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msbee 12-11-2009 04:08 PM

Any Advice Would Be greatly Appreciated!
I 'm new and pretty sure you all have answered this about a million times before, so I apologize for asking yet again....

I'm 37 almost 38 5ft tall and have been up and down with my weight my entire life. The times when I was within what was considered a normal weight for my height, I was still what I considered "flabby" and always looked much heavier than my actual weight. That being said I spent several years at a pretty good weight and in 2004 had a depressive episode, was misdiagnosed with bi-polar disorder and thrown on horrendous cocktail of mood altering meds that caused me to go from 122lbs to 280lbs in about a year and a half. I got off the meds...THANK GOD....and dropped 60lbs pretty quickly with no change in diet and no exercise. I have been struggling like crazy to lose the 100 lbs still there.
I have tried many different plans,Weight Watchers etc., consulted with exercise physiologists...who at least in this state are a complete joke.....and even joined the ymca. From Aug-Oct my diet was being monitored by a nutrionist...she said I was doing a good job...and my exercise by trainers at the Y. I lost only 2 lbs over the three month period eating around 1500 cal a day and exercising 3-4 x a week cardio about an hour. I felt weak and exhausted after workouts and the rest of the day after working out. Kept constant headaches and nausea from STARVING and was soo upset over making virtually no progress, I quit for a while.
I'm trying to get back on track, but I'm so confused about where to begin, my head is spinning.
I have constantly been told CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO and if you have time throw on a little weights. Is that true? It didn't work last time I tried it. I know that!
So anybody have any ideas? Sorry this post is so long. Prob way TMI, but I wanted to give some background. Like I said, any advice would be wonderful.



Pitysister 12-11-2009 04:22 PM

at 180 pounds....i think 1500 cals is way too low. did you keep your protein intake really high?

cardio is good...but don't kill yourself....let your diet do the work too. keep the volume in the weight room lower and intensity a little higher. since you're on a caloric deficit you will probably tire out with too much work...and your body won't like that :) get plenty of water, and plenty of sleep.

msbee 12-11-2009 05:06 PM

I'm actually about 220lbs. Have 100lbs to lose to get back to 122. Gee, for protein I did various meats grilled or baked for dinner some times a boiled egg with my breakfast and toward the end I had a protein shake a day as a snack around midday. I honestly didn't think I was getting enough calories. Like I said I felt as though I was starving the majority of the time. I stayed light headed and nauseaous most of the time. They actually wanted me to cut a little more calories and do more cardio and I just had to say no because my body just could not take it. Seriously, my legs would feel like jello and I would lose my balance and almost fall of machines the way it was going.
I went from totally sedintary for several years to about an hour of cardio the 3-4 X a week in a pretty short amount of time. It was pretty overwhelming!! I want to get in shape, but I don't wanna kill myself doing it!!! Am I just being cautious??? Or being a total wimp??? I never was sure about that.....
At 122 lbs I would push myself pretty hard running 4 miles 4-6 X a week and doing various exercise vids, but at 222lbs it is hard to walk at fast pace for even a couple miles. Forget it when I was 280lbs. I could barely walk at that weight without gasping for air.
Should just I do like 5 min a week then 10 min a week and so on? I really have no idea at this point!

Pitysister 12-11-2009 05:56 PM

there is a good sticky in the fatloss forum i think...on HIIT cardio...might wanna look into that as well :)

EricT 12-12-2009 10:37 AM


It's actually good when people write a long post. I think I was able to pick up a little bit on where you are at.

One thing I noticed is in talking about the various "pros" you never mentioned a doctor. I know it sounds like a cliche when people say, see a doctor before you begin an exercise routine and diet but there ARE things that can affect how your diet and exercise regime turn out and your reaction to it.

It's good to have a baseline. For instance, are you light headed and nauseous because you aren't eating enough alone or does, say, hypoglycemia have anything to do with it?

Having said, that, I am NOT trying to look for excuses for you. I'm just talking about information that will help you plan, etc..

The biggest thing I got is this sense of desperation. If you go into it like it is a race against a pack of wild dogs then you will get the results you've been getting.

So I'm going to buck tradition and say that you should first work on trying to cool your brain, so to speak.


Originally Posted by msbee
trying to get back on track, but I'm so confused about where to begin, my head is spinning. I have constantly been told CARDIO CARDIO CARDIO and if you have time throw on a little weights. Is that true? It didn't work last time I tried it. I know that!

This is why I don't like it when everybody just says "read the stickies". All that accomplishes is making people think there are a million and one great choices and no matter which one they pick...the other one would have been better.

Forget about the exercise right now. Diet comes first. You cannot cardio or weight lift off a bad diet. You caloric deficit was too high, as Pity said.

Get the diet squared away. It is not an "all or nothing" proposition. You must set priorities and then tackle them one at a time, in regards to planning.

msbee 12-12-2009 02:02 PM

Well, EricT you are a pretty smart one!
I am pretty desperate. I have been to reg med drs, gyno, the whole nine yards and so far all tests for anything and everything come back neg, although my med dr suspects I do have hypoglycemia. I'm still very scared, though. The blood sugar highs and lows they can't seem catch, the horrenous pains I get sometimes.....I feel like a time bomb that's gonna blow with a heart attack or diabetes any day now. Most of all, I am just so tired of being tired ALL THE TIME.
I know I need to take a breath and just calm the fudge down, but it's very difficult. I've become pretty scared the weight will never come off no matter what try!
So, that being said, I know I have to get my diet in order. That was one thing that has confused me big time this past year. I follow those stupid handouts drs and nutrionist give me and the weight just did not come off. I always though if you "ate properly" that was where the weight loss was..........or at least began.....and you exercised to firm up and be solid. Then again, prob wrong about that too. lol Wouldn't be surprised at this point!!!

Pitysister 12-12-2009 03:05 PM

good nutritionist and/or blogs to follow would be leigh peele, alan aragon, joel marion...and some others i'm forgetting right now :)

msbee 12-12-2009 04:24 PM

Thanks, I'll look them up and check out their info!

Ronaldo10 02-19-2010 05:14 PM

I have read your post, i think you are on the right track. You have already consulted experts in the field of weight loss. A nutritionist can also help you in your weight loss. I guess you know all answers to your question, you just do something in the information. Cardio is a very good way to rapidly weight loss and consult a good nutritionist mate.

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