I have felt like this so many times; and it actually goes back to when I was a teenager, when being a tad over the weight charts was the guide for the doctor. And, it was only a tad. I remember my doctor telling my mother I needed to lose weight when I weighed 121 pounds with my clothes on. This set me up for a life-long concern with my weight and what I ate.
The truth is the real problem with weight set in after I was put on certain medications, and I was dealing with issues that were not being resolved. That is why I did the poll. Also, I am sure not being able to exercise as much as I used to do has an impact. If I could do the things I love to do, I would; but it is too painful. After a while, one has to admit there is a new normal. That is where I am.
When I was younger and the arthritis was not such a problem, I was able to do a certain amount of exercise -- mostly walking and swimming. Fibromyalgia did not prevent me from getting exercise; however, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome was a whole new ball game. That was the last straw, so to speak. All this is coming from a ballet dancing, swimming, rowing, fishing, jogging, skating, hiking, tennis playing, gardening, and skiing enthusiast. I like horseback riding too. I don't suppose there has not been much I did not want to try, except for sky diving.. I even enjoyed the weights in the gym. Sigh...
However, that does not mean I am giving into being an unhealthy eater. In fact, I think many of us do struggle a little bit more when we eat too much sugar. Also, there are the people who have gluten intolerance. I'm not expert on that. I think the key for most people is finding their best fit. I know mine is a moderate low carb diet with healthy fats. When I do this, I lose about one pound a week, as long as I don't end up depressed and eating emotionally for some reason.
Now, for the poll results -- here they are. Respondents were allowed to answer more than one question. I am not great at statistics, even though I took a course that involved statistics and probability. Maybe, you know the old saying about you don't use it, you lose it. I am just reporting.
37 people responded.
30 (81%) checked I gained weight.
3 (8%) checked I lost weight.
And 20 (54%) checked It's harder to lose weight than before I was sick.
If you want to check the results for yourself, I am moving the poll to the bottom of my blog.