Hi, I'm a 55 year woman - very young at heart but increasingly feeling older and older in my body! I've been overweight for a good 15 years and have tried all the usual diets, gym membership etc. I've recently been diagnosed with liver cirrhosis, not as result of alcohol consumption but of obesity. It started with fatty liver disease and progressed to cirrhosis. I have one way of possibly preventing any more damage to my liver, and that is to lose weight. You would think that would be pretty good incentive. So did I when I was given the diagnosis almost a year ago. Yet here I am, having lost over a stone, and having put it back on again, around the same weight as the day I was given the scariest news I've ever had. What is wrong with me!? Liver failure is not a way anyone would choose to die, it's very unpleasant from what I've read. I've never smoked in my life, and have always been one of those people to react with disbelief at stories about someone who has lung cancer but carries on smoking...but I'm the same! I have a lifelong unhealthy relationship with food. I am addicted to food. I've read into the various weight loss surgeries, thinking I'd get a loan an go for that option, but the reports vary so much and there are substantial risks involved, and they don't work for everybody.
My other issue is that I now have a painful hip which doesn't encourage me to be mobile, in fact, even walking my dogs now is a painful exercise, but I have not sought help from my GP as I know they'll say that I need to lose weight!!
I am going to try and start the couch to 5k (I've done it in the past with a modicum of success) perhaps take some painkillers before settling out, and rub in some ibuprofen gel to take the edge off the pain.
Does anyone else have mobility issues that is still following the programme?
Sorry for the long post.....