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My body is my temple...so why did I fill it with trash?

Monday, July 12, 2010

I am a big over analyzer. I have spent hours since I was a teen going over every decision I have ever made big or small and torturing myself later if something didn't go well for me. As you can imagine I do this with my weight and eating now. Since I began my journey to better health I keep questioning "why did I chose to treat myself so poorly?".
Even as a child weight was a huge issue in my family. Almost every woman on my father's side is super morbidly obese and every woman on my mother's side places value on a human being based on weight. Fat people should be ridiculed and have less value as human beings. Both of my parents are extremely controlling and my father was emotionally abusive. He used to teach us to chant fat jokes about my mother. When I think back on it I never had a chance to be normal. My grandmother is so obsessed with weight that she used to so severely restrict the food she gave her children that my mother as a teenager was sent to school with half of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and half an apple worth of apple slices. My mother was a 3 sport varsity athlete and she remembers being so hungry that her teacher used to bring her sandwiches to school.
Growing up my mother vowed to not be the strict parent she great up with and instead filled the house with soda, candy, frozen entrées and other treats she never had. I know she did not have bad intentions but I never learned any form of structure or moderation. With a largely absentee father she raised us like a single mother. She worked 3 full time jobs and I was left to take care of my brother when I was 12 and he was 10. We cooked all of our meals which were kid friendly items like mac and cheese or heat and serve chicken parmesan. I know she did her best to raise us and I do not blame her for any of my weight issues.

I really blame myself. I used food to fill an emotional void, to bury the abuse I suffered at the hands of my father, to control the only thing my family couldn't and therefore have so power over them. I look back and I really did believe someone only could love me if I was thin. That demon does sneak into my head even now but I do my best to stop those negative thoughts before they can take control of me. Only I can take responsibility for the years of binge eating and sneaking food (even in my own house). How strange is it that in a house I pay for I hide and eat food that I buy?? Well, I used to do that anyway. I always chose the fattiest foods. The largest portion I can fit on my plate. It was always accompanied by a cocktail and a dessert. It makes me sad and angry because I really don't understand why. Why did I chose to eat until I was almost ready to vomit? Why did I chose to eat a diet of take out and bag after bag of candy? Why did I pretend, even to myself, that any of this is normal? Why did I chose to be unhappy for the last 14 years?
Two weeks ago I made the choice to stop all this negativity and move forward. I am not a victim of my family or abuse or bad choices. I chose to be happy and free and to live my life to the fullest. To be healthy and happy. To be a good partner to by fiancé and to be a good mother when I have children. To give them the gift of healthy eating and joy of exercise. Most important to give myself the gift of happiness.

  
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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/13/2010 11:26AM

    Thank you ladies! It is so nice to have so much support! I really appreciate all of you so much!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/13/2010 11:07AM

    You're an amazing person! It sounds like you've really worked through a lot of things and are COMPLETELY ready for this. We are all here to support you!
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MADEMCHE 7/12/2010 11:41AM

    Thank you for sharing this! And I am so proud of your decision to stop the negativity, it is empowering. I only wish you the very best on your journey and please know we are all here to support you every step of the way. There are so many things in your storey that are so familiar to me, I completely understand where you are coming from and I know what a huge change it is to go from thinking that someone can only love you when you are thin to actually liking who you are right at this moment no matter what size you are. Powerful stuff! Way to go!

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WANDAC2013 7/12/2010 11:32AM

    Great job! It does no good to analyze, re-analyze, etc. You realize your body is your temple....now treat it that way forever! Best wishes on your journey!!!

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Feeling smaller

Sunday, July 11, 2010

I have never been a small woman. Being 5'10" and a D cup in the 5th grade I get a lot of questions about if I am from viking heritage. Random, I know, but I have heard it enough that it bears mentioning. So, anyway, as a little girl I always wished I was tiny, petite and dark. My version of the grass is always greener. It wasn't until my mid-20's that I began to appreciate my stature. People listen when I speak, at work I find I don't tend to have issues with people questioning my authority, and on more than one occasion I have rescue a little old lady at the store who can't reach the can of cat food she wants on the top shelf emoticon. In the last few days I have for the first time in my life started to notice I am visibly smaller. I usually turn my head when I walk past mirrors, you know you guys do it too, and today I got a glimpse of myself in only undies and a tank top and I looked for the first time in a long time not huge. You could see a long straight line, my thighs looked more toned, I had a curve at my hip I haven't seen in years. It was amazing. Earlier my fiancé pulled me over to snuggle and he could wrap both his arms all the way around me and touch my other side and he said "wow, you really are so much smaller, good job baby". I wanted to cry. Even when we hug I feel like we can really be close, that my stomach doesn't keep him at a distance. I really don't care what the numbers on the scale say but if I keep feeling like this it is all the motivation I need!

  
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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/12/2010 10:30AM

    Thank you everybody for all the support. It is a great feeling! I put on a skirt this morning that was really tight on me last summer and it is loose! Yeah.

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SMOOCHIEFACE 7/12/2010 10:15AM

    Such a great feeling isn't it!!!!! Maybe that's why I'm in such a good mood today. I pulled a shirt out of the closet this morning - one I hadn't worn in a while due to being just TOO tight and uncomfortable and I feel like I'm swimming in it now. Funny how such a small thing can make you feel soo good!

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EMPOWERED2DAY 7/12/2010 9:59AM

    I loved this blog!! I am very happy for you!

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MADEMCHE 7/11/2010 11:44PM

    That is awesome! So happy for you!

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MAMADWARF 7/11/2010 9:07PM

    I am so happy for you! how wonderful to see the progress and to embrace who you are! brava!!!

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HOPERISING 7/11/2010 7:22PM

    Awesome! I can't wait to have that feeling!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 7/11/2010 7:22PM

    And I've always wanted to be a blond amazon goddess. Go figure.

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TYCA41458 7/11/2010 7:16PM

    COngratulations! What an awesome feeling! Keep going!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/11/2010 6:59PM

    That's an amazing feeling, congratulations! Just think, you're only going to get smaller! Keep up the good work!
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Good Spark Day-Finally working out for me

Saturday, July 10, 2010

It has been ungodly hot all up and down the East Coast this week and Boston was no exception. It was hard on me all week considering the A/C in my office does nothing and we are right next to a kitchen. I think I looked a fair bit wilted all week! I was happy this morning when a storm front moved in and it finally cooled things off around here and I headed off to the gym, healthy lunch packed. My mom works there so I always visit her on Saturdays since she lives about an hour from me and otherwise we wouldn't have any face to face time. Plus being as she is a trainer I like to get her advice on working out. I brought my nutrition binder with me as well so I could get an unbiased opinion on my eating habits. Yup, I am a dork. I print out all my food reports and keep them in a binder. It helps me to see patterns in my behavior. The big thing we noticed is my protein really went down in my second week of SP. Hence my low calories and stalled weight loss. I am really excited to have a better idea where I am going wrong and hopefully a way to bring it back around! My mom has also shared the frustration of needing to eat more and it was nice to have her understand how I feel. It still scares me but I am going to try!
My workout was awesome. I did some strength and core training and 50 minutes of cardio I split between cycling and incline walking. I love the cycling but I don't want to get my body too comfortable with one specific thing so I try to do some cross training. When I was cycling I had an epiphany. This is the first time in my life I am working out for me and loving it. I great up athletic. Three sport varsity athlete since my freshman year of high school. The problem was I never was doing it for me. I did for my family because they wanted me too. Sports were important in my family. It was not an option to not be athletic. I think that feeling of not doing it for myself stayed with me my whole life. Like working out is a chore to be hated and begrudgingly performed. To I realized when I am working out it the only time I feel free. No problems, nobody needs me for anything, it is just about me and I love it. I was in a car accident at 18 that left me in a back brace for 6 months. Ruptured 2 discs in my lumbar vertebrae. I don't tell you this for sympathy, I tell you this because I let too much of my life go by because of fear and depression and anger. I gained 60 pounds in those 6 months and I can tell you it changed me. Now I realize I have to let go of that block and do this for me. Not because someone in my life wanted me to like I have so many times before. I am so excited to have found my love of physical activity finally.

  
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TRIP2HAPPINESS 7/10/2010 11:20PM

    Sounds like a great week! If you can enjoy working out, you can do anything! lol emoticon

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NOT2LATE2BGR8 7/10/2010 9:58PM

    It sounds like you are doing wonderful. I'm so glad you're learning to love working out. I never knew that I loved strength training before. I still hate cardio, but I love the feeling when I'm done! I hope I learn to love that.

I don't think you're a dork for printing off your nutrition tracking, I love it! What a great way to see the differences in your diet trends in regards to your weight loss. I'm really excited to check that out for myself!

Keep up your hard work. You are doing so good. I know we don't know each other that well yet, but I feel all proud reading this blog anyhow!!!

Brandice

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EVESRUN 7/10/2010 9:44PM

    Congrats on your weekend epiphany! It's great that you are doing not only what is best for you but that you are doing it because you want to, not for anyone else. Thanks for the inspiration and keep at it!

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Your scale could be lying to you

Friday, July 09, 2010

I know I tend to have a live and die by the numbers on the scale attitude and I am sure many of you do the same. This morning after weighing in and seeing only a .4 lb weight loss this week (yes, some is better than nothing) I decided to look into how accurate my scale really is. An article I found was pretty interesting. I think we all know the basics. Weigh-in first thing in the morning, no clothes, not on a carpet etc etc. The facts that resonated with me were as follows. Hormone levels can affect weight on any given day. Even if we are eating well and stuck to our plan the numbers on the scale will not reflect all of our hard work. Secondly, and this is my favorite, considering that a pound of fat requires 3,500 extra calories consumed for you to gain 2 pounds overnight or even over 2 days would have required you to consume 7,000 EXTRA CALORIES in that time period. Considering how unlikely that is most likely there is some other unseen factor at work.
As I have mentioned before I am a numbers person and this made so much sense to me analytically. It helped me to see the scale more as a guide and less like my executioner. I decided to focus on making sure I am eating enough protein this week as well as staying in my calorie range and start having a more healthy view of food. Last night I went out to dinner with friends and I had a wonderful healthy meal and it felt so great to not be obsessed, good or bad, with every bite.

  
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AMACUBA 8/5/2010 6:26PM

  Another thing to consider is that scales have a shelf life. If your scale is old, and the analogue kind with the little wheel in the window, it's probably time to change it.

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MISHKALA 7/11/2010 11:47PM

    Thank you for this blog entry! I'm in the same boat as Ginny1215!! I hate this plateau. I've been getting bummed because I'm so fixated on the number on the scale not moving, or moving up because of water weight and my monthly cycle, despite my efforts of exercise and healthy eating. Thanks for the dose of reality! emoticon

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PRETTYBLKGYRL 7/10/2010 11:48PM

    I swear I'm obsessed w/ my scale. Sadly, I weigh in EVERYDAY. & under "normal" circumstances I don't let the minor day to day fluctuations bother me. (because I'm aware of the factors that may interfere with the scale) But when TOM comes around (& when he brings his despicable friend PMDD) they wreck havoc on my psyche. I go into worse case scenario mode & I begin to re-live every bite & sip I took the day before. & the sad thing is I KNOW, I KNOW BETTER!!! But still during that "certain time" I let those stinking numbers get inside my head & play mind games emoticon



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MADDEELOU 7/10/2010 7:57PM

    I am glad you are coming to terms with the scale. I use it as a guide but am really trying not to let it rule my life. Most of the time, I know what it will say before I step on based on how I have been eating and how I feel. Sometimes it surprises me and the next day it is usually back where I think it should be.

Thanks for sharing the information.

Keep Sparking!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/9/2010 6:20PM

    I know I've just started my weight loss, but I'm guilty of only measuring my success by that number on Monday morning. Thanks for bringing it back into perspective!

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GINNY1215 7/9/2010 6:02PM

    After a month on a plateau I needed to be reminded of all of this. Yes, I am guilty of daily weighing but that is just one of my many personality quirks. I do not let it ruin my day when it does not move. However, after a month of hard workouts and eating healthy, when it still has not move I have been getting frustrated. I am familiar with tricks for busting a plateau but needed reminding of all the fun facts shared by everyone for fluctuations, etc. Thanks everyone for sharing.

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GINNY1215 7/9/2010 6:02PM

    After a month on a plateau I needed to be reminded of all of this. Yes, I am guilty of daily weighing but that is just one of my many personality quirks. I do not let it ruin my day when it does not move. However, after a month of hard workouts and eating healthy, when it still has not move I have been getting frustrated. I am familiar with tricks for busting a plateau but needed reminding of all the fun facts shared by everyone for fluctuations, etc. Thanks everyone for sharing.

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GINNY1215 7/9/2010 6:02PM

    After a month on a plateau I needed to be reminded of all of this. Yes, I am guilty of daily weighing but that is just one of my many personality quirks. I do not let it ruin my day when it does not move. However, after a month of hard workouts and eating healthy, when it still has not move I have been getting frustrated. I am familiar with tricks for busting a plateau but needed reminding of all the fun facts shared by everyone for fluctuations, etc. Thanks everyone for sharing.

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MSILVER94 7/9/2010 4:49PM

    YES! I need to keep reminding myself of that...I have actually had to cut down on weighing because it wouldn't make sense sometimes and just ruin my day! No more! I/we have to be reasonable about it...like you said is there anyway we ate 7,000 calories the night before? lol nooooo. lol

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4EVERADONEGIRL 7/9/2010 4:42PM

    AWESOME!! My mantra has been "thank goodness I am more than just a number on the scale"! Way to go on analyzing it and realizing that yeah - it's not likely you are consuming 7,000 calories in your sleep! LOL

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EASTCOASTIE 7/9/2010 2:06PM

    This was great. Thank you for sharing. I have been guilty of being attached to what my scale was reading and I have to realize I'm changing alot of my unhealthy habits and that counts for more than what the scale is saying!

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JULIEN* 7/9/2010 1:41PM

    And don't forget, a pint's a pound. Just drinking one glass of water can add a pound onto your weight. The important thing is not a specific number, but a downward trend. : )

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NOT2LATE2BGR8 7/9/2010 1:22PM

    Great post! And really great compared to how you were feeling yesterday. Glad to see one of us is being logical! So, huh, maybe starting my period last night is accountable for some of my weight gain?! You and the others who responded told me tons of stuff I don't know. Like, I had no idea that your muscles soak up water when your exercise regime changes. I've totally revamped that this week. I am doing way more strength training than I had been. The scale started moving slower at the same time that I adjusted my workout schedule. Anyhow, I just wanted to say thanks for the info as well as for responding to my blog. We really do need to stay in touch as we work our way through this!

Brandice

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/9/2010 1:11PM

    You guys are right. I did not list all the facts in the article but they did include sodium, exercise, as well as general water retention as causes.

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ARCHIMEDESII 7/9/2010 12:56PM

    The scale totally lies !! And for more reasons than the article listed. If you strength train, you may notice the scale goes up after an intense workout. Why ? your muscles soak up water like a sponge when they've been worked intensely. This is perfectly normal. Your muscles will release any excess water they don't need once you've adapted to your new routine.

You'll retain water if you eat foods that are high in salt. Ever notice the scale goes up during TOM ? Most women do tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is this a fat gain ? Nope... it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a couple of days.

The scale is only one way to measure your success at being healthy. Remember, the scale can't tell you how many push ups you can do. It can't tell you how fast you can run a mile. It can't tell you what your blood pressure, blood sugar or cholesterol are. It can't tell you if you're sleeping better or have more energy.

All the scale will tell you on any given day is what your bones, muscles, body fat, water, breakfast, last night's dinner, blood, waste products weigh. that's it.

Yes, it's important to maintain a healthy weight, but people have to realize that there really is more to good health than a number that stares at us from between our toes in the morning. If your blood pressure goes down, but your weight doesn't, your doctor would still be thrilled.

I tell members to find other ways to measure their success if the scale seems to be stuck. As listed above, there are many things that can effect a number on the scale. I can easily gain 3-4 pounds in a day. is that a fat gain ? Not unless I ate an extra 14,000 calories and even then... it's pretty impossible to gain 4 pounds of fat over night. it just doesn't happen.

The scale definitely lies. I've stopped using the scale. If the doctor wants my weight, then I'll get on. Otherwise, what's important to me is how fit I am.

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STEPHP75 7/9/2010 12:43PM

    emoticon for sharing all those facts. I would have never known any of that...so thank you again. I'll have to keep all this in mind the next time I weigh in...

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SKYWATCHERRS 7/9/2010 12:13PM

    You are absolutely right. There are many factors that influence your scale weight, and many of them have absolutey NOTHING to do with your body fat.

Vigorous exercise - causes a gain because your muscles soak up water and blood like a sponge. Not fat.

Diet high in sodium/processed foods/packaged foods - this causes water retention. Enough said.

Irregular bowel movements/constipation - can account for as much as a 4lb gain, so make sure you're getting lots of fiber to keep things moving.

Any change to your workout or nutrition regimen - causes a slight upward shift on the scale as your body starts to accept the new changes. Not a fat gain.

Being female - Women can see a 3-5lb fluctuation every day/every week from hormones and fluid shifts. Not a gain in fat.

Also - not getting enough sleep and being stressed out about weight loss, work, relationships, money... this causes a spike in the stress hormone called cortisol. It tells your body that you are in some kind of crisis, and the body reacts to crisis by not burning as much fat or as many calories. It starts to conserve energy instead of burning it because it thinks you will need all your fat and all your calories to survive your crisis. So make sure you are dealing with stress really well and don't freak about weight loss!

Keep up the great work!

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LBEEKMA 7/9/2010 12:04PM

    Thanks for the info. I live by that scale number - sometimes weighing 2-3 times a day...how crazy is that?!

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ANGEL7912 7/9/2010 12:01PM

    thanks for sharing those facts. Didn't know any of that. I stopped weighing myself for 9 weeks because I was getting so discouraged. so I decided to do what you are doing and that is just focusing on my eating and calories burned. It has worked as far as keeping me motivated and not wanting to just quit because I haven't seen any movement on the scale.

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Not eating, Not losing, Not happy

Thursday, July 08, 2010

So apparently my life is a practice in extremes. I am either eating anything and everything in sight like a damn goat or I am a mathematically inclined food nazi militantly measuring and portioning my food and tracking every bite. The first half of my first week on SP I was pretty relaxed, just making better choices. I lost 7 lbs. This week I have been an insano person afraid to eat anything from "old lifestyle". I even spent a few hours looking up all the old food I used to love and scaring myself with what they contain. 1 pork rib has around 600 calories and 50 grams of fat? Ummm, no wonder I got this big. Anyway, so when I peeked at my weight this morning I have lost 0.2. No, not 2 lbs, 0.2 lbs. What the eff. I have been eating around 1000 calories a day and I am not starving myself. I am full and satisfied. I am at such a loss for what to do. I used to eat too much and was fat. Now I don't eat too much and I stay fat! Grrrr. This is so annoying. I decided to look up some more calorie dense but still healthy food I could work into my eating plan. Even annoyed I will not give up. I didn't learn to eat poorly in 2 weeks. I have to give myself more time to find a good balance with eating healthy as well.

  
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ANGEL7912 7/9/2010 12:04PM

    Don't have too much to add since everyone else has said it all. I will say this though- keep going and don't give up your hard work will pay off. I'm going through the same thing right now and continue to find new ways of measuring progress. emoticon emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 7/8/2010 12:09PM

    I too just went through this and can tell you that as strange as it sounds, you likely need to eat more. It seems VERY IMPORTANT to stay in those calorie ranges suggested by Spark once you put in your fitness and calories burned (or just let Spark figure it out). I was feeling like I was going nowhere and when everyone here said I wasn't eating enough, I couldn't believe it. But, it seems that if you drop too low on your calories then your body says, "Hey, you are starving me, and I won't have it", so it stops burning anything. I went and was honest with my fitness goals and calories burned and then tried very hard to hit the calorie range and not be below it. And it worked! So, all I can say is...try it for yourself. Give yourself a week and trust the Spark! Just be honest in what you eat (obviously you are doing that) and what and how much you work out. Then make adjustments as needed. Crazy! I had to add in a Kashi TLC bar in the morning right after my walk and I even added in no-sugar added fudgesicles at night as a treat (70 calories in 2!!). Good luck!

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TWISTEDKIKI 7/8/2010 11:56AM

    I know this feeling, it's such a tug of war! It's hard to get into a routine too, as workouts differ daily and sometimes you need a down day. All the adjusting and counting and planning gets tedious to say the least. It's also frustrating and discouraging to feel like you've eaten well all week and hit the scale to see...nada. Stay postitive, it's part of the journey! I would definately say eat a small portion of complex carbs, like whole wheat or brown rice at lunch. You'll get the energy you need and surprisingly, you're body with thank you with a loss. Crazy!! I wish you luck and success! emoticon

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MADEMCHE 7/8/2010 11:42AM

    Totally understand. When I first started I couldn't hit my calorie goals either. Was eating 1100 calories and feeling really full. But now I am eating 1400 calories a day and I am losing. My range is 1300 to 1600. I am exercising alot and I need the food. I have found that more meals throughout the day has really helped me get my calories where they should be. If I only eat 3 I do exactly the same as you, eat until I am full and then stop but it isn't enough. So if I have a snack in the afternoon and a little something after my nightly run it works really well for me. You can do this. If you are really strict on everything you eat and only allow yourself fruits and veggies you will crash and eat crappy things. I only speak from experience. If I let myself have a little treat each week, or even something super small each day it seems to work for me.

You just need to see what works for you. This is a long process, it takes time. Any loss is a good one. 0.2 is great, congratulations!

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TYCA41458 7/8/2010 11:30AM

    Hey Ashley! I know exactly what you're talking about... it really seems to go against everything in you to eat MORE, but I've noticed a trend in myself doing exactly what you're doing. I'd lose 5 pounds one week, then figure I need to maintain that loss, and go under my calorie range several days out of the next week, and either gain a half a pound or only lose a minimal amount. I'd go back to following the guidelines, and I lost another 4 pounds. I'm figuring out what works for me, and I think that's what you're doing too. Eat until you're full, and then, if needed, have a snack later on to catch up on your calories. (Twizzlers is a favorite little treat I'll give myself if I'm under by 100 calories or so!)

Good luck to you on this balancing act and finding your own path!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/8/2010 11:28AM

    Thanks! This sounds weird to say but I think I am eating too many vegetables so I fill up too fast. Maybe I need to cut the veggie portions down to a more normal level and then I will be hungry for the more calorie dense foods.

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MADDEELOU 7/8/2010 11:18AM

    Don't lose heart. You can do this. Remember, it is a lifestyle change, not a diet. You are treating your body with the respect it deserves. It will respond!
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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/8/2010 11:13AM

    I am aware of the starving myself, don't eat under 1200 calories guidelines etc. I am just not hungry. SP says I should eat 1600-1900 calories a day to lose weight. I know all the rational reasons etc but it just seems so counter intuitive to keep eating if I am not hungry. That is what got me in trouble in the first place. I guess I am afraid if I am too relaxed I will slip back into not caring and that scares me. Thank you everyone for the thoughtful responses! It is nice to have so many people care enough to help me.

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NOT2LATE2BGR8 7/8/2010 11:03AM

    Last year I went on a diet eating 900-1200 calories a day. I lost 8 pounds and could not lose one more pound than that. I was not eating ENOUGH to lose weight. I am eating 1200-1500 calories a day now, staying within the recommended guidelines for fats, proteins, and carbs and have lost over 18 pounds in six weeks. That may not seem like a lot to you if you lost 7 pounds in half a week, but it's working and I'm loosing steadily. I know how it is to want all the weight gone and right now, but please be careful! You're probably not hungry because your stomach has shrunk, but that doesn't mean your body is getting what it needs.

If you are eating too few calories you will ruin your metabolism. Also, it's not something you can maintain over a long period of time. As soon as you increase your calories your body will think that it needs to hoard the food for the next time of starvation. You will gain back every pound you lost and a few extra for good measure.

I am not trying to be preachy! I have just done this exact thing time and time again. I'd hate to see your efforts not be rewarded, or to see you quit because you're discouraged. Just be very careful! I'd stay within the Spark recommended nutritional goals for the best results.

Good luck,
Brandice

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FIZZYBALL 7/8/2010 11:02AM

    Unfortunately it is part of the journey. I am in the same disbelieve state as you are right now....Thursdays are my weight in days...I weighted this am and lost 0.2 pds from last Thursday. I had ate within my calorie range, drunk water, swam daily and done 2 zumba class within that week. It is crazy...I can not understand it or explain it....but I have resolved myself to "keep on keeping on" because "failure is not an option"...but it is so darn hard :(

But in your case I do believ 1000 per day is too low. I could aim for 1400 per day.

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WICKED-KITTY 7/8/2010 10:54AM

    When you start to cut back on your calorie intake too much your body's metabolism kicks into gear to help conserve energy. It's a natural response. Frustrating? Oh yeah, big time.

This morning I lost a big whopping 0.2 pounds myself. Yeah I don't like to see that little number but you know what I look at it as progress in the right direction. I don't try to get all freaked out about it like I did in the past, I just look at it as a number. It doesn't make me a better or worse person, it's just a number and I will not let it ruin my day.

I can relate to cutting out the foods I love but you know what the more I cut back on that stuff the more I craved it. Then I would get to a point where I would just gorge on everything in sight trying to satisfy that craving. For me I've come to realize that the best way to deal with a craving is just to eat a little bit of what I want.

I love potato chips, I mean I could scarf down a bag if I wanted to at times. Instead I get myself a small bowl of them, close the bag up, put it away and eat only what's in that bowl. I try to take 3-4 bites out of one chip to make them last. Plus I drink lots of water between chips to fill me up. There are times I've gone back for seconds and I felt bad about it but now I tell myself if I'm still hungry for them in an hour I'll have some more. I set the timer on the microwave for an hour and usually when it goes off I don't hear it because I'm off doing something else or forget why I set it in the first place.

Now I don't eat chips very often, they're too salty for me so what was once my comfort food is now not as appealing to me. Start cutting back on the foods you love slowly and replace them with something else you like that is healthier.

Don't get discouraged with the small amounts of weight loss. You'll reach your goal.

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BEARDMUSIC 7/8/2010 10:53AM

    Believe it or not I think you need to eat more. What do your calorie guidelines say on SP? Your body will go into starvation mode and hold on to the weight. It's one of the natural things our body does thanks to the caveman days. I would up the calories to 1400 and if that seems like to many never go below 1200.

Also, I am trying hard not to obsess about food. That has gotten me in trouble in the past. Being aware is excellent, but don't get obsessive because you will get burned out quickly and give up.

This is a journey. It is hard because we want immediate results, but sometimes we just have to be patient and trust that change will come if we keep on working hard. emoticon

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GRANDMAAMIE 7/8/2010 10:52AM

    emoticon emoticonSTAY POSITIVE YOU CAN DO THIS.

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CJJANISS 7/8/2010 10:46AM

    emoticon I even have gains along the way. I lost 9 1/4 pounds last month, but one week I had a gain. My body is trying to adjust to all the exercise and water and better food I've been giving it. I had a 1/2 pound gain this past week again. It's discouraging, I know, when you're doing what you think you're supposed to be doing. But I know, if I keep on going, it will eventually all come off. Just don't give up. emoticon Carol

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SUSABELLA627 7/8/2010 10:45AM

    You have to give yourself more time. You lost 7 lbs in half a week - thats a lot. Your body is probably just catching up. Remeber 1-2 lbs a week is considered healthy!!

Slow and steady wins this race (something I need to constantly remind self)!!

Wishing you much success!!

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ORGOLDENDUCK 7/8/2010 10:43AM

    Hi there.....be careful with the calories....the least amount of calories that this site and other nutritionists suggest is no lower than 1200...your body could be feeling the starvation mode already...and that is why your body is hanging on!!!

Just a suggestion....hope it gets better for you!!!

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