All of a sudden, I seem to have ballooned out and gained 10-15 lbs. and can't seem to lose it.

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I can't figure if this is caregiver stress from a bad case of insomnia and eatting ice cream late at night, family concerns or even just part of getting older (I am 63)---maybe all of it. I am usually about 120-125 lbs. I finally had to just go and get some new clothes as I couldn't fit in my regular wardrobe. This is totally new for me. My health even seems to be taking a toll, with newly diagnosed arthritis in my feet ....very painful to even walk. Any insight, ideas? cadams

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I realized recently that anger also seems to add weight as I don't
seem to digest food very well when angry and it just sits like a rock in
my belly...... especially when family in town!!! May have to limit time
with family even further.........
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Last year when I started taking care of my mom and managing all of her affairs, I gained 30 lbs. It's stress. Things have calmed down a little and I've got a better grip on the situation and have been able to curb my eating however, I'm only able to lose 1 or 2 lbs/wk, if that. Just know that down the road, things won' t always be in such a mess. When they iron themselves out, you can stop the ice cream late at night (probably the worst thing you could eat) and take hold of the weight gain.
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Thanks for your suggestions re weight gain. I will look into your suggestions and try them out. I need to do something.
For new clothes, I did find some simple, inexpensive and pretty day dresses at Target, Walmart and even Walgreens! I also like the new style of slacks at Kohls that are billowy and with large pockets. I find these super-comfortable and pretty and not so aware of the weight gain. I'm just passing this along to you all so you can shine as the beautiful devoted caregivers you are!
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I'm going to guess that Bethy turned off the hugs and her email notifications for a reason. Who knows, maybe grandma flew into a rage when she saw one of our answers in the email - or maybe someone else in the house.

Bethy, I'm praying for you, and I hope you are ok. You can call call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or go online at thehotline.org Even grandma keeping you in your bedroom qualifies as domestic abuse. There is help if you will allow people to help you.
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So amazing how familiar this all sounds! Over the past few years I had lost 40 pounds and was doing so well. Then Mom and Dad moved in with us. I gained 25 pounds this first year they have been here. I know what to do and how to eat, but somewhere in there I just stopped caring about me. Food became a great comfort and it didn't matter to me what I ate. Finally stepped on the scales and am facing what has happened. Hard to find the strength or time I need for me even though I know I must.
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Constant stress changes our hormones and makes it easier to gain weight even if you are hardly eating anything. Especially belly fat. Cortisol is terrible for you google it. I already have a thyroid issue and EVERY time I have had huge stress my entire life I have put on 10-20 lbs. If I get out of this madhouse and go up to help with MY parents (a lesser madhouse ) I loose 5 lbs in a week. LOL, I eat like a bird seriously . Some thing when cheating ExH left lost 30 lbs in 6 weeks...no more stress!
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When my mom first got sick and I had to deal with that and moving dad in, I droppped 20 lbs in a month or so. Now that they have been here for a year I have gained it all back. Sometimes I just want to eat, it soothes my stomach, where I hold all my stress. I have got to do something too!
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you too, cadams! :-)
aquatics if you have the time to get away, or good soft shoes with arch supports and a bike if walking is hurting too much!!
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bookluvr, alternate strength training with the treadmill or maybe get a bike so you can mix it up, not be bored, and preserve a little muscle mass. don't let YOU get debilitated, deconditioned, and frail to the point you'll NEED a caregiver instead of being one! even those dumb little shake weights for that 6 minute routine could spice things up a bit. I have to push myself to take the time for a workout too, but when I do I feel so much better I can't imagine why I ever let myself slack off...
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Stress, menopause, not exercising at all and eating ice cream every night for weeks now. I'm skinny but my stomach and upper thigh are blossoming. I keep buying bigger pants all because I don't have the incentive to cut back late night snacking and walking the treadmill in my bedroom.
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