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I weighed in at 269 on the doctor's scale today, which means to me I'll probably lose something this week, because my last official weigh-in with WW was 269.8.

But I am Totally Bummed! I spoke seriously with my doctor about fertility today (my ob/gyn). He told me I have a lot of challenges - but surprizingly, my weight wasn't one of them. He said my age, 34, would be the biggest factor. That alone will make it VERY difficult to get pregnant. My Insulin Resistance/PCOS is another factor - and losing weight won't help me! He told me I'd be fine if I just maintained, because if I do get pregnant, with my history of insulin resistance (even if it's GONE due to weight loss) I am at high risk for gestational diabetes anyway. The only thing I could do would be to lose all the weight, and keep it off for 1 1/2 years and THEN try to get pregnant, but seeing as I'll be 38 by then it will likely be way too late, since age is a much greater factor than my Insulin Resistance. He also told me that if I'm planning to try to get pregnant in the next 2-3 years, it does me no good to try to lose weight because it will ALL come back when I'm pregnant, even if I starve myself. What a total bummer! I want to get married and be able to have children, and I want to lose weight and be healthy. These seem to be opposing things right now. Children are more important to me than weight loss, but I'm still going to stick with WW because if I can't get pregnant why waste all these years being heavy while I'm trying? And you never know, a miracle may happen at 38 - both my grandmothers gave birth at 40, so I do have genetics on my side to counter this age thing.

Another interesting find at the doctor's office (and a 3rd factor in my lack of fertility): I am dangerously low in antioxidants! ME!?!??!? I eat MORE than the allotted 5 servings of F/V mandated by WW - I averaged 8 this week. I was totally shocked. I'm being put on suppliments (I worry if this is not some kind of scam because I've always been wary of Vitamins) to see if I'll improve. Maybe its poor absorption; but, likely it's my weight, too. I probably need even MORE fruits and vegetables. Any here's the only good news to come out of the doctor's office today: He is very happy I have become a vegetarian again - he recognizes this as a very healthy choice for me. YAY! First doc to totally endorse vegetarianism that I've run into! Now I have some ammunition against my parents!



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Apr. 27th, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)
Hi. I was planning on friending you since we seem to wander the same WW circles (fans and veggies) and I'm interested in how its going for you. I do post updates on my progress, but they are in a locked filter. Let me know if you want to read them.
Apr. 27th, 2007 07:25 pm (UTC)
Sure, I will friend you back and would love to know updates on your progress as well! :-)
Apr. 27th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
Comments like this would make me seek out another doctor. I know way too many women who have had kids in their mid to late 30s and into their 40s. And why the heck would he tell you that if you lost all the weight you would gain it ALL back if you got pregnant? That doesn't make any sense. Yes, it would be expected that you would gain weight during your pregnancy but a blanket statement like that is just so negative and defeatist (I've also known a few women who actually lost weight while pregnant and they weren't starving themselves during their pregnancy - they continued to eat normally).
Apr. 28th, 2007 12:07 am (UTC)
I think I will seek out another doctor. I've been wondering about this one anyway. Yeah, his weight comments seemed odd to me - MOST doctors want me to lose weight. Most don't have such a defeatest attitude toward weightloss either, you're right. But he's overweight himself, so maybe he has issues.
Apr. 30th, 2007 05:51 am (UTC)
I do have a friend who's in the low 200s who was told that her weight was not necessarily an issue they were concerned about when it came to her getting pregnant or anything, so maybe that's not an unusual philosophy nowadays. Also, I've read a couple articles that talk about how the whole 'eating for two' thing is a major myth and most women shouldn't gain a lot of weight during pregnancy and only need to consume an additional 200 calories a day over their normal daily caloric intake (I'm sure they're assuming someone isn't taking in 4,000 calories in fat and salt or something). But yeah, this guy just seems so negative.
Apr. 27th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC)
I might add that another accquaintance of mine (who had gestational diabetes) lost 40 pounds while pregnant. My OB said I could safely lose half a pound a week up to the third trimester.
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