Thank you. I'm managing the 1500 okay so far - I know I need to take in more, and I actually managed a little over 1700 yesterday. I agreed to 1500 because I didn't want to set my goal too high & be frustrated when I don't meet it. But I am trying to consume more than that. My doc did approve the swing exercise - although I don't think he realized (I didn't) that I was going overboard even with that. I actually injured myself last week (pushed too hard on the swings, overcompensated by holding myself up more with my right arm & pulled a muscle in my back under my shoulder). I've healed up since then and am making a point not to overdo it. All of my labwork comes back in normal limits, and my heart and blood pressure are fine, so he isn't too worried about it. The 2500 calories sounds like it's a bit closer to where I will need to be once I start strength training - that is very helpful!
Thanks for the links! I will check them out momentarily. You're right, it might be beneficial to incorporate a dietitian in on this.
Thank you. My doc just wanted me to take it slow & not overdo it, which I'm "getting there", lol. I'm going easier on my routine now. According to the estimates online, swinging can burn up to 200 calories per hour - I assume that's just "regular", fun swinging and not the full body crunch variety that I messed myself up with.
Based on a consult a couple of years ago with a dietitian, I had been thinking of trying to gain 1 to 2 pounds per week, but from what you're saying it looks like even that may be a little ambitious. I am not currently seeing a dietitian, but I think you're all right that I need to include one in on this.
Technically (in the interest of full disclosure) it was my therapist who asked me to agree to a minimum caloric intake. I asked her to share relevant information with my doc, and I plan to bring this up with my doc at our next appointment.
I've actually seen quite a few dietitians, nutritionists, doctors, etc over the years trying to address this. I'm starting to realize that the likely culprit is OCD (I had more than a few symptoms of anorexia in my youth, but was only "borderline' per the diagnostic criteria, so I didn't receive treatment). Although I don't suffer from any body image issues currently, old habits die hard & I'm starting to realize that my OCD is hindering me in quite a few ways, not leastly distracting me from eating.
My therapist is aware of my resting rate and my exercise routine. We agreed that I would probably need to be taking in closer to 1800 to have any hope of gaining weight, but in the interest of building success & not getting torn up about going under my goal, we agreed to a minimum of 1500.
Thank all of you for the input. This has been a long journey for me, and I feel like I'm (finally!) getting closer to finding what I need to reach my goal - a happy, healthy, energetic me.
"Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word happy would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness. It is far better take things as they come along with patience and equanimity."
-Carl G. Jung
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