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Two minds about losing weight

Saturday, April 20, 2013

I'm doing Eat to Live which causes me to lose more weight. It's a vegan diet with lots of fruit, vegetables and beans. I like that the number on the scale is falling, but I know I shouldn't. I've bought more clothes at this size than another size on the way down. A size 2 is rather small and hard enough to find. Size 0 would be harder to find, but it's not about clothing size.

Anyway, my BMI is fine. I feel great. I need to find a way to maintain my weight and keep away from the foods that make me feel bad. I know that maintenance is a balancing act. I have to stop wanting to get thinner. I like the feeling in my body as I get smaller. I haven't been this small since I was a teen. BMI wise I can lose twelve pounds before reaching the underweight class.

I don't think I should lose weight most of the time. However, I don't eat enough to maintain and I love working out. I'm not going to cut back on my exercise so I need to eat more. I have to stop wanting the scale to show lower numbers. One sixteen the latest on the gym scale is low enough.

Last night, I made myself eat a big bowl of granola to get more carbohydrates. It made me reach my calorie range, but it wasn't a food permitted on Eat to Live. I might have to drop doing Eat to Live and just continue with eating lots of fruits and vegetables anyway. I think what will work for me is using the concepts of Eat to Live and eating more carbohydrates since most nuts and seeds don't agree with me.

I know that I can't stress out about losing more weight especially when I'm at two minds about it. I have to eat more to not lose weight, but part of me likes losing weight. Sometimes, I think I'll lose weight for another five weeks or so. Then, other times, the thought scares me.
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    It sounds like you are about where you should be for your weight. You are correct that you may need to eat more to maintain. You said you ate some granola to get enough calories for the day and that you exercise a lot.

    What I have learned is that the Eat To Live program is for losing weight and once you get to where you should be, then you need to add more carbs back into your diet. If you are exercising your body needs the carbs for energy.

    Good luck to you, I hope you figure out what is best for you

    2742 days ago
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    I'm not at my goal weight, so I am not in maintenance. Have you considered giving yourself non-scale targets? like number of days at calorie range? number of exercise minutes (since you love it)? number of days in a streak of doing something positive for your health (maybe stretching or meditation)?

    I think we like to have goals, and as you know losing weight is just one of them....maybe some other tangible goals can give you something to focus on that is not scale related.

    Good luck! Sounds like you have found a good game plan!
    2743 days ago
    You are right, maintenance is a challenge because we don't get that feeling of accomplishment that comes from seeing the scale move downward. But healthy is the goal, not losing weight for the sake of losing weight and I think it's good you are paying attention to that healthy range BMI.

    I wonder if healthy smoothies after workouts would help? I make one with why protein, some kind of liquid (I use almond milk, but other liquids work) and fruit. It's refreshing, adds some calories and is hydrating too.

    Good luck. Sounds like you have done well and just need to figure out your "set" range.

    2743 days ago
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