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FIRSTBB24 Posts: 572
6/27/13 8:18 P

Thank you! Yes I think that is what has happened. No more cookies and extra treats. I used to eat those at night and never gain a lb. I was 125 for years and now this 10lbs came on all of a sudden. Its horrible! I'm going to really try. I'd be happy just losing the 5 so I can at least fit into my clothes

FIRSTBB24 Posts: 572
6/27/13 8:16 P

I have not been tracking my food. But I eat about the same amount everyday, exercise etc....I am used to eating a box of cookies and not gaining a lb. Is this just catching up to me?? I really do think my metabolism has hit a halt. I'm almost 30 and maybe I just have to work even harder,

FIRSTBB24 Posts: 572
6/27/13 8:13 P

Yes! I agree, I am just in shock from the 10lb gain. It won't come off and I think that's why I am upset. I've tried dieting,working out etc. Never changed anything and all of a sudden hello?? 10lbs where did you come from?? I guess now all I can do it learn to accept it and maybe tone up a bit.

FIRSTBB24 Posts: 572
6/27/13 8:11 P

Yes i'm trying to undertand it BUT I just thought I would've gained that weight in my early 20's not almost 30? Just a little confused and really don't like it! I could cheat and never gain and ounce. I guess it's hello 30's!

FIRSTBB24 Posts: 572
6/27/13 8:08 P

Hi I am 5'3 so i'm not technically overweight BUT I can't undertstand where this came from over the course of 6ish months, when all along I've maintained a 125lbs.My dr is a little concerned but not to much. I had blood work done monday to rule my thyroid and anything else out.I'm pretty sure its fat lol. My clothes are snug and I can barely get them on. I have tried for the last few months and I cannot lose it. I feel like it crept up and now i'm stuck!

NIRERIN Posts: 14,124
6/27/13 9:06 A

assuming you do have the 10lbs to lose, you need to first find out where you are maintaining your current weight. once you have that, you need to eat no more than 250 cals under that a day. if you're trying to lose 2lbs, heck even 1lb per week, that's going to be too great a deficit for someone with so little weight to lose. and that's just going to confuse your body.
one other thing to remember is that as we age, our bodies burn fewer calories. it's only about ten cals a day past about 24/25, but those ten cals a day add up to about a pound the first year. and the second year, that adds up to 2lbs and so forth. you have two options on how to deal with this. option one is to eat a tiny bit less for each year you get older [in other words, if you were in balance at 1990 cals when you were 25, you need to be aiming for 1980 at 26, 1970 and 27 and so on]. the other option is to be a tiny bit more active every day as you get older [in other words, go for more walks]. it's pretty typical for this to be catching up to you right about the time you hit 30.
so you don't need to be doing drastic things, you just need to be making tiny adjustments.

6/27/13 8:42 A

Like the other posters have said it could be that you are at a healthy weight for your height. There is quite a range for healthy according to the BMI charts. At 5'4" I could be anywhere from 110-140 to be considered healthy. High school weight, I was just thinking about this yesterday. I hit 120lbs briefly on the weekend after a bike race in high humidity (just water loss btw) but the last time I remember being 120lbs was in high school.

My thoughts on your weight gain are if you've been steady for over 10 years like you said in your OP and you blood work comes back okay then you need to take a good looks at what you've changed diet and exercise wise in the last few months.

Do you track your food?
Have you changed your macronutrient ranges? ie. eating more carbs and less fat OR more protein and less carbs
Have you started eating something new or given up eating something recently?
Have you put on more muscle from weight training?

There are a lot of variables at play. If you make your nutrition tracker public or friend me I can take a look at your tracker and try and offer a better informed response.

Best to you,

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6/27/13 8:28 A

I've had the same issue; but at the same time, I see girls who are IN high school, and they have NO curves!! I would rather have a more developed body with my muscle and curves than their stick figures any day :)

6/27/13 7:50 A

It took a long time for me to figure out Anarie's point when I was in my mid-20s too. I was very obsessed with getting back to my high school size (115). At 123 lbs I realized that my hip bones were jutting out and unless I literally shaved the bone down (lol) I was not going to be the size as my high school self. Then I figured out that my body didn't look good at 120-125 because of this issue, and I'm trying to learn to love the mature body I have now at 32.

I'm trying to stay between 130-135 these days, but I do a lot of muscle training so my body looks good IMO.

ANARIE Posts: 13,160
6/27/13 4:13 A

How tall are you? Did this weight gain make you overweight, or did it just bring you higher in the healthy BMI range?

As weird as this may sound, it could be that you just finished growing. Most women have one last "filling out" growth spurt in their early twenties, but it sounds as if you missed that. You could be having it now. As a very general rule, if you're not overweight at 18, it's actually not normal to be the same weight all the way from your late teens into your adult life. You might not get taller, but your bones thicken and you develop more breast tissue, more of the necessary fat around your hips, and even more blood. It's unusual for this to happen so late, but it might be a good thing, not a bad one, as far as general health goes. (Again, this is all assuming you're not extremely short. If you're only 5'0", then it's a different story.)

Is your doctor concerned, or did s/he just order the blood work to calm you down? The tests may tell if there's a problem. If it doesn't clarify things, the next step is a body composition test to find out whether those 10 extra pounds are fat or whether they're bone and muscle. Talk to your doctor about getting a bone density scan that also reports your body fat and lean tissue percentages. If your insurance won't cover that, there are other types of body fat testing (and sometimes there are inexpensive ways to get the bone scan), but if you've got decent insurance and you stress the fact that you've been dieting, it should be covered as a baseline for later osteoporosis testing.

FIRSTBB24 Posts: 572
6/26/13 9:25 P

I just started back on spark after leaving april. I'm sooo frustrated I could scream. I have been 125lbs since I was 18 yrs old. I turned 29 back in Dec and gradually from then until a few months ago, put on 10lbs! I have tried everything to get this off. I have been eating in my calorie range working out 4x a week 40min. And have given up.I am back again on spark trying to do anything or get some advice on what to do. I have never in my life gained 10lbs in such a short period of time. I have also just had blood work done. I haven't gotten the results back yet. Did my metabolism slow down??

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