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MARIEFUNFIT Posts: 102
3/6/10 5:14 A

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Getting all your nutritional needs met and balance are so vital. Glad to see you have found both.


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3/5/10 6:00 P

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emoticon Thanks for the update!

"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."

Romans 14:20a (NIV)







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BHS2010's Photo BHS2010 Posts: 33
3/5/10 4:29 P

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Just in case you wanted an update...I saw a nutritionist and realized my caloric intake should be about 400-600 calories above what I was trying to eat.
Under-eating too often was probably the root of my problem.
I am very happy to report I seem to have found a balance between what my body needs and how much/which type of foods I am fueling it with.
I feel 1000X better eating within the balance of not too little and not too much.
Sometimes the most simple suggestions can make a world of difference!
Thanks again everyone for the support!


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3/3/10 10:44 A

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Amen to that!!!

"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."

Romans 14:20a (NIV)







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3/3/10 6:48 A

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Realizing that we are in the midst of it and acknowledging our mistakes is probably the first step out. And we have to remember to stay positive and keep looking forward to where we want to be as opposed to where we went wrong!

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3/2/10 10:46 P

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I still binge sometimes. I think I just realize sooner now so I can correct it before it gets out of hand. Sometimes it is a few days and sometimes a few weeks. It has been a really hard thing for me to deal with and it is so frustrating. Like you said though we just have to do our best to make good choices one day at a time! Just know you are not alone!

"Do not destroy the work of God for the sake of food."

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BHS2010's Photo BHS2010 Posts: 33
3/2/10 8:16 P

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Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. I agree that change is difficult, but obviously it can be done and I'm determined to live within more of a balance, for the health of my body and to feel better mentally and physically.

My body drives me to eat such a variation for the most part (some days I'm ravenous, some the opposite) but I feel like there is an emotional component that drives it more to an extreme.

I am taking one meal and one day at a time at this point and hope that the more days I succeed at being in a normal range, the more this will drive me to continue a better pattern.

Thanks again everyone!

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Mommyfitness, how did you break out of your cycle? I imagine it took a couple times of trying before succeeding. Just wanted to get your take. Thanks! (And I'm happy for you!)

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3/2/10 8:16 P

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Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. I agree that change is difficult, but obviously it can be done and I'm determined to live within more of a balance, for the health of my body and to feel better mentally and physically.

My body drives me to eat such a variation for the most part (some days I'm ravenous, some the opposite) but I feel like there is an emotional component that drives it more to an extreme.

I am taking one meal and one day at a time at this point and hope that the more days I succeed at being in a normal range, the more this will drive me to continue a better pattern.

Thanks again everyone!

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Mommyfitness, how did you break out of your cycle? I imagine it took a couple times of trying before succeeding. Just wanted to get your take. Thanks! (And I'm happy for you!)

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3/2/10 4:57 P

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I feel better when I stick to my range of 1500-1850 calories per day. I lost on Weight Watchers and it is a good program. However, it allows for 35 points (about 2450 calories) which can be eaten all at one time during a week. When I do that my stomache rumbles, can't do my ab exercises, and I have a bad taste in my mouth especially the morning after.

I changed because I am a reward junkie. I love getting things right and getting recognition for it -- even if it is just from the computer. When I run my SparkPeople nutrition tracker report at the end of the day, I like to see almost all my nutrition factors right where SparkPeople recommends. Then when I started doing that, I started feeling better, so that was reward, too.

That may not be any help. I guess there are two approaches and you may know which would work better for you. One, is to gradually try to reduce the high end and raise the low end calorie days until you are down to a variation of 400 calories or less. The other is to just do it -- perhaps sticking to the SparkPeople meal plans.

Good luck and let us know how it goes. -Marsha



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3/2/10 2:51 P

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My opinion would be to try to vary your calories, but within your range. What you are doing seems a bit drastic and might mess up your metabolism. I have done the starve/binge thing myself and it really had my metabolism out of whack! Good luck and keep us posted! emoticon

Edited by: MOMMYFITNESS at: 3/2/2010 (14:51)
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3/2/10 8:05 A

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Are you eating like this on purpose or because of scheduling conflicts? Eating below 1200 will deprive your body of the daily energy you need and eating more than 2000 for your weight is more than enough, of course. I'm assuming you know this because you took the initiative to post about it.

Somedays I don't feel like eating my minimum 1500 but I make myself do it with added veggies, a slice or two of bread with peanut butter or whatever snack. I workout 5-6 days a week, and so I know that my calories are an essential part of keeping up my metabolism and energy.

Try planning your meals...eat at least every 4 hours...and fill in the gaps with healthy snacks like peanuts, fruit and yogurt. I always keep food in my purse...like raisins, fiber bars and crackers. If I go 3 hours without eating I start to lose energy..so I need the back up! I hope this helps. Please let me know if I can help out in any other way. At least you're still maintaining!!! Way to go...

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3/2/10 8:05 A

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Do you mean 100 or 1000? 15 or 1500?

If it's the latter of both of these, then what you're doing is calorie cycling and there is nothing wrong with that. I believe that our bodies don't want the same thing day after day...that's why you'll hear people say "mix things up" when you hit a plateau. The 800 seems a little low...you may want to bump up the range to 1000-1200 just to make sure you are getting the nutrition your body needs.

Edited by: ALLELUIA525 at: 3/2/2010 (08:08)
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3/2/10 6:42 A

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As long as you are talking about alternating days not months, your body will average it all out. To a lesser extent it's how we all eat. That wide fluctuation on regular basis is actually a starve-binge cycle, and it will catch up with you. It would probably be a good idea not to try to eat at a calorie level so far below your burn level. It almost sounds like you are overeating, then trying to compensate by undereating. If you are accustomed to 3500 calorie days you will feel compelled to continue eating that much. It is very hard to change habits, but that is what we are all doing here. No one was born weighing 200 pounds. You get there a day at a time with bad habits. Change is hard, but we all changed because the scale got to a shocking number. You are allowed to change before the shocking number appears on YOUR scale. Without changing your eating habits, it surely will.

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3/2/10 1:34 A

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Hi, I am not having the same issue as you have posted. But I feel you are really punishing your body and also your know the answer to the problem as you said you should not be doing this.
Try plan you diets, list out things that you need to eat with calories against each item.

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3/1/10 11:05 P

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Hi,

So I need some help. My problem is that I eat really low calories for 2 days (800-100) then have one day of 3500 calories or so. Or I will eat 3 or 4 days of 15-1700 calories and have 2 or so days of 22-2500. I know that this is a terrible way to eat and if I averaged the days calories together, I would probably be eating about 17-1900 daily which is what I want to be eating in the first place.

Does anyone else out there seem to have this same pattern, and if so, how did you break out of it?

I know my body would be so much happier if I were consistent, but this seems to be a challenge I haven't learned to conquer!

I would greatly appreciate anyone's help!!
Thanks!

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