I quit smoking Oct 27 and was on Wellbutrin to help with cravings. I did well, and two weeks later I was completely smoke free. I weighed about 129. In December, I had back surgery (fusion) and couldn't work out, but did lose some muscle mass. I weighed myself and despite how thin I looked, I had not LOST weight (which is good). Well, I got my appetite back and in Jan came off the Wellbutrin. At this time, at the end of Jan, I went on a new birthcontrol, from Depo to Seasonale. I gained around five pounds in Feb, which to me wasn't too horrible. But then a couple weeks later I gained another four and THAT did worry me. I had a horrible sweet tooth since I hadn't been smoking, and I was bored and I wasn't able to work out at all. I got back on the wellbutrin for depression and b/c of the weight gain. My husband lost his job and we moved from NV to MO to live with my mom. A week after we had moved home, I couldn't get my jeans over my hips, well, I could but it was hard to button them and they were really tight. I weighed myself with my brace on and weighed 146! I was devastated. Ever since, none of my jeans are fitting me. I have really gained the mass in my upper thighs/butt and breasts. I used to weigh 155 and worked really hard to lose that weight. That was over five years ago and now in less than two months I have gained nearly all of it back. I have had two major cry sessions and I can't help but feel unattractive and blah. I don't really LOOK that bad, but I feel it, especially when I am trying to pull the jeans on, hoping maybe it was just a water weight phase. But then, I can't button them and I break down crying like somone died!
I got permission to do low impact aerobics, so I do that every day (although I can only do about fifteen mins or so) and am going on week 2. I don't see or feel any changes, and usually before if I gained a little bit I could lose it fast. I was hoping it was just my new BC and if I stopped taking it maybe I could lose the weight easier. But, found out I can't get on Depo for another week, so I have to keep taking the Seasonale. I know it doesn't help I am almost twenty eight, that I am depressed and stressed and that I was on the bc (which I read somewhere that there is no official link between BC pills and weight gain, atleast, not THAT much. We are talking fifteen pounds in two months or less! To me, that is pretty damn extreme.
I know how to lose the weight, I have done it before, but this time feels different. I don't feel like I will succeed this time. I guess I just needed to vent to someone other than my family who don't want to hear another word about it. Thanks for lettin' me.
I feel terrible for you. I know how frustrating and helpless it can feel when your body refuses to make sense. Maybe for now, while you're going through so many changes in your life, it's better to concentrate on maintaining your weight rather than on losing it. Then, when you're fully recovered from your back surgery, and you feel comfortable with your birth control pills, you can try to lose what you've gained. By the way, I recently learned that hunger is communicated to the brain by way of hormones. So, if your BC pills are messing with you, you may not be able to trust your feelings of hunger; better count those calories to make sure! In the meantime, take care and remember, this too shall pass!
thank you annee. I have broken into tears a few more times since. Hopefully, I only have one more day on the pills, then I will go back to my beloved depo. It is just so frustrating. I do wonder too if the pills make you feel hungry. I feel that way a lot these days, I don't know if I need food (especially with working out) or if the bc pills are messing with my head! Hopefully, I can go back to work soon, that should help a lot. Thanks for your help