myiysis wrote:I am currently 5'3 and 335lbs, I gained about 100 pound in 2 1/2 years alot of that having to do with meds for bipolar. I really want to get this summer off at the right pace. I am a stay at home mom so I have all day to exercise, it's just not as easy as it used to be. I really need some help figuring out where I should start. I would like to stay on a fairly specific diet and exercise plan, thats if I can find one thats works. I have been big my whole life, but went on quite a few starvation diets and went from (age 15) 180lbs (age 16) 135 (age 17) 220lbs (age 17) 190 (age 18) 265 (age 20) 210 (age 21) 215 (Pregnancy age 22) 265 (after birth 22) 240 (age 24) 220 (NOW age 26)
Hey there. I relate to your story.
A bit more than a year ago I was given meds for depression/anxiety and I have gained 9kgs in one year(to some it may not be a lot, to me it was way more than I ever gained in my life time)...I understand how frustrating it is to gain weight from meds, because they open up your appetite or fix around your hormones.
I suggest you start with little changes, make small goals. Just about 4 months ago, i literally did nothing but sit on my ass on bed and eat...eat...eat. One day I just realized how much I hated the way I've become. So my goal was to start moving. Just get out of bed, move...Then I incorporated healthier meals...with some exercises...After one month, I was moving a lot more than I was before. Most of my meals are healthy on daily basis, and exercise is just a part of my day, and not something "I have to do".
I'm not an expert, but the basic idea is to
1) Incorporate weight training in your exercise program 2-3 times a week
2) Incorporate Cardio (3-4X a week). Start slow, 10 minutes walk or around the block or even in a mall, then add on every week or every time. Until you're able to do 30 minutes of Brisk walking....then jogging...or any type of cardio you prefer. Personally I don't like treadmills/bikes...etc. But I enjoy bodycombat classes/boxing It's much more fun to me.
3) Eat smaller 6 meals a day instead of 2-3 (make sure to include lean protein in each)
4) drink enough water.
I'm sure someone else with more experience will help you out. But since I relate to your story....my advice is to make little changes. figure what is the problem?