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Hi!! New here
09-10-2014, 02:32 PM
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Hi!! New here
Hi everyone! Just wanted to introduce myself. Just bought the book last night. My name is Carey and I'm 43. I started my weight loss journey 3 years ago. I have lost 110lbs now and maintained my weight for over a year. Back in October I met with a Sports and Performance nutritionist and he did a DEXA scan to measure my body fat, lean mass and bone density. I measured in at only 12% body fat with lots of lean muscle mass! Great news! Not so great news after loads of questions was that I was horrible under eating for the workouts I was doing. Long story short, I have struggled since then to get my calories up where they need to be. I've been faced with the fact that I have an eating disorder. I under eat, I restrict, I fear food and gaining weight back, I over exercise. I have a very short list of "safe" foods and that list is becoming increasingly shorter. I also have a horrible body image and still see a fat person when I look in the mirror. I need to get this changed and wrap my head around the fact that I NEED to eat more. I've had a host of medical issues from this. Some have gotten better, some not. The digestive issues are the worst. My liver enzymes and kidney enzymes are elevated and after countless tests they believe it is all dietary in nature. Sorry this is so long!! I'm hoping that I can finally make some progress in getting my food in. My TDEE came in at about 2200!!!!! That's seems like way too much. Right now my aim is a consistent 1800. I am pretty much up to a consistent 1600.
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09-11-2014, 05:29 AM
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Hi Carey,

Wanted to say hello back happy I hope this is the answer for you - personally I dread to think where I would be if I hadn't found this way of living and I know there's some great people within the group that will be able to help you! Personally, I found that jumping straight in was the best medicine - it's a scary thought eating all those calories but once the body adjusts it will utilise those cals as it should. I know I've read a lot on here about people upping gradually say 100 extra at a time and it's worked for them - just don't be scared, think about those muscles getting the fuel they need...

Good luck to you x
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09-11-2014, 10:49 PM (This post was last modified: 09-11-2014 10:50 PM by jaeone.)
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Hi Carey and welcome!! Congrats on making the decision to begin the healing process. The fact that you have managed to maintain lean body mass as awesome!! Now you have to focus on keeping that muscle. Put some Focus on your macronutrients, we recommend 40% carbs, 30% protein and 30% fat. Since you are now eating 1600 calories already, continue to increase 50-100 each day or each week. You reset will begin when you reach 2200.

You are doing great! If you are on MFP you can add me there, my username is Jaeone.

Joan
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken! kiss

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/jaeone
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09-13-2014, 11:03 AM
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Hi Carey, I agree with others that adding calories in small increments will probably be best for you.
That said, have you thought about seeking counseling regarding your relationship with food? These forums will definitely help guide and support about getting to a healthy calorie point and to even a more healthy outlook towards food and exercise, but true eating disorders are rarely about food or even body image - its merely an outlet in which underlying issues manifest (namely control). If you truly feel that your circumstances are beyond the normal scope of frustrations most people come to these boards with (ie, you have an actual eating disorder and not "just" disordered eating views), this stranger's (and yes its none of my business) opinion is that you talk to somebody in person that can help you. There's absolutely no shame in it but might be something necessary for you to get healthy. Sorry if this is out of line, but I feel strongly that true eating disorders are nothing to gloss over - not only for your physical health but your emotional health as well. Hugs to you.
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09-13-2014, 09:49 PM
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Welcome! So glad you have found us and are researching how to heal your metabolism. I totally agree with Emma, that if you are truly dealing with an eating disorder, then counseling may be the best place to start. Certainly upping your calories gradually and allowing your metabolism time to heal is the perfect way to start, but if you haven't dealt with the deeper issues, you may find the whole process very difficult.

If you feel as though you are ready to start the process, then I would definitely take it slow and up your calories very gradually. Coming from your history, it is likely that your body (or more accurately, the scale) may *initially* rebel when you first start adding calories. It will be hard, but if you can, this would be a great time to try to hide the scale away, and concentrate on you.. The one thing you will definitely want to avoid is the desire to increase your exercise to burn off those additional calories that are being consumed. Just take it really slow and concentrate on hitting your macros (as Joan suggested - especially the protein goal, in order to try to preserve your lean body mass..) and try to add in lots of healthy whole foods into your "safe list".

Please keep in touch, and let us know how you are doing!

Anitra Soto
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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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09-16-2014, 07:24 AM
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Hi!
Welcome to the forum.
Me also a newbie for this site and just joined this forum.
It's a good place for the discussion. Hope we will really enjoy our stay at this forum.
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