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Ok, I need to babble here. So I'm trying to the amount of food I need and eat healthfully. However, my pants are getting a little tighter (they're still biggish on me because they were almost to the point of falling off).<br><br>
This is making me a little......nervous. Is it true that my body will readjust to eating "right" and that if I did put on a couple of pounds they will come off?!? Also, I've been dong a lot of abs- crunches, all kinds of stuff-could my muscles be getting bigger in my belly?!<br><br>
HEEELP! LOL!!!<br><br>
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Yes, your ab muscles could be getting bigger. And, a body knows its optimal weight. You'll put on a *few* pounds and even out once you've begun eating healthily.
 

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Lol, linz, told you not to buy the bargain jeans that shrink every time you put it in the dryer <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D">
 

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One of the drawbacks of crunches is that they "push" the fat forward, so to speak (it isn't exactly like that, but easiest way to explain it). The fat then gets burned through cardio. For example, when I started doing crunches, my weight stayed the same BUT my waist increased over an inch!! But, after a few weeks of crunches and cardio, my waistline dropped and got a little smaller. I read online on a number of locations that this happens a lot and not to panic.<br><br><br><br>
Charity is right; your body will even itself out.<br><br><br><br>
And, remember...pants coming out of the dryer are always tight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
If you find your dress a little too snug, try control top pantyhose or underwear. The important thing is to enjoy yourself and your body.
 

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Clothes are not cookie cutters.....what am I trying to say....Mmmm<br><br>
and we have more freedom than a piece of dough in terms of choosing our shape? Am I making sense <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:">
 

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We have a little more freedom then a piece of dough <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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freemouse- I kind of don't understand what you mean or what you are trying to say.....lol. I got the first thing about my pants shrinking, but the second post I kind of didn't get.<br><br>
I have definatley been doing a lot more ab work lately, and I don't think the growth on my waist is more than an inch or so. I measured my waist today though and it was 32- that might still be big or whatever, but its an accomplishment to me, because it used to be 36-37 inches. I don't know though, because I have gained five pounds. I swear I'm not eating that much food, and I've been working out a lot. I'm trying not to worry about it, I just really need to be told and reminded that my body is adjusting and these pounds will come back off, if that is indeed the case.<br><br>
Well, I dunno....<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> We'll see what happens I guess. Its been a week or two since I've weighed myself, so I'm not sure where I'm at.<br><br>
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Mmm.....I think I was trying to say that don't use clothes to frame your body. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Ok! I was like...not sure if you were trying to say that if I don't like the way my waist is I should change it, or if you were saying that its not the clothes you wear don't make your body or what! Lol. Yeeess, I'm an airhead.......<br><br>
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Right, so today I marched up to the weight room and weighed myself....143. Nearly a ten pound increase. Any insight as to what's going on here? I'm pretty worried and upset...I've been playing all kinds of games with my eating- starving, pigging out----but in the last three days I've tried to start over again. This is discouraging....?<br><br>
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Relax a bit, Linz, this more you concentrate on it the harder it gets---- well, from my experience. Forget about the whole healthy eating thing and just eat like other girls (w/o non-vegan stuff) and think about anything and everything else. I know it's hard but now you seem to be frustrated and chance is you are more likely to pig out. Well, what you have to go thru you have to go thru, bear the pain and keep the faith that you will reach the end of the tunnel!<br><br><br><br>
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Just relax linz. Eat right and exercise. And give your body time.<br><br><br><br>
I think that sadly this may be a direct result of starving yourself for so long. When you starve for whatever reason, your metabolism shuts down to conserve energy for down the road (this is a gift from ancestors who maybe didn't know where/when the next meal was coming). So you were eating before...what 1500 or less calories? So you body started saying..."Clearly Linz doesn't have enough food in the house or money to buy food right now. We need to conserve our resources here in case things get even tighter." Now you are eating well (I hope) and doing the right thing...your body can't just be expected to jump through hoops. It's going to take time hunny. Why do you think that people loose so much so quick when they go on starvation diets? They shock their bodies...that's what. And before a reaction can occur, boom ten or twenty lbs are gone. But then...what happens? Weightloss will get VERY slow or even stop. and then the person gets so frustrated (when in fact this is their fault) that they will go off their diet and gain everything back. In the end bodies can't be tricked for very long.<br><br><br><br>
So your body right now is saying.."Oooo...Linz is eating again, but remember she starved us not too long ago. We better pack some extra on while she can, no telling when the cupboards will be empty at Linz's house."<br><br><br><br>
Basically once your body realizes it can trust you to feed it properly, it will settle into how you're supposed to look. Don't get frustrated with it please. Treat it nicely. It was you who tried to trick it in the first place. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Sorry, if I'm repeating, but I didn't get the chance to read all of the posts. Muscle weighs more than fat. If you're increasing your exercise, and increasing lean/healthy body mass, you will weigh more when you get on the scale. Your body will adjust to your new habits and level out, so be patient.
 

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I'm not doing well....<br><br>
I came home from school and I binged!! I had a big enough lunch (a pita w/tomato, a soft pretzel and an apple) plus two suckers at school- got sick from all the sugar that I am unaccustomed to. Then I came home and I PIGGED OUT. Could it have been the sugar? I'm not proud of this. I, no kidding, came home and ate 1/2 a peanut butter and potato chip sandwich, a bowl of soup, a banana, a bowl of oatmeal, some grapes, some carrots, and an orange. HOLYYY CRRAAP. HOLLLY CRRAAP. I am completely disgusted with myself, but I don't want to try to gag it up, I don't want to give up! Should I just pick up the pieces and move on?! After all, I can't take it back, I ate it. All I can do is work out fiendeshly (sp?) and eat a reallllly small dinner. It might be better if I just ate nothing. Why can't I strike a balance with food?! Why am I either starving or pigging out?! *ARGH!*<br><br>
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No! You must eat a good sized dinner as well. If you decide to eat light or nothing, you'll just wreak havoc on your metabolism. Eating a good dinner will keep your body processing everything.<br><br><br><br>
Just move on. Don't think about it. Your body wanted food! The end. You ate a *decent* lunch, but it wasn't huge. A large-ish snack is to be expected, especially after a day of stressful school!<br><br><br><br>
And hon, don't wear yourself out with any crazy workout! It'll be allright.
 

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Thanks Charity. Your pep talk convinced me to go to the gym and work through the depressed feeling that I had-- I had to force myself to get going, but once I did, I felt a lot better. I'm going to eat dinner...its getting late so I guess I better get down on it. I guess I have to move past my binge and just do better tomarrow. After school is not a good time for me at all, I always overeat. Maybe I need more at lunch? I'm not sure. But really, seriously, thank you for your talking me out of a huge breakdown.<br><br>
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You're welcome. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> I think after school is just Official Eat Everything In The Fridge Hour. It always was for me. After eight hours of school, you're just drained! It's healthy to refuel. It's like, taking the car on a huge trip.. when you get home, it's time to hit Jiffy Lube.
 

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Linz, that "binge" sounds like a pretty healthy yummy fruits treats, what's wrong with that? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"> You are not gonna gain anything by eating orange, carrots, grapes, and banana, not even oatmeal and some PB. Don't even think abour gag, you ate like a little rabbit<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/grin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":D"><br><br><br><br>
Eat your dinner and just cut off night time snack and I think you will be perfect.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/wink3.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=";)">
 

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Well linz, i do have this problem with sugar. Eating processed sugars (IE suckers and other candy), just leads to me craving more sugar. I had this problem with alcohol too...drinking it nightly lead to me wanting to drink it nightly...especially if it was a 'sugary' drink (one of those lemony fizzy things), I'd drink those like there was no tomorrow.<br><br><br><br>
So yes, sugar is a trigger for some. A big trigger for me. But I'm happy to see what you DID decide to eat. Those are all really healthy foods. I think you ate a lot of bulk and fiber which is really good for you.<br><br><br><br>
Oh, I wanted to recommend an article in Oprah this month (I picked up this magazine for the first time in several months). It's by Martha Beck and it's called the Joy Diet. Made me think of you, as it talked about how we starve ourselves in all these non-food related areas, and we starve ourselves food wise as well. Actually said about the same thing I said in my first post here. And then talked about how we eat for reasons other than hunger and how to begin to look at those issues. Don't be put off by the mile high ice cream sundae on the front of the article...it's really a very good philosophy. "The Joy Diet" only talks a little about food...it talks a lot about 'feasting' in other areas of our lives.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, just some thoughts. It's going to take you some time to get this right. I'd recomend what charityajo mentioned to keegan. If you don't trust your body to eat 'when hungry' right now...then eat on schedule for a while. I still do that to some extent. I have a really harry period between lunch and supper and if I don't eat a snack in there, I'm always bound to eat a big huge bunch of food at supper because I've gone without too long. That's just how it is. So maybe between lunch and supper, instead of two suckers, eat something substantial like a PBJ sandwich (or I've found that just eating some all natural peanut butter...like a spoonful or two, can really tide me over).<br><br><br><br>
Good luck!<br><br>
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Thanks bethanie, Charity, and freemouse. This isn't getting any easier. I feel run down and tired, and today I think I ate about 2200 calories, which is an enormous amount. I don't know why but its either too much or too little with me, all the time. It makes me so upset, I cry about this everyday and I'm so tired of it. I don't know why I'm eating so much food, its totally unecessary. It seems like I've started and I'm just letting things slide. I'm not sure what to do, I still feel lost. But tomorrow is another day, and I get to start over again. I just keep telling myself that everyday, and everyday I #@!& things up for myself.<br><br>
Yeah, well thats my rant for the day...."tomorrow will be better!"<br><br>
lovenlight,<br><br>
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