Sunday, March 17, 2013

When i first joined Sparkpeople I hit the ground running and melted 80 pounds in 3 months. First few weeks I lost a lot. I was beyond happy about that and figured since I relapsed and came back to my program that I could do the same. I am slowly realizing that perhaps my body is not on board with 1200 calories again.

In the past I got into epic arguments with dietitians about eating 1200 calories and the words "starvation mode" was tossed around, but I was losing weight steadily. At the time that was working and I could handle it so what's the harm? I am older now and the past two weeks I've been stuck between 365 and 363. I was and still am mostly frustrated but not discouraged. My new doctor told me never ever let anyone (even her) ever discourage me. She told me that I go see her or other medical professionals maybe once every few weeks but I am in my body 24/7. Only I know what feels right. She said, if I could handle it and felt good why not? The numbers won't lie. What she said touched me so much. I felt close to tears because she's the only doctor to believe in my success and be supportive.

I hate to admit it but I think 1200 may not be right for me. Even though I don't feel hungry or feel like I'm struggling, my body may be in starvation mode (or retaining water). The only other explanation may be I need to drink even more water. Either way, I am taking heed to my body and am making changes.
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    1882 days ago
    i'm never satisfied at 1200. Just listen to your body but dont go over the calorie range.
    1893 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    Do you use the nutrition tracker? 1200 is the bottom of my range, I find I'm more successful if I don't eat at the bottom of my range, especially if I am exercising.

    Good for you for learning to hear what your body is telling you, and with the approval of your Dr.

    1895 days ago
    Thanks for the advice, I'll try that. I need to find out what my favorite healthy treats are.
    1895 days ago
    good for you for listening to what your body has to say to you. When you are starving from nutritional needs, you're body will retain fluids, it will hold onto everything it can, to break that in the starvation mode, your body will start with your muscles.
    Just a point... I have noticed that when I am not getting enough calories, even though I think I am and then one evening I sort of indulge in a few healthy choices the next few days I will lose weight.... not for me it's finding the balance so that the weight doesn't depend on what I consider a treat... that treat is exactly what my body needs to prove it can let go of the extra as I will continue to feed it healthy nutrient saturated foods.
    1895 days ago
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