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        01-24-2012, 09:03 AM
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    dee
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    Like you, my weight started at a three not long ago. I was so proud and excited that I managed to lose about 45 pounds just taking care of my horses after I got them. Granted, it took me a year to lose that much, but even my doctor was pleased. Sadly, a minor accident left me with a broken left foot and sprained right knee. Due to the lack of mobility, I gained a LOT of that weight back.

    I plan on going back to the doctor for a full on physical in the next few weeks. I do have hypothyroidism. I've not been very good about taking the meds for it - and the $$ is no excuse - because even without insurance, my perscription was only $4 for a 30-day supply. (Fortunately, I do have insurance, but my friend didn't, and her thyroid meds are the same as mine and she only pays $4 for hers.)

    Pineapples, I don't know about how the state medical plans work where you are, but here in Oklahoma, someone with a chronic health condition can often get state insurance at little or no cost. You might want to check with your local health and human services. You may also be able to get some affordable counseling that can also help with your weight loss. It can't hurt to see if there is any help available.
         
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        01-24-2012, 05:23 PM
      #12
    Foal
    The town you have listed in your profile has a community clinic with a sliding scale fee - if you have no income, this will likely be free. If you are a minor, your state has free health insurance. I would highly suggest you go and find out why you are having breathing problems as it will severely effect your ability to lose weight. You may also have some metabolic issues going on like diabetes (which has nothing to do with passing out after not eating - that's a different type of diabetes that you are born with). Diabetes in early stages often has no symptoms, or it can make you tired, thirsty and have to pee a lot - but most of the symptoms are not evident until extensive damage has occurred to your body which is why EVERYONE who has a BMI over 25 should have regular glucose testing done. You may also have a hormonal condition that effects your metabolism, either thyroid or other. There are tons of things that can be out of whack, but you will never know any of them (or be able to overcome them) until you see a doctor.

    Doctors will all tell you "calories in, calories out" and that all you have to do to lose weight is to create a calorie deficit, but it's just not true for everyone. Personally, I weigh 280 and have been on a 1200 calorie a day diet for 6 months and didn't lose any weight until I added 5 days a week of Yoga (1 hour a day) and 4 days a week of high intensity cardio. Then, the weight just peels off. Especially for people who have dieted in the past, your body gets really good at slowing your metabolism to only need what you take in. But, until you find out what issues you may or may not have, you can't know if you are healthy enough to do those kinds of activities without damaging your body further.
         
        01-25-2012, 09:40 AM
      #13
    Weanling
    Very well said Randella!!
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        01-25-2012, 09:45 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    I hope everything is ok with the OP.. she asked this.. and then hasnt made another post or responded to any of it.. A lot of people seem to be willing to help and know what she is going through
         
        01-25-2012, 09:49 AM
      #15
    Weanling
    Yeah, I was wonderin that too, ginger
         
        01-26-2012, 12:15 PM
      #16
    Foal
    Oh no no -- I'm fine. I've just got a lot of...crap...and oh my goodness, you guys' response is just...overwhelming! In a good way. A really good way. I am so, so touched by all of your responses, and I just really want to sit down and reply to everybody individually because that's only right. It's just kind of intimidating because there are so many because you guys are amazing -- but I will start now and make a dent in them before I crash for a few hours.
         
        01-26-2012, 12:20 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by SportHorseHeaven    
    Have you thought of going to your doctors?! Maybe getting a band...... Or joining a fight fighters group?
    I have asthma you can still excerice :) walk for 10mins for a week then extend the amount once you find this easy :)
    Don't give up...I was very big and still am big so know how you feel.
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    Oh, I wish I could! I do. A group is probably a good idea, though. Maybe there is one here that I can join in on; thank you for the idea! Giving up is a no-no, though, agreed -- don't you, either! Thank you so much for your reply.
         
        01-26-2012, 12:25 PM
      #18
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Pineapples    
    Oh, I wish I could! I do. A group is probably a good idea, though. Maybe there is one here that I can join in on; thank you for the idea! Giving up is a no-no, though, agreed -- don't you, either! Thank you so much for your reply.
    Sorry when I replied forgot you was in america and you have to pay. In the uk we don't have to :) good luck and make sure you update us! I won't give up want to compete my horse..with a smaller backside than his lol
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        01-26-2012, 12:26 PM
      #19
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by waresbear    
    Beng a person who is extremely physically fit and over 50 years old, I will tell you one thing - cardio. Get your heartrate up for 20 minutes a day and sweat and you will see the pounds drop off. But I know it's hard and very uncomfortable. If you want it bad enough, you can do it, you're young. Just remember, nothing tastes as good as the feeling of losing weight. I am sure you watch the program the Biggest Loser. That's the key after cutting out the crap food, getting the heart rate up & burning your muscles. When you feel that burn, it's your fat cells getting smaller & going away (yay). It's not easy, but once you get into the habit, you will crave it and feel good. You can do it and riding will just be the icing on the cake. Nothing worthwhile in life comes easy, you have to work for it, and you have the advantage of youth on your side, good luck.
    Nothing worthwhile is easy -- words to live by! I truly believe that. And I am very lucky that I'm still young; and I'd kind of like to make it to fifty, so yes. Cardio! I definitely understand the benefits of cardio...and I'm not sure that I actually got enough done, before. I would walk a mile or so up and down a big hill a few times a week, and lift weights most days, but I'm not sure about cardio. Thank you so much for your post and your help!
         
        01-26-2012, 12:31 PM
      #20
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by redape49    
    What about surgery to reduce the size of your stomach? Are you on meds to control your asthma and allergies? I had bad asthma for years and still played soccer for 15 of them. As to losing weight. It's way more than just eating right. You have to throw in exercise to lose. Cardio is great and doesn't have to be intense cardio. Start small and maybe ask your doctor what he can suggest for exercise.
    Surgery is crazy expensive and I don't have insurance...it's also not so good for you, health-wise -- I've shrunk my stomach naturally, actually. I rarely eat meals larger than a sandwich, and I eat fairly often, so it essentially does the same thing. Oh, I would love to play soccer! It looks like so much fun. I take any sort of medicine that I can come across for my allergies, but I'm not 100% that I have asthma and the meds kind of scare me. Also, well, no insurance. I'm also starting to see that I'm going to have to exercise, hell or high water...thank you for responding; you guys are just so nice here.
         

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