I am almost 24 years old. I had been thin all my life. I was very muscular too and athletic. When in high school I developed Bipolar Disorder. I kept thin for the first couple of years then about my Senior year I began to gain weight because of the several different medications I had been placed on. I was seeing the only doctor in town that would see a person of my age and he placed me on 13 different pills at once. I was very active in cheerleading and pretty much everything in school. I was a very active teen. I still started to gain weight no matter what I did or how much exercise I did. My senoir year picture from my Junior year picture you can see a drastic change. I gained about pounds. After high school I was old enough to get in with another doctor but he wasnt taking new patients so I began to see my medical doctor on account of me being sick and tired of taking 13 different pills a day and some multiple of the same ones. My medical doc cut me down to about half of what I had been on and I seemed to be doing fine although still gaining weight. I finally got in with another doc to prescribe my medications. I am now on just one pill Serequel XR. But its too late for me I have added a whole other person to myself. I was weighing 125 at 5'5 now i am embarrassed to admit I am 242 :(. My confidence is down I am sad about my appernence I hate pictures to be taken of me I just hate the way I look totally. I have developed dunlap syndrom and thats extrememly depressing streatch marks EVERYWHERE! I cant stand this anymore. I have tried and tried to lose weight but it seems to only add. I have a VERY supportive fiance that tells me I am fine the way I am and he tells me I would be beautiful either way but I still would like to look good for him. I am so down on my looks I dont ever fix myself up anymore. My family constantly is on me about this too. Ny friends friends refer to me as that fat friend. I cant do this anymore! Does anyone know any kind of diets or anything that may help me??? I want to be pretty again :( I would LOVE helpful hints and advice! please anything will help!
Does anyone know any kind of diets or anything that may help me be thin and pretty again?
Let me first say that I'm glad you are off that many meds. Is the seroquel controlling the mood swings enough? I am bipolar also. I have gained weight over the past 10 years also. I have recently started dieting by reducing calories and eating mostly foods high in protein. If I want to snack I eat raw vegies or fruit. I eat only meat and and a steamed vegie or raw vegie and cottage cheese at lunch and dinner with oatmeal at breakfast. I have lost 23 pounds over the past few months, slowly but surely. If you will reduce your calories and stick with a high protein diet, it really will work. You might check out the Atkins diet for some pointers. I don't follow this as strictly as it says but if you need a diet plan I recommend it. Keeping a journal of your calories throughout the day will help you begin to reduce the calorie intake and ultimatley that is what has to happen to lose weight.
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Hi, i'm really sorry to hear your story, it mad me feel really sad and also really angry at those ignorant people calling you names. Do they have any idea what you have been through?! It is great that your fiance is supportive, but as you say, you need to feel comfortable in your own skin, it is about how you feel about yourself. I know what it's like to look back at a thinner version of yourself and get depressed because you think you should still be able to look like that today. I am also taking meds for bipolar, depression and addiction and when i started a new combination that stabilised me better last year, i gained 21lb within 3 weeks. My clothes didn't fit, and i would look at them and think to myself, i am determined to get back in them again. Nearly everyday i looked at them and it just made me depressed. So after a while i gave them to charity and started with a new wardrobe.
One of the things that made me feel worse about my figure was that i was wearing loose fitting drab clothes to try to hide myself from the world which did my body no justice. Luckily my sister handed me down some clothes (she is a great dresser!) and this made me feel better, wearing the bright fabrics and more girly outfits. I haven't lost any of the weight i gained but i am happy now. I think back to mid last year and i was in a bad place. My head was in a mess, yes i was thinner but i was mentally unwell. Now i'm in the best control i have been for ages and people compliment me on my smile and my personality and how i am there for my friends and family. This makes me feel really good. I think you need to book in to a day spa, do you have anyone that can go with you? Have a nice massage, then have a facial and have your hair done. And while your at it retail therapy is always helpful! ; ) Remember it is retail THERAPY so it is allowed, lol. If you still are not happy with yourself and really want to shift a bit of weight, from years of experience seeing friends trying to slim, it seems the most successful option is to join a slimming group, such as 'slimming world' or 'weight watchers'. It isn't the quickest way to loose weight but one of the most healthiest and one that is more likely to work in the long run. Some people are nervous about going at first, but remember, everyone is there for the same reason. You may make some friends and you can support each other and give each other encouragement. Because you attend the meetings every week it gives you more of an incentive to keep going, rather than if you do an internet diet. Please don't try crash dieting, it is only a very short term fix and before you know it you'll be back to square one, and also it will be bad for your mental health. I don't know if this has helped, i hope so? Stay in touch so we know how you're doing : )
You probably could get "lapband" if you wanted to. It's a very succesful way of losing that unwanted 130lbs. I have 2 friends that had it done & iot totally changed their lives. Check with your doctor about a referrel to a sutrgeon that does this type od surgery. Good luck to you. I have gained weight from stopping smoking, & hate myself, but can't seem to get it off no matter what I do! I wish you well, ...
I also have gained weight from my meds. I feel bloated and fat. It's hard to hide. I gain about 5 pounds in the winter and loose some in the spring/summer. But I am in menopause now and it's not budging. The doctor had tried me on Topamax to loose weight but it actually gave me migraines. Too bad because I hear some people have success on it. I try to walk everyday. I watch what I eat during the week and spurge in the weekend. What you could try is cutting the amount of your meals a little and try to have cut vegies and fruit prepared in in the fridge when you open it. Having snack prepared before hand will stop you from eating the wrong foods when hungry. Also drink alot of water during the day. Hope this hints help you. Good luck and let me know if you find anything else that works for you o.k. Keep in touch!
Hi. The best answer to losing weight I've found is housework. Remember that you are truly beautiful, in every way. Your a Kings kid. Your royalty. Start saying "I'm thin," and you'll see the changes. Give it twenty one days. It takes 21 days to establish a habit, Write notes that say it in a place you go often, such as the kitchen or bathroom. Put mirrors up everywhere, so you can see how beautiful you are. My prayers are with you.
Hi. I was very active in high school too. Was very thin as well and gained weight from meds. However when I started to change my diet with baked chicken, salads, plenty of water, and for snacks fruit or veggies. I also walked for 30 mins a day. I saw a big differnce in myself, felt better too. Others also noticed the weight loss. I still ate a few things like pizza, hamburgers and other but the majority was chicken and salad. Its hard at first but within time you well start to eat less get full faster and not miss all the other junk food. I wish you well in losing weight. Have your fiance try this with you it helped when my husband did it with me.
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