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Friday, November 11, 2016

I have been a member of Spark People since April of 2008. I have had off and on periods, and my weight has been up and down, lately more up. As I have gotten closer to the age my mom was when she was diagnosed with diabetes, I realized my body shape has changed, and I am starting to carry more abdominal fat. Worried because of a family history cardiac disease, as well as diabetes, I really started to work on getting my weight under control. I redid my goals and got a calorie range of about 1500-1800, and I worked really hard to stay within it. Not only did I not make any progress, I actually gained weight! I redid my goals again, going for a more aggressive approach, and had a calorie range of about 1300-1600. I usually hit it in the middle to upper end, but really worked on not going over. My weight would fluctuate 5 pounds, plus or minus. I was hovering between 201 and 196! I wanted to cry. I rode my bike, went to the gym, and I wasn't getting anywhere. To make me feel even worse, my mom was finally taking the connection between her weight and blood sugar control seriously, and had lost 15 pounds. For the first time in our lives, she weighed less than I did. Don't get me wrong, I am really happy for her, but it was a real blow to my self esteem. I needed help. I had my thyroid checked, it was working fine. I was pretty sure I wasn't suffering from a vitamin D deficiency; I live in Hawaii and make a habit of getting 10 minutes of unprotected sun exposure a day, weather permitting. I made an appointment with the Queen's Comprehensive Weight Management Program. I initially signed up for an "Information Session", and when they called me to get some basic information, I found out the information session was just for surgery candidates, which I was not interested in and did not qualify for anyway. I did qualify for their other services, and I was very excited to get some help. I met with Dr. Rudnick and we discussed what my goals were and what I was looking for from the program, why I felt I needed help, and the different options available to me. I wanted guidance with calorie intake and expenditure. The first step was a Body Composition Analysis and Resting Energy Expenditure Test to get a better idea of what my Resting Metabolic Rate is. I was slightly surprised to find it was lower than average, but it explained why the ranges given to me by SP were not working. The aggressive range of 1300-1600 is actually a MAINTENANCE range for me! UGH! I now have a calorie range of 1150-1200. The other surprise was I was not exercising enough. Let me be more precise; I was not doing enough Cardio exercise. Weight training is important, but cardio is where your major calorie expenditure is at. Most of the cardio activities I was doing fall into the moderate range. I have to either increase the range, which is hard to do with my orthopedic issues, or increase the amount of time spent on them. I am now riding my bike before and after work, for a total time of at least 60 minutes, or walking as briskly as I can tolerate for at least 60 minutes. My primary doctor has advised me to avoid the gym until the wounds from my dog bite have completely healed, so I am working on putting together some body-weight and resistance band exercises to do at home. I am finally seeing results. On my last weigh in, I was down just under 5 pounds. I didn't weigh myself last week, I forgot, so hoping to see at least another 4-5 pounds gone when I weigh myself Sunday. I am so glad I decided to ask for help.
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  • JENNY888
    I am glad you stuck with it until you finally found something that helped.
    1517 days ago
    I find it hard to ask for help, even when it's needed.
    You learnt quite a lot and I hope you'll see the results you are so looking for.
    Keep sparking and keep us posted!
    1528 days ago
    I find your experience SO interesting! I have long felt that my metabolism is slower than the norm, and hence, do not require nearly as many calories as SP recommends. I know I need to increase my cardio, but right now am focused on eating better for me. I'm so glad your new plan is working for you!!
    1533 days ago
    Good for you for hanging in there and being persistent on finding what works for YOU! I truly believe we are each an experiment of one - the nutrition and exercise ranges given on SparkPeople are averages, and they certainly work for some. Some folks give up when they don't see results working within those ranges. The fact that you DIDN'T give up but kept looking for answers and trying different things until you were successful tells me you're in this healthy lifestyle for LIFE!
    1533 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. Wishing you the best of luck and blessings.
    1534 days ago
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