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Diagnosis: 35 Years Old

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. sylvia

    You are right. The “you are 35” diagnosis is lazy medicine, PT, whatever. Don’t take it.
    Write your problems down, in detail and go to the doctor. Tell them. If their answer isn’t ‘let’s see if we can work on these problems’. move on. Find someone who will listen and who will help. They are out there. And then, tell all your friends about that person.
    I went through the same thing, at about the same time. My GP was no help, but my OB/Gyn turned out to be fantastic. He really helped me figure out the problems, was very encouraging and supportive, and took the time to follow up. If you are in the Atlanta area, his name is Bret Lewis.
    Thanks for a great blog post and all the best in your quest for a healthier body.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Oh that’s good to hear that you found someone that would listen and try to help.I think part of the problem is that the HMO I go to is overbooked all the time. They have some kind of quota and have to keep appointments to 15 minutes or less. So you get in there and it feels super rushed and like you can’t even talk to anyone because they are already mentally on their next appointment. It sucks!

  2. emmaclaire

    Oooh, that *does* sound frustrating! I really don’t like people who automatically attribute things to a certain age, but in a medical professional, that is totally bogus 🙁

    And I can relate to the invisibility cloak as well – sometimes it seems as though the sweet spot is 25-35. Younger than that you have no credibility, and older than that, you’re doddering. Irks me.

    Hope you can find a doctor who will take the time to explore the issues with you, not just write it off to a number on your driver’s license!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Who knew the sweet spot would be such a drastic change! LOL

  3. Courtney B

    The invisibility thing is just thanks to the average joe being an inconsiderate a**hole as far as I know. I’ve been invisible for years.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ugh, I hear ya. Many people are just inconsiderate and oblivious. Or narcissistic…

  4. Cindy

    That explains it. I am constantly being knocked about whenever I go anywhere and it started about 5 years ago, when I turned 35.

    It’s so frustrating when doctors take the lazy way out and pass blame on getting older. 35 isn’t old!
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Soooo glad I could help you out and explain what is happening!! 😉 I think we should get a newsletter or something on our 34th birthday explaining what is going to happen…

  5. Beth

    Just wait – being 45 ain’t no picnic either. I thought they were saying 50 is the new 30. Maybe it gets better at some point. I’ll be 46 this year – which means I’m closer to 50 than 40 – so I’ll let you know 🙂

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Or maybe 35 is the new 50???

  6. CARLA

    ahh yes I SO SO GET THIS.
    46 next month.
    that’s my DIAGNOSIS TOO.
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  7. Yum Yucky

    You and Anna are twins!! And ya, get used to the weird pains and symptoms of being old. Good thing is, you retain your ever-growing wisdom, which I wouldn’t trade in to 25 again. (Ps. I’m 42)
    Yum Yucky recently posted..Brenda is Getting Fat

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’m still waiting for my ever growing wisdom….lol

  8. Lori

    Yes. Middle aged women are ignored in society. It’s like as men get older – they are allowed to get bigger and louder and be noticed. Women are expected to become smaller and fade away.
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    1. Lisa Eirene

      Ugh. That is so gross and wrong. 🙁

  9. Karen P (@gardengirl_kp)

    I’ll tell you, I took control of my food template,body comp, sleep habits, relaxation modes, and chronic auto immune disease (Hashimotos) and I feel younger at 49 than I did at age 29 (when I had thyroid disease).

    Seek out people who feel great and young at older ages and ask them “what works for you and why do you think that” See what sticks.

    If I had adopted a “I’m going to gain weight during menopause” attitude, I would have. Instead I went through menopause during 2012 and the first year of weight maintenance because I sought out those who stayed lean during that time.

    Good luck and mindset is key. Your body will follow what you think- so think lean and health goals with the right support. I’m cheering you on for a aging better sort of framework.
    Karen P (@gardengirl_kp) recently posted..Big blog slowdown for awhile… Sleeping more,stressing less, coffee strategy for the WIN!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      Thanks Karen! I agree! I have a friend in their 60’s who is more active and probably in better shape than people half her age. She does NOT feel her age and that’s definitely what I want to be like.

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