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1/25/13 5:55 P


Thanks so much for your thoughts and concern. I am actually talking to a therapist a couple times a month. It has been a stressful year, but it's getting better. I seem to gain weight every time we move, and my husband and I have moved 3 times! (He's an academic, I'm an architect, so we have been busy trying to get our jobs to be as close as we can get them) I also switched jobs a couple of times. I was laid off ... but things are looking up at my current job.

I don't think I have Body distortion - I'm trying to lose weight that I have gained over the last 1-2 years... BMI says the healthy range is 125-150 for my height 5'6". I think 125 would be too low - the lowest I have ever been is 135. Also, my body fat percentage is 25% The trainer recommended 18%. I think 30% is considered overweight.

I think what may be happening, is that my body is settling into a cushier state than I want it to... I'm 31...maybe it just gets harder to stay in shape the older we get

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1/25/13 5:10 P

Hi FITNESS_ELLE - I'm sorry to hear about your injury. I know only too well what it is like to have hip pain (arthritis including spine and scoliosis.) I have lost a bucket load of weight, but it wasn't really anything to do with exercise, other than I get my walks putting my groceries and laundry away one at a time. This isn't hard on the joints; when pain starts to set in you can sit without having to go anywhere to do so; you aren't reliant on the weather; it costs nothing.

"I know I'm still in a healthy bmi / fat percentage range according to my doctor and a trainer at the gym who did a fat analysis, but I really really really want to loose at least 20 lbs. I want to get back in shape! This has been a hard year for many reasons, and I just want everything back on track."

I am wondering if there is something else going on which you DON'T have control of, and so as a result you are focusing on your weight??? Your Dr and the Trainer at the gym already have said that you are in the healthy ranges, so why want to lose another 20lb? You sound desperate! Is there a possibility that you might have a Body Image Disorder? Please have a serious talk with your Dr about what is going on and why you feel you need to lose this extra weight. It might be that you could do with a few sessions from a Therapist to help you with whatever your stressors have been that could be exacerbating your desire to lose weight.

Good luck,

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1/25/13 1:00 P


Don't beat yourself up because you turned to food in a time of stress. That is something that has happened to every single member of SP at one time or another. I don't know how long you've been a member, but I give all new members once piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself was drink 8 glasses of water today, that's still a step in the right direction.

Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time. Thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body.

Start with some simple changes first. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking your water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. Once you've finished these goals, then you set new ones. One small change can change your life.

Are you logging your food choices ? If you're not logging your food, I'm going to encourage you to start. If you don't feel comfortable logging everything, then start by logging breakfast. do that for a couple of weeks. then add lunch. keep adding meals until you are logging all your food and that might take a few weeks. Which is fine.

Studies have shown that people who log their food choices lose more weight than those who don't. Because you don't have your food diary posted, we don't know what you've been eating and we don't know how much. You could be eating too much if your portions are too large. And it's possible you might not be eating enough. Eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss too.

What to do ? Take things slowly. Take care of that cold by getting lots of rest and plenty of fluids. Keep doing your upper body exercises while your hip heals.

And this is the hardest thing, you need to relax. I'm a firm believer that stress is a neglected aspect of weight gain. If a person could reduce their stress, they'd automatically reduce their waistline. I know times are tough for many people. You do the best you can. Don't beat yourself up because you're not perfect. You don't have to be perfect to be healthy.

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1/25/13 8:49 A

Hi Fitness,

It would be so nice if life would be a smooth ride, but I believe when we are most challenged by life's obstacles is when we learn the most about the process. Most of us do just well when everything goes as planned, but it's time like you mentioned that we can learn techniques to deal with the challenges so that the next time we experience them we can move past them.

Being honest with yourself is so important and I appreciate that you shared with your fellow Sparkers eating the bread. That to me tells me you are aware of what you do. Now you just need to develop a plan not to do so the next time a similar situation comes up. It could be that you journal, go for a walk or take a nice bath to chill.

Allow your injury to heal and try to get some sleep--all essential to getting you back to running.

Take care!

Coach Nancy

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1/25/13 7:43 A

I thought I was doing ok, but this morning I weighed myself. ack! too much to even put on my ticker. I feel like I have been making a strong effort since this past summer, but I have not lost anything. sometimes I loose a couple pounds, but then the next week the scale goes back to that scary higher number.

I'm dealing with a hip injury from running on a treadmill, so all I can do are upper body weight exercises. I feel like those are all small muscles and don't burn as many calories. (not sure about that, so someone correct me if I'm wrong.)

I've also been having stressful conversations (sometimes arguments) with my husband over money. Last night after our argument I ate half a loaf of gluten-free bread. I feel so stupid for doing that. I don't know what got in to me. He also doesn't stop me, which is a relief. I grew up in a family where I was the one that always needed to loose weight (according to them.) Other people thought my parents were imagining things.

I know I'm still in a healthy bmi / fat percentage range according to my doctor and a trainer at the gym who did a fat analysis, but I really really really want to loose at least 20 lbs. I want to get back in shape! This has been a hard year for many reasons, and I just want everything back on track.

also, this past week i decided to up my workouts - I started waking up at 5am to go to a class before going to work. and now I'm sick! I kept thinking: stop complaining and just do something about it, so I woke up even earlier. Now I feel like I have a cold from not getting enough sleep and from pushing my body too hard. I also wonder if I started eating more bc of the extra workouts.

I feel incredibly frustrated. Would be happy for any support/advice. Thanks!

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