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Journey to Hope
07-28-2015, 08:10 PM (This post was last modified: 07-28-2015 08:59 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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Journey to Hope
(07-28-2015 07:45 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  What would you like to change the title of your journal to? I will see if I can do it as an Admin...

So happy you are seeing the positive benefits already. Hopefully your husband would join you! Good luck on that!

Thanks!!! It doesn't have to be anything fancy, just " My journey " or "Journey to Hope" or something like that.

Not a big deal if you can't. Thanks happy
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07-28-2015, 09:01 PM
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RE: Journey to Hope
How's that ?

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07-28-2015, 09:10 PM
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RE: Journey to Hope
(07-28-2015 09:01 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  How's that ?


LOVE IT! Thanks so much happy
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07-28-2015, 09:16 PM
Post: #14
RE: Journey to Hope
Let me know if you prefer another title. I just wanted to make sure I was able to do it first...

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07-30-2015, 11:35 AM
Post: #15
RE: Journey to Hope
So I've been doing this eat more thing for a little over a week now. It feel like longer! In fact, I thought it was longer till I looked at my MFP app and saw I've only been doing this since last TUESDAY!!!! LOL!

In the past week and 2 days I've increased from 1000, cals, to 1200 to 1500 to 1800 . I was planning to increase more slowly, but I found I was getting hungrier, and the increases happened kind of naturally.

I'm pleased that so far, the only gain I've seen is the normal 2 lb fluctuation I used to see weekly when I was eating 800-1000 cals.

In fact, TOM is very soon, and I'm surprised I'm not up even more. I have been drinking a lot more water...still not enough for my weight, but more than I was.

Mentally I feel like I'm doing better. There's still some fear, but not as much. As long as I don't see pictures of myself I'm OK. I think I have the opposite of most people when it comes to body image. I mean, I know i'm fat, but when I see myself in the mirror, I see a certain degree of it....but when I see myself in pictures, I'm like "Whoa...when did I become the pillsbury dough girl!?!" It's depressing, which is why I've tried to stay out of pics as much as possible for most of my life. I know this isn't good bc when my kids are older, they're gonna wonder why I wasn't in pics with them.

So, my HOPE, is to one day, ENJOY being in pictures happy
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07-30-2015, 11:47 AM
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RE: Journey to Hope
Glad you are having such great success. With the food will come some serious rewards of energy!
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07-30-2015, 01:08 PM
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RE: Journey to Hope
Love it! What an awesome update!

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08-02-2015, 12:30 AM
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RE: Journey to Hope
STRUGGLING...mentally, mostly. The past few days I've been hitting my 1800...but some things have happened, conversations, comments from others etc. that have made it VERY tempting to stop eating...Today has especially been a battle....I feel like I've progressed so far to be able to eat 1800 cals....but I'm scared again. I don't want to repeat the starve/binge cycle or the starve/kill my metabolism cycle....

I still need to increase my cals but I really don't want to Sad

Don't wanna go back to that hopeless feeling I've had for so long.
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08-02-2015, 12:53 AM
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RE: Journey to Hope
We're here for you. Stop eating is not going to solve anything. You've been there, it does nothing for you, right?

Stay at 1800. You can do it and you should do it. You are worth it.
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08-02-2015, 07:28 AM (This post was last modified: 08-02-2015 07:29 AM by Tipularia.)
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RE: Journey to Hope
Keep going!

It is scary. It took me a good long time to get my head on straight about this stuff, even though science bears it out. To be honest, I don't know why it's so overwhelming for all of us to wrap our heads around the idea that our bodies need fuel and that denying that fact only results in bad stuff happening (not losing weight, actually GAINING weight, hair thinning, depression, etc.). Believe me, I had it all.

For me, it was VERY helpful to continue to return to the literature, read studies, even reading the many, MANY pages on the web about eating to fuel our bodies was helpful. There is TONS of information out there to back-up the EM2WL philosophy. Dedicating a little time for yourself to explore that information may help. It's always good to be able to use proven data to convince any naysayers in your life that what you are doing is actually healthy AND WILL WORK.

I finished my reset, eating at 2,800 calories the entire time, and while I gained water weight during the process, I didn't actually gain any real fat. Proof that eating at maintenance calories is just that, maintaining your weight.

I'm now cutting calories and finally dropped below the set-point weight I had not been able to budge for nine months. I'm happier, stronger (weight lifting is THE BOMB!), and much more sane about this whole process. Granted, it's slower than that initial loss you experience while eating below your BMR, but I have no doubt I can keep it off.

Maybe that's why the whole metabolic reset thing is so hard for us to accept. It also means a lifestyle change. One that will work, but aren't we all scared of change, at least a little bit?

Anyway, enough of my ramblings. Please keep going, it will become much clearer soon and you will be sooooo thrilled at your progress, how well you feel, how much more positive your relationship with food becomes, and how you will finally be able to lose weight again.

Amber

Oh, and did I mention full fat yogurt? Swoon......
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