I know this may seem like a stupid question, but seriously, I can not lose weight unless a lot of exercise is involved. Years ago, as I have mentioned quite frequently, I was on Paxil and Elavil. I put a total weight of 100 pounds from these drugs. I was not overweight before taking these drugs. I went through a tough time trying to convince the doctors that it was the drugs that were making me overweight. After struggling with them, I just went off of them. The withdrawal effects were horrendous, BUT, I did lose weight without even trying when I got off of them. I lost about 20 as soon as the drugs were stopped, the rest of the weight I had to lose on my own, which at the time was much easier than now. This was back in 2000. At that time, I was able to start an exercise program to lose the rest of the weight. I was able to walk about 45 minutes a day, pretty good for having FM. I also changed my eating habits as well, but it wasn't a drastic change, the exercise is what did it, I'm convinced. I managed to lose about 70 pounds of this weight which took almost 3 years. In 2005 I got a very stressful job in a hospital which ironically, I do move a lot, but it's not the same as a cardio walking program. I also developed severe bursitis in both of my hips which travel down my legs to my knees. It is imposssible for me to come home from work now and be able to walk the way I did. Unfortunately, I put back about 40 of the 70 pounds I lost since 2005. I am frustrated, angry, that my body just will not let me do this anymore. Controlling my eating habits are just not enough anymore, and I find myself wanting to eat out of frustration and comfort from my pain issues. Gaining so much weight from the drugs just put me in a horrible position because now I have to battle this on-going weight problem on top of fatigue and pain. I cry a lot. I long for my 130 pound body that I had most of my adult life not just because I looked better, but because I felt better with less weight. Thanks for listening. Hugs, Chelz.