B.A. asks from Mounds, OK on July 27, 2007
How to Lose the Rest of the Weight to Reach My Goal Weight.
I have 2 kids, 6 and an almost eight year old. A couple of years after I had the last child I had to have a full hysterectomy. This helped me lose about 30 pounds. Anyway, I gained it back and then some. Last year at this time I went to the doctor for my regular checkup and he tested my blood and told me that I had to lose weight and cut my cholesterol and triglyceride levels or I would really have health problems later in life. That scared me so I started working out. I work out between 3 and 5 times a week, meet with a personal trainer about every 4-5 months. I have lost about 20 of the pounds and am down to 145. My problem is I can't seem to lose the rest. I watch and write down every thing that I eat, I drink the needed amount of water, and I take a regular vitamin. I feel good where I am and better about myself than I ever have but can't seem to lose the rest of the weight. I need help with ideas. My personal trainer said I am doing everything right. I was not sure if, because I am taking HRT (hormone replacement therapy)that would affect my weight loss. I even went to a "diet doctor" and had my diet assessed and prescriptions assessed but he said my rx will not affect how I lose the weight. HELP!!!!!!!!!!!! I am almost 29 and have the hormones of a menopausal woman. I am still skeptical about the rx affecting the weight loss. I am also 5'0.
So What Happened?™
Thanks for everyone's input!! I had my 10 year reunion this last weekend and it made me really thankful for how far I have come in my weight loss quest! I have decided to be less hard on myself. I am taking this week off then next week back to hard core training. I am going to meet with my personal trainer again and kick it up a notch!!! Thanks and I'll let you all know how it goes!!! God Bless.
J.W. answers from Tulsa on July 29, 2007
For exercise I have to recommend yoga and belly dancing. They're both great ways to shape a good body as well as trim the fat, increase satmina and flexibility and the belly dancing is fun while the yoga is soothing and relaxing. They are as intense as you want them to be and yoga especially has a wide variety of asanas (poses) and disciplines to experiment with and learn.
For some diet tips I recommend the following as a metabolism booster and fat burner:
Get the Apple Cider vinegar from a health store and make sure that it has the "mother" in the bottle. That's the live culture in the fermentation process that carries many of the benefits. Obviously if you have an ulcer or problems with acidic foods you shouldn't try this but otherwise it works great to detoxify, energize and burn fat. It also aids in the absorbtion of iron (apple cider vinegar is a pretty good source for iron anyway) and it aids in the oxidization of the blood. Three of those a day before (or after) meals is the recommended usage. I usually only have one or two a day though.
The HRT does affect the weight loss but don't stop taking it if your doctor has a good reason to have you on it. There are ways around it. From what I can gather from you, you're dealing with the stubborn belly fat that forms an undesirable "pooch." If that's the case; get thee to a belly dance class or buy a VHS/DVD tutorial on it. I have a love-hate relationship with the Belly Dance Twins Neena and Veena. I love that they are good teachers and have good DVDs. I hate that I will probably never look as good as they do. Oh well. Here's the link to their website.
They also have belly dance for fitness DVDs. I don't know how that differs from the dance tutorials though. I liked learning to do the dance so that when I go out with friends I'm the one with the wicked cool moves. :-D
One more note about hormones since you're almost 29. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, we learn that a woman's body undergoes hormonal shifts every ten years or so. Therefore, even if you weren't using the HRT, or if you hadn't had a full hysterectomy, your body would be going into a hormonal flux right about now that might make you feel as though you were going menopausal. That's why you sometimes hear commercials for hormone therapies saying that the "symptoms of menopause can start as early as your thirties." I hate that phrase because menopause is NOT a disease with symptoms, it's part of the natural process of our lives. It's also misleading. There are some natural ways to help your body move through these transitions with greater ease and lesser impact on your feelings and your looks. Most of it revolves around diet and exercise. Check out this link:
It's a pretty good brief on how TCM could benefit you and it includes a couple of recipes and names some of the key herbs used in TCM for women's health. Most of those can be found in a local health food store and are available as teas or tablets/capsules.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing!
D.T. answers from Tulsa on July 28, 2007
It sounds like you're doing everything right and if the doctor is still saying that your cholesterol and triglycerides are effected by your weight then you need a new doctor.
Look I realize that another 15-25 pounds would push you into a really great size but sometimes those weight guidelines aren't realistic.
It's true you're showing some of the signs that heart disease and strokes can hit you earlier simply because you're not using some of that stored energy to bleed every month.
The realitiy is that as our bodies age they get really lazy and stop burning off fat. I really think that you're actually seeing a maintaining weight because you're so toned----muscle weighs more than fat. So, have you had your body fat calculated? These calculations will give you a greater feeling of accomplishment. They'll also be more realistic for your body type, height and ethnic background.
Once you know that then you can re-evaluate your doctor and test results.
Don't focus on weight as a number. Doing that will really tear you down.
Honey I understand really. I'm 36 and although I haven't gone into menopause I have had the same symptoms since I was 13. My cycles never protected my heart like the other regulated women. Because of that, well, I've topped 320 and I'm 5'9" now at this size my levels are perfect!!! Because my hormones and mental chemicals are well balanced. It makes it hard to buy clothes though.
I'd say maintaining is your best bet. You could try medications but you might do more harm than good.
Best of luck to you!!
A.M. answers from Wichita on July 28, 2007
I dont have a solution for your weight loss but if you get any great ideas I would love to hear. I think 145 is a very good weight if you are not shorter than maybe 5'4". I know I am that height and should be at 135lb, but I am not near that. I also have two kids and for the past 10years since I had my first one I have gradually gained weight to the point that I finally realized I was not 147lb (since it is a very good weight for me since I am very heavy bone) Those charts sometimes are exagerated and even if you are only a few pound over your idea weight, the chart show slightly over weght. :(. I now been cycling for about 3-4 months since I realized I am not getting any yonger, and ride at least 2-3 times a week and ride at least 30miles on a given week. last week I rode 47miles just one ride. and there is weeks that I have riden over 60miles in one week. I really thought that cycling would help me loose wait but not really. I am very dissapointed, have not lost a pound. I know that sometimes your body no matter what you do will prevent you from loosing another pound. Something about the body that when you hit a certain weight the body will not let you loose or even gain weight. Your body is used to your exercise routine now and your eating habits, so to shock your body and possibly loose another pound you might need to do something drastic, like a veggie and protein diet, no breads or sugars so the body burns what is in your body already. I hope you get great suggestions from other moms, and I would like to hear about it too. I really want to loose about 60lbs :( Good luck! and if you find something that really works, let me know !!!!!!! :)
J.D. answers from Topeka on July 28, 2007
I agree with Megan...it's time to add variety to your exercise routine and increase the intensity. Try a different exercise from your current routine to shake things up. Remember, too, that diet and exercise alone in some individuals may not be enought to get your lipids to the optimal numbers. Some people ~ even strict vegetarians who exercise daily and are super thin ~ have a famial gene for high cholesterol and have to take something like Vytorin or Zocor or Lipitor. Keep up the good work! You're doing an amazing job and should pat yourself on the back for your accomplishments to date.
K.R. answers from Lawton on July 27, 2007
I have had the same problem with losing those last 10 pounds. I finally just gave myself a break. I too, was going to the gym 3-5 times/week, watched my diet, etc... Taking the time off for a week and relaxing SLIGHTLY on my diet seemed to kick the weight loss back into gear. I have lost another 5 pounds by doing this. Sometimes we push our bodies so hard, that they just need a little breather. Give it a try and let me know how things work out for ya and don't give up, you'll make your goal!
M.R. answers from Charlottesville on July 27, 2007
It sounds like you've hit a plateau. Every now and then (mainly at specific weights), I hit a weight plateau. When this happens, I change up my diet and exercise routine. With my diet, that's when I tend to do the South Beach diet. It seems to give my metabolism the boost that it needs to continue losing weight. As for exercise, maybe it's time to step up the intensity of your workout. These things have worked for me, so I thought I'd pass them along!
D.C. answers from Enid on July 30, 2007
I know what you are talking about. I had a hysterectomy 4yrs ago and I am on HRT as well. I started walking and quit counting calories and fats all the good stuff. I just had to slow down and realize if I continue to stress about it I will never lose the rest or even gain more, so I say try to find something that relieves stress. Have you tried Pilates??