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Elmindarina Tue 08-Nov-16 08:12:40

Hello, just wondering if anyone else is in, or has been in, a similar position?
This year I had breast cancer. All treatment in finished now except for long term hormonal treatment in the form of tamoxifen. I'm 33.
My oncologist recommended trying to become a bit leaner and to maintain a healthy weight. I'm 5'5" and weigh 10st 7lbs, so not technically overweight but at the top end of a healthy BMI. I'm really struggling to lose anything at all recently. I've lost about a stone since finishing chemo just through eating healthily (the steroids and sickness really messed up my eating habits). Recently been trying the 5:2 diet and like what the doctor who publicised it had to say about cancer prevention. But it's just not working. I'm logging everything on MFP and have one cheat meal per week and one glass of wine.
Anyone been here? Is it the hormones? It's so bloody frustrating. I can't fit into my pre-cancer jeans and it's getting me down...which is ridiculous, because I'm healthy abd should be grateful for that, but it's how I feel.
And I'exercising too - run for 30mins 3 times a week and am generally active with school runs etc.
Thanks for reading.

Dowser Tue 08-Nov-16 12:02:27

Gosh. I wouldn't have thought there was a problem with your weight and height.
Have you tried cutting out sugar...that immediately cuts out a lot of calorie laden foods.
Sugar is supposed to be detrimental for cancer too isn't it?

Good that you've beaten this awful disease.

Sleeptillnoon Sun 27-Nov-16 20:46:53

Hi Elmindarina, I'm in the same boat as you, trying to lose weight after breast cancer. I haven't started tamoxifen yet (just in the middle of rads) but have started Zoladex to switch off my ovaries which will obviously induce the menopause.

Weight gain seems to be a very common side effect of all the hormonal medication post-BC and the thought of losing the 1.5st+ that I need to lose is very daunting! I've started Slimming World and have found the weekly weigh in to be a useful motivator for me but I know it's likely to get harder to lose the weight once the Zoladex kicks in and I start on the tamoxifen.

Sorry I don't really have any advice for you, just wanted to commiserate and let you know that you're not alone!

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