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(Original Air Date 01/04/06) Have you ever stepped on the scale and thought, "That number can't be right"? You don’t have to wait until the new year to resolve to lose weight or eat healthy. Kristine stopped making excuses for her weight and lost over 100 pounds, thanks to Dr. Phil's words of wisdom. See what Dr. Phil has in store for her. Then, Nicole is only 25 but morbidly obese. After a wake-up call from her family, friends, and Dr. Phil, will she find the courage and motivation to get healthy? And, is it possible to reach your weight loss goal and still be miserable? See one woman's shocking reality. Through the stories of these three women, losing weight becomes an emotional as well as a physical journey. Share your weight loss stories and challenges here.

 

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September 14, 2006, 3:52 pm CDT

08/22 Unforgettable Weight Stories

Quote From: mustbecrazy

Many parents are overweight and pass this on to their kids.  Unhealthy eating habits that start in childhood are hard to break.  Some parents force their children to eat everything on their plates.  Some new moms use baby formula instead of breast feeding.  It is so easy to overfeed a baby on formula.  When junk food is made available to young kids, that's all they want to eat.  When kids have their own money, the first things they want to buy are candy and Mc Donalds.

 

Parents, when you are trying to lose weight, the family must also change their eating habits...smaller portions...healthy snacks with small portions.  AND limit the TV time.  Try going for an evening walk as a family...or playing games outside...or bicycling.  It seems so easy, but it is so easy to fall back into old habits.  Finding out the source of the problem is the most important.  Have a thourough checkup.  If you are excessively tired during the day, ask your doctor to refer you to a Sleep Specialist.  There are over 200 sleep disorders.  People with a sleep disorder tend to be overweight.  I have Narcolepsy and used to need to sleep all day, in spite of getting a full night's rest.  My husband has sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome, which were waking him up over 300 times a night...he never got past phase I sleep.

 

Thyroid disorders can also cause Obsesity.  Ask for a complete blood work-up. 

 

 Also, review your medications with your doctor.  There are many meds out there that cause weight gain.  I was on meds for Bipolar Disorder that caused me to gain 50 pounds in 9 months and then was changed to another med that also caused weight gain.  The meds made me hungry all the time and caused extreme sweet cravings.  When I changed meds, I was suddenly not so hungry and had more energy.

 

Since being treated for Narcolepsy with Provigil, I don't need to sleep all day anymore.  I also was changed to Bipolar meds which do not cause weight gain.  I have lost 50 pounds in the last year.  I still have 20 to go.  I need to exercise more...a hard habit to maintain.  My weight loss has slowed way down, but at least I'm not gaining.  Since losing all that weight, my cholesterol has come down to almost normal.

 

Also, take an honest look at your eating habits.  Read Dr. Phil's book.  There is a lot in there about finding the root cause of your obesity.  You are not a fat pig.  You are a person with a disorder that needs to be treated.  Many insurance companies will now cover seeing a doctor for obesity.  Be completely honest with yourself, so you can be completely honest with your doctor.

 

Good Luck

Why is it easier to over feed formula than breast milk? That makes no sense. I fed my baby formula and she's always been a very healthy average weight. It was very easy to feed her a measured amount. 

This sounds like a mean generalization to me.
 
September 17, 2006, 9:01 pm CDT

08/22 Unforgettable Weight Stories

Quote From: purplepenny

Why is it easier to over feed formula than breast milk? That makes no sense. I fed my baby formula and she's always been a very healthy average weight. It was very easy to feed her a measured amount. 

This sounds like a mean generalization to me.

It's easier to overfeed formula because SOME parents feel that the child 'should' be drinking a certain amount and will keep trying to get the baby to finish the bottle whereas with breastfeeding, the child drinks the amount THEY choose to until they are satisfied.  Also, some parents feed according to a schedule, feeding every 4 hours or whatever, instead of letting the child dictate when s/he needs to be fed.  It sounds like you had a good handle on feeding your baby the right amount (as I did with my bottle fed baby) but not everyone lets the child dictate the amount they consume at each feeding or when they need to be fed. 

 

Also, if you are over 40, you probably had the old home made formula which was evaporated milk, sugar and water.  Now, if that's not a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is. 

 
September 18, 2006, 1:07 pm CDT

In the old days, they didn't have any baby formula

Quote From: junecfl

It's easier to overfeed formula because SOME parents feel that the child 'should' be drinking a certain amount and will keep trying to get the baby to finish the bottle whereas with breastfeeding, the child drinks the amount THEY choose to until they are satisfied.  Also, some parents feed according to a schedule, feeding every 4 hours or whatever, instead of letting the child dictate when s/he needs to be fed.  It sounds like you had a good handle on feeding your baby the right amount (as I did with my bottle fed baby) but not everyone lets the child dictate the amount they consume at each feeding or when they need to be fed. 

 

Also, if you are over 40, you probably had the old home made formula which was evaporated milk, sugar and water.  Now, if that's not a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is. 

My mom was fed sweetened condensed milk as a baby...her baby teeth all rotted out.  She lost one of her front teeth as a teen and had to have much dental work throughout her life.  Her weight problems didn't start until her 50's, probably because she was busy raising 12 kids (I am #11).  I personally never had weight problems until I was put on Risperadal for Bipolar Disorder...gained 50 pounds...have since lost the weight since changing meds...have told that story on this board before.

 

I breast-fed my babies.  I saw the same thing, working in a pediatric office...parents trying to get their babies to finish the bottle, when the baby was obvoiusly done, and feeding on a schedule.  The breasts are slower at producing the milk, and they will only produce the amount of milk that the baby is currently drinking, so it is easier to maintain an accurate feeding amount, based on what the baby naturally wants to drink...plus there are so many other health benefits to breast feeding.  I can understand though why some moms choose to use formula...it's a personal choice.  Obesity in babies is less common than in older kids...once they get a taste for junk food, it is hard to break it...except not to let them have it in the first place.  My kids have always liked their veggies, and we don't have junk food around the house.  Ok, I've said my piece, and have repeated myself...I tend to do that...sorry.

 

 
September 19, 2006, 2:34 pm CDT

08/22 Unforgettable Weight Stories

Quote From: junecfl

It's easier to overfeed formula because SOME parents feel that the child 'should' be drinking a certain amount and will keep trying to get the baby to finish the bottle whereas with breastfeeding, the child drinks the amount THEY choose to until they are satisfied.  Also, some parents feed according to a schedule, feeding every 4 hours or whatever, instead of letting the child dictate when s/he needs to be fed.  It sounds like you had a good handle on feeding your baby the right amount (as I did with my bottle fed baby) but not everyone lets the child dictate the amount they consume at each feeding or when they need to be fed. 

 

Also, if you are over 40, you probably had the old home made formula which was evaporated milk, sugar and water.  Now, if that's not a recipe for disaster, I don't know what is. 

I'm only 28, I had my daughter a little over 2 years ago.  I actually fed my daughter on a tight schedule. She fed every 3 hours, she was a preemie and you have to have preemies on a schedule. Actually, her being on a feeding schedule from the get go made a lot of other things easier, her napping, her sleeping, her eating...she's like clockwork now. I'm actually in a way thankful I wasn't able to breastfeed. And feeling obligated to breastfeed is one of a thousand reasons I am not having more kids.

That's crazy the formula they used to have! LOL 
 
October 18, 2006, 9:47 pm CDT

Sincere Thanks June cfl....

Quote From: junecfl

I really applaud you, Jenn.  It took a lot of courage to get on TV and talk about what no one ever wants to talk about - that weight loss isn't always the 'happily ever after' ending to the story of our battle with obesity.  I just saw your story (repeated) for the first time today and it was so nice to see someone talking about it.  There are so few people who understand what it's like.  People think you should just be sooooooooo happy to finally be rid of the weight and they don't want to hear it when you talk about the downsides and there are a few.  Some aren't even appearance related.

 

You are right, removing the skin is a NEED that we have.  It's reconstructive surgery.  I don't understand how insurance companies can encourage us to lose the weight and then just leave us hanging (no pun intended) after we do. It just doesn't make sense to do half the job, IMO.  Just as our obesity compromised our health, so does the loose skin.  It's not just a cosmetic issue.

 

I don't think there are many (if any) here who would turn down a chance at surgery if it were offered.  I know I wouldn't .  My hubby has said that when I lose the weight he'd be willing to do whatever it takes to get the money for surgery if that's what I want/need but, the thought of spending tens of thousands of dollars on my body and putting us into debt, makes me feel incredibly guilty. 

 

At this point I am 85# down from my highest weight but I was 140# down at one point.  I have to admit, the looser the skin got, the more panicked I felt.  If that makes people think I'm vain or shallow, well, so be it.  I don't think any of them would volunteer to have inches of loose skin on THEIR bodies.  I could totally relate when you said that at least if you gained some of the weight back, you'd be filled out more. 

 

I am back working on the rest of my weight loss at this point and I try really hard to convince myself that a saggy size 8/10 will be better than a firm 32 but, I have to admit, there are times when I have my doubts.

 

Good luck with your recovery.  You are in my prayers. :)

This is Jennifer ( the excess skin girl).....Just came back on the boards after being away for a couple months.  Wow there are a blessed few who truelly care and share and are truelly heartfelt.  than there are a few who just haven't got it yet!!!  I am familiar with a government who would take care of thier people if they had a hang nail, yes you could go into emergency and get full paid for Healthcare for a hang nail.  The government here HAS THE MONEY 100 fold to step up for us but choses to do other things like spend billions for things even they, don't know why or how it even got started....Its not about whinning and crying for the government to help us with our own self disfiguration, or however the other person worded it????  WE ARE THE NUMBER ONE OBESE NATION.... Doesn't that say something,  now we the people are doing something to change that statistic so our nation can be healthier the least the government can do is now help us to do what we no longer can do for ourselves. And thats to complete what THE GOVERNMENT WANTS US TO DO IN THE FIRST PLACE.... DIET...BE FIT BE A BEAUTIFULL AMERICA... Now wouldn't that be a comercial picture it.... Beautifull people walking the streets of america, thin everyone thin!!!! Not a single obese person to be seen anywhere, than suddenly someone from afar looks through an XRAY VISION camera and suddenly sees the people for what they truelly look like underneath it all.  Chafed, red swollen saggy skin.  Every person he looked at that once he seen as beautifull was now Grotesque.   Wouldn't than and only than the government now see a NEW National delema...

 

I spent my entire life FAT, I never ever new what it was like to be thin.  I didn;t just one day  eat my self morbid.  I didn't know any different.  When I was young I actually thought there were FAt people and thin people just like blacks, whites, spanish.  I didn't think I could be a thin person  just like I thought there was no way I could be black when Im white.  Call it nieve but thats how I grew up.  I didn't know I had the option to be a thin person till I was an adult ( this is the gods truth)  and I also wasn't aware of how my body would look once I chose to cross over to the thin border....People are people I didn't realize I had a choice, when my whole life that s all I knew....

 

If you are happy with weight so be it Im happy for you if you are happy skinny with skin so be it.  Im happy for you.  But I really had no idea that once i lost that I would be faced with this issue.  I was shocked.  Its about education, for everyone that wants to lose.  if I was educated as a child that I had a choice to be thin or be fat Im sure I would have lost my weight along time ago... Just like If I was educated aboout the weight loss journey, and possibly how to refrain from having my body react to weight loss the way it did, and had professionals to guide me to do what would or may have been right,  the right way for me.  than possibly I wouldn't of had to resort to surgery.  Thats why I wanted to do the show so others who may have been like me can see the whole truth of weight loss and make an educated choice on the journey.  I never had that chance but I want to make that chance for someone else, to be well informed because weight loss is definately NOT PRETTY, and neither is the END RESULT.  But Knowledge is POWER. and thats what makes it beautifull....

 

Sincerely Jennifer  

 
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