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KNIBARG SparkPoints: (14,083)
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1/2/13 8:26 P

I agree about trying to track other things than just the number on the scale. I know it is easy to start to obsess ,just try to focus on making healthy choices. emoticon

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
1/2/13 4:53 P

I would also find other ways for measuring progress than the scale if you are becoming too obsessed or letting that number between your toes determine how you feel about yourself.

"Am beginning to feel like my own body is the enemy...." This is a very troubling comment to me. I think you definitely work on the relationship with your body. It is your best friend and will carry you through life if you treat it well.

Why not log how you feel when you eat and your energy levels? Under-eating is not a good and can wreak havoc with your metabolism and body functions. Food is fuel. The goal is not to see how little fuel you can use. Do you run your car on empty to see how far you can go. Please continue to sort this out with your doctor or perhaps consult a nutritionist.

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1/2/13 4:01 P

It's probably water retention. This is normal. Try eating portions of food, drink plenty of water, tea. Add in some healthy snacks instead of food and definately throw in some fruit. This should help!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (191,704)
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1/2/13 2:04 P


Your doctor is right. It's unhealthy for a person to "obsess" about anything. Unless you ate an extra 10,500+ calories, you did not gain 3.8 pounds of fat. That gain really is nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. I can gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a change in my water. During my menstrual cycle, I can gain as much as 5-7 pounds. One week, I was close to a nine pound gain !! I knew that wasn't a true gain and that's why I didn't let it freak me out. My weight did go back down in a few days.

The scale is only one way to measure a person's success at good health and weight loss and it isn't the best. Don't fixate on the scale because there really IS more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning.

While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food. Quality of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your health, but your waistline too. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Eating too little really can hinder a person's weight loss as well as mess with their over all health. The less you eat means that your body is getting FEWER nutrients and anti-oxidants. Don't deprive your body of the calories it needs to be healthy.

Food is not the enemy. your body is not the enemy.

I'm going to recommend a book that will help you "make peace with food". In fact, the book happens to be called Making Peace with Food by Susan Kano. It's a great book.

Here's my concern and it sounds like your doctor's too, you don't want to lapse into an eating disorder to lose weight. That can happen when a person becomes obsessed with their weight and the food they eat. Definitely try to stay away from the scale. Do not let it rule your emotions. The one piece of dietary advice I would give you is to do your best to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. Popeye never gained weight by overeating his spinach. I think you'll find the more veggies you eat, the better you'll start feeling.

Remember, a person's self worth should never be determined by what they weigh.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 1/2/2013 (14:06)
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1/2/13 1:19 P

I had been obsessing about my weight, and intake calories, was under-eating and was patting myself on the back for how much food I "didn't need." My doc was alarmed, and said not to log my food for a short time and try to eat when I was hungry, and stop when I was full, and see what happens.

I did what I could, and once I started back logging the food, I slingshot and began to over-eat. I am scared of not logging, am trying to eat instictively, and have put back 3.8 pounds I've lost over the last week. Is it likely fluid retention? Yeah, but still, it's discouraging.

Don't know what to do now....conflicted about logging food again, trying to eat when I'm hungry and stop when I'm full. Heck, when did all this become so complicated???

Am beginning to feel like my own body is the enemy.....

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