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9/12/14 10:13 A

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NancyAnne is right; often that kind of weight gain is sodium bloat. The water will help flush it out. And don't worry, as your body gets used to drinking water regularly, the trips to the bathroom will get less and less frequent!

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9/11/14 8:25 P

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The weight gain you saw from last night was NOT fat! It was water being held from the sodium and carbs in the meal. Just drink more water than usual for the next few days (I drink about a gallon a day), and get in a little extra walking, if you can. It'll burn those carbs off, which will dump water because carbs can carry up to 3x their weight in water.

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9/11/14 7:24 P

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Thanks for your thoughts.

I'm getting tons of water...much more than when I was drinking coke. I drink 8-10 glasses a day now (going to the bathroom every hour it seems!)

We went to Texas Roadhouse last night because my son's school was doing a fundraiser. I got a small steak, salad and a baked sweet potato. I also allowed myself to have 1.5 of those delicious rolls. The next morning, I weighed myself and gained half a pound...destroyed 2 days of weight loss progress.

We have a huge parking lot at work and by the time I get to work in the morning, I have to park pretty far out. It takes about 5 minutes to walk from my car to the building so I get at least 10 minutes of walking outside before and after work each day (that doesn't even count the distance from my office to the outside of the building, which is another 5 minutes each way!).

I took a longer walk today after work (2.25 miles/37 minutes). No sun today, but at least it's exercise.
Thanks again for both of your responses. It helps a little bit to know others care, even though you don't even know me.

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9/11/14 5:22 P

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I also kicked caffeine quite a few years ago, and I also went through a time of low energy just like you are. It lasted a few weeks. I think that caffeine so messes with the nervous system that when you quit, it takes some time to heal and repair. So if you can nap, do. It will probably help speed the process along.

I also am getting the feeling that you are trying to change too much at once and it's a very difficult transition.

Whatever you do, DON'T start back with the caffeine! This feeling will pass!

Secondly, why don't you allow yourself one or two "treat meals" a week? I'm not talking about binging or eating a burger AND fries AND a shake. I'm talking about picking one meal ahead of time (might be good to pick times when like a celebration of special meal out with friends or family), and having some (not a ton, but a serving) of what everyone else is eating. Then get right back on your healthy eating plan with the very next meal or snack. I don't recommend this for everyone, but this might help your psyche.

And thirdly, try to spend a little time outside each day. Even if it's just for 5 minutes. Take an easy walk, garden, just sit in the sun. This can often pick my mood up tremendously.

Also, how is your water intake? Could be that when you lost the caffeine, you also lost a lot of fluids and this is all a symptom of dehydration.

If this lasts more than another couple of weeks, I would suggest seeing someone about possible depression. Might be some counseling and possibly an antidepressant will help you if the things listed above do not.

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9/11/14 3:35 P

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Here's a couple of thoughts:
First, consider getting help from a therapist. Your doctor may be great at all things physical, but it sounds like you may have a mild depression, or maybe what I deal with, which is Seasonal Affective Disorder (fall through spring are really rough on me)

Second, believe it or not, you may feel better if you start exercising. I know you don't have the energy, but start small - walk around the block or something. Push your pace a little bit. Walk quickly around the block. Then tomorrow, walk around the block twice. I have found my energy level increases when I'm actually physically moving, whether I like it or not!

Third - hang in there! You CAN take the weight off; be kind to yourself!

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I've been off soda for 2 weeks now. I'm eating better...much less sugar and bread, more protein and veggies. Drink lots of water. I sleep 7-8 hours every night. No caffeine at all (no tea, coffee, soda). But I still feel like all I want to do is sleep and I feel exhausted all the time. I'm overweight, but not in the obese zone. Just thinking about going for a walk makes me tired. Climbing one flight of stairs to get to my office at work makes me tired.

I'm so depressed about my weight gain and having to give up everything I loved to eat and drink and having to eat this stuff that I really don't like. I just want to cry all the time.

I just want some energy back. I've been to the dr. She said all my levels are ok. I have a thyroid disorder, but it's not affecting my thyroid levels, so I shouldn't be feeling like this because of that (I just had my thyroid levels checked and they are well within normal). I don't know why I feel like this when I'm supposed to be feeling better by eating more healthy.

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