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  • I'm in recovery/about as recovered as I'm going to get. I don't log at the moment and pop in and out, though I might for a day here and there just to keep things in check. I usually eat more than 2000 calories. But for me, logging every day was still too tied to being freaked out about food. Took about six months but not I…
  • She said 'healthy' breakfast, not 'hearty.'
  • Haha, yep. I don't smoke because every time I do I tend to munch on everything in sight. Same with drinking--alcohol calories plus lower inhibition = eating a late night kebab or whatever. I had an issue with disordered eating/bulimia last year. My binging stopped when I started fueling myself properly and lessened my…
  • I second that at eighteen you might still be growing. Your brain is still developing at 18 too. How tall are you? Are you underweight or a healthy weight? What calories are you aiming for? How much exercise? Without more info it's difficult to advise. When I was 18 I was also trying to get to 9 stone, but at 6 ft that was…
  • I've largely cut out alcohol too. I have 0% beer when I just want a beer. The Erdinger one is isotrenic and has some trace vitamins, plus 125 calories for a large bottle that would be likely almost twice that if it was alcoholic. It satisfies the same craving since I usually only had one beer anyway. Never been much of a…
  • Having net 500 calories is promoting unhealthy behaviours--3.75 pounds a week is very unlikely to be healthy, even if you have a lot of weight to lose. A blanket statement of 'you will lose 60 pounds in 4 months' is also silly--that would put me at 90 pounds at 6 ft *eye roll*. Plus all caps sounds like you're yelling.
  • Personally I'd mix up ab exercises, just straight crunches/sit ups aren't actually the most effective for abs. Try some planks, side planks, back bows, etc. Fitness blender has some good short ab videos online, which are free. Otherwise generally getting moving sounds good. Like Kimny says it depends on your goals.
  • We've been DMing so you know my opinion on many of these things! But for others: I had an eating disorder last year (bulimia primarily), which was not super severe but impacted me enough I went to therapy at the eating disorder clinic for a year. I kept being too restrictive (but like umbra it was like 1700 calories)…
  • I usually assume it's overestimating by about 200-300 calories. That also gives me plenty of wriggle room as I guestimate calories/take days off from logging a lot.
  • Maintained around 155 for officially a year! Lowest recorded weight was 151.6 and highest 155.8. Currently at around 152. This is from over the summer.
  • I have an espresso machine at home and have two café au laits a day, which adds up to as much milk as a latte. It's just milk (or oat milk). Perfectly healthy. So are granola bars, which you were also worried about. I eat bars frequently. Good on the go snack.
  • Get you some energy gels! But seconding double-checking with a doctor just in case.
  • My husband gained a bit of weight (maybe 6kg) last year or the year before, I don't remember, and it was just portion creep/less exercise. I didn't mind but I did comment on it just because in 15 years of marriage it was the first time I noticed his body changing in any way. He very slightly altered his portions and was…
  • Yep, eat what you like. I often find ways to take the things I like but make 'em a bit healthier too, and prefer them to the original in many cases. Like it's no bother to cook with whole wheat or spelt for me, or to make my own pizza with a tortilla or a chapatti as a base and pop it in the over for 10 min. But I still…
  • It varies for me. Sometimes it's every day, sometimes once a week. I just weighed myself this morning for the first time in 3 weeks and I was down about 4 pounds, which isn't surprising as I've had a cold for 2 weeks that has messed with my appetite. I have another 2 pounds in my maintenance range--if I dip below that it's…
  • Had it at 11.30ish, which is the break between my 3 hour lecture. 45g oats 15g Sunwarrior chocolate protein powder 70g frozen banana 70g frozen cherries 16f crunchy peanut butter Water Microwaved it all for 2 minutes. This is my most common breakfast. Plus two cups of coffee, one with cow milk and one with coconut milk…
  • Just under 6 ft and I tend to maintain between 152-156.
  • I'm one of the ones with a sensitivity. I've never liked raw tomatoes (the texture isn't for me) unless they've been broken down a bit with balsamic vinegar (e.g. bruschetta). If I slice raw tomatoes my skin breaks out in a rash and I expect if I ate too many raw ones they'd give me a stomach ache. However, once they're…
  • I used to drink a lot more of it, but I've cut down since I bought a sodastream. Now I just have plain sparkling water, sometimes with a bit of juice in it for flavour. I'll still buy diet soda as a treat sometimes, though.
  • It's a wash for me usually. I eat more but I'm also walking/running about 15k steps per day most days, and more when I go on holiday. I hibernate in winter--it's dark at like 3.30 pm here at the worst of it.
  • I always leave mine at sedentary then have it match to my fitbit, which seems mostly accurate (though I think it overestimates by about 10%). I log things like yoga or weight training separately.
  • What I did was ease into maintenance, so I logged for months at the proper calorie amount until I had a really good sense of what maintenance feels like--how many calories I like to eat at different meal times, what my usual meals end up being. Now I still log most of the time but I don't bother when I go out to eat or on…
  • Yeah, the only time you really have to worry about it is if you're taking supplements or something like Accutane, which is a retinoid and similar to vitamin A. I had to have monthly blood tests when I was on it to make sure I wasn't having any health problems.
  • Just under six feet and I'm 155. I'm usually a 12 UK or 8 US but it can range from UK 10 to 18! H&M is the 18. Their sizing is just weird.
  • Overtraining syndrome, perhaps?
  • I like doing it with a friend. We call it 'Whinge and Weights' (Whine and Weights for Americans). We left heavy things and talk about whatever's bothering us or share stories or whatever. Time flies that way. If I do it on my own, I like music, podcasts, or audiobooks. I like that I can do it on my own time at my own…
  • I think it would be good if that caught on, for the environment's sake. I remember reading somewhere that the best WOE for the environment was essentially not all that different from DASH/Mediterranean. Buying local fruit + veg, not a lot of red meat, mostly poultry and some fish, but largely plant-based. I also think it's…
  • I was officially diagnosed last month. It went unnoticed for me since I was on hormonal birth control for years and I don't have a high weight (evidently 50% of PCOS people aren't overweight/obese, which I hasn't realised). My main obvious symptom in retrospect was some very stubborn acne. I went off birth control and…
  • Your hunger cues could still be adjusting from your previous time undereating. See the Minnie Maud/Homeodynamic method of ED recovery: https://edinstitute.org/homeodynamic. A lot of the time, the body can overshoot and retain a little extra fat because it's afraid you're going to starve it again. I don't hold much water…
  • I recently took a few weeks off logging because I was tired of it. I don't know if I could lose weight without tracking but I found it quite easy to maintain.
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