• What are your biggest challenges in managing your weight?

    Asked by TXHills on Monday, March 16, 2015

    What are your biggest challenges in managing your weight?

    Still doing research for my book and I want to address the areas that people are struggling with. What problems or concerns do you have in managing your weight that I could maybe write about and help you with?

    21 Answers from the Community

    21 answers
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      When in treatment, my biggest challenge was eating enough. Because of the sores in mouth/throat I couldn't stand the pain for long and didn't eat that much. I focused on high calorie drinks, milkshakes and anything else I could get down. After treatment was over, I continued eating that way for about 5 years. It's hard to stop a habit and those milkshakes are addicting. So now, 6 years+ out, I have hit my previous weight and now the challenge is to break the habits of eating all those sweet, high calorie foods.

      about 5 years ago
    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      My issue is keeping my weight down.

      about 5 years ago
    • debsweb18's Avatar

      I have discovered that my weight is greatly affected by late night snacking. I dropped 10 pounds (which is a lot for me) after being diagnosed with reflux and was told not to eat the couple of hours before bedtime. I kept it off for a couple of years but Sees candy got the best of me from Christmas through Valentines day and my weight is steadily Increasing. I have to stop my late night snacking for several reasons. Unfortunately when I can't sleep I want to eat and have trouble controlling it!

      about 5 years ago
    • Traceypap's Avatar

      My issue is trying to put weight on when it's recommended not to have sugar and I can't have Nutritious raw food or high fibre food due to stent in colon.

      about 5 years ago
    • beachbum5817's Avatar

      I can't get the weight off. I gained weight during treatment which was a complete surprise to me. I thought I would lose it. I have gone back to Weight Watchers, and I have tried counting calories, but nothing seems to work. I am lucky if I lose 1 pound in a 3 week period. Prior to treatment, I could lose 1 to 2 pounds a week.

      about 5 years ago
    • angiesteigle's Avatar

      My issues are the exact same as beachbum5817's... weight gain during and after treatment. I too have gone back to Weight Watchers and I've lost a whole 4 ounces in 2 weeks... I walk 3.5 miles 5-6 days a week.

      about 5 years ago
    • cam32505's Avatar

      It seems that for cancer patients, there are a lot of variables, besides the usual enemies of weight. Steroids cause weight gain, as well as many breast cancer medicines. Thyroid issues can cause weight gain or loss, trying to get dosage right after thyroid has been removed. Chemo and/or radiation can cause weight loss because a person can't eat. So, essentially, we're all on a weight roller coaster.

      about 5 years ago
    • Honeypot's Avatar

      Because of the breast cancer, I didnt want to have it again so considerably changed my diet to
      non dairy and no red meat and in the process lost 3 stone without trying. I have coconut oil
      instead of butter and almond milk instead of cows' and I eat lots of vegetable curries and
      just occasionally have a piece of fish or chicken but I add ground almonds to my curries for protein or chick peas. Honeypot

      about 5 years ago
    • Jalemans' Avatar

      Like beachbum & angies I gained weight during treatment (due to steroids) and cannot seem to lose it. I always thought of it as a mathematical equation - take in fewer calories than you burn, but that doesn't seem to work any more. I gained 20 pounds (all around the middle) and I cannot lose it. It is frustrating.

      about 5 years ago
    • Molly72's Avatar

      Like some of you, I can't lose the weight. It's pretty simple why:
      I am unable to excercise, even walking slowly is too hard because of breathing & back issues.
      The steroids have also contributed to the problem, as well as some chemo drugs
      I have taken for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Then there's my lack of a thyroid gland.
      But there is also that old bugabear that I have & that many of us have: I enjoy Eating, I enjoy
      eating fattening foods, it's one of the few pleasures I have left. Salads & veggies-- meh!
      I have always envied those of you who are thin & never have had a problem, you love healthy
      low calorie foods & don't understand those of us who struggle daily with our weight... cancer
      or other illnesses just add to our frustration & our tummies.

      about 5 years ago
    • baridirects' Avatar

      For me, there are 2 main issues....the effects of the medication I'm on, which tends to make you hold weight, and the emotional eating that comes with all the stress surrounding this journey. Even with a LapBand in place, I've gained significant weight since my primary diagnosis in February of 2013, and I have not been able to shake it. Even though I could certainly stand to lose at least 75 pounds, at this point, it's all I can do to hold it steady within about an 8 pound range.


      about 5 years ago
    • alimccalli's Avatar

      Like many others have said, I gained weight right after treatment that I have been unable to lose, and most of it around the middle. I am going to Weight Watchers, eating fairly well and walking regularly. I have been able to lose weight following the WW program in the past, but have struggled the last 2 years to lose anything. I chalked it up in part to my age (45) but I think my entire metabolism completely changed with all the drugs I had - everything is just different. It's so frustrating...what was already a challenge is now almost overwhelming...but I know it is for the sake of my health, so I keep trying...

      about 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      TXHills, I haven't heard about your book. Although years ago I was successful with a Weight Watchers diet, I currently have stomach cancer (including reflux) and I've had irritable bowel problems for about 20 years. One big problem is that most fruits and veggies give me diarrhea and upset stomachs, probably because of the fiber (?). I sometimes have LOW blood sugar problems, although I am borderline diabetic and take 1-2 metformin a day. I end up eating a few bland foods. I love dairy, so drink milk and eat cheese for protein. I am 75 pounds overweight and have no energy for exercising. (I take a daily chemo pill called Gleevec.)

      about 5 years ago
    • dawn-dawn's Avatar

      I was doing ok about not gaining weight during treatment at first.. But then I had to take extra steroids and betwen that, the tamoxifen I'm up in weight
      So frustrating because I was finally maintaining a weight I lived being at before breast cancer
      Crying as I write this because it so effects my mood and just makes me eat more.
      My fiancé is mazing and thinks I'm beautiful. So that helps

      I exercise ( but need to do it more) although I have to take a few weeks off again had additional reconstruction surgery

      Part of problem is that I feel exhausted and overwhelmed which just makes me eat more!

      Trying to take things one day at a time and not be so hard on myself but it's tough !!

      Miss my flat stomach and just want to look awesome in my wedding gown this October!

      Really need to do better at my eating habits :-(

      about 5 years ago
    • ChildOfGod4570's Avatar

      Like many of you, I seem to have gained mostly around the middle and can't seem to get rid of it despite eating light and exercising at least 6 hours every week. Before cancer, I weighed 135, normal for 5 foot 2 inch me; when on chemo, I went up to 140; then once on Tamoxifen, I rocketed up to 153 give or take. :( Some doctors seem to think I need to cut down on my food, but I barely eat as it is, and I do confess I like a cookie now and then. After so many months of being sick, you do want a little pleasure foods coming your way. HUGS and God bless.

      about 5 years ago
    • Kathy1's Avatar

      Biggest problem is losing weight now. Hormone blockers have done their nasty deed. Beyond breast cancer, I've also had other diseases that requires more than a plant based diet. I watch what I eat but still gain weight. No snacks, no sugars, no processed foods...but I gain weight. Never did that before...I could loose with eating right. My doctor hasn't said anything. Oh I am also on steroids...I feel doomed!

      about 5 years ago
    • Lovstoknit's Avatar

      I too have gained weight right around the middle. I lost a lot during the stem cell transplant and after, but a couple of months ago I was able to get off the pain patch and now my appetite has increased.

      about 5 years ago
    • smishik's Avatar

      I like most of the others can't seem to take the weight off. I am between 50 - 60 pounds overweight and I would just love to lose it. I have tried just about everything but like the others there is only so much I can do. I go to the Y but I have lymphedema and after about 20 minutes on the tread mill my arm starts to swell and it hurts. The most I have ever been there is about 30 minutes. My arm hurt like XXX. I like to have my ice cream at night and I am a junk food junkie. I try to limit it to one candy bar a day and I get a big bag of corn curls or fritos and that lasts me all week. So I am not totally junking out. But no matter what I do I haven't even lost a pound. Please let us know when your book is out because I believe you will have a lot of us order it.

      about 5 years ago
    • BarbarainBham's Avatar

      Smishik, I'm not an exercise expert, but a trainer might be able to tell you what about the treadmill is making your arm hurt---he might be able to recommend a sling or something to help your arm, or maybe a different type of exercise better for you to do.

      Better yet, call your doctor's office. Maybe a Physical Therapist visit would help with that.

      about 5 years ago
    • Lkmez's Avatar

      I have gained about 6 pounds since starting chemo in jan. but also seem to yo yo back and forth.Due to the steroids they give along with the chemo I some days can't seem to stop eating. Other days due to the chemo I end up with no appetite for a few days and then back to hungry all the time again.

      about 5 years ago
    • smishik's Avatar

      BarbarainBham, my insurance doesn't pay for physical therapy. I wear a compression sleeve at all times. That is why it is hurting becaue of the fluids building up and the sleeve helping to squeeze it out. I do the exercises and stretches I was told to do. So exercises are a hard part to do. I do walk my dog three times daily so I am getting some exercise in. It is only for about 20 minutes at a time and not to where my heart is racing so I don't know if it is doing any good or not but any little bit helps. I just doesn't help loose the weight. Evidently insurances don't think Lymphedema is a medical issue.

      about 5 years ago

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