weight. I've been Sparking 1 1/2 months and since I really committed to it, I have become totally addicted to the changes. I'm exercising all the time and love the challenge of planning and eating healthy meals and snacks. So ... don't give in to the surgery. Get a new doctor and commit to the Sparks life style. If I can do it, so can you!
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surgery doesn't do anything other than alter the amount of food you are ABLE to intake. the weight loss still comes from your lower-calorie diet. so i don't know how she could possibly right saying you "can't" lose weight without it. now, if we were talking about something like....removing a thyroid tumor....or something weird like that....then i'd say yes, maybe you would *need* surgery to lose weight.

besides, if you're young and considering having children someday, you REALLY don't want to go through weight loss surgery. it would make you automatically a high risk pregnancy due to the fact that you would be likely to have trouble getting the calories/nutrients necessary to carry and deliver a healthy baby. just sayin.

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Hey GV! Welcome to the team! This is a very good team! I have never heard of Critical weight however I have heard of set point. Here is a link to an article on Spark.
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When I came to spark I weighed 325 lbs. I now weigh 158. However I have a diet buddy and an exercise buddy which really helps! We live in the same house so that makes it so easy.

I would suggest that you get a referral to an endrocranologist (sp) let him give you a thorough work-up. That would eliminate several problems. He would probably have you fill out a questionaire which tells him if you are dealing with any depression. This is where my journey started. Which was all good. I kept learning about myself even if I wasn't ready to start my journey! This team has seen my go from 325 to 158. I was ready when I found Spark.

I understand when you say even though you are trying you still can't seem to lose. Maybe your body is saying she is trying to fool us. The body might be waiting for you to go back to your old ways. Or maybe not!
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Get a new doctor is all i can say!! Everyone here has told you what you already know, portion control, water, EXERCISE (i don't lose without it) I made a visual board and for every twenty mins of exercise i do i get a sticker, sounds silly but i'm doing it!! I will add 5 minds more every two weeks until i'm up to an hour a day. I want to make it a way of life for myself I have to. Also dig deep into the emotional side of why, if you let your doc mentally block you it will harm you I agree on looking into a psych that handles weight issues. I may even do that to get healthy.. Make sure you are getting enough sleep as well, reseachers say that plays a key role as well. Good luck!!! I know you can you ahve come to one of the best teams i'm down 40# since last year, it has been hard and i still play mind games with myself but over all it is worth it. Try and buy less processed foods and more fresh items to get you through it. Frozen and canned fruits work when not in season and what i did last year is i brought fresh berries and froze them so i know where it came from, also did the same with peaches, when my bananas get ripe i freeze them and make smoothies! Find out if you are insulent resistant if you are metformin may help, exercise and a low carb diet will help if your doc is not willing to go there. Try you have nothing to lose and more to gain by researching what will work for you. Journal your food and thoughts and Exercise, those are the basics then add portion sizes once you see what is going in and keep going like everyone says baby steps start 10 mins of exercise a day and add each week or two. Find ways to keep yourself committed into the game. HUGS and we are here for you!

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Yes you can lose! I weighed 350# 2 1/2 years ago and I started cooking healthier, used portion control and started exercising. I grant you it has been a long 2 1/2 years and I'm still working towards my goal of 165 but in less than 20# I will be there. So prove your Dr wrong. The knife is not the answer. Now I wish you all the success in the world on your journey.

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No surgery!!! You are way to young to go under the knife. It is not the fix all that it is made up to be.

Many people on this team have lost a lot of weight you will get great idea's and support from them.

You mentioned you know a lot about weight loss and nutrition because I would have said get your doctor to OK visits to a dietitian. Also, get a full panel blood work done just to see if anything is out of the normal ranges.

See if there is a psychologist in your area that deals with weight issues. Like many have said before we can lose the weight but it is keeping it off that remains the most elusive piece of the puzzle but it can be done!

Making the food changes is only part of the puzzle, moving and burning calories is also part of it. Perhaps your husband would be a supporter of taking walks and being part of your new healthy lifestyle with you!!!

Please let us know how you are doing!!

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Shoot the doctor.

Seriously tho, I'd find a new one. This one obviously won't be able to provide the support you'll need on this journey.



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If anyone was at "Critical Weight" it would be me. At my max I was almost 700 pounds. I've lost nearly 100 and am still going down. It's a long, hard road - but it's doable. The doctor doesn't know what s/he is talking about.

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I too have never heard of this. I have talked to people who think that WLS is the only way once you reach a certain age and/or weight, but I don't agree. I have always had a difficult time taking off more than 20lbs, but I think part of that is emotional. I have also seen people get WLS and while they lose the weight, they also suffer many side effects. I had thought about it myself, but it scares me and my doctor definitely prefers diet and exercise. I would be looking for a new doctor :)

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I have lost weight i gained it bback because i never learned how to deal with emotional issues.I am now.I was at 360 and now i am under 300.I struggle alot but i am still here and losing.You need to track your food and exercise.I have seen people who have had the surgery and do well but alot gain the wieght back as they never learn to deal with the emotions.You can do it.Lisa

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Hi GV, I also agree with all the other responses. I have had weight loss surgery and lost 100 lbs but over time I gained it back. The surgery is just a tool, a jump start to get you started with losing but if you don't make changes in your life you will gain it back. I was impressed with the caption you have on your link that says "don't tell God how big your storm is, tell the storm how big God is" Nothing is too impossible for him. Be strong. You can do it.

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Okay so I was curious about this 'Critical Weight' and when I look it up on the internet it talks about drilling. The first ten hits had NOTHING to do with actual body weight. I think your doctor doesn't want to take the time to help you through what will be a long journey. I have toyed with the idea of having surgery and just couldn't bring myself to do it. This actually made my primary physician very happy. He did not want to see me go through surgery. He said all I needed to do was to commit to myself. Which was true but I also need(ed) counseling. For me, part of what is helping me drop the weight is learning why I have been standing in my own way and why I gave up on myself in the first place. I think you need to look at yourself, remind that inner you that you are worth working hard for. And, once you remember how important you are, not only to the world but to the people around you, you will start to see progress. I was in my way and maybe you are just in your way. Countless times people have lost this weight with out chopping your stomach off and rerouting your intestinal track, I know you can too. And if you have doubts you should really look at some of these profiles. The people on this site and several on this team are just amazing inspirations. Set small attainable goals, you can and will be successful at this!!
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I think you're doctor is full of you know what. My highest weight was 380 and I'm 296 right now. Maybe instead of trying to push you to have surgery your doctor should be checking you to see if there's anything wrong. If you do have a medical issue that's hindering your weight loss I would ask your doctor to start testing you for things like PCOS and insulin resistance. I'm not taking metphormin right now but when I got down to 180 about 7 years ago it was while I was on metphormin.

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Becky, I think you are right. And I have done most of that for sometime. I havent had soda or fast food since 2006. I think the others are right - I need to get moving more. I am well educated in this topic of weight loss and overall, I eat healthy compared to most, but for many reasons it doesnt seem to work for me. I think she is full of BS to but because I dont actually loose when I try, it freaks me out that she may be right. I think she is wrong too, so I am just going to have to try harder. Ahhh so frustrating.

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That is so totally ridiculous! (Unless someone has a medical problem, which 99% of us don't.) Time for a new doctor girl!

I once weighed 425 and lost down to 126 just by eating less and exercising more. It took me about a year and a half. (I've lost great amounts a couple of times.) Even though I gained most all of it back it had nothing to do with any diet, it had to do with emotional problems. (Which surgery wouldn't solve anyway.)

There are many on this team who have lost great amounts and are keeping it off.


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I definitely have nothing against surgery if it's what you want. There are many people here who have had some kind of weight loss surgery and are doing great!

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1/15/11 10:04 P

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hi,

just figured i'd weigh in on this topic.

a year ago i was over 350 lbs. i started making better food choices and joined a gym.

i am now at 195 and dropping.

you most certainly can lose weight without surgery.

"Life is Good"

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1/15/11 9:50 P

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I believe I would call "BS" on ur doctor. I have lost before from mid 300's and now am losing from the high 300's, with nothing radical, beyond watching calories, and exercising. I have lost 45 pounds on here and 51 before SP. I say it can be done!!!!

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1/15/11 9:44 P

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I also have a doctor who is a proponent of surgery. I just couldn't do it. So I decided to give my losing on my own one more try. I have lost nearly 25 pounds in 4 months. I know it is not as much as I would like, but it is a start and now I know that in two years I could sincery be down 150 pounds. Surgery is an absolute option for some people, but not for me. (and I have never heard of critical weight, and I have been overweight my whole life...)

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1/15/11 9:20 P

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Your new Doctor is obviously getting kickbacks from the Bariatric Surgery Center down the street, or something similar. You CAN lose weight without surgical intervention. You just have to commit to making changes in your lifestyle. Start small, track what you eat, cut out drive thrus, sodas and other empty calories. Start MOVING, commit to ten minutes a day.

"I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better." ~Maya Angelou




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1/15/11 9:01 P

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Has anyone every heard of a "critical weight?" I know a LOT about weight loss and nutrition. Needless to say, it hasnt worked for me or I haven't followed it, thus why I qualify for this team. However, my doctor (new doctor) is claiming that I have reached a critical weight in which I cannot loose weight even if I try. She says my only option is surgey. I am against that. Thoughts? Have you lost from high 300's without drastic measures?

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