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CARMKAR
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9/11/12 4:35 P

Hey Steelersgirl,

I 100% relate to what you're going through, you are definitely not alone. All through college I restricted and stayed between 95-110 pounds through most of it. Once I graduated I decided to have a "fun summer" and ate/drank whatever I wanted, and gained about 10 pounds to my current 120, which is my highest ever (I'm pretty short). Anyway, I have been on sparkpeople for about a year and have been gaining and losing the same 3 pounds, even while exercising and eating healthier than I have ever been. I feel like I too completely messed up my metabolism and am unable to lose any weight for good....Also I am still at a healthy weight, but I am afraid it will keep just going up and up, and I feel uncomfortable at the weight I am. All I can say is just keep doing what you're doing...bodies change as you get older and perhaps we just have to accept this (some days I am good at believing this...most I'm not). Anyway, hang in there! The fact that you are healthy is awesome. It will pay off down the road. emoticon



STEELERSGIRL37
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9/11/12 3:31 P

SP_COACH_NANCY, thanks so much for responding. I think it's a great idea to talk to a dietician. I think that's what the other poster recommended too. I'll check out the articles you suggested as well.

PS I created a new SP account to get a fresh start--I have actually been a member for four years.



STEELERSGIRL37
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9/11/12 3:27 P

Thanks ARCHIMEDESII for taking the time to respond. You are totally right about me for sure. I'm 28, and I have a healthy BMI and weight. I have gone through a lot of changes in the last four years. I got married, lost all that weight, moved several times from OH to DC to VA to SC, went from college, to working, to being a full time law student.

I do not NEED to lose any weight. I just want to! More precisely, I want to fit into my clothes comfortably--the ones I wore last year, and the last 3 years. Its probably a bit unrealistic since I was "starving" when I was in that size. You are probably right though--my body may not want to go back to that size. I just feel like a bit of a failure in that I'm working out, eating healthy, and yet can barely squeeze into my clothes. I'm a perfectionist in most areas and a little of a control freak. I want to control my body and I'm disciplined enough to control most things--just not this. Does that make sense?

Anyhow, I think its definitely possible that I trained my body to hold onto fat due to starvation mode. That's all on my shoulders. I just wonder if I can retrain it to release fat?



SP_COACH_NANCY
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9/11/12 3:27 P

Hi Steelersgirl,

The good new is, one cannot permanently mess up her metabolism. Your body will adapt to whatever you throw it's way. That being said. reading your post, I would recommend that you talk with your doctor about getting help for your issues. It may be that meeting with a Registered Dieitian will help you have a better understanding as to how to get back on track without the fear of gain. Remember food is more than something yummy to eat. It is fuel to keep your body functioning on a daily basis.

Below are a few links to SparkPeople articles you may find helpful.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=812


www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=1703


Coach Nancy



ARCHIMEDESII
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9/11/12 3:00 P

STEELERSGIRL37,

I'm not sure you're exact age, but one of your Spark teams is for 20 somethings. So, I'm going to assume you're in your twenties.

Here's the thing, as we age, our bodies do change. While we'd all love to be the same weight or size we were when we were in high school, that's just not the norm. Most women do put on a little bit of weight. And that's perfectly normal.

One thing to consider is that even though you want to lose 5-10 pounds, you may not need to lose. Your body may be at a very healthy weight for your height. How tall are you and what is your current weight ? If your BMI is anywhere from 19-25, that's considered a healthy weight.

Women tend to be really hard on themselves. We think we need to lose when we really don't. When is the last time you had a full physical ? If you haven't had a physical in a long time, I'm going to recommend that you do. That year of eating less than 500 calories per day probably means your body is deficient in many vital nutrients and minerals. If so, that would be one reason you're finding it difficult to lose.

Another reason is because you've trained your body to conserve fat instead of release fat. You basically spent a year starving your body. Now that you're eating, your body is saving fat to be ready for the next famine. How to release fat ? That's where the doctor's appoint comes in. You need to find out if you really need to lose. If your doctor thinks you do, then they can refer you to a dietitian who can help you craft a proper meal plan.

With all the exercise you're doing, your basically starving your body again. If you are eating 1200 calories a day and let's say you're burning 500 with exercise. that means your body is only getting 700 calories a day to function. That's just not enough to fuel a healthy woman's day !!

If you're going to exercise more, you need to eat more to have enough calories to exercise and perform your normal daily routine. Eating too little and exercising too much is hindering any weight loss.

But once again, talk to your doctor because you may not need to lose. And if they do think you should lose, you really should be talking to a registered dietitian.







STEELERSGIRL37
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9/11/12 2:32 P

Hi everyone. I will apologize right away for making such a long post. I would appreciate any advice that anyone may be willing to share. I want to give my background information first so you know where I am coming from.

I joined SP in 2008. I started using the nutrition and fitness trackers and I followed it exactly and began losing weight. I went from 155 to 135 in about a year. I stayed at 135 for a while and felt pretty good. Then, I think I started comparing myself to others and decided that since lowering my calories made me lose so much weight, I would cut them beyond my SP range and so that I would lose enough to be in a certain jeans size. Iím ashamed to say that I went down to 900 daily calories, then 700 and stayed there for about a year. Then 600, and down to 500, and I was at that range for about a year. Over that year or so, I lost about 10 more pounds and went down in size (like I wanted). I actually felt greatóI had enough energy, etc. I even exercised by walking a lot. I think I tricked myself into feeling like I defied science or somethingóthat while other people may need 1200 or 1400 cals to lose weight, my maintenance level was hundreds of cals lower.

About a year ago, I finally snapped out of this mindset and it dawned on me that what I was doing was unhealthy. Being so obsessive and not allowing myself to eat when I was hungry was NOT good. I knew I had to at least get up to 1000 calories and I did. Then I went to 1200 calories. I am proud to say that I have been doing that for over a year now and I havenít slipped back into the 500 cals max mindset even once. Even though my body changed in the way I didnít wantóit got bigger.

The problem that Iím having is that I really want to lose fat. When I began eating more, I made sure to eat healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lots of protein, healthy fat. I added nuts, eggs, and more fish into my diet. I donít deprive myself and will eat a dessert when I want to, making sure that it fits into my range. For the last few months, I have also been working out a lot more. I still take walks. Plus, I started running 3 miles around 3 days per week. I also alternate that with doing Jillian Michaels videos 3-4 days per week. I do ďRipped in 30Ē and ďBurn Fat, Boost Metabolism,Ē both of which are hard for me to do but I give them my all and I can tell itís a great workout for me. They both include 30-45 min circuit workouts using 5 lb weights in a strength section, along with a cardio and abs section. I have noticed that I seem to have a lot more muscle. However, I have not lost any inches since I began working out a lot more. In particular, my legs, butt, and hips are all a good size or two bigger! Itís very discouraging to me.

I am wondering if I have completely screwed up my metabolism. My maintenance amount should be around 1700 calories. SPís range for me is 1200-1550. However, eating at 1200 has made me gain 6-7 pounds and hold onto it consistently for months. Even burning 1500 calories a week doesnít cause me to lose inches or pounds. I have even tried eating 1400 or 1600 calories for a day or two and then going back to 1200 calories but I havenít seen any difference. I really want to be able to fit into my clothes but they are very tight and some of them I canít wear at all. I am hoping that "calorie cycling" will help me. What do you all think? Thank you in advance!



 
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