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12/21/10 9:25 A

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I think when you are first on tamoxifen, you put on weight a little easier at the beginning. As your body get's used to it and you continue exercising, your weight generally stabilizes, you may gain 5-10 pounds, just keep working out and making more muscle mass! emoticon

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12/20/10 8:42 P

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you all r-o-c-k! Thanks so much for your suggestions and for sharing your own struggles.

I went over my diet for the past month and -- if I am being totally honest with myself -- I am simply eating too much (a little of this and a little of that. Heck, the night before I weighed myself (Saturday night) - I had 4 alcoholic beverages and I had ice cream for dessert after enjoying a nice sized dinner of steak and rice w/ zucchini! Oh, and a couple of cookies too.

So -- Sunday I made sure I recorded all of my food and I worked out for 1 hour and 45 minutes. My calorie intake was 1500 (within my SP range of 1250-1600) and I weighed myself this morning and was down that pound plus 0.2 pounds ~

I worked out today for 75 minutes and my calories for the day were 1525 (within my SP range) ~

I think what I'll need to do for a while is really keep track of my calories (I had not been recording my food, just eating all things in moderation) ~ Now, for this month, I will record my foods. If I continue with my rigorous workouts and keep my calories within the SP range.. then I will know for certain that it is the Tamoxifen or water weight.

I drink a ton of water (about 10-12 glasses a day) and I avoid sodium (because I don't like salty things) ~ so that is all good.

Plus I know from previous experience that sometimes my weight loss starts out slow and as I get more fit and build more muscle (increase metabolism) ~ I start to lose a little faster.

I just want to snap my fingers and be at my goal - or wiggle my nose or something magical like that! LOL!

You all know what I mean! :)
Thanks again for being here for me!
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Dee

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12/20/10 10:03 A

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is it possible that you are turning fat into muscle? Remember muscle weighs more than fat.

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Any hormone therapy (such as Tamoxifen)can lead to weight gain. I gained 7.5 lbs in 9 days when I started Tamox in mid-Nov. Since then, it's up and down up to 3 lbs per day. I think it will settle down, and it will help once I can start exercising more regularly. From what I've read, many people who are on Tamox need to be hyper vigilant with regard to weight. As others have said, I am also retaining water more since the mastectomy, and so am watching sodium intake. That might help you too...

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12/19/10 11:03 P

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Dee, are you drinking your water? You know you have to drink enough, and possibly that gained pound could have been water you just hadn't shed yet. Weigh yourself again in a day or two, and see where you are. I didn't gain on tamoxifen. Didn't lose, but wasn't really trying too. But I did maintain, and Dr was happy with that. Good luck.


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12/19/10 5:10 P

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I think that weight loss seems harder on Tamoxifen. When I've dieted in the past, it seemed like once I was actually committed to eating less and exercising, that the pounds consistently came off. On Tamoxifen, it seems like losing weight it a much slower process and it can stall or slip back up easily without an obvious explanation.



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12/19/10 12:29 P

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I know that my weight loss has slowed down since being put on tamoxifen. As for calorie counting let the nutrition tracker do that for you. It took me 3 months to notice any consistent weight loss because I was also gaining muscle mass. Check your measurements because muscle weighs more than fat but is more dense.

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12/19/10 11:57 A

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Wow, that would be frustrating but it could be the tamoxifin or even maybe something you ate had a little more sodium which caused fluid retention. I know that since breast cancer, I seem to retain fluids easier.





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12/19/10 9:19 A

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As many of you know, I have been seriously committed to losing weight for the past 36 days (today is day 37).

My goal has been to focus on the positives of what I am doing. And to make small changes slowly. No deprivation - just moderation.

Well -- I have been working out 75 to 90 minutes at least 5 or 6 days a week and dietarily -- I have not been counting calories (It is not good for someone with a history of eating disorder to start counting calories - too easily -- it could go to the extreme) ~ But ~ as a dietitian ~ I know that my portions have been right on and when I do eat treats -- it is done in moderation (well, except for the sugar cookie fiasco! LOL) ...

Anwyay -- in all of this time I had only lost 4.6 pounds and today I weighed myself (weigh day)and I actually GAINED a pound.

I am worried that this is because of the Tamoxifen. Though, I really have no idea of how many calories I have been eating. But - knowing that it takes 3500 calories (ABOVE my metabolic needs)to gain a pound -- I can say with certainty that I have not eaten THAT many calories plus I am burning at least 500 calories a day by working out. ~~ It just doesn't make sense!!!

I am so frustrated. I guess I'll have to start counting every calorie that goes past my lips so I can see if it is the Tamoxifen or just me eating too much.

So so frustrating. :(

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