+ Reply to Thread
Page 11 of 12 FirstFirst ... 23456789101112 LastLast
Results 101 to 110 of 113

Thread: True Life: I'm Obese

  1. #101
    daydream believer oneTVslave's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    in the hizzy
    Age
    42
    Posts
    3,775
    Oh my God, that is horrible! I wonder if the doctors even tell people that when they are considering the surgery. Thanks for that information, Gemmy.
    Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.
    - Albert Einstein

  2. #102
    FORT Newbie Stephers's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    Petoskey, Michigan
    Posts
    40
    Quote Originally Posted by shikon_ko_hoshi
    Congrats Amy, I had the surgery, and though I wasn't as large as you were, it was difficult. But as I tell everyone, it was the best and worst thing that ever happened to me. I can't wait to see you when you have lost it all! The doctors gave me a year for me to hit my goal weight and am so excited about the person I am becoming. Not only has it changed me physically, but I am discovering that I am not the pessimistic, unconfident person who I thought I was. Its helped to heal my soul too. Good luck.

    I also had the surgery over 3 years ago now. I went from 338 to 198 within a little over probably 6 months. Then, last year after I got married, I went off my birth control pills to try to get pregnant. Since then I've gained back to almost 270. I probably have PCOS that caused my weight gain, that my whole life no doctor bothered to diagnose (even with all the classic symptoms, though luckily, no bad hair growth or loss, or any testosterone-based problems- only the period problems and weight gain).

    I started to eat more normally about 2 years ago when I met my now husband. I don't mean gorging or anything- I still can't overeat. But because my body was not starving itself anymore, I stopped losing (and started gaining with the PCOS).

    It's all so confusing... and devestating when you realize it "failed". Just be VERY careful, that's all I can tell you. I used to have beautiful, long, very thick hair. Within those first 6 months after the surgery, probably half of it fell out.

    It feels like everyone that was so proud of me when I looked so good now looks at me like I failed. Luckily, when I said that to my Mom last week (after reading an article about all the people, like me, that are gaining back after surgery)- she said she never thought I was a failure. And my husband 'claims' he can't tell the difference- he is a good one

    Thanks for reading my stream of conciousness here- hopefully it made sense.

  3. #103
    Premium Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2004
    Posts
    871
    Quote Originally Posted by shikon_ko_hoshi
    . It was kinda like I was given a golden ticket for five months to not watch what I ate... Corey has only a short time and then its done... unless he wants to vomit after every meal, he will change his habits.

    Yeah I thought about that, that maybe he was just eating like this while he could, before getting the surgery. Hope it works out for him....I kinda wonder if he's too young to have the surgery but what do I know.

    Ahh and I see that you were 18 too and you seem to be doing well. Nevermind...


    Thanks for stopping by Amy!

    The best you can do is to fake it
    Sometimes you canít make it on your own

  4. #104
    The race is back! John's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    On the mat
    Age
    43
    Posts
    40,432
    A couple of people have mentioned it, but I'll just put my word in here, too. We have a small support group of site members here who all want to lose some weight, and help encourage each other. It's private, and to join you have to PM me (click my username on the left, and choose "send a private message to John" from the choices). Whether you need to lose 10 pounds or 100, it's a good group to help with that. And since you're all here anyway

  5. #105
    Oh YEAH!!! Aptly_Named's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Location
    sunny Southern AB
    Age
    41
    Posts
    353
    First off, I'd like to commend everyone for their bravery and openness. And for the progress made so far in your weight loss - keep up the good work!

    I know this so well - it's the story of my life, too. I was always a heavy kid - I have pictures of me at three years old with a little pot belly. I have never, ever been thin. Yet. I remained heavy throughout school, university, and then really began to put on weight. I was always active in school, relatively - I walked everywhere, participated in phys ed, but I was heavy. My eating habits were the problem, growing up in a household where food was reward, comfort, etc. My parents were both thin until they got married and began to gain weight. I've seen the health problems befall both of them as a result of obesity - poor diet and lack of activity being the main reason. And so I gained, and I gained. I ate when happy, depressed, bored... I would eat even if I wasn't hungry, just for the sake of it. I let my relationship with food overtake in importance every other relationship in my life. I have never had a long term relationship. I have never married. I believe that my weight, and my subsequent low self esteem have everything to do with that. The funny thing is, I could count on one hand all the times in 31 years that I actually tried to lose weight. My parents encouraged me to lose weight for about five minutes when I was 13... and that was the end of it. It's hard to tell your kids to lose weight when you are making poor choices yourself, I guess.

    So, anyway, I'll bring you up to 1998 - where I was living on my own, working, and trying to lose weight (halfheartedly). I have always had knee problems (congenital) - and everytime I slipped or fell I would end up injuring my knee. The last time I did so was in April of 1998 where I dislocated my kneecap, and while it popped back into place it wasn't stable. I went for three weeks with an unstable knee (the doctor telling me to stay off it for three days), until one day I put all my considerable weight on said knee and my leg literally crumpled. I dislocated my kneecap, and actually broke my ankle. I was off work, with two surgeries, on disability, for TWO years. I thought I was heavy before, but after two years of inactivity my weight just blossomed. You would think i'd make some changes in my life. That the hell i'd just been through would have been enough of a wake up call. But I was in serious denial. The strangest thing was that it just seemed to creep up on me - like I wasn't even aware it was happening, much less the effect it was having on my life.

    Now we move up to November of last year. I broke my other ankle. My good leg. My left knee will never be the same after reconstructive surgery in 1998 - so how was I supposed to get around, hopping on this weak leg? Let me tell you, it was a nightmare. An absolute nightmare. But, just like last time, many good things have come out of this. I had consulted with my family physician about my weight in October, prior to my ankle fracture. He mentioned a doctor - an internal medicine specialist - who had a weight loss program that worked. He said a lot of his patients had seen results, so I said I'd try it. Because of the fracture, I had to wait to see her, but started doing so the beginning of May. It has absolutely changed my life. A complete 180. The program is simple - moderation in a healthy diet, and exercise, every single day. I don't know what happened, but something just clicked - like awakening from a coma. Or hibernation. Due to the fact that I was still in physiotherapy for my ankle, I had to start out with low impact cardio (stationary bike), doing 10 minutes a day. I couldn't walk to the end of my block and back without seriously being out of breath. Now, after three and a half months, I've lost over 50 lbs, can walk 25 minutes or more, and can do 60 minutes on my bike (14 miles) every day. I can't believe the difference in my life, my outlook, and my self confidence. I hadn't been into a mall for years - too self conscious I guess. I found myself being rude to little kids who would stare (and that is NOT me at all - I love kids). I let others' perception of me become my own, and that was truly the worst thing. And now I don't care. My health and happiness is much more important to me than the ignorance of others.

    So I commend you all, Feifer, Amy... you are inspiring to me! Keep up the good work, I'm behind you 100%.

  6. #106
    FORT Fogey
    Join Date
    Oct 2003
    Posts
    918
    Wow, funny the threads you stumble into when you have insomnia! Feifer, Geekgirl, Amy, Aptly, Starby...and everyone else who was so brave to share your story.

    I am at a grand total of almost 50 lbs. myself. What a struggle it is! Way to go, guys. Keep it up--you can do it!!!

  7. #107
    Peppermint Patterson EVOO's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    La La Land
    Age
    35
    Posts
    268
    This thread piqued my interest. I too am an obese woman, and honestly?? Some of the comments made on this board by some people are truly offensive. You think it's so easy to lose weight?? Maybe if you've got 35 lbs or even 50...but anything over 100 lbs??

    And before you judge, let me remind you there are SEVERAL different reasons why a person may gain weight. For example, thyroid conditions, adrenal gland tumors, pituatiary tumors. In my case it's Insulin Resistance, which is a precursor to Type 2 Diabetes. In NINE MONTHS after having gotten the Depo Provera shot 4 mos postpartum, I gained 100 lbs. Then I started having female issues. I was diagonosed with Insulin Resistance and PolyCystic Ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I was at my heaviest two years ago. I'm still VERY heavy set and do NOT have the desire to post my weight on here, it's not at all as high as Amy's was during the show, but to me, this is uncomfortable. Mind you, I have been big for a while. However, I was a LOT more comfortable during high school at my (which was high then too) weight than I am now. Now it's physically uncomfortable. I do as much as I can to lose the weight but like I said, there are medical reasons that can make it extremely tough for a person to lose the weight. I am one of many Americans who is uninsured and do NOT have the luxury of seeing a doctor. I do not qualify for medi-Caid. My IR is being untreated and the more it goes, despite ANYTHING I do, the worse off my health is becoming. For me, I have a child who depends on me, and that's my reason for trying to lose weight. I have a husband who loves me dearly and I am GRATEFUL for that.

    Moral of the story: think about what you say (ie: "I was so disgusted!") before you say it because it could hurt someone VERY much.
    "I only run if I'm being chased" (Dominique- Making the Band 3)

  8. #108
    Reality Freak Amy~Butterfly's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2004
    Location
    The peach state
    Age
    37
    Posts
    35

    Re: True Life: I'm Obese

    I just wanted to let anyone who saw this show and wanted an update that they are airing the update show for both Corey and myself today.

    Tune into MTV September 29th
    2pm EST
    6pm EST

    They are re-airing again October 3rd
    8pm EST

    The show is called True Life: "This is me now"

    Thanks for all the support over the years!

  9. #109
    Adelitas Way 7.14.09 libra1022's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2002
    Location
    Orlando, Florida
    Age
    43
    Posts
    3,222

    Re: True Life: I'm Obese

    Thanks for the heads up Amy! I've got it set to record since I'm off to work for the day.

  10. #110
    FORT Newbie
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Atlanta,Georgia
    Posts
    1

    Re: True Life: I'm Obese

    Quote Originally Posted by ColdArmor;941619;
    Well, Sometimes people can't help it. Some people are just big-boned.
    There's no such thing as big-boned...you've never seen an human skeleton with big- bones.

+ Reply to Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

SEO by vBSEO 3.6.0 ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.