Beware of caregiver weight gain!

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I'm gaining weight and don't like it one bit! Being confined to the house 24/7 and not getting out enough is putting the pounds on me. I have the type of body where I can look at a piece of pie and gain 5 pounds.....you get the idea. The grind and boredom of being a full time caregiver to my elderly mother has given an already hefty appetite.....more momentum. I'm am starting a "strict diet" tomorrow and will keep you all posted on my success. I would like to hear from others who have gained weight from being "tied down" in their role as caregiver.

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Every time something from this thread pops up in my news feed I get hungry. Maybe I need to stop following? 🙄
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Hi. I live with my mother who is still pretty independent. She comes from a large family and does grocery shopping (and other shopping) for several reasons. 1) one to get out of the house. 2) she buys stuff 'because I got a good deal' etc. She buys stuff for me i think as gratitude for my help and having me around the house. I have asked her not to buy stuff for me. I will take full responsibility for putting it into my mouth but it would be great if it wasn't around.
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I'm checking it out for sure. Money is not the only deciding factor, but, why pay too much if I don't have to? My brother and his family attend the Y and that's a plus, but, they go at night and I would mainly be there in the day.
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Sunny, I wasn't a student when I went there; that's why the hours of use were restricted - students first, families second, and the rest of us last.

The friend who told me about this wasn't a student either. But it also might just have been a policy at that community college.
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I will check with the local community college to see what they may offer in the form of gym opportunities. Somehow, I'm not sure that they would let me utilize their facilities, if I'm not a student.

My mom makes great fudge and that's all I have each Christmas. She makes a large assortment for the family and also gives some away as gifts. She makes enough for me to take some to my office and to give the staff at my LO's MC as a nice gift. The MC staff really look forward to it.

What I now keep in mind is that some treats are not my friend. I can have them, but, not hang with them too much. lol I remind myself that the problem is not having one piece of fudge on Christmas Eve. The problem is to have 6 pieces on Christmas Eve and some everyday for the next week! lol I'm learning that moderation is the key and that a little bit is just fine.
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Think I’m gonna peruse the Sees website. No calories or fat grams in just looking, right?
I’ll google Mackinaw Island fudge while I’ll at it - maybe I’ll get lucky and find some that ships. So naughty!!!
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RainMom, if you're ever in the Michigan area and visit Mackinaw Island, you must try their fudge. It's thick, creamy and literally decadent. But it's delicious.

I've had See's candies and they're very creamy; love them, but it's too easy to eat too many and get a sugar headache. But there's a certain lightness to them that I like.

For homemade fudge, have you tried a real simple recipe of 12 oz. of Hershey's chips, about 1/2 tsp. of vanilla (if desired), nuts (if desired), and a can of condensed milk? It doesn't seem grainy to me, just decadently delicious and fattening. I do have the strength to hold off making any until the first blizzard, when I'll be able to work off the calories.


CWillie, we're only mentioning, and dreaming, but I'm sure we all have enough will power to resist (smirking as I write this knowing that I don't have that will power).


Ms. Madge, if you get any cranberry orange truffles, you can have a few pieces for me. That reminds me of a delicious cranberry orange relish I had when Trader Joe's first opened in the area in which my sister lives. It was the best cran relish I've ever had - fresh and light, not heavy with sugar.
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Sunnygirl, the peppermint ice cream is so special that sometimes you can see Sugar Plum fairies dancing in your mind as you imagine watching the Nutcracker and lithe dancers in fluffy pastels.

Are you anywhere near a community college or a city that has a fitness center? Years ago I learned that the county community college had a fitness center in the upscale campus branch. It was something like $10 for a year and a nominal fee (maybe $3??) for each visit. There were time limits, as students if I recall were given priority.

The gym was well equipped, not just dozens of treadmill and ellipticals but a really good variety of other equipment, some of which I had never seen during the varied rounds of therapy I had had at hospital outpatient gyms.

One of the local communities also has a fitness center, with rates that are reasonable (last time I checked it was something like $10 or $20 for nonresident membership). Residents did have priority times though.

Over a decade ago one of the local hospitals built its own fitness center, in part I suspect to channel rehab patients to a facility at which the hospital could bill Medicare for rehab, as opposed to patients going to a private, commercial company that provided limited rehab at the patient's home.

I was enthused until I went for a tour and was asked to sign the indemnification agreement even before I saw the facility. I kept the agreement, with the intent of contacting the hospital or complaining to someone about the indemnification requirement, but eventually decided not to bother as I suspected nothing would be done, and that monitoring agencies or the hospital probably wouldn't find it as objectionable as I did.

But do try community colleges and adjoining neighborhoods (especially ones with good senior outreach programs, not just casino trips).
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Rainmom
I have the recipe for See's fudge - used to make it every year for mom's Xmas party

They have a special November truffle assortment - pecan and a cranberry orange

I think instead of cleaning the bathroom today I'll head to See's which is right next door to Starbucks
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Does it actually have coffee in it Rainmom? I dunno, sounds kind of strange.

Does anyone else think it's kind of counter productive to keep mentioning all these delicious foods on a weight loss thread? To heck with weight loss, now I'm hungry!
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