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The reverse psychology of my fat cells

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

So yet again, I am learning the lesson that if I over-do it, if I cut too far back on the calories and stay super-strict about it, those pesky fat cells, those stubborn pounds become MORE stubborn.

This is a pattern that has happened each time I have re-started on my weight loss track. I learn that for the first two weeks, I have a nice, steady weight loss of about two pounds a week, and then nothing for two weeks. And I go on line and research it. Or I look back at my food journals.

Then, I eat one or two hundred more calories than I had been allowing myself -- usually because of a social event where I give myself permission to splurge. On Monday morning, I hesitatingly step on the scale, bracing myself for an increase, trying to guess the worst-case scenario and reminding myself to be realistic...

and the number has gone DOWN.

It's a reminder that my fear of loss of control can make me go overboard,
and that when it thinks it might not get the nutrients it needs to help with my training, my body will cling to the weight.
It is a reminder that with the amount of training I'm doing, I actually need to eat a few more calories,
and that severely limiting my caloric intake can be counterproductive.

It reminds me that I DO know how to make good choices
and that I can afford to trust myself.
That's the lesson that seems to be the most difficult.
Trusting myself.
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    I do wish you could see yourself as I see you....

    3255 days ago
    that is, indeed, a hard-learned lesson. but you can do it. in fact, you ARE doing it. you just need to do it more often and use the scale only as a reality check. you know how much you work out, you know how much you eat, and you're getting a grip on the fine balancing act you need to do. the body is no different. it needs to balance itself with what you're expending v. what you're intaking. i'm confident that you will be able to be your own best judge with time. you're honest enough with yourself and aren't into self-sabotage, so i see green lights all the way for you, gal!!! best regards, nancy
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    3261 days ago
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