One Patient's Positive Perspectives

WP_20170912_11_21_00_ProLosing weight with lupus is a challenge, especially when prednisone is in the mix.  Recently the Rheumatologist noted that upward creeping weight was not a great thing.  Blood pressure that had always been a non-issue was slowing rising over time.  Over the past couple of years, the pounds had inched up about five pounds annually.  The thought of where that trend logically might lead in just a few more years was disconcerting, to say the least.

After consistently reaching successively new all time high weights, the alarm bells were definitely ringing!   Walking between the hotel and conference center on a business trip a few months ago brought on uncomfortable windedness and fatigue.  Put that together with lupus and a littleoverview mild asthma, clearly it was not a great situation..

Besides,  the “large clothes” no longer fit.  Nothing in the closet gave a sense of feeling just right, and just getting dressed each morning for work or church was frustrating and stressful.  It seemed the growing frustration over accumulated weight gain had begun to take on more importance and was finally demanding attention.  It was time for some serious problem-solving.

Recent family photographs clearly provided graphic illustration of the new peak weight.  The outside appearance clearly did not match the inward mental self-image.   There was a gap several sizes wide between the outer and inner gal.  Accepting the truth meant coming to terms with that gap and accepting reality.  The stark reality of the doctor’s online chart notes in the patient portal was clear. She simply diagnosed the malady with the single word, “obesity.”

A weight loss plan was devised based on a basic math formula: calories burned > calories consumed = weight loss.  With the help of a Fitbit watch to track the calories burned, and a food scale, and scanned bar codes for calorie counting, the journey began. Removing all the junk foods and empty calories came first, followed by adding a morning protein shake and plenty of other proteins, vegetables, and fruit.

It haWP_20170922_16_20_31_Pros  now been four months.  23 pounds have burned away and body mass index dropped from 25 to 20.  Two dress sizes were lost, and about 2-3 inches each from waist, hips, etc.  The Rheumatologist was very pleased with the progress, and especially happy that lupus was the best she had seen over several years.  Increased exercise has also helped improve strength and energy levels, and changes in size and health are getting noticed.  After putting on more and more pounds every year, it was now time to turn about and put off those pounds, one calorie at a time.  Still working toward a few more pounds, but happy with the improvements in health due to trimming down a bit.

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Comments on: "Lupus and Putting Off the Pounds" (3)

  1. […] posts on the blog include how the Lupus Adventurer lost weight when faced with rising blood pressure, the inertia effect of lupus and reclaiming a healthier […]

  2. This is something I need to address as well. I did lose a little weight after the passing of my husband, but it is slowly creeping back up a bit. I too am obese. I hate that word but it is what it is. It isn’t good for anyone must less someone like me who is fighting Lupus, RA, Fibro and high blood pressure. So happy you were able to lose some weight. Winter is coming here and I know I won’t get out in the winter to walk, to cold in PA but I will be watching what I eat and get out on nicer days. Thanks for always sharing your struggles and success with us! Hugs, Brenda

    • Brenda, Thanks for your comment! I am so sorry to hear about your husband. I am trying to get back to writing again, but after finishing college a year ago, it seems I had written so much my mind was numb. Lord willing, the words will start flowing again. LA

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