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KELLIEBEAN Posts: 2,812
11/20/13 12:30 P

I completely identify with how you feel in front of family.I hope you find a way to be extremely proud of what you have accomplished so far.

If anyone make an insensitive comment about you at this point it is just that...insensitve and most likely they are jealous because they don't take as good a care of themselves as you have done for yourself.

Strict diet and over-the-top workouts are a recipe for disappointment, and could be dangerous to boot!



JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 972
11/20/13 9:55 A

10lbs is not going to come off in a week. Even if the scale says that you are 10lbs lighter, it won't be true weight loss and would pop right back. And since you know that the measures that you are taking are extreme, you also know that what you are doing is not good for you mentally, nor physically - and there are all sorts of reasons why this extreme approach has not led to scale movement.

One, most people, even the closest people to me, never really noticed just 10lbs of weight loss, so unless you are very short, the likelihood that your family will realize that you gained is slim. If any one says anything, I would just say that "I'm about the same" because in the grand scheme of things, you are. You are still further ahead than when you started, if your ticker is accurate. Plus, it doesn't seem like you've seen them for a year. Your anxiety about it is almost guaranteed to be for naught.

Two, I have a very critical close family member, and she'll find something to make a cutting remark about no matter what. If that is your situation, let it go. The only thing you can control is your own thoughts and actions. That person or people will find something to criticize that will be hurtful or potentially hurtful no matter what you do.

Three, I had about 6 months where I did not lose very much if any at all and was up and down a little here and there. At some point about 6 months ago, I had to take a look at myself and ask, "Why am I doing this? Where do I want to be?" I had to find my reasons again, and then I had to take a hard look at my behavior. Too many untracked licks here and there, too many untracked "cheat" days, too much complacency in my workouts. I recommitted to tracking and mixed up my workouts. I started ST more seriously (which I think was really key) and now I'm 1lb from goal. It wasn't fast, but it has happened.

Be proud of what you have accomplished and have managed to keep off for a year. Then figure out what you want to do from here.

Edited by: JAMIRBLAZE at: 11/20/2013 (09:56)
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11/20/13 9:45 A

Dear Jess,

The other respondents hit the nail squarely on the head. Let me put it another way. You have fallen into hat I call "The calories in/calories out trap." It isn't that simple. Your metabolism is like a gas tank in a car. It will run for a few miles on vapors, but it won't run for very long.It takes fuel to make an engine run efficiently and you aren't putting enough fuel in the tank.

In order to metabolize fat stores in your body, the brain releases hormones into the bloodstream. The blood carries these hormones and binds them to the energy from the food being digested in your intestines (carbohydrates) then carries these bonded molecules to the cells. In the cells the bonded molecule attaches that carbohydrate energy to the energy in the fat cell in order to "burn" those energy fat) reserves. This is an over-simplification and It seems counter intuitive, but that's biochemistry.

Because you are starving yourself, your brain isn't releasing the hormones necessary to metabolize the excess energy you are storing as fat. In fact, since you are not losing any weight, it seems your body is releasing stress hormones that actually cause you to hold onto your reserves.

So, do yourself a favor and stop stressing over 10 pounds. Adopt the attitude of "it comes of when it comes off" and fuel your engine. Then see if the weight doesn't come off more quickly.

Good luck over the holidays, I'm sure everyone will think you look great.



CAPTATHLETICA SparkPoints: (3,150)
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11/20/13 8:29 A

If you are really considering 2 servings of protein powder to be 2 full healthy meals, that is your biggest mistake right there. Powder can't make up for fresh vegetables, lean meats, and healthy grains. Your body is starving. Like the first responder stated, if you don't eat enough your body will limit your ability to burn calories because it does not want to starve. Remember, the way you think and the way your brain thinks are 2 entirely seperate things. Your brain is programmed to survive no matter what. Eat more HEALTHY food along with exercise. You might not lose 10 pounds in a week, but you will have at least started the process. Good luck. Stop starving yourself. Starving yourself before a holiday that we usually gorge on will cause you even more weight gain.

LEC358 SparkPoints: (9,740)
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11/20/13 8:23 A

Don't beat yourself up so much! You've lost 40lbs so far, that's AMAZING!

First of all, starvation diets just make your body hold on to all the weight that it can since it doesn't know when the next energy supply will be coming. That's why SP recommends a calorie deficit under 1000 calories each day. No one should be eating less than about 1200 calories or so.

Are you using the calorie tracker here on SP? If not, set it up and it will give you a range of calories to eat each day in order to lose the weight you want.

The other thing is that if you're very close to a healthy weight anyway, the weight will come off more slowly and weight loss is never, ever, a linear process. You lose some, you gain some, some weeks your weight doesn't change. It's a long term process.

Best of luck!

Edited by: LEC358 at: 11/20/2013 (08:24)
JESSDARKLIGHTER Posts: 16
11/20/13 6:56 A

So I'm supposed to see my immediate family for thanksgiving and I've gained 10 pounds or so since the last time I saw them despite the fact that I have barely lapsed on diet and exercise. I decided to step it up and try to lose that 10 pounds before I have to explain to my family that I'm failing in my desire for better health. For three days now I have limited my diet to two meals of protein powder and one medium meal of mostly vegetables. I've also worked out with a video created by the producers of insanity, but of a lower intensity. And I've drank about a gallon of water a day. So why the hell hasn't the scale moved at all? Not even by a .1? How in the world am I ever going to lose any weight at all when the most extreme measures I can take produce no result? I just want to cry.

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