Tuesday, 28 June 2016

It's weight loss time

It is time to admit that I am not happy with my weight.
I have been annoying nearest and dearest, complaining and blaming it on Tamoxifen. Yes, it does make it harder to loose weight and puts my body into a state of believing it is older, a chemical menopause. My oestrogen cannot be used (so oestrogen cannot attach to breast cancer cells that may be floating around in my boobs) and this causes the side effects that I have been feeling.

For the first time I am able to admit that I have been fighting off what I can describe as falling into depressive state and I think that is the main cause of this has been the fatigue and the weight gain. I feel unattractive and also feel worried health wise. I need to loose the weight. Even being slightly over weight and having extra fat means that the tamoxifen has to work harder to limit the estrogen that is produced my the extra fat from interfering with what the medicine is doing.

It's only been a small while but I have found it extremely easy to fall into the cycle of letting myself be tired because I know that tamoxifen makes me feel tired. Being completely honest, I have got to the point where I don't know if I am know starting to self perpetuate the fatigue. Getting to the point that I just want to sleep and rest when I have not really done anything. I need this to stop

I'm hoping that by posting this I can push myself forward or maybe look back at this when I have not got off my arse and read this words and get a move on. I have been eating well, adding exercise has to be the answer.

I cant continue to hide behind the tamoxifen blame and not try to do something about it. Once I have tried to do something about it and look at the results, that is when I can say what are side effects and what I have been doing to myself.

So here goes;

Since last August 2015 I have gained over a stone and currently weigh 11.8 (while also holding my camera it's more like 11 stone, 7 pounds and 4 ounces but who is counting?!!). It is mainly all around my mid section and at 5ft7 I am just below having a high BMI and I can notice it. I'm not shaming anyone who weighs more or less than me. I just remember how I felt and looked a stone lighter. I was much happier all round and felt really good about myself. Maybe when I am feeling more confident I will post a full body pic, but don't hold your breath for it!

So, I need to up my exercise and continue with the healthy eating. I will try to document it the best I can. I want to do it slowly and make it sustainable. I'm also looking to find exercises that don't irritate my arm, after the operation everything is very tight and my pectoral muscle is still recovering from have a portion of it removed.

If anyone has any handy tips, favourite recipes or exercises, then please let me know!


  1. Hi Liz,

    I haven't really got any tips etc, just stopping by to give you a bit of moral support!

    I've recently taken up jogging following the couch25k plan and I can now do 20 mins without stopping! I've also been going to a weekly yoga class for about 4 months now which is improving my strength, posture and leaves me feeling really great.

    Have you got anything in mind you want to try?

    Emma x

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