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First of all Is weight watchers/Nutrisystem help keep the pounds off in the long term? Hoping for any answer or 2. 2nd question I got is.. So I'm rather sheepishly returning to the fold after being off plan for an extended time period..

For those of you who don't know I lost 60 pounds from December 1-March 15 of this last year and then things got derailed and have regained 41.2 lbs from my lightest..

I've changed my screen name to discobolus 2.0 because I'm approaching this as a re-start, and my W8book ticker is going to reflect the same..

These last few months I've found new motivation for this weight loss. I recently came back from vacation at Grand Teton National Park and fell in love with the place. Even at my weight I did a 10 mile hike in the mountains but knew my weight was holding me back from doing more. It is now my motivation to get down to 225 and go back next summer and climb the Grand Teton (13,770 feet) with the help of the Exum Mountain Guides and do a 3-4 day hiking and camping trip in the mountains. All this will require that I lose enough weight to get off my CPAP for sleep apnea, because CPAP and wilderness are not really compatible. These are lofty goals, but I think doable in 1 year...

Comments (17)

Ye, but... you might wanna make sure and wait for another member to confirm this as I am unsure of myself. Better yet, why don't you e-mail the Nutrisystem guys because they can give you help better...

Comment #1

Hey Disco!! Welcome back, Doc!! Good to hear from you again..

Like Better said, having a specific goal really helps. For me it was our annual beach vacation. I had a photo of myself in swim trunks from last year at 300+ lbs that was amazingly disgusting. It triggered the decision to be as buff as possible by this year. Keeping that in mind the entire time really helped me stay focused and it worked! Focusing on your next Teton hike is a GREAT one. Go for it! Just visualize yourself skampering up and down the mountains like a young mountain goat..

Seriously, keep that in front of you and you'll do it. It's amazing what the human body can do if we just take charge..

Gordon..

Comment #2

Welcome back Disco. I always enjoyed your post in the past, especially when a medical question was involved. Thats a fantastic goal and you know how to get there. Look forward to seeing you around again...

Comment #3

Welcome back to Nutrisystem, and good luck on your weight loss journey!..

Comment #4

Good luck on the re-start, it always helps to have a great goal to aim towards...

Comment #5

Discobolus 2.0.

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Welcome back,.

May you reap your hearts desire...

Comment #6

Welcome back Dr. D.! Your medical knowledge has always been extremely valuable to the Men here...

Comment #7

You can do...You just need to make it one of our priorities..

Best of luck,.

Clark..

Comment #8

Welcome back Disco 2.0..

I too have had to be on CPAP for the last couple years. I didn't know that I was able to get off of it after all my weight loss. Is that true?.

I still use it, however, I do notice that I wake up at night with a belly full or air..

I am set to the highest setting I think...20..

I wonder if I could start weaning myself off of it..

I'm just worried of falling asleep at night and never waking up again..

Comment #9

Mulewhipper,.

Although weight loss can often help, some people are not able to get off CPAP when they loose weight. I've had patients who lost 10 or 20 lbs and were able to get off CPAP and others who lost 50 or even 100 lbs and who still needed CPAP..

Given your weight loss, you should ask to be restudied and if necessary to be re-titrated. Very few people require that much pressure..

Sleep-related questions always interest me (I'm boarded in sleep disorders medicine), but I won't overstay my welcome here...

Comment #10

Yes, I'm in my final year of residency for internal medicine...

Comment #11

To reiterate what circulate said, I would get another sleep study with titration of your CPAP pressure, 20 is quite high and can probably be brought down..

Not all sleep apnea improves with weight loss because it's not always caused by obesity. I'm just hoping I'm one who does improve with weight loss. I don't mind my machine at all, but you can't take it out in the wilderness for extended periods because although CPAP batteries exist they only last for 1-2 nights and the extra weight would be prohibitive...

Comment #12

Cool. My sister did that. She was a chief at one of the hospitals in NYS. She has not specialized further. Will you?..

Comment #13

You are welcome here with that high of a content (occasionally). Much better than the typical "Poly said something mean about my thread, let me harumph on in here"...

Comment #14

Disco.

, Welcome back. I was talking to another weight loss traveler yesterday who got off his CPAP after a 20% loss of body weight. For him that was 60 pounds.....so your first target is...82 pounds....Best of luck...

Comment #15

Are you thinking of pshrynk? He hasn't posted in a long while...

Comment #16

I wish you the best on this weight loss journey. I bet you are a sharp doc. Think that getting you lean will help instruct patients, lead staff, etc. As an example...

Comment #17

That's a beautiful pic, Disco. I can see where you're getting your inspiration. Looking forward to the "after" pic with the same background!.

Gordon..

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