||[Sep. 7th, 2006|11:24 am]
Weight loss wonders
Since I didn't do it before, I guess I should do it now while I'm thinking about it.|
Hi... I'm Chandara... aka Dixie. I'm 43 (for another month anyway), 5'8" tall, and a well-proportioned 253 pounds.
In my 30’s, I weighed about 175 and wore a size 14. Then toward my late 30’s, I started on Wellbutrin and my weight SHOT up to 220. After my divorce, the ex-boyfriend from hell made me get off ALL my medications. I lost 50 pounds, and was back down to the 170 or so I was used to – and I looked HOT! But try as I might, and especially considering the hell I was living in, I had to get back on the meds (it actually put me in danger that he made me stop them suddenly), and the weight started to climb immediately. My weight has been steadily climbing ever since. My shrink is open to the possibility of getting me off the meds, but not until I’ve been stable for at least six months.
I don't overeat. My metabolism is practically at a standstill due to not eating frequently enough and the medications. I think I’m in decent shape, especially considering my size. I can walk a mile in under 20 minutes & barely break a sweat. I teach 3+ hours of bellydance classes every week and have for the better part of the last 20 or so years. It cracks me up to hear the 20-something year old “physically fit” girls in my classes grunt and groan and talk about how I’m kicking their butts. ;-) But I can feel the weight in my stamina, or lack thereof, and I hate it.
I know drinking soda is a big problem for me. Regular, Classic Coke. But it’s funny – if I take chromium picolinate or drink green tea, I don’t crave it as much. And don’t say “drink diet”… I HATE DIET SODA. So far, I’m on Day 3 of no soda. So far, so good.
The plan I’ve started this week is to try to eat less bread, pasta, rice and potatoes; I can only have a soda on my “free day” (which I’m going to allow myself to have once a week); I’m trying to have some sort of protein with every meal to help keep my insulin levels balanced; I’m forcing myself to eat three meals and two snacks a day, which is literally unheard of for me. I usually eat one or two meals a day TOPS. I’m also going to try to do some other sort of exercise than just dancing at class. That will help jump-start my metabolism.
I’m looking forward to establishing a little online support group here for those of us struggling with this issue. Thanks Deb for getting this going!