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post #1 of 28
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I'm still gaining weight!!! In May of 07' I weighed 125. Now I weigh almost 170!!! I know the fact that I'm not working and I eat a lot of junk food doesn't help but I've been off of work in the past and have never gained like this. The most I've ever gained while not working is ten pounds and that took a whole year. I've put on 45 pounds in eight months. Something isn't right. My doctor checked my thyroid and it's fine. I had a physical in Dec. and one of the nurses said it's my birth control (depo) but I've been on that for nine years. Why would I just start gaining weight from it. I'm scheduled to go in every month for a weight check. Maybe my doctor will figure something out. This is just ridiculous.
post #2 of 28
Actually the fact that you have been off work in the past and not gained so much is pretty much irrelevant. The older you get, the more difficult it is to lose weight once it's on. I'm not going to ask how old you are, that's just rude, but certainly around the mid 20s then weight tends to catch up with you pretty quickly. All the junk food you eat, perhaps you could burn off well enough at 22..... but it's not going to be the same at 25..... and older, it's even more difficult.

Ok, maybe 45 pounds in the last 8 months would suggest that there's something underlying, so it's always going to be worth getting that checked out Have you eaten anything different over the Christmas and new year period? I know I definitely piled it on over that time.... I'm going to REALLY have to work it off!!

I would suggest that you drop the junk food. I lost a lot of weight last year just entirely cutting soda out of my diet! Shame I ruined it all this Chrimbo! There's no substitute for good food and exercise. I'm just getting back into going to the gym and taking long walks and it seems to be helping.

I hope that your check with the doctor goes well hun Fingers crossed that there isn't anything medical giving you problems.
post #3 of 28
Stress is a huge factor in wieght gain as well, especially in women.
post #4 of 28
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I hope that your check with the doctor goes well hun Fingers crossed that there isn't anything medical giving you problems.
good advice......for you!...
post #5 of 28
Lillikat speaks the truth! The older you get the harder it is to keep the weight off. Your metabolism slows down so the more junk food you eat. I know at 30 I have a difficult time staying slim if I don't mix in exercising 3-4 times a week.

Also, even though it may not be your depo directly my doctor was telling me at my last appointment that your hormones do change the older you get. So perhaps something has changed with your hormones that is contributing to the weight gain.

Hopefully the doctors appointment goes well though and you find your answers.
post #6 of 28
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Stress is a huge factor in wieght gain as well, especially in women.
:Yeah: So true. I've always noticed that when I'm stressed out for a long time that my weight goes up a bit.
post #7 of 28
Amy, if it makes you feel any better, you totally do not look like you weigh 170
post #8 of 28
I think sometimes there is just a part of your life where things settle down, and you dont go out so much, tend to stay at home, eat less nutritous foods,
and maybe aren't exercising. Once every couple a years things will settle down in my family, I will get comfortable with myself, and the way things are, and thats when I gain the weight! I always thought the stress of being on the go all the time is what kept me at my normal weight!

I dont think 170lbs is that bad either! Depending on how old you are, you could still lose it if you want too! If its a health issue an all then its important but otherwise, whats wrong with a little cooshin for the pushin?? If you go to the gym alot you could turn it into muscle (which weighs more, but looks like less) !! Good luck in whatever you decide to do!

post #9 of 28
I have that particular kitten stuck to the front of my fridge - which, incidentally, is still stuffed with chocolate and wine left over from christmas!
post #10 of 28
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That's adorable!!
post #11 of 28
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Lillikat speaks the truth! The older you get the harder it is to keep the weight off. Your metabolism slows down so the more junk food you eat. I know at 30 I have a difficult time staying slim if I don't mix in exercising 3-4 times a week.

Also, even though it may not be your depo directly my doctor was telling me at my last appointment that your hormones do change the older you get. So perhaps something has changed with your hormones that is contributing to the weight gain.

Hopefully the doctors appointment goes well though and you find your answers.
I know metabolisms slow down as you age but for me to gain this much weight this fast, it's like my metabolism just flat lined when I turned 26 last June. It just doesn't seem right.
post #12 of 28
Actually that IS about right. 25 - 26 is the age when you can expect to have your metabolism do just that.
post #13 of 28
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Actually that IS about right. 25 - 26 is the age when you can expect to have your metabolism do just that.
It's not fair.
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
It's not fair.
You know what's not fair? When you get older, it gets worse!
post #15 of 28
Do you regularly take any other medications? Even any common OTC ones?
post #16 of 28
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You know what's not fair? When you get older, it gets worse!
Indeed, my metabolism died off completely when I hit 35.
It's also not fair that men go gray and get distinguished looking, while we just start to look tired and old.
post #17 of 28
My metabolism slowed down when I reached my early 30's too.
I'm not working now either and add in the the holidays....eek!!
post #18 of 28
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You know what's not fair? When you get older, it gets worse!
I think I read somewhere to expect 10 lbs for every 10 years..something like that. Course I don't remember if it was exercising or not...

Yea, at the ripe old age of 30, I can tell if I go too long without exercising. When I was 26 I was 155-160, and decided to lose the weight...I think it took me a full year to lose the weight, even after completely cutting out junk food and exercising 4-5 times a week.

I now run about 130 (which I'm happy with), but if I skip a week at the gym and continue to eat normally (portioned dinners and a sinful treat everynight), I'm back up 4 lbs...its enough to make the jeans uncomfortable.

Drinking green tea helps speed up your metabolism, but it depends on the person by how much.
post #19 of 28
Yep, I noticed the steady decline of my metabolism pretty well after college...

I exercise regularily and try to eat healthy..you should try and do the same..its our only chance!
post #20 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
I'm still gaining weight!!! In May of 07' I weighed 125. Now I weigh almost 170!!! I know the fact that I'm not working and I eat a lot of junk food doesn't help but I've been off of work in the past and have never gained like this. The most I've ever gained while not working is ten pounds and that took a whole year. I've put on 45 pounds in eight months. Something isn't right. My doctor checked my thyroid and it's fine. I had a physical in Dec. and one of the nurses said it's my birth control (depo) but I've been on that for nine years. Why would I just start gaining weight from it. I'm scheduled to go in every month for a weight check. Maybe my doctor will figure something out. This is just ridiculous.
Check out PCOS (on line) and see if you fit any of those symptoms...especially if you might be Insulin Resistant (your body produces too much insulin and doesn't use it causing you to gain weight) - could be an explanation if you're eating a lot of junk food. People who are IR need to eat a "diabetic diet" and sometimes end up taking meds...
post #21 of 28
No, maybe it's not fair BUT - on the positive side:

There are no such things as wrinkles - they are lines of experience.
There is no such thing as grey hair - it is executive silver.
There is no such thing as fat - it's famine padding.
There is no such thing as getting old - it's an annual re-adjustment.

The way I see it, you can either spend your life complaining about what's fair and what's not and worrying about your appearance - and get old and weathered anyway, or you can accept the fact that it's going to happen, continue to eat and live well and happily and grow old as disgracefully as possible. Enjoy life while you have it, because 80-90 years isn't really not long in the grand scheme of things.

I have a belly that is currently exerting it's own gravitational force on things around me, but I'm happy in knowing that it's my own fault I'm doing things about it now, of course and I'm in the gym as often as I can be. I'm quite content to be so well insulated over the winter months

Kick back and enjoy life - if you're not happy with the way you are, then you can always do something about it.
post #22 of 28
You are 26 years old and have gained 45 lbs. in eight months? I would be worried, too. Eating junk food could certainly explain that much weight gain. But did your doctor run a TSH test, and is that how s/he determined your thyroid function is good? TSH tests do not test how much thyroid is actually in your blood and people with hypothyroidism go misdiagnosed for years when their doctors rely solely on TSH tests.

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Check out PCOS (on line) and see if you fit any of those symptoms...especially if you might be Insulin Resistant (your body produces too much insulin and doesn't use it causing you to gain weight) - could be an explanation if you're eating a lot of junk food. People who are IR need to eat a "diabetic diet" and sometimes end up taking meds...
I'd check into this, too.

In any case, cutting out the junk food and eating real foods is the way to start. Good luck; I hope you get things under control.
post #23 of 28
Cushing's Syndrome, perhaps??? Unless you really are eating a lot more and not exercising....
post #24 of 28
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In any case, cutting out the junk food and eating real foods is the way to start. Good luck; I hope you get things under control.
Exactly! Buy a bag of carrots, celery, apples, oranges for snacks.

Eating junk food is what I call just eating empty calories. They contain a lot of calories and fat and carbs/sugar. The nutrition info is super tricky when it comes to junk food...they make the food sound better for you than what it actually is.

I.e. if you look at Ben & Jerry's Brownie Batter They typically come in a pint size, which is roughly 2 cups of ice cream. The nutritional value information on the size is per 1/2 cup...making one of those small "personal" servings actually enough to feed 4 people.

Total calories, per serving is 310. You eat the entire thing at one sitting: 310 x 4 = 1,240 calories.
Total fat per serving: 18 g. Multiply this by 4 and you have 72 g of total fat

Total carbs per serving: 32 g. again, multiply by 4 and you have 128 g of carbs. When you don't exercise often, carbs actually turn into fat, so that total fat content just went up.

Now compared to the average daily value (based on a 2,000 calorie diet) you've eaten more than 1/2 your daily calories in one sitting, exceeded your daily total fat intake by 7 g, and ate just over a third of your daily total carb intake (daily = 300g). That's just from eating the pint of ice cream... you still have 3 meals a day to eat plus any other snacks to eat. Keep in mind, also, though that's the average. If you're a taller person then you'll require a higher calorie intake. If you're on the petite side, you'll require a lower calorie intake per day, just to maintain your weight without a lot of exercise.

Now I'm not condoning ever eating B&J or gorging yourself into a full pint, cause then I would just be a liar Just do it in portions. Measure out that 1/2 a cup per day and suddenly you've made that pint last 4 days and you've given your metabolism time to work on that 1/2 cup each day. If you have a bad day and gorge into the pint, couple it with a lighter meal, such as a salad (sans dressing) or just plain baked chicken and veggies.
post #25 of 28
I'm glad someone beat me to this subject! I'm 25 (I'll be 26 in April) and I'm gaining weight like there's no tomorrow. I eat fairly well (only alcohol and junk once a week, if that), I work... I don't know what the deal is. I've gained 30 lbs in the last 4 months. Of course, it probably has to do with the fact that I take an anti-depressent, but that still seems a little high...

So, I do sympathize with you! If anyone comes across a miracle diet or pill, pass it along!
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
I'm still gaining weight!!! In May of 07' I weighed 125. Now I weigh almost 170!!! I know the fact that I'm not working and I eat a lot of junk food doesn't help but I've been off of work in the past and have never gained like this. The most I've ever gained while not working is ten pounds and that took a whole year. I've put on 45 pounds in eight months. Something isn't right. My doctor checked my thyroid and it's fine. I had a physical in Dec. and one of the nurses said it's my birth control (depo) but I've been on that for nine years. Why would I just start gaining weight from it. I'm scheduled to go in every month for a weight check. Maybe my doctor will figure something out. This is just ridiculous.
Here is something you may have not considered. I went on a medication about two weeks ago that is known for making you gain weight like crazy. (Trileptal.) I saw the doctor Friday and he asked me "are you hungry all the time" and I told him I had been eating non-stop since taking that medicine. He said "yeah, it's kind of like another drug" and winked at me. I've never had a doctor wink at me before! Anyway, even as I am sitting here typing this I am gobbling down chow. Try and remember if you had went on any other medications at about the time you started gaining. Just two weeks ago I was content with 2% milk on my cereal. Now it's gotta be half and half!
post #27 of 28
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I'm kind of scared it could be early onset menopause. I've been on birth control for nine years. (Basically since I hit puberty) I know weight gain is a sign of menopause. Plus I get hot flashes all the time. Or I'll be cold, put on a sweatshirt then get hot and have to take it off. I said something to my nurse not too long ago and she said she'd tell my doctor. Nothing's came of it though.
post #28 of 28
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Originally Posted by luvmycat1 View Post
I'm kind of scared it could be early onset menopause. I've been on birth control for nine years. (Basically since I hit puberty) I know weight gain is a sign of menopause. Plus I get hot flashes all the time. Or I'll be cold, put on a sweatshirt then get hot and have to take it off. I said something to my nurse not too long ago and she said she'd tell my doctor. Nothing's came of it though.
Is it possible? Yes. There is probably a more likely cause, or a series of causes. In past threads I believe you mentioned that you suffer from depression...do you take an anti-depressant? Both depression and anti-depressants can cause weight gain. In another thread you said that you crave sugar and eat lots of it. That clearly causes weight gain. You may not have had to watch what you eat and exercise to maintain your weight in the past, but you do now, and the sooner you come to terms with that, the sooner you can address it. If you want to lose the weight, you will have to change your eating habits, and from what you've said in past threads, you're going to have to change them alot. You do have to start exercising, and in an orgainized way...many of us fool ourselves into thinking that housecleaning or that type of work can substitute for an exercise plan...it doesn't. Start simply...take a brisk one hour walk every day, and work up to a more difficult regimen. The exercise will also help the depression you suffer from. You need to take ownership of it so you can tackle the issue. If you need more guidance, you can join weight watchers if it's financially feasible, or you can do some research on your own about healthy eating. You can do it, you just need to set your mind to it.
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