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SPARKLER869 Posts: 3
7/23/13 12:20 A

Thank you very very much!!

COACH_TANYA Posts: 3,815
7/22/13 3:37 P

Remember that your body is suppose to change and develop from a child's body into a woman's body. Take a step back and look at a 10 year old body of a girl and then look at the body of a 25 year old woman. Look at the differences you see in arms, legs, core - related to muscle definition as well as the curves of the waist, hips and thighs. This is NORMAL and part of development. I think some body image issues come from wanting to keep a little girls body but that is not how it is suppose to happen. If you have a 15 year old under developed body at 25 would you feel happy, sexy, and desirable at that point in your life? Remember that you are "working through" the growth and development stage of your life and that means change in size, shape and the number on the scale and that IS normal.

Now having said that, your current weight for your height seems to be right on track for a developed woman. Focus on making sure what you are eating is providing your body with all the important key nutrients (protein, calcium, iron etc) and exercise to develop tone and shape to be fit not to be a certain number on the scale. It is sort of like a show size, your friend might have a smaller foot and wear a smaller size but does that really mean anything? Smaller, doesn't mean better it just means different. Healthy and strength of body and mind is what is most important and most attractive.

Use this article to focus on nutrient rich choices. Limit yourself to checking in on the scale one time a month to be sure you are still on track (the week after your period is best). Set fitness goals like doing 10 boy style push ups or holding a plank pose for 60 seconds instead of exercising for weight reasons. You will be amazed how exciting it is to set fitness goals and reach them! And how your body changes in shape as you do.

Weight is a number and nothing else and you are NOT your weight. You don't need to count calories but you do need to meet your nutrient needs from three meals and one or two snacks. Use this article to help you accomplish this and you will be good to go!

A Teen's Guide to Nutrition & Healthy Eating
What You Need to Know about Nutrients, Calories and More

Coach Tanya

SPARKLER869 Posts: 3
7/20/13 4:18 A

I'm recovering from an eating disorder after losing 42 pounds and then gaining 20 back. I'm 120 right now and 5'3'', but I desperately want to be healthy and fit. I'm just scared that if I try to diet or exercise, I'll slip back into old habits.

Is anyone else going through this? Any advice on how I should approach eating or exercise? Thank you! xo

Edited by: SPARKLER869 at: 7/21/2013 (22:38)
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