Saturday, September 29, 2012
I emailed my doctor and he says that gaining weight is one of the side effects. It wouldn't be so bad if I had pants that actually fit me. But, I bought a bunch of jeans this summer and now only a couple still fit.
I'm a lifetime member of Weight Watchers, but really don't want to go back to the meetings. While it helped me lose about 25 pounds after my youngest was born, I just don't have time for it right now. I still remember everything I learned ad with some new knowledge off the internet (what did we do before it was invented?) I start my weight loss journey.
Another side effect of the Depakote is severe hunger. Even after I've stuffed myself with twice as much food as I've eaten in the past, I am still hungry. So now I have to retrain my brain into recognizing those feelings of hunger and make them mean something else.
I'm also exercising more than I ever have. This summer my husband and I started walking together. Actually he started walking and then I felt guilty and went along with him. We go 2-3 miles. It is nice having that 'away from the kids' time to talk about work, the house, anything, and know you won't be interrupted by kids needing help with homework :)
Now that school is back, it is harder to get out every night. We try and go on the weekend nights and even that is hard sometimes because a day like today the temp is supposed to hit 100 degrees. Um, hello, this is fall!
I went this morning, before it got too hot and if it cools off enough, will go again tonight.
Too bad there isn't a magic pill you can take and 'poof' your pants fit again! But anything worth having is worth working for. Remind me of that tomorrow when I'm craving chocolate cake!