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2/21/11 5:14 A

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I can't get to sleep tonight. I'm feeling pain throughout my body. I'm also experiencing cabin fever. I've been taking care of DD all weekend, she had her wisdom teeth extracted on Friday. Then, I read this thread and got bummed. I'm half way through radiation and the plan is Tamoxifen for 5 years after that. I know that I'm projecting...but, I'd be the one that puts on a ton of weight. I already have 65 lb. to lose. I see myself hiding out in my house. Yikes!! See what sleep deprivation can do? Well ladies, on that note I'm taking my sorry self to bed. Thanks for the whine.
Bless you all,
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2/11/11 11:12 P

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I have had my thyroid checked, but it has been some time ago. I go to get
blood work every 6 months. I am not sure if any of it would reveal that I
have a thyroid problem. That may require a special test. I will call my doctor
on Monday & see what she thinks.

I had a B12 shot 4 days ago, hoping that it would help me with severe fatigue.
No help yet. I have always been real energetic. I am walking on the
tredmill 3 days a week & I was advised by my oncologist to do no more
and not to lose any weight! emoticon Pink-Soldier.

Edited by: BRAVEONE92 at: 2/11/2011 (23:20)
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My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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2/11/11 9:56 A

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I have had the same issue with the scale not budging much. I usually check my measurements monthly, and even if I don't lose weight, I do notice I have lost inches. Have you checked to see if you are losing body fat and turning it into muscle, your weight may stay the same. And of coarse tamoxifen can cause weight gain. Try some fat burning exercises, that may help. Sorry about your frustration.

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2/8/11 9:57 A

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What possibly may be inhibiting your weight loss is that your thyroid may not be functioning properly. A lot of women have this problem and don't even notice it. It can effect you anytime, but I think it is when you are in your mid to late 40's. Don't quote me on that. You might want to ask your doctor to do a blood test to see if it is functioning properly.

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2/8/11 12:05 A

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I have just been on Arimidex for near 3 months. But I know what your med
does & what mine does to our bodies. A few women will not gain weight.
But lots of women do. I went on the site of WebMD, put in the medicine
and look at all the reviews of women who take these two pills. I believe
all they have said. Mom has a niece who has always been just a perfect
weight, and walked daily for years and was beautiful in her face. She
had a mastectomy about 1.5 years ago. I don't actually know how much
weight she has gained, but she looks like she has gained 80 pounds.
I met her in Walmart and hardly recognized her because her face looked
swollen. She has always been energetic, and now says that she is not
able to do the things she used to do. She is in her 40's.
I don't want to discourage anyone. But I reached my goal weight after I
had my mastectomy 11/18/10. My constant fear is that I will gain back
all the weight I lost plus more. Also, because I have lots of pain with my
fused spine, I dread that I may get the bone pain that many experience.
I know that it does no good for me to be so concerned, however, I know
that it can happen.

I am so sorry that you are working so very hard cooking all the healthy
foods and doing all your exercising. But I want to say to you emoticon
for losing 4 pounds! That is a lot of weight. As you stated, if you had
not done all the healthy things, then you might weigh lots more. I
want to encourage you to keep doing what you are doing and even
if you don't lose weight, you will at least keep the extra weight off.

Edited by: BRAVEONE92 at: 2/8/2011 (00:11)
"I lift up my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?
My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of Heaven and Earth."
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2/7/11 3:55 P

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Dee - lotsd of good replies here so I don't really have a lot to add. I am a 9 year survivor and weigh more that I ever have. I was on Tamoxifen for 3 1/2 years, then switched to Arimidex. I will most likely be on Arimidex for life, which I hope is a very long time. The weight gain started with Tamoxifen and then increased with Arimidex. I have been trying to lose, but the scale barely budges. It is frustrating, but I AM ALIVE. The alternative to the drugs and weight gain is not a very appealing thought. I can live with the extra weight in exchange for the extra life. Eat healthy foods, exercise, live a healthy life-style, take your meds and know you are doing your best. Your husband (and YOU) deserves this from you!

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2/7/11 2:19 P

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I fought the samme battle and after 5 years on Tamoxifin, I was 20 pounds heavier and no matter what I did the scale still inched up. The main thing is not to give up!! I was eating so well and exercising regularily too. The end result was that once I finished my 5 year treatment, the weight just start ed coming off without me having to really change anything. Above all you want to protect yourself from re-occurance!!!! Keep at it and it will all work out in the end...

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2/6/11 9:24 P

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I know how you feel... I was on Tamoxifen and I was going to the gym 5 days a week and I kept putting on weight. I put on at least 10 pounds a yr, it didn't matter if I ate good or bad I still gained. After 3 yrs I got so frustrated that I quit going to the gym (I know bad idea and I am still paying for it) Unfortunately 6 yr later I am still fighting and I get frustrated so easily. I find it hard to stay motivated and stay on track. My words of wisdom are keep doing what you're doing and be happy you aren't gaining and you are loosing a little. Maybe after your body has been on it for awhile things will change for you. I know it is important to change up your workouts or maybe you are over training and not giving your body time to recoop. I wish I had a better answer for you that I know would solve your problem. Stay strong & fight hard!!
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2/6/11 9:15 P

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Keep up the good work and don't give up. I'm on tamoxifen and the weight has slowed down but you can still do it.

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2/6/11 8:25 P

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Hi all,
I too am on Tamoxifen and am finding losing weight a bit of a challenge. I have found that what works best for me so far, is to eat all/most of my carbs for breakfast. I will eat cereal and a piece of fruit or eggs, toast and fruit. Lunch is usually salad, or veggie soup, protein and another fruit. Dinner is veggies and protein. The calorie count can be the same but for some reason having the carbs mainly for breakfast is working for me. I too know people who have done very well on the South Beach diet. I personally seem to do better doing my own thing.
Keep your chin up. The scale though stubborn will move again!
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2/6/11 7:37 P

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Hmmm. This topic is very timely for me. I have just been able to start jogging and losing weight again after months of chemo and my oncologist just prescribed me Tamoxifen. I will start taking it on Monday. I would hate to lose the progress I have made. I think I will just pay close attention to any weight changes and make adjustments if necessary.
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2/6/11 3:40 P

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You may be carb sensitive....and may have to rethink the carb part. Only veggies and fruit no grains right now....look at south beach...it may be the jump start you need. You will definitely take in the protein you need...I have been on a lot of message boards and this is the number one complaint women have....I would recommend South Beach and there is a team or Eat to Live - excellent book about getting back to eat whole foods and not a lot of prep work for either. People have the misconception you sit down and eat 5 lbs of bacon on South beach - that's not the case...it has to do with getting your blood sugar under control which is why you can't eat fruit for the first two weeks and then you reintroduce it after that...for some people sugar is a trigger whether is be from fruit, chocolate, processed food...I am one of those people....the more carbs I eat that are not fruit and veggies the more I crave them so I need to balance my diet with healthy protein like beans, egg white, nuts ..ect...check out the team and introduce yourself and share you problem with them they may have some good advice..... I personally did my own version of no sugar, then modified South Beach and now pretty much follow a lot of principles of Eat To Live but its been a process....this weight loss did not come over night and its a day to day thing for me..up and down....do yo have a trainer at your gym that could take a look at your workout to see if you are getting the most out of your minutes? Sometimes they see things we don't...hang in there.....hugs!!

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2/6/11 12:26 P

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Just keep on venting -- support is one of the things this team is for. Hang in there and all will sort itself out.
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2/6/11 12:11 P

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I sympathize. I had lost about 15 lbs between Sept-Nov, and then regained 9.5 lbs the week I started Tamoxifen. Since then, it's been up and down the same 2-3 lbs. Very frustrating.

But I have to remember that (1) no more cancer and (2) others have worked through this and gotten to a healthy weight and activity level, so can I.

And so can YOU! Don't give up, and keep in mind that time is now on your side!



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2/6/11 12:06 P

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Dee, that sounds super-frustrating. Are you on Arimidex or Tamoxifen? In either case, I really love that your DH calls it the "I get to keep my wife" pill.

I'm on Tamoxifen and have been maintaining my weight with minimal exercise and, frankly, mediocre eating for the last month or so. I haven't been logging my food lately. I know that I could lose weight if I put more time into it, but it just seems so exhausting sometimes! So, even though you haven't lost as much as you'd like, I really, really look up to you for all the work you're putting into it.


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Hello Everyone --

I am sure that you are all probably getting very tired of hearing me whine about this. My hubby certainly is and so am I... but I have to get it off my chest.


I have been counting calories and exercising like a fiend for the past 85 days ... and have lost just 4 pounds. Really???!!! I am following a very healthy diet (A book called the Pink Ribbon Diet)...that is a Mediterranian type diet -- only without the fish. A laco-ovo vegetarian diet and I don't use sweeteners or any processed foods. I do a TON of cooking and my hubby and I are loving the foods (we feel like we are eating for the first time!).. He has lost 12 pounds and I have lost 4 (and those 4 pounds were in the first two weeks, I have not lost for 3 weeks straight!!!)

The scariest part is that I have only lost 4 pounds - while putting a ton of time and effort into this for nearly THREE MONTHS --- I can't imagine if I even halved the effort... on this *&^%
medication I'd probably have gained 30 pounds by now!!!

I am very tempted to say screw it and stop taking the tamoxifen -- this is crazy! I work out
1 and a 1/2 hours 3 or 4 days a week and I work out 2 hours on 2 days a week. Plus I am spending more time food shopping and much more time cooking and cleaning up from the cooking than would probably be considered healthy! This is turning into a full time job and I already work a full time job and I go to grad school part time!!!! My hubby - however - does not want me to stop the medication. I call it the fat pill and he calls it the "I get to keep my wife pill" --- yeah, but there is no guarantee

I wouldn't mind all of the effort that I am putting into this --- IF I actually got results!!!!

Realize, I am a registered dietitian -- so I know alot of what the responses to this frustration will be..... so let me just say.... my clothes are NOT fitting better =--- I can't feel much of a difference other than I feel tighter in different places. Yes, there are other benefits -- like having more energy (which I do) and feeling better in general (which I do)... but lets not kid ourselves .... we all want to LOOOOOOK better tooo.

I'm at my wits end. I just don't know what to do. I can't possibly work out more than I already do (unless i quit my job)... and I am eating - on average 1400 calories a day... go down to 1200 while doing the workouts that I do... probably not a good idea. So -- the usual response is eat less and move more.... that is not an option for me. UGH. I am desperate.

It is not enough to simply show up. You need to step up for results.... keep on stepping! Dee


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