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Me at about 165 -- 20 years ago. Can't take off the years, but I'm working on the pounds


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Fast foward. A lot has happened, I was relatively healthy, got down to 189 at one point, but gained most back. Found excuses not to exercise, gave into cravings, ate emotionally. All that. My best time was trying to eat clean and when I ran just a little. Most areas, including fitness and work are lackluster, so I need to polish. Will I shine, maybe not as bright as I would like to. But I am going to get some rusty spots off and do better. OLD PROFILE Once upon a time, I stepped on the scale at the doctor's office, and the nurse wrote down 309 pounds. I was depressed, anxious, couldn't focus, had knees that aches, a back that ached and it was hard to move let alone workout. I almost couldn't get up off the couch, in fact, once I did I had to resort to only sitting on bar stools and my exercise ball in order to avoid getting stuck. I did stuff on the Wii-- since it only demanded a few minutes at a time. Eventually I moved to the gym, did occasional videos. Went down a bit, stalled, up a hair, then down. Two steps forward, one step back. It's a method that makes for a slow journey, 309 was 5 years ago I believe. I had a long stretch at 295 and another at 285 and another at 265. But I made more progress over last winter -- the past year really, and my most recent scale reading was 199.2. Grant it, I was sick today, and didn't eat much. I wanted to run three miles at the Y this morning, but that wasn't happening. This afternoon I felt somewhat better and went for a 4 mile walk instead. I'm not so optimistic as to say I'll never see 200 again. Weight flucuates, so it's likely the scale could tease me with 202 or 203 in the near future. But as long as I don't gain more than a few pounds, my mind is staying in Onederland. 30-40 pounds left. Home stretch has arrived

Member Since: 3/21/2007

Fitness Minutes: 26,930

My Goals:
Work out daily. Treat myself better. Break 250

My Program:
eat less, move more, eat good stuff. let stuff happen -- switch things when it doesn't

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    Thank you for the insight. You are right, rescue inhalers do not work for him at all. And he is a mouth breather, rarely breathes through his nose if at all. So we'll have to try breathing fresh clean air through the nose during another attack. I appreciate you taking the time to talk to me. I have forwarded some of this information to our Doctor and also found a website regarding VCD to forward to her as well. This may be the closest we've been to a real diagnosis for going on three years.
    1616 days ago
    Kandynsmom1- VCD and asthma can co-exist. With VCD the path to breathing has to be from your nose, because mouth breathing during an attack is useless. The fact that it's frightening also brings on a panic attack and causes many people to pass out.

    The best way to deal with an attack is to stay as calm as possible, find the freshest source of air possible, such as an open window, and breathe a few slow deep breaths from the nose, both in and out, and it will usually subside within a few minutes. Breathing in through the mouth causes aggravation, so it's best to learn to breath through the nose as much as possible. If the condition is VCD only, and not Asthma, rescue inhalers won't help, and can even make things worse. VCD isn't "cured" only managed and although my symptoms are minor right now, eating the wrong things, or too much, or not exercising can easily put them back into high gear.
    1616 days ago
    Regarding the article on Caffeine, you wrote: Caffeine, especially coffee can also aggravate GERD or reflux symptoms, which can lead to Vocal Cord Dysfunction. VCD is frightening because the larynx contracts and cuts off your air supply so that you can't exhale as you normally would. It's usually related to damage to the esophagus. Other symptoms include a general scratchiness in the throat, difficulty swallowing, or a compulsion to swallow, and coughing spells not related to a cold or smoking, and an excessive sensitivity to irritants such as smoke and cleaning chemicals. Often, it's misdiagnosed as allergies or asthma, especially if it begins as an adult. Quitting caffeine is one of the things that has greatly reduced my symptoms....... My question is, can VCD also cut off your air supply during INHALATION? My husband has similar problem but no diagnosis...well that's not true...they are saying Asthma as you said above. But when this occurs to him it affects him during inhalation, he can cough out air but sounds like a hyena trying to take air in. It's VERY FRIGHTENING!
    1616 days ago
  • v SHIRE33
    I like your 5K a day goal. That's what I run, too. I'm going to work up to doing 10K 3 days a week. Running just gives results. It rearranges my body even before any pounds lost show up. Way to go!
    2273 days ago
  • v MOM2FAT1
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    Way to go on the weight loss this week
    You ROCK!!!!!
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    2274 days ago
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