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I've been "dieting" for too many years now, slowly and steadily losing inches and pounds. I haven't done any "fad" diets. Everything has been accomplished solely through calorie counting (staying around 1500) and exercise (which is why it's taken so long, I'm sure!). I finally got down to my goal weight, and ended up all of a sudden having crazy carb urges and started binging, undoing all of my hard work. I couldn't understand why all of a sudden, my self-discipline just went out the window. I would binge, and then I would over-restrict and overexercise to "make up for it". I started seeing a therapist. Then I started seeing a nutritionist. And both of them told me several important things. First, that I needed to get more sleep and I needed to put more fat in my diet. And second, that counting calories and 1200-1500 calorie diets are what cause eating disorders. I was anorexic, according to my health issues, but thanks to muscle, according to the scale, I was normal. Apparently, my over-restricting cycle, was actually causing my binging cycles. Since then, I've learned that when I start having carb cravings, it means that either I've been working out too much or I haven't been eating enough, and I know to adjust one or the other. I've also learned to let myself have the "forbidden" things like candy and cookies along the way, or I'll end up overdoing. I've learned so much about my body. I'm still having to make adjustments and tweaks. It was hard to make myself eat 2200 calories a day when before I was making myself eat 1200! However, now I'm enjoying it. I'm not hungry and focused on food ALL the time! But I've decided that if it comes down to it, I'd rather stay at my current weight and not go through the miserable cycles of binging and restricting. I'm currently working on finding the happy medium or restricting ENOUGH to lose some of the weight I've gained, but not so much that I start having cravings again.

Member Since: 8/15/2007

Fitness Minutes: 70,617

My Goals:
1) To maintain my weight loss - ESPECIALLY through the holidays.

2) To make new friends

3) To stay healthy

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Thanks to an ankle injury, my workouts are limited, but I walk, do Pilates, and use my recumbent bike, as well as using free weights. I am also adjusting my calories to a healthy level, usually around 2000 a day.

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Name: Samantha
Location: Memphis, TN
Age: 28

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