I am pretty new at this site and have not participated in discussions yet, but Marc's story inspired me. I am already 71 yrs.of age and have been carrying extra weight for the last 25 years. In late 80's early 90's my responsible job got extremely stressful as more and more responsibility was piled on me. In 1990 they added not just more responsibility but a whole additional job, not related at all to the one I was already doing (it even included quarterly reports about KEOGH customers to the IRS (man, I really hated those). Would you believe, I stuck it out for 13 mos. before I handed in my resignation. By then I had gained 35lbs. When I found another job with less work and responsibility for half the salary I was making before, it didn't last. The company grew exponentially within 6 mos. and I was back again with overtime (this time they paid me for it) skipping lunch (eating at my desk) having 2PM snacks, candy of course,so the pounds on my 5'2" frame kept coming. During all this time I had a family at home, was the only cook, and preparer all ingredients to cook (sometimes someone peeled potatoes for me), did all the laundry, walked up and down 29 stairs repeatedly to do it, we live on the 2nd floor (at least that was exercise). You see, I was the only female in the house, and while the BOYS were willing and able to vacuum and dust on a regular basis, that was about it.
In yr. 2000 had thyroid cancer surgery (but that odyssey is another story), and early retired with COBRA (man, is that expensive) til my 62nd bday .One good thing was, I did all kinds of needlework, which gave me a big sense of accomplishment) and soothed my nerves.
This was all while I was treated for various body pain which no one could give a name to until 1982 (they finally gave it a name but no tests that could prove one had it, plus they were calling it a syndrome, rejecting the word decease) and I started taking some antidepressants which did help, but I still needed aspirin or Tylenol. Before I got so terribly busy at work I belonged to Chicago Health Clubs and was swimming regularly and doing water aerobics. Well, that had to end.
The rest of my weight story is above this last paragraph. I am now stuck with 50 extra pounds, plus type 2 diabetes. I am controlling it pretty good, and my MD's are satisfied with my A1C results, so I am only on Metformin.
They tell me I should only eat veggies, lean protein and limited fruit (which I absolutely love in season). This is pretty hard when I am cooking for 2 men, one of whom (my husband) must have his baked goods, pasta, rice etc. When I prepare those it's hard to resist when I also like them, plus I really don't want to have to cook 2 different meals every day (think of all the pots/pans to wash) even if I had a commercial stove with multiple burners which could handle it. So I carry my extra 50 with me and that makes it hard to sustain a walk for more than 5 min. After that, looking at me from behind, you would think I was under the influence, I can't keep a straight line.
After all this, I am coping very well (much better than some of you), even manage a volunteer job at the Hospital every Tuesday. But since I was hospitalized for depression, I just can't pick up any of my crafts. I do spend much time on the internet, am with a couple of different groups,, like this one.
The point of this story isn't just my background, I do have a question for all of you:
I loose my balance in the last few years if I turn in any direction, and want to fall in that direction. Always have to be holding on to something, even if it's just a wall. I also want to fall in the direction I am bending (if it's a little too far, like 1ft. or more). If there is nothing to hold on to I would be falling a lot. When I fall, cant get up without propping myself on something, or someone helps me (this, I know, many of you, if not all, have trouble with).
My depth perception has always been poor, can't see to step down the stairs if it's not very light, don't dare step down unless I have something to hold. Can anyone identify with this?? Haven't ever mentioned this to my MD, I have so many other symptoms as it is, don't want to add another. If no one else has had this experience I will mention it, maybe it's something with the inner ear.
Thanks to all of you,