Struggling With Weight Loss After Steroid Use

One thing I have been struggling with after getting off of steroids after 10 months of use is losing the weight I gained. At my heaviest I was 17lbs above what I normally weigh. I’m now about 13-14lbs above what I would consider my normal and it’s taking a while to get that weight off. I’ve been off of the steroids since Halloween and I’ve only lost maybe 2lbs.

I found out on a thread on reddit.com/r/crohnsdisease that a lot of people with IBD struggle with the weight loss. I’m glad I’m not the only one, but at the same time it sucks. I had to go out and buy larger clothes because of the weight gain. I will now have to have a set of clothes that are for while I’m on and after I get off of prednisone. I didn’t want to buy new clothes. I had it in my mind that I would just deal with my clothes how they were and that it would just motivate me to lose the weight. But then I realized that I was starting to rip seams on my work clothes and I wasn’t going to deal with that. I went out and bought new work clothes shortly after that.

I’m working on going to the gym more. I’ve been averaging 2 days a week and I’m going to do my best to get to the gym three days this week. I’ve also been watching my diet. I think I’m eating too much sugar. I’m keeping track of my diet in MyFitnessPal and that is giving me a good idea of my sugar intake.

What’s frustrating about the whole diet thing is that what people normally give up to boost their weight loss, i.e. pop & coffee, I’ve already given up. Although I didn’t really drink a whole lot of coffee to begin with. But I did drink pop and fruit juice before I got diagnosed with the fructose malabsorption. So the only things I drink on a regular basis is water and milk. It’s just frustrating. I would of thought that the weight loss would be a little faster than it has been. I was hoping that it was going to be faster.

I’ve been making sure to do cardio and weight training when I go to the gym. I think I’m going to add in some Yoga a couple of days a week when I’m not at the gym. I’m also working on walking my dogs more. It’s good for them and for me.

One thing that I ran into this week was that I was really set on going to the gym 3 days this week. This was going to be the week that I would do it and then my colon decided to freak out. And it sucks. I’m trying to better myself but I feel like my body is holding me back. I don’t want to push my body too much because I don’t want to risk going into an all out flare. It’s depressing at times.

What I should focus on is how many inches I’m losing and maybe not necessarily the weight loss. I took some measurements before I started working out regularly and I need to take some new ones soon. I’ll probably do that in a couple of weeks.

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