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Eat for vitamin/iron not weight loss

Thursday, June 14, 2018

This is my personal journey. For a very long time I tried to lose weight and exercise. My knees wouldn't let me so I assumed that was my issue. Too much sitting. After my knee replacement I didn't want to sit anymore but everytime I tried to do anything my body shut down. I was winded, dizzy and exhausted. Quite an accomplishment for doing nothing all day. My Dr's kept referring me to other specialties, endless tests that showed nothing and they decided I just needed to lose weight and I wasn't following my diet plan. Two weeks ago I saw a new Dr. He talked with me over an hour, looked at every note in his computer and told me I'm anemic. What? Why was I never told? After many labs I was found to have severe iron and B12 deficiency. He said they are so low he's not sure how I'm walking. Now, a week into my iron pills and 1000mg B12 injections I feel like a different person. Now I track vitamins and iron instead of calories. To me, weight-loss is just a word . Life is about health.
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    The food tracking is amazing. I started looking at the nutrition to see where I am lacking and I'm able to adjust. I absolutely LOVE that little "extra". If the iron pills don't help or I can't tolerate them than I will find myself with weekly iron infusions as well. I'm hoping to not go down that road because they are 4K and insurance doesn't like them. I think if I can get the diet down better I will be on a great path!
    366 days ago
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    Welcome to SparkPeople. We are all here for the same reason, no matter what our personal story is. We are here to help each other to get to that healthy point we want to be in our lives. It is not going to be easy, but it is attainable. Make small goals and they will lead to big successes. You have to make you #1 and tell yourself that you are worth it. If you don't take care of yourself you can't take care of anyone else. If I can help in anyway, feel free to reach out to me! After my sleeve gastrectomy, I have to take a bariatric multi vitamin, iron, b12 and calcium on a daily basis. You can do it! We are here to help! Welcome and get active on this site. emoticon
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    367 days ago
    Excellent way to look at it. Inspiring and thanks much for sharing. good motivation and a pleasure to share your outlook
    367 days ago
    Good for you. My daughter had bypass surgery and now has to have iron infusions every month.
    367 days ago
    Good luck! Food tracking is a great tool and I hope it will help you.
    367 days ago
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