Weight Loss vs Ankylosing Spondylitis........Who Will Win?

  I keep saying I am going to focus more on my health. I have gained so much weight, I don't even recognize myself in the mirror. I am the heaviest I have ever been.

  My weight issues are contributed to by a number of things. If you have a chronic illness like ankylosing spondylitis, you know what I mean when I say exercising is a pain. Some days I do not feel like dragging out of bed, let alone exercise. On the days I feel well enough to exercise I usually overdo it, trying to make up for lost time. Which ends with me spending the next couple days in severe pain.

  Another contributor is my medicines. Several of my medicines have weight gain as a side effect. Just what I don't need! Why can't I have a medicine that has weight loss as a side effect?? Is there even such a medicine out there??

  Also, depression helps add to my unhealthy eating. When I start feeling down and stressed, I eat mindlessly. 

  I was barely 100 lbs when I married my husband. I actually truly believe I suffered from anorexia as a teenager. Although I was never seen by a doctor to be diagnosed with anorexia. I could eat almost a order of McDonald's fries and feel I had overeaten. I don't wish to be that small again as I can see how those years hurt my overall health.

  I'd really like to set a goal of 130-140lbs. I have to do this somehow. I need to do this for me and for my family. My husband thinks my pain would be less if I didn't weigh so much. I pray this will be true.

  So as of today, I am going to eat more veggies and fruits. I plan to drink more water. I have been trying to cut out sodas but the cravings get the best of me sometimes. I will update my journey every few weeks. Say a prayer that I can fight through this obstacle.

  Have any of you found a way to get the weight off while your body is fighting itself? Is there any exercises recommended for ankylosing spondylitis that will help with weight loss? What works for you or what definitely should be avoided? Comments appreciated.