Monday, July 6, 2009

Wait! Stop! You're going the wrong way!!!

Or is that WEIGHT stop, you're going the wrong way. Instead of my scale moving down, down, down, I have successfully put ALL my lost weight back on and then some. I have managed to go from 253 all the way back up to 290. I started my serious weight loss attempts over a year ago at 288.

In addition to ridiculous depression, which I am on meds for now, I have absolutely no energy. It's horrible. I am usually the big person who surprises people with my energy and can keep up no problem. BUT, last night while shopping in Wal*Mart (I hate that place), I found myself winded and experiencing muscle fatigue walking quickly across the store.

I have decided to give low-carb a try. Today was my first day and I was successful. I can't tell you how badly I want a crunchy snack or a sweet, declicious cookie, but besides surgery I just don't know what else to do.

Has anyone been successful at losing a good deal of weight eating low carb? I am at my wits end. I want out of this body- one way or another.


ASHLEY said...

In 2004 I lost 65lbs. on a low carb diet. I got remarried, had two kids and my weight got up to 240 lbs. I started a weight loss blog on June 1st, 2009 and have lost 20 lbs on a low carb diet. It is hard sometimes but it works for me. Good Luck. Feel free to visit my blog sometime.

Anonymous said...

Well, I do try to eat good carbs. I have tried all low carb before and it didn't work for me--even with PCOS (it is supposed to be the "perfect" diet). What works for me is being aware and responsible for every calorie I eat. I lost 50 lbs on WW and have kept that off for well over a year. Now I am on the road to losing the rest. I have seen my sister have 3 weight loss surgeries (the balloon, the lap band, and the whole bypass) and still learn to eat around it. The last surgery nearly killed her--she ended up in ICU for over a week. She still struggles with serious health problems all related to her bodies inability to maintain proper nutrients and functioning. Worst of all--she still eats like a fat person and has gained back much of her weight.

You can do this weight loss thing even with depression. Its one good choice at a time, one day at a time. Depression is not an excuse to eat. Eating doesn't make the pain go away--it only dulls you until you have more pain than when you started. Try low carb. See if it works for you. Whatever you do--don't get discouraged and give up. Even surgery, without a mental change, won't be effective.


Sean Anderson said...


I'm so happy that a friend told me about your blog.
My name is Sean Anderson and I've spent my entire adult life morbidly obese, over 500 pounds for the better part of the last twenty years.
I've never wanted someone to read my blog more than I want you to, as soon as possible.
Lynn, after you've gone back into the archives of my blog, from Day 1, you'll start to realize that surgery doesn't have to be an option. You'll realize that low-carb is NOT a permanent solution and why. But most importantly---You'll see that by keeping it very simple, counting calories, eating anything you want, and exercising---the weight falls off. But even better, as we learn how to eat regular foods, even our favorite foods responsibly---our mind changes. I've lost nearly 200 pounds since September 15th, 2008. I started at 505 and as of my last weigh-in, I weigh 322.
Lynn, don't think for one moment that I'm one of those people that make it sound so easy. I'm not. I struggled with the hopeless and desperate feelings I read in your words...I struggled to the point of just accepting death, because I never thought I could ever get it together.
I blog every single day--the good, the bad, the frustrating, the'll find every day archived on the left hand side of my blog.
Lynn, you can do this, you really can. Without surgery and without low carb dieting. You CAN do this. You can reclaim your life Lynn. I wish I could send you a sample of how free I feel after losing 183 pounds. It's the best feeling in the world. I'm breaking free from this prison Lynn, and I'm looking back and I'm seeing you still in there. I'm going back in for you...Don't ask questions or judge my motives...just take my hand and let's get out of here!
I don't know you personally from Adam. But after reading your latest postings, I know you better than a lot of the people I work with and see everyday. How? Because I've felt the way you do right now. Reading your words is like reading my mind in the past. The similar feelings are so remarkably similar, it gave me goosebumps.
I know this is a long comment, but it's necessary. Please, please, please tell me you'll read my blog from the begining.
My family is the dearest thing to me. They've also come along on this journey with me, and they've all had amazing results.

If you want to break free from obesity forever, if you're tired of feeling the way you do...Come with me and read my story, experience my journey from Day 1. It might make a difference in your life. It's certainly changed mine in unimaginable ways.

My best always Lynn. Remember---You are the author of your story. It can be a tragedy or it can be a fantastic story of triumph and victory. A feel-good comeback story for the ages Lynn!
You deserve it.
I hope you read. And I'll be here following your success and offering support.

My best always,

Sean Anderson
The Daily Diary of A Winning Loser

Cristina said...

I tried to do no carb and low carb but I found myself low on energy. Eventually I'd get past that hump but then I'd break down and find myself bingeing because I missed the carbs.

I tried the Body for Life and that actually worked for me. 6 small balanced meals - protein, good carb, veggie. I'm back on that way of eating and I really don't view it as a diet, I view it as a lifestyle...that's how I should eat. So, I try to stick to that.

Don't give up. Just keep trying different things until you find something that works for you. Everyone is different and different things work for different people. You need to find what works for you.

Hallie said...

I know how you feel. Go to sleep for a few months, waker up sludgier than you ever thought you were.

I did do Atkins several years ago. Hated it. I just looked awful, wan and greasy. I think a person (i.e. me) needs the colors from fruits - physically and psychologically! I have preferred things like BFL (BFL has a terrific exercise program, and the food plan is clean, which is nice, not so much with the cheese and butter like Atkins!) and The Zone (30-30-40), and just make sure that your carbs are good carbs like fruits and veggies and whole grains, and not so much the refined sugar, enriched white grains, and corn syrup. is a free site where you can enter everything you eat and at the end of the day see what your nutrition intake has been and how many grams of protein, fat, and carbs you have eaten, etc...

Fat[free]Me said...

For some reason low carb doesn't suit me - well actually, the reason is I hated eating so much meat, lol! But I know many people have done it and done very well, so it is worth a try, even as a kick-start to getting the weight off again.

Hugs with the depression, I usually have 2-year cycles with it and it is a real pain in the you-know-where. One thing I have learnt over the years as that IT WILL PASS (I have to remind myself of that often) and you WILL feel better soon.

I can recommend Sean's blog - it is amazing and he is a really lovely person too.

Two cousins, Dan and Sunny are also in my blog list and I am sure they are doing low-carb, but I could be wrong - their blog is a great read too!

Anyhoo, hope you are feeling a bit brighter today and the meds are kicking in (thank goodness for modern medicine, eh)!

Fat[free]Me said...

Sorry, I meant Don and Sunny and here is a link to their joint blog:

There are even recipes there too!

carla said...

I dont do low carb but I do LOW PROCESSED WHITE.

swing by tomorrow if youre in the virtual hood.

we're talking diets, errrr, food plans :)


Cammy said...

I do understand your frustration. Your comments are basically where I was two years ago, only my 'last resort' was hiring a personal trainer. It seemed as though once I started exercising regularly, I was MUCH more in control of my food choices. Also, my focus completely changed from losing weight to getting fit. I'm not really sure why that mind shift helped so much, but it did.

I don't know much about low-carb other than I've never been able to stick with it. :) I didn't like how I looked or how I felt. Plus, I missed my fresh veggies and fruit. I did give up (mostly) processed carbs, which helped a lot, I think.

Not being a nutritionist, I'm not sure if the healthy eating plan you follow necessarily makes a big difference. For me the bigger difference was consistency and exercise.

Wishing you better days....

Jenn said...

Low carb, for me, was not a sustainable way of eating. It worked, too - I lost 40 pounds, but then I started eating carbs again and poof - the weight came back.
I think you can do a low processed carb diet and do well - eat whole grains, no white stuff, low sugar, etc.
I think overall an all or nothing plan just doesn't work long term.
You will find your way, just keep at it. Good luck!

Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

Anything that makes you feel deprived won't work in the long run! If you try it for a week and its not that bad that keep up with it... but if you are miserable try something else.

Personally I love weight watchers because it provides EMOTIONAL support as well as the tools to change your life, its not just a temporary fix.

Mae Flowers said...

I lost a lot of weight a long time ago on a low carb diet. But, once I started eating "normal" again I gained it all back and then some. I honestly would not ever reccomend that. Cutting out carbs is one thing, but eliminating them completely isn't a good idea! It will backfire!

Lis said...


I just wanted to say hello, and wish you the best of luck with low carb. It didn't work so well for me. Actually, nothing has so far. I lose maybe 30 pounds, and gain it all back and some when I get discouraged. I had reached the surgery point or early death when I discovered Optifast. I have my first weigh-in tomorrow and I know I have lost close to 10 pounds. Best of all, I feel so lively!

Best wishes,


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