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to give each other tips to stay motivated and help stop the weight gain and loss roller coaster
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Started by Tara McGillicuddy. Last reply by Katie Jan 23, 2012.
I thought that I was the only person on ADHD meds that started experiencing weight problems! Sigh :) Happy to find this site.
Glad to have found this site. Have been in therapy 40 yrs. trying to "get better". I have been taking ADHD medication since the late 90s but not taking it for ADHD - taking it for fibromyalgia brain fog. Three years ago, I started working with a therapist who after awhile, said I had one of the worst cases of ADHD she has ever seen. But, I didn't know what that meant. I still looked at myself as emotionally ill. Lately, after many breakthroughs, I just could not understand why I couldn't do better at work - why I was so disorganized - why I always lost my keys or glasses - house cleaning was such a problem and clutter seemed to follow me everywhere. NO MATTER HOW HARD I TRIED to turn that around. My therapist finally said, "I want you to listen to this..". And then she said what she had been saying all along and then added, ADHD is a disability; it's a brain disorder.
Istarted seeing an ADHD therapist and initially, it seemed so liberating to finally get what it means to have an ADHD brain, but the past few weeks I have gone back to getting lost in the past and eating and eating and eating. I don't seem to be able to stop. Anything that takes effort/energy seems like Mt. Everest to me. I just want to veg.
I HAVE noticed that I am not eating as much or all sugar items when I eat too much. I am not having or needing an ice cream cone everyday. Last night I walked for 20 minutes. My work takes so much out of me that I don't have any energy for anything else. For most of my adult life I have been putting all my focus into doing things I do not want to do that take great emotional & mental commitment - like doing whatever it takes to keep a job; trying to make friends; going to the grocery store; or even just going out of my house. I have just been so ashamed of myself all my life. Now, I see that these things are probably all a direct result of dealing with an ADHD brain - but I never knew. This is really difficult to deal with right now. But, the fact that I did go out after dark last night and walk for 20 minutes gives me hope that I might get into a routine of taking baby steps toward a healthier more real life than what I have had. I used to believe for some reason that at some point everything would be good. I would have conquered all of my emotional blocks and have a great life. Now, I see that type of rose colored thinking is part of my issue. Nothing will ever be perfect but with ADHD, if I take certain steps that others have taken and improved their lives as a result, I can do the same thing. My life will be realistic and probably not an idealized version of life.
I am a little overwhelmed I guess. But, that's probably a part of the process. Thanks for being here.
Hi everyone. I've struggled with weight and food my entire life (as well as ADHD). I have run the gamut of eating disorders: anorexia, bulimia, compulsive overeating, obesity. . . in 2007 I had RNY gastric bypass surgery and lost 140 pounds. After I was placed on a medication for bipolar disorder, I gained forty pounds within about five months. It's been awful trying to lose those 40 pounds. My diet leaves a lot to be desired. Gastric bypass only restricts the amount of food you can consume, but it's quite easy to still eat too many calories despite the gastric bypass. Don't get me wrong -- I'm so much happier at my current weight (I'm guessing it's around 195 or so; my scale's battery died and I need to replace it) than I ever was at 311, my high weight. I'm a size 16 bottom, 12/14 top, which I'm comfortable as. I'd like to lose fifty more pounds, and will have to do that through diet and exercise (UGH! Did I mention I'm inherently lazy?). I have a membership at 24-Hour-Fitness; I just need to actually go. I'm a night eater. I can go all day without eating much at all, and then consume 95% of my total calories between 6 p.m. and 12 midnight. I have a weakness for candy and breads. I have enjoyed the weight loss process, though. Dropping sizes, dropping weights, finding my collarbones and hipbones, not being in physical pain from carrying around all the extra weight, and being able to shop in the regular women's section have all be great. If I could just tackle these last fifty pounds it would be fantastic. Anyhow, nice to meet you all.
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