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Kind of an oddball...
10-06-2015, 11:32 AM
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Kind of an oddball...
Hi all...I've been lurking for awhile but am finally outing myself.

I've been small my whole life; I'm a hair over 5 feet and have always weighed between 100-115 lbs. About five years ago I was put on a medication for my migraines. The medication wreaked havoc on my metabolism and weight; when I started taking the drug I lost my appetite-- and subsequently, 20 pounds. I was too thin and stopped all cardio and upped my nut butter intake considerably (and developed a wicked sweet tooth at the time). My weight was stable for about four years but in the past year I've begun to gain weight back at a steady pace--I am around 105 and continue to gain around half a pound every three weeks or so.

I am pretty sure that my metabolism and adrenal system are pretty screwed up from the medicine, but one reason I've been so reticent to post here is because I am not overweight and when I've approached my physician with my concern about the steady weight gain, she looks at my number on the scale and kind of blows me off rather than listening to me about the velocity of the continual weight gain (e.g. "you're fine, stop worrying!" "Maybe it is just hormones!"). No matter what she weighs, no woman likes when her pants don't fit anymore, and I do wonder when the weight gain will stop-- because it just seems to keep going.

I don't know how many calories I eat per day, but I try to be a pretty clean eater (with the weakness for sweets). I started working out with a personal trainer a few months ago and do an intense HIIT/strength session once a week with her, and my own strength sessions 1-2 times a week using an iPad (fitness blender typically). My trainer has been flummoxed by my continual weight gain too, but I am thinking you ladies might be able to help me. Fingers are crossed anyway! Thank you for your help.
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10-06-2015, 02:33 PM
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RE: Kind of an oddball...
Hello, I'm new here too, but it sounds like you'd benefit from figuring out how much calories you actually burn each day or on average and tracking your calories to balance that out.
I had a similar situation with meds and weight gain and a sweet tooth. So weird!
Since about January I was doing loads of exercise and kept getting bigger.
I'm here doing a reset. Trying to figure out how much I should *actually* be eating so I stop gaining.
It's only been a couple weeks and my gains have decreased and I am eating more that I was before.

^..^
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10-06-2015, 06:45 PM
Post: #3
RE: Kind of an oddball...
First of all, welcome! So glad you have decided to join us...

I agree with Kitty^^ that you should probably begin by figuring out how much you actually eat and burn each day. Without having these numbers to work with it's pretty hard to determine what direction you should be heading. Have you used a calorie tracking site like My Fitness Pal? If not, that would be a great place to start. I would simply begin by eating normally without changing *anything* and log it into your diary. Do this for a week or two just to get an idea of how much you are eating, calorie-wise.

Secondly, I would run your information through an on-line calculator to try to determine how much you burn each and every day. We have one on our Home page under the Start Here tab. Based on your exercise listed above I would definitely say you fall into at least the Moderate category, and possibly even higher if you lead a fairly active life.

Once you have those two numbers, then we should be able to help you figure out what path to take next, but in order to help you most effectively we really need to determine those baselines.

Again, welcome, and looking forward to hearing back from you!

Anitra Soto
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10-08-2015, 05:51 PM
Post: #4
RE: Kind of an oddball...
Hi Kitty and Anita, thanks for your messages!

Although I don't have a fitbit, I did a round robin of online calculators today to guage my BMR and TDEE--although there's some variance, it looks like my BMR falls somewhere between 1084 and 1197, and my TDEE falls between 1672 and 1848. According to MFP I average between 1600-1800 calories/day (it is mostly "good" food but there is always a cookie or something completely valueless that shoots it up).

I'm grateful for any advice you lovely ladies can send my way.

K

(10-06-2015 06:45 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  First of all, welcome! So glad you have decided to join us...

I agree with Kitty^^ that you should probably begin by figuring out how much you actually eat and burn each day. Without having these numbers to work with it's pretty hard to determine what direction you should be heading. Have you used a calorie tracking site like My Fitness Pal? If not, that would be a great place to start. I would simply begin by eating normally without changing *anything* and log it into your diary. Do this for a week or two just to get an idea of how much you are eating, calorie-wise.

Secondly, I would run your information through an on-line calculator to try to determine how much you burn each and every day. We have one on our Home page under the Start Here tab. Based on your exercise listed above I would definitely say you fall into at least the Moderate category, and possibly even higher if you lead a fairly active life.

Once you have those two numbers, then we should be able to help you figure out what path to take next, but in order to help you most effectively we really need to determine those baselines.

Again, welcome, and looking forward to hearing back from you!
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10-14-2015, 04:11 PM
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RE: Kind of an oddball...
Do yo still have the migraines? Still on the meds?

I used to have wicked migraines. Hide in the dark room, puking, and then worn out for days type. I finally had my blood tested for food intolerances and it turns out that everything I thought was healthy for me was something I was intolerant too. Dairy, eggs, bananas, cranberries and gluten.

Might be something to consider. It's crazy how one system out of whack can mess up all the others. Since I stopped eating dairy and eggs I have only had a couple minor headaches and it's usually around that time of the month when hormones naturally shift.

And if you take a request to your dr. they should listen to you. I went through 3 before I found one that actually listened to me and that's when I found my food intolerance, shot adrenals, and now Hashimoto's. When I tell her I still feel "off" she doesn't look at me like I'm crazy she helps me ask questions and try another solution. That's what your dr. should do!! happy

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