Weight Loss Goals and Success
I've been on several different anti-depressants used to treat parts of this disorder that are not depression. Side effect: weight gain. I was on medication that had a primary goal of inflating my blood cells with water to keep my blood pressure elevated so I didn't pass out. Side effect: weight gain. I was also put on so many steroids to kill the inflammation that caused my body to hurt. Side effect: weight gain.
See where I'm going with this?
All the meds I was put on, while some were absolutely necessary, caused me to gain 40+ lbs in the course of about four months - before I was even diagnosed with dysautonomia. Once I was diagnosed, and I reached rock bottom, you might remember I sought alternative medical therapy. It did wonders for me. When I used to catch a cold, I would be house-bound and in bed for two weeks. Now I barely bat an eyelash. I am still symptomatic, so please think I'm 100% cured, I'm not but I'm feeling more like myself.
So, the big news?
I lost almost 30 pounds!!!!
I'm three pounds away from the 30 lb. mark! This isn't my ultimate goal mark and it's not even my first goal mark but it's a start! Truthfully, I didn't start this journey to lose weight, I wanted to get healthier and this just kind of happened. I have another 30 lbs to go if I want to be honest with myself but this is a start.
The other day I randomly bought jeans at Costco (yes, I do that now) and thought "maybe I'll try size 10 jeans!" I bought two pairs of pants that were size 10. Both pair fit me like a glove. That hasn't happened since before I gave birth to my oldest child four years ago.
Another goal I had was to be off most of my medication and the only meds I take now are for acid reflux, migraines, allergies, anti-emetics, and birth control. All 100% necessary. I used to take up to 20 meds a day. Now, I take up to five.
All-in-all, I'm very happy with my progress. It's nice to share something positive with you guys.