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For those who have lost and gained and are losing again (what I've learned)

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  • ellie117ellie117 Posts: 268Member Member Posts: 268Member Member
    Congratulations! I cannot wait until I hit that "normal" range. 9 more lbs!

    I've been up and down since my days as a teenager with an eating disorder. Throughout my early 20s I would slip in and out of gym cycles and my weight would fluctuate. Then after college I just stopped going to the gym and gained over 70lbs. I lost that in a year before my wedding, but then gained back about 20 since. I'm down 10 of that re-gain, but I now know what I need to do to maintain a healthy, fit lifestyle in terms of exercising, eating, and logging. in terms of mental health, that's an assortment of issues I'm still trying to fix but I'm hoping staying committed to this lifestyle will help with my self esteem.
  • cupcakesandproteinshakescupcakesandproteinshakes Posts: 327Member Member Posts: 327Member Member
    Just a quick update: according to Google, I've finally hit a normal bmi. Although other charts say the threshold is 130, I'm taking it, lol.

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    Whoop woop. Good job
  • healingnurtrerhealingnurtrer Posts: 166Member Member Posts: 166Member Member
    2. I needed to make my goal more flexible, and include more maintenance days for treats.

    6. I will have to live with my urge to binge eat the rest of my life, but I have good ways to cope now. That's a big part of life, just learning how to cope healthily.

    These resonate with me!

    Congrats on reaching healthy bmi today!
    brenn24179 wrote: »
    what ways have you found to cope now rather than eat? I found journaling helps me or drink something rather than eat and take that walk!

    Self care also helps.

    Sometimes I do still eat to soothe, I’m definitely not perfect in that respect, but I make sure I make better food choices.

    Ditto to all of this! I'm glad you're finding success.
  • ccpinnickccpinnick Posts: 11Member, Premium Member Posts: 11Member, Premium Member
    Chris_2013 wrote: »
    I have found that every time I stop using MFP to journal my food, the lbs start coming back on. I need to be accountable and logging is the best way for me to be honest with myself.

    Told my wife last month - "If you see me slipping and not using MFP, etc. you have my permission to hold me accountable and please give me a hard kick in the butt."

    Have also learned that low calorie is a short term solution but low carb, high fat is easier and the meals are more satisfying and my blood work is outstanding. I don't find myself thinking about food and now doing keto OMAD with great success.

    Man, I could have written this same thing. I'm on my third cycle of losing weight and am determined to stay this way. I will continue logging on MFP as well in hopes to stay in better shape.

    Good luck to you!
  • epangiliepangili Posts: 187Member Member Posts: 187Member Member
    From an emotional overeater, two important lessons I learned:
    1. Keeping track of my emotions and reasons eating has helped me be more mindful to eat for fuel and deal with emotions without food. I ask myself "Am I hungry? What am I feeling? Stress? Bored? Etc.
    2. Some foods I love do not love me back. Example, chips are my go to stress ball cruncher would stall my weightloss for days so switched to roasted salted almonds one at a time.
    edited November 5
  • greenolivetreegreenolivetree Posts: 1,247Member Member Posts: 1,247Member Member
    Your point 2.5 really resonates with me. Weight loss does not make me happy. In fact, I would almost say that I'm happiest when fat! I was around 185 for most of my 20s at just under 5'1. I started losing in mid-2011 and by mid-2012 I was in the middle of the healthy BMI range for my height. I was not happy and nit-picked every.little.thing about my body. I ended up down to 105 for awhile and looked sick and sad. I actually ended up maintaining a healthy BMI until 2016 but I was basically "on a diet" the entire time. Never letting up on myself and I think the binges got more frequent until I gave up and just gained it pretty much all back in a year. (The rate at which I can gain weight is insane. People always say "You didn't gain it that fast, so don't expect to lose it that fast." but in my case I can literally gain 10lbs a month for several months in a row!)

    I'm really struggling right now with perspective because I'm still 11lbs overweight but kinda feel good about myself and I worry that I'll end up in the same predicament that I will not be happy when I lose it all. I've wondered a few times why I don't just maintain at a little overweight, but then I remember how fat I felt when I was gaining the weight and that tells me that staying here isn't the right decision.
  • greenolivetreegreenolivetree Posts: 1,247Member Member Posts: 1,247Member Member
    Your point 2.5 really resonates with me. Weight loss does not make me happy. In fact, I would almost say that I'm happiest when fat! I was around 185 for most of my 20s at just under 5'1. I started losing in mid-2011 and by mid-2012 I was in the middle of the healthy BMI range for my height. I was not happy and nit-picked every.little.thing about my body. I ended up down to 105 for awhile and looked sick and sad. I actually ended up maintaining a healthy BMI until 2016 but I was basically "on a diet" the entire time. Never letting up on myself and I think the binges got more frequent until I gave up and just gained it pretty much all back in a year. (The rate at which I can gain weight is insane. People always say "You didn't gain it that fast, so don't expect to lose it that fast." but in my case I can literally gain 10lbs a month for several months in a row!)

    I'm really struggling right now with perspective because I'm still 11lbs overweight but kinda feel good about myself and I worry that I'll end up in the same predicament that I will not be happy when I lose it all. I've wondered a few times why I don't just maintain at a little overweight, but then I remember how fat I felt when I was gaining the weight and that tells me that staying here isn't the right decision.

    We have similar stats. I'm also 5'1'' and hung around in the 180's in my 20's until I had my first significant weight loss. I gained my weight back pretty quickly too from binge eating.

    Regarding your second paragraph, for me, "feeling fat" has more to do with what I'm eating than with what my actual weight was. I most fat I felt was during the time I was binge eating. I felt much lighter, even at my highest weight, if I was eating better. Focusing on goals besides weight loss, like exercise and nutrition, helped me avoid that feeling.

    This is so true and is also something I've been pondering! When I had gained from XS to M, I was overeating on a regular basis and felt so gross and fat and bloated all the time. Now, since I'm losing, and not overeating, I feel pretty good in a M size and enjoy that I have clothes that are loose enough that I can layer instead of cramming into too small things :-D
  • RelCanonicalRelCanonical Posts: 3,235Member Member Posts: 3,235Member Member
    MikePTY wrote: »
    Somehow it has taken me this long to see this post, but thank you for posting this and it's advice everyone here, new or old, should take to heart.

    Although I'm shook to see that you do not, in fact, look like a k-pop boy band singer 😜

    Lol, that was pretty entertaining when people found out. I don't think it helped that my "type" is quite androgynous and that I had a penchant to use casual selfies as profile pics. xD
  • speyerjspeyerj Posts: 201Member Member Posts: 201Member Member
    @relcanonical, you look so cute in that dress! Congratulations on reaching your goal. And your original post is spot on, insightful and helpful. My weight graph over the past 5 years looks like a very volatile stock market graph. I know how to lose weight, but have't yet learned how to maintain it.
  • chris_in_calchris_in_cal Posts: 505Member Member Posts: 505Member Member
    jguldi11 wrote: »
    The mental component of weight loss is such an important, yet easily ignored factor.

    I am known for going overboard, but I think it is the main component.

    Such good timing for you to read this thrrad. What's your plan?

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