So, it has been 2 days since I started my intermittent fasting. I have been significantly struggling with my health, including my weight for the last year and a half now. Only recently, I have really been struck with the reality that if I do not do something now, I will regret it months down the road. I have never had to fight my body like this before, so this is a significant blow to my depression.
Below is my e-mail to my doctor.
Since our last meeting, I have been having significant issues with weight. I had a moment when things were going well, but I have since gained a significant amount of weight. I have also had issues with my fatigue (I have a sleep doctor who I met with earlier this week), which has not helped with the weight and working out. I am going back to the low carb diet even though I am not a big eater as it is. I am also increasing my intake of water to help. I also wondered if you heard much success with Metformin to help with keeping insulin in check. I have never in my life had a difficulty with weight, pain and fatigue, so this has been a significant blow and has massively increased my depression more than normal. Any suggestions or help would be greatly
Thank You for Your time
I would not be asking for your help if this was not a significant problem for me.
Response from my doctor:
Hi Sara - I am not a big fan of Metformin as the weight loss is temporary. Something that would be a good option for you is to read "The Obesity Code" which focuses around intermittent fasting and low carbohydrate diet. This eating plan works very well for PCOS patients.
So, I am going to get Dr. Fung’s book and start to save more and more low carb meals and snacks, so that I am make sure to eat low card and high protein diet. I am also going to fight myself to get into the gym again or to at least walk regularly. I feel like I am on an up-hill battle, trying to get back to my post (two children) body. I would never want to be back to my body in high school, pre-children, but how I looked after having 2 amazing children. Funny thing, back then I thought of myself as being unfit, but I was far from it. After giving birth to two more children, my body has begun to fight me. I had gestational diabetes during my last 2 pregnancies and found that losing weight was more and more difficult after the last two children. Then, after my auto accident, things just continued to go down hill. Every time I thought I was on the right track, something would happen. Now, I am terribly unfit and it makes me feel like I am trapped in my body. I am hoping that this journey will help bring my body back to some form of equilibrium, so that I can become the best version of myself. I want to share my journey to not only keep myself accountable, but to share the highs and lows of becoming a more healthy person.
Things I have done so far:
Increased water intake
Adjusted when I go to sleep
Becoming active outside while the weather is warm
Readjusting where I work out, changing gyms where I can fit more than one activity in my schedule like visiting my mom in her care facility.