I’m Back!

In my last post (way back in July), I talked about my weight struggles since having a baby in May. After that post, things did not get better. I went back to work at the beginning of August, continuing to binge and steadily gain weight until the beginning of 2017. I had a hard time adjusting to going back to work. I’d get a handle on things for a few days to a few weeks at a time, but ultimately, I’d succumb to my demons.

I made some decisions and discoveries near the end of 2016. The main decision was that I needed to get medical treatment for my binge eating disorder. The big discovery was that I was diagnosed with ADHD, which is where much of my impulsive behavior (i.e. binge eating) and anxiety stem from. I’ll delve more into the specifics of this in another post.

So, I’ve been taking a 2-pronged approach to the issue at hand. I see a therapist every other week to address the behavioral issues: ADHD, binge eating, debilitating anxiety, other demons. And I go to the Center for Weight Management and Nutrition at my local hospital once a month to deal with the weight problems; we have not yet ruled out the possibility of weight loss surgery, but at the very least it’s a good, old-fashioned hand-holding.

I’m hoping that the therapy will be effective since I plan to continue breastfeeding for quite some time and am not able to take any medications to treat the ADHD or anxiety. I like my therapist, but I’m not yet sure if she’s totally equipped to deal with an eating disorder. I’m giving her a chance though! I just had an entire week off the rails after being on the right track for over a month, but the last 2 days have been better. I haven’t been weighing myself at home, only at my doctor’s visits, so I am nervous to see how this all pans out at my appointment next Wednesday afternoon.

  • 1/10/2017: 288.1
  • 1/31/2017: 276.4

There! The numbers are back out there in the blogosphere, so now I have to curb my impulses, right? Right??!

Goals:

  • 80-100 g protein per day
  • Less than 24 g added sugar per day
  • Meet daily step goals
  • Recumbent bike 3-4 times per week

Now I need to go catch up on all the blogs I have been neglecting! What’s new with you? Has anyone successfully managed ADHD and/or anxiety without meds?

5 thoughts on “I’m Back!

  1. Hi Allison–Glad to see you’re working hard to get back on track. I’m in need of some of that motivation. We share a similar diagnosis of anxiety, BED and ADHD. I went for many years without any medication for any of it, however, about 10 years ago I went on anti-anxiety meds (effexor and buspar) and they help tremendously, but not 100%. Due to an irregular heartbeat, I can’t take meds for BED or ADHD. I learned a young age to manage my ADHD through a learned method of careful organization. The BED, I still struggle with, although I’ve lost weight. I still binge, but not as much because I keep all triggers out of my house and have made eating in the car off limits for myself. I have a counselor that specializes in eating disorders, however she is the only one in my area and I am only able to get in to see her a few times a year and I need more support than that. Keep up the good work and please share any tips that you may get from your program. I think many of us in the same boat are always looking for anything that helps! Have a great day! 🙂

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    • I really wish I could find a BED specialist and/or an ADHD specialist. Do you also feel like no one takes your ADHD diagnosis seriously? I feel like it’s constantly being brushed aside rather than addressed.

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      • I understand how you feel about the BED specialist. The metabolic and weight management doctor that I see certainly addresses it, however her main recommendation is behavior modification therapy. My counselor is awesome, but is so in demand that I don’t get to see her often enough. I feel like I need more reinforcement and accountability than 4 visits per year.

        I do feel like my ADHD was taken more seriously when I was young because it was so evident while I was in school. As an adult, I rarely bring it up to doctors unless I’m filling out a medical history form. I’m sure it contributes to my lack of impulse control when it comes to food.

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