I'm old, fat, and out of shape. And Hungry!

  1. I am 5'5" and when I quit smoking was 135. Got up to 150 while exercising a lot. Got married. Got up to 170. Joined WW and got down to 153. 9/11 hit and I was like, "Toss me those Devil Dogs!" Put the 17 pounds plus a few pounds back on. Went to nursing school. Drove 140 miles a day. Gained 16.

    Got a job. Got down to 167. Put five pounds back on, got fired, got down to 167 again. Tonight I was 182.

    I've been trying to run, just a couple of miles a day, on the treadmill in my den and have to wog it - walk/jog it. Pfffft.

    And I. Am. Hungry.

    HELP!
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  2. 63 Comments

  3. by   bethin
    Join the club. I'm 5'3" on a good day and I'm not saying what I weigh. In hs and college I was a petite 120. Wonderful hourglass shape. Caught all the guys eyes. Well, that's been shot to hell and I don't have any kids to blame it on. It's all my fault. I'll never catch a husband now!

    And I am starving. Good thing about living on my own - I don't cook so I don't eat as much. Maybe one meal a day so I'm hoping I'll lose weight.
  4. by   TheCommuter
    I wish you the best of luck with your weight loss goals.

    I, too, have had a lifelong battle with weight issues. I am a stress eater, meaning I overeat during times of emotional upset, depression, stress, anxiety, etc. It has snowballed out of control over the last three years. I was once a lean jogger, but now I am a plump couch potato. I know that my lifestyle choices will kill me if I don't do something quickly.....
  5. by   TazziRN
    Me too. I'm 5'3" and about 200. From childhood I've been heavy, since about age 10. My parents would cajole, beg, bribe, even threaten to me to lose weight, but then my mom would slide another pork chop on my plate...."One more won't hurt you!" I gained the most weight in my last semester of nursing school, then managed to lose a lot in my first few years of nursing. After that I jumped up and down over the years. Then I got pregnant and actually got 15 pounds below my pre-preggy weight but have lately put it back on :imbar

    I am dreading my upcoming physical because I know I'm gonna hear about it.
  6. by   canoehead
    All these posts have given me a craving for Chinese, and the local restaurant is closed.

    THANKS GUYS.
  7. by   TheCommuter
    Quote from canoehead
    All these posts have given me a craving for Chinese, and the local restaurant is closed.

    THANKS GUYS.
    Now that you have mentioned Chinese food, I did eat three egg rolls this morning for breakfast while at work.
  8. by   TazziRN
    Quote from canoehead
    All these posts have given me a craving for Chinese, and the local restaurant is closed.

    THANKS GUYS.

    Most welcome, Canoe!
  9. by   Gompers
    I feel for you, believe me...

    I just had a baby 25 days ago. I gained 24 pounds with the pregnancy. In the three weeks following delivery, I lost 29 pounds. So yes, I am actually 5 pounds UNDER my pre-pregnancy weight. By most standards, that is EXCELLENT.

    But nooooooooooo...

    As soon as certain people hear this, they say, "That's good, now if you want to lose more weight..." and then give their opinions.

    Yes, I know I'm overweight. That's one of the reasons I only gained 24 pounds - I didn't eat for two while I was pregnant. I ate normally, which for me was already obviously TOO MUCH for one person or else I wouldn't have been overweight to begin with! The reason I lost 5 pounds was because I actually ate better while pregnant, and the 24 pounds really, truly was baby herself and edema. I am already in my regular blue jeans.

    But since they happen to be plus size jeans, people feel entitled to express their opinions. They think because I lost 29 pounds that I'm off to a great start on some crazy diet plan. Uh, no. I just was careful not to add to my weight problem while having a baby. I hope to lose REAL weight now, sure, who doesn't? But I'm pretty darned happy with myself right now for having a healthy pregnancy (weight-wise) and am so tired of people making me feel bad...
  10. by   canoehead
    On another note, look what I found for my ER triage booth...

    http://livesciencestore.com/51620.html
  11. by   bethin
    Gompers, that would really make me mad :angryfire Why not tell those people to follow their own advice (if they need it) or tell them if you wanted their advice you'd ask for it or watch Dr Phil.

    This is different, but about 2 years ago I spent 2 weeks in the hospital d/t Crohns and uc exac plus rapid hr d/t mitral valve prolapse and atrial tachycardia. Anyway, I was NPO for 4 days and throwing up and running to the br. Never ate except for crackers which were a condition of my d/c (you better believe after 2 weeks there I'd do anything to get out). I'd probably lost 10-15 pounds and my grandma said to me "well, you're getting on the right foot. Keep on doing what you've been doing." So I shouldn't eat and throw up in order to "keep doing what I've been doing?"

    Some people look at someone and think fat or skinny. I'm so glad I don't do that - probably because I'm fat. :spin:
  12. by   bethin
    Quote from canoehead
    On another note, look what I found for my ER triage booth...

    http://livesciencestore.com/51620.html

    Hmmm. Might have to get one of those. Think they'll work it into the budget? Think of all the money it would save.
  13. by   UM Review RN
    Yes, way too many people equate "thin" with "healthy." Oh, how wrong they are.

    I used to be thin and athletic-looking. But I was always hungry and pretty darned cranky. I smoked 1 1/2 packs of cigarettes a day and drank a couple of pots (that's about 16 cups) of coffee per day.

    Today I'm fat and I don't smoke, and I have only a cup or two of coffee per day. I might not look great, but I sure am easier to live with.

    For those reasons, I will probably prefer being fat than popping a pill or having a surgical procedure.

    So for me, weight loss would have everything to do with getting healthy, not just some numbers on a scale.

    Yes, I have been discriminated against because I am too hefty to run down the hall, or squeeze into tight places. But you know, IMO, if you have to smoke, or drink, or do unhealthy things to lose weight just to gain public approval, well, it shows you have bigger issues than size going on.

    Just my two cents.
  14. by   Gompers
    Quote from bethin
    This is different, but about 2 years ago I spent 2 weeks in the hospital d/t Crohns and uc exac plus rapid hr d/t mitral valve prolapse and atrial tachycardia. Anyway, I was NPO for 4 days and throwing up and running to the br. Never ate except for crackers which were a condition of my d/c (you better believe after 2 weeks there I'd do anything to get out). I'd probably lost 10-15 pounds and my grandma said to me "well, you're getting on the right foot. Keep on doing what you've been doing." So I shouldn't eat and throw up in order to "keep doing what I've been doing?"
    EXACTLY!!! You were sick as a dog and yet, because you lost weight, people were happy for you!

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