Great message and I'm glad you found what works for you. Best wishes to you and many more great successes!!
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632 1/26/13 8:35 A
Welcome back! Glad you're here and have found your "sweet spot" :)
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2 1/25/13 5:45 P
I almost feel like I have "discovered" something magical but the truth is that I have finally decided to care enough for myself to do things that should come naturally. The is my second attempt at Sparkpeople, the first time I was too impatient and I did not really "get" it. This time I came at it with a new understanding about what is healthy for me and with a commitment to improve my health and not just lose weight.
For so long I had believed that I was gaining weight because I was eating too much so if I just ate less and worked out more I would lose weight... sounds simple right? Here's the trick, each of us comes to this journey with different needs and so sometimes it is not that simple. I finally came to understand that it was deprivation and under-eating coupled with a gluten allergy and stress that had caused me to gain a lot of weight in a short period of time. Like many people I ran from fat for many years because it was supposed to be evil. Then when carbs were hailed as the bad guy I ran from them as well. Lo and behold! We need BOTH in correct doses to keep our minds and bodies functioning properly!
Also, if you eat too few calories and keep doing things like working out and going to work everyday it throws your hormones and other bodily functions out of whack and can result in weight gain. Add food allergies to the mix and you have a perfect storm. The problem is that, for those of us who are overweight, doctors and other people can be so off-handed and dismissive of us assuming that our only real problem must be that we do not understand things like portion control or exercise, so they dismiss any legitimate complaints. In this way, I saw multiple doctors over the years about digestive issues and never once did anyone suggest a gluten allergy but all of them commented on my weight. No duh, doc!
It is only recently that I went to a doctor who suggested that maybe there was nothing wrong with what I was eating but with my patterns of consumption. I had the bad habit of missing meals and waiting until I was near passing out before taking a break to eat. She explained that this causes havoc with blood sugar and can contribute to weight gain and other health issues. So, I started tracking my food with Sparkpeople and found that I was eating too few calories, too few carbs, and too much fat. As I began to balance those things out I found that I had to force myself to eat more than I was used to. Believe me it was really hard to believe that I was supposed to be eating to lose weight. I also followed my doctor's advice and started eating 4-6 meals a day (still struggling to get to 6). I also kept up my workout routine and I have lost more weight in the last month than I had been able to in years.
Moral of the story, take the time to find out what you need and to understand your body. There is no magic bullet for everyone. Do not let other people's assumptions about who you are determine how you approach your journey to health.
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