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3/8/13 9:33 P

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I guess the best answer is "real lack of appetite." My mother was an absolutely horrible cook, and my father spent the dinner hour ranting about the news, which was always on while we ate dinner. Between the two factors, I grew up genuinely hating to eat. Also, I've always had a strong aversion to beef, and mom always cooked poultry absolutely dry. I've been a vegetarian for many years. So my diet is not very calorie dense if you remove the simple carbs and added sugars; all that fiber fills me up fast. Since my weight began to stabilize a month or so ago, my body has been accepting more calories. I have every hope of maintaining my weight within a few pounds of where I am, which is right in the center of a healthy BMI. I love to cook, but I still wouldn't eat if it weren't necessary. I joined Sparkpeople's Healthy Heart program last summer when I declared war on my cholesterol and triglycerides. I was very successful in bringing those down, and I want to keep it that way.

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3/8/13 8:37 P

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Was it hard for you to keep your weight up because of health issues, real lack of appetite, or an eating disorder?

You realize this is an unusual history for Spark.

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3/8/13 5:14 P

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All good thoughts given to you here. I might just suggest that you include a quality protein drink as a mid day snack.
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3/8/13 9:00 A

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I see the doctor regularly and get my thyroid and other things checked. The thing is, I didn't set out to lose ANY weight, although losing the amount I did is OK. The weight loss was a side effect of eliminating most of the simple carbs and added sugars in order to get my triglycerides and cholesterol down. For most of my life, keeping my weight UP, not DOWN, has been the issue. I have never tried to lose weight. I simply couldn't pack in enough calories out of healthy foods to maintain my weight. Now, the weight loss absolutely must stop. Yes, I realize that I'm bound to go up and down a few pounds, but with my history, it's hard not to be nervous about it.

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3/8/13 8:28 A

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Last summer I lost 14 lbs in two months but it was because I had nodules on my thyroid and ended up with a parathyroid gland having to be removed. Since then my wt has crept back up to my baseline. Maybe you should see a doctor?

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3/3/13 11:31 A

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I weigh for a week at a time and average the weights once a week. Fluctuations are normal.

If you really feel you are losing too much, experiment with adding small increments at one or two meals of the dense food type you think you would enjoy most. A few more nuts? An ounce of protein? A couple of more tablespoons of grain? I lost weight by slowing cutting down my food similarly to this, so I didn't freak out over drastic changes. It's felt RELATIVELY easy. I'm actually still losing but my goal was never a certain weight, but a certain lifestyle. I've actually lived the lifestyle for several years.



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3/3/13 9:47 A

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I had the same experience as Jeri. And it might help for you to think of maintenance as a RANGE, rather than a specific weight. It's impossible to stay at a particular weight. Also, give it some time (longer than a week, say), and you'll find that your weight may gravitate toward a center.

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Sometimes it's difficult to stop losing once you start. I had that trouble for the first year. I even got down to 111 lbs, which was way too low for my 5'6" height. Eat a few more calories, adjust with exercise. It is tricky to figure out the right balance when you first start maintaining.

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3/3/13 8:13 A

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The scale was stable for a week, but today I weighed in as having lost .6 pounds. And I had tried really hard to eat enough calories. The weight loss has to stop now.

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