"The pain of discipline or the pain of regret", that is an excellent mantra. I am going to keep reminding myself of this. I will try to provide a condensed version of me and my struggles. My highest weight was somewhere between 380-400lbs. I had gastric bypass surgery in 2000. Unfortunately for me, immediately following the surgery I had severe rheumetoid athritis attack leading to bi-lateral knee replacements, metal stint inserts to both wrist, and rotator-cuff surgery to both shoulders. I think the bypass surgery was the catalyst for all these issues since I had no previous joint problems or family medical history of such. Anyway, I did lose 200lbs, but because I was so immobile, I never developed any exercise or healthier eating habits. The surgeries, medications, and other personal issues (including a lay-off from a position of 25-years), lead to a deepening depression and even an unintentional overdose (side effect of Ambien-Cr). The overdose was a wake-up call, although I was not able to simply overcome my issues. I knew that the dark place I was living in was not the norm for me, but I did not know how to fix it. I sought counseling and even moved to a new state, which is where I am now. While the emotional problems and depression followed me, I am finally climbing out of the abyss. I have a new counselor and I am exercising. I came to this site looking for support because I have already plateaued with my weight loss and I do not understand why. I regained approximately 60lbs, so I weighed 260 the day I finally got out of bed and walked around the block for the first time. It was a difficult task and because of the knee replacements I am always concerned that I may trip and fall and be unable to get up (which has happened in the past). I have no explanation as to why I was able to get moving, but I am hanging on to this mind-set for dear life. I have been exercising consistently for approximately three months. I either walk or ride my bike around the block (3-times), or swim for 30 minutes, each day. I have never in my life regularly exercised like this. I have changed my eating habits (reduced my intake and all but eliminated sweets and graze eating), but I've only lost 22lbs, and no weight at all for the last 3-weeks. I am enjoying food more now that I don't eat until I am stuffed, I am thrilled that I can actually walk around the block, and I am no longer having muscle cramps in my legs and feet, so there are a lot of good results from these new practices. But why have I plateaued already? 238 can not possibly be the weight my body wants to maintain. How do I break this? I feel I have finally obtained the mentality to break my addiction to food but the lack of movement on the scale still has the power to trigger the food-monster voices in my head. Help me please!View Thread
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