Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,690 6/15/12 10:52 A
Well, before you start going on diets, I think you should consider looking to your current bad habits, first.
Cheating on the weekends (especially with wine and alcohol) can completely undo your weeks' work, especially when you're very close to your goal weight like you are. Some mixed drinks can have THOUSANDS of calories! You shouldn't be dieting, and feeling so deprived you need to cheat... eat the things you love, in moderation, and there's no need for cheat days.
You are also already at a healthy BMI! You're even on the low side of normal at 20.8. (normal range is 18.5-24.9) Your goal weight of 103 will put you just a few tenths of a point above underweight (18.8). I think the reason you're having trouble losing the weight may be because you're AT a healthy weight, and your body is trying to find its equilibrium. Having a certain number as your goal is often counterproductive, because our weight isn't a static number. The number on the scale doesn't tell you how healthy you are, how fit you are.
Since your problem is with your clothes, I have two suggestions: One, get clothes that fit. ;) We shouldn't be trying to fit our clothes, we should buy our clothes to fit us! You aren't a more beautiful person at one size than another, what makes you beautiful is a beautiful personality under clothes that flatter what you have! Ever seen Queen Latifah? She's a big woman... and one of the most beautiful people I've ever seen! She looks better than a lot of women who weigh half of what she does, because she wears things that flatter her, and has confidence.
The other thing I think you should consider is body composition. If you start strength training, and build lean muscle, then you may find that everything does fit better. There's a phenomenon called "skinny fat" where someone has a healthy BMI, but has more fat than they like. This often happens after weight loss without strength training, because as we lose weight, we lose fat AND muscle... not just fat. Strength training helps prevent that loss. If you didn't strength train, you'll have to build lean mass back up! Improving your body's composition through strength training may help you look and feel better in the skin you're in, without needing to restrict yourself even more.
Try putting the scale away. For someone who is recovered from an eating disorder, the scale can be more of an enemy than a friend. While you may be recovered, that's spectre you will always have to be wary of!
Heather Writer, mother, wife, and breadwinner. I love to run, but running doesn't love me, so I'm switching to my low-impact bike.
Fitness Minutes: (24,287)
6/15/12 10:15 A
I'm struggling with a little weight gained after I quit smoking 6 months ago. I'm actually eating more than I used to eat, just because I'm also a totally recovered bulimic. Anyway, it's 6 months that I'm stuck on 52-53 kg (159 cm height). It's not over my normal range, I know, but I feel better and my clothes fits better with 3-4 kg less. It's not so easy, since my former issues with food do not allow me to restrict to much my food intake, so I have to stay within a 1300-1500 range of calories. I've started a harder workout program last week (2 hours a week of run, 2 hours a week of stationary bike, 1 hour of interval training), that is much more I used to workout, but maybe it's still not enough, since I spend most of my day on a chair, studying and reading. I don't know...I'm usually able to stay within my range of calories, even if my choices are not 100% healthy, but I cheat every weekend...Especially with wine and alcohol. I found this book from some years ago, it's called the CSIRO diet. The plan is quite simple and very balanced, and I was wondering to start with it. Anyone want to join this trip? I would feel definitely more motivated!
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