Introduction and Question

TICINO - 11:21AM PDT, Jul 14th 2012

ticino
Sacramento, California Area

Hi - I'm back at CK after about a years absence. I had success on it in the past but then I seem to hit the loss of 30-35 lbs and lose my focus. I have about half of me to lose, and I really want to stay on track this time.

My weight story is a common one -- I'm an emotional eater, and I also know that if I don't get enough sleep, I do the sugar fix to give me the energy I need to keep going. It's pretty pathetic when you think about it -- especially when you consider I'm a mental health therapist and certainly can understand this dysfunctional pattern. My job is very sedentary and I have a 2 hour commute to work 4 days a week. So the fat cells have made themselves very at home in my body - But I'm here to say I am giving them an eviction notice!!!

I have a question:
As I weigh so much (which I have been hovering around 300 lbs for over 10 years), this past year I have really noticed that my legs feel very weak when I try to stand on my tip toes. It feels like my ankles, the thin muscles that stretch from the top of your foot up your shin bone and calf muscles are weak. Is that a "normal" result for the excessive weight for so many years? My knees are starting to hurt too, so doing leg lunges right now are out of the question.

Have any of you had this problem and then when you've lost 20-30 (or more) noticed that the strength and ability came back?

Thanks!
Suzanne


SW = 323.2 as of April 23, 2012
CW = 320.6
GW = 160

"It's your REACTION to ADVERSITY, not the adversity itself, that DETERMINES how you LIFE's STORY will develop." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf


ITAZURAH - 2:24PM PDT, Jul 14th 2012

itazurah
Virginia

Hi Suzanne! Welcome back to CK. I too am a repeat CKer, as many of us are. But look at it this way, we've had success on CK before, so we will again.

It's hard to fit in healthy eating and exercise when you spend so much of your waking hours at work and in transit. I really don't expect a mental health worker to have it all worked out, just because they know the theory, I don't think it's pathetic at all. It's one thing to "know" what's going on and a whole other ball game to work at fixing it. I "know" I should eat an apple and not a donut, but plenty of times I've done it anyway... which is why I'm here now. ;) I work in health care and many of my co workers are also bigger and I think, how can we expect our patients to change when we find it so hard to do for ourselves?

Interesting thoughts about joint weakness and pain. Without assessment it's impossible to know exactly what is going on, however I can tell you about what I have experienced. One of the things that made me start to get serious about weight loss again was some knee pain I kept having just when moving around and climbing stairs. I have a family history of knee problems, my aunt even had both hers replaced a year ago. I knew my weight and lack of exercise were to blame. Since losing 20lbs and making exercise part of my routine I have had zero knee pain. In fact, I didn't even NOTICE that until I read your post and thought "hey, I remember I used to have knee pain". LOL.

CKSW:257
CW:236.8
IGW:225
GW:150


TICINO - 8:29AM PDT, Jul 15th 2012

ticino
Sacramento, California Area

Thanks for your comments and welcome. I think a lot of us in the helping profession often have eating issues - mostly because we have a talent in being a care-taker, and as a result, we often put ourselves last on the priority list.

Thanks also for the encouragement and your own observation about your knees. That is one of the reasons I am motivated to get back on track. For now I will keep an eye on the lower leg weakness thing, and see how it improves with muscle building and weight losing. I do remember before when I lost 30 lbs noticing a big change in how my body felt and moved. So I will try and keep that in mind and see if it just is a result of lack of movement and increasing of weight.

Good luck to you in your process too.

Thanks!
Suzanne

SW = 323.2 as of April 23, 2012
CW = 320.6
GW = 160

"It's your REACTION to ADVERSITY, not the adversity itself, that DETERMINES how you LIFE's STORY will develop." - Dieter F. Uchtdorf


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