January 30, 2014 at 8:48 pm #14844
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I am new to this site and to Diet Recovery. I have read DR and DR II. Reading Eat for Heat, and listening to 12 Paleo Myths (not at the same time).
I think I have been in recovery mode for about a year…fell off the wagon and dieted a few time, even did a two day cleanse. I took an on-liner certification in Psychology Food Coaching and much of what I learned was about learning Body Wisdom. I was encourage to not weigh myself, love my body the way it is…but it has taken me a long time to relax and try and live these principals.
From 2006-2012 I was a chronic dieter, exercised a lot. Started out walking and light jogging, then started doing races. Completed multiple sprint Tris, half marathons, and even did a full marathon. All while working full time, having two school age kids (with lots of activities), running a house hold…blah blah. I was tired all the time. Cold all the time. Could never understand why I wasn’t thinner because I wasn’t eating all that much. Then when I slacked off I immediately gained weight.
The exhaustion all caught up with me. I gave in (and started listening to my body)…put rest as my priority. I was so fog headed and tired, I was falling asleep in meetings all the time at work, could not concentrate. This is around the time I began the certification in Eating Psychology, it was what I needed. But like I said before, old habit die hard. My desire to keep my thinner figure was still nagging at me, and I did make some runs at dieting to fight off the weight that was creeping on.
Thank fully as the holdidays passed and I started reading Matt’s book, I have made my news year resolution to never count another calorie or point.
My temps seem to linger in the 97’s. Occasionally upon waking they are @98. I have noticed the past two days after eating salty corn tortilla chip my temp was at 98.6. When I first started. I was letting myself eat whatever and over eat. I was sooo tired. Getting more than 8 hours of sleep is tricky…there aren’t enough hours in the day. We are so busy with the kids, work, chores blah. I do feel better now after a couple of weeks of this. I am finding I have more energy. I am able to focus better at work…sleeping without taking anything…and staying asleep. That was my #1 complaint from before my night time waking from 2-4…ugh.
anyway this is my story…hoping to get temps to a consistent 98.6 and then add more exercise, and some dieting? I think that is how it works. I am going to have 30 pounds to lose!!!January 30, 2014 at 10:40 pm #14845
Hi Hotchick! I’m new here as well, and have just begun reading DR II after finishing DR today. I think Matt makes some fantastic points in his book; his ideas just MAKE SENSE. Why overthink food like so many diets have us doing today? It makes eating a living hell, rather than something to be enjoyed. It’s almost like a chore.
Anyway, I’m in the 97 range as well, and I’m hoping to get up to the upper 98s as soon as I can by eating whatever, whenever (focusing on the S’s of course), and reducing my exercise to a minimal. That’s the hardest part I think, since I really want to keep my lean physique. Oh well, I have the rest of my life ahead of me to lean back out. Besides, that isn’t what life is about, anyway.
Time for recovery!
ChrisJanuary 31, 2014 at 10:07 am #14848
Hard thing to grasp, eating alot, gaining weight so that you can recover to lose weight. I keep trying to explain it to my husband but he won’t read the books and thinks it’s crazy. Meanwhile he has many symptoms of low metabolism. He has even been told he has a low thyroid.
I would just like to get into the 98’s soon!!! I have gained weight and it is uncomfortable…hard to find things to wear. I don’t want to buy a lot of fat clothes. lol
This morning I had a smoothie made with coconut milk, frozen fruit, coconut oil, some protein powder and chia seeds. Then made some toast with a bunch of butter and cream cheese. my temp was @97 after that.
February 1, 2014 at 8:35 pm #14881
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I know how you feel, but I think the most important thing I’ve learned so far from Matt is that health =/= weight necessarily. I’d much rather focus on trying to up my metabolism/body temperature and experience the great effects of having a high metabolic rate. Let’s be honest, wouldn’t it be great to stop the cold hands, dry skin, coarse hair, anxiety, brain fog, insomnia, and all that other crap that goes with a slow metabolism? If I gain weight and can no longer see my abs, but I’m happy and healthy as can be mentally and physically, then I’ll be beyond satisfied.
So yea, try focusing on overall health and not weight. There are even some studies that show being ‘slightly’ overweight is potentially healthier than being at an average weight. And I’m certain that it’s better than being underweight!
Best of luck :)February 2, 2014 at 9:36 pm #14901
agree. I went to the movies the other night. Had some popcorn and ate some sour patch kids that my daughter had. I carry a thermometer in my purse and took it out during the movie (without anyone noticing) and my temp was 99.3!! I also had another reading today of 99. So maybe I am on the way up. So I guess once I am consistently in the 98’s I will start working in some consistent exercise?February 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm #14903
I think that’s a good plan. I too found that my temperature has gone up tremendously within a few days of following the advice of Matt and the forum members here. I’m probably doing about 3200 calories to 3600 calories or so per day, and I’m feeling much better! In fact, I haven’t had cold hands all of the day today, which is a first. And I get to eat ice cream. LOTS of ice cream :)
For the exercise, I recommend doing the MAXercise protocol; that is, brief high intensity exercise. And if you are doing weights, then static holds. I don’t think you have to completely avoid exercise unless you are extremely underweight and don’t FEEL like doing any. If it seems like a chore to exercise, you aren’t ready yet. Once your metabolism gets high enough, you’ll want to move around and exercise, in whatever form you find most enjoyable.February 3, 2014 at 12:00 pm #14915
I am really out of practice for making time for exercise. I either have to get up really early or go at lunch. Either feels like a chore…but I am thinking if I force myself I might start liking it again. I work full time, and have two kids…I do all the cooking and many chores (I should make my kids help more) so I can easily find excuses. My nights are filled up with carting the kids around to activities…whenever I get a few minutes, I fall into the recliner…I often think I need a few solids days of not doing much more than vegging out to fully feel rested. Wah wah…I don’t mean to whine…but exercise always feels like a chore. I used to do it quite consistently despite feeling exhausted.February 3, 2014 at 12:15 pm #14918
Also, I am making an attempt to eat 3000 calories today…I have to admit, I am scared to gain even more weight…or develop some sort of eating disorder and end up on MY 600 Lb Life (TLC documentary). I need to go back and read the part of why this won’t happen.
My clothes are tight now…and I am going away on vacation in less than two weeks. The idea of putting a bathing suit on…I might get harpooned at the pool…lol. Trying to keep my sense of humor and not freak.February 3, 2014 at 2:05 pm #14923ErinElizabethParticipant
I think if exercise still feels like a chore you’re not really ready for it. If you’re really not willing to wait until you can’t stand the thought of sitting still (it actually does happen!) then I would be really careful to just do gentle movement like walking or a gentle stretching/yoga routine rather than focused exercise. I think one of my biggest takeaways from Matt has been to LISTEN to those signals the body is sending (like cravings and resistance to exercise). When you do start exercising I think I remember reading you should monitor body temps closely the day or two after to make sure you haven’t done too much and spiked your temps through stress hormones rather than metabolism boosting.
I do understand the fear of gaining weight and apart from just accepting it as part of the process I don’t really know what (if anything) can be done to mitigate it without compromising the process. I know I’ve gained a lot, I just happen to have timed my recovery journey along with a pregnancy so people expect me to be gaining weight and taking things fairly easy. I am VERY curious to see what happens after I’ve had the baby (due in a week, SO READY).February 3, 2014 at 9:42 pm #14951
Thanks for your response.
Ugh, I am not sure if I made it to 3000 calories…maybe 2500 or so. Feel full right now…made brownies, with real cocoa, butter, coconut oil..really good…washed it down with a big glass of whole milk.
I felt really sluggish today…loaded up on calories in the morning. Then I was fighting brain fog the rest of the day. But my temps seems to be @98 most of the time now. Just need the “can’t sit still” to kick in. It doesn’t help that I am in the Northeast, and it’s cold, snowy (getting 3 storms this week). Spring is around the corner.February 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm #14953ErinElizabethParticipant
Brownies sound fantastic, I might have to make some of those tomorrow…
It seems like now is a really good time for you to not have the “can’t sit still” since you’re stuck inside due to the weather. Take advantage of the rest and hopefully by the time the weather clears you’ll be chomping at the bit to get moving outside!February 4, 2014 at 2:29 am #14957
no cream cheese! it has carageenan or guar gum or other crap. avoid these gums like the plague. theyre in a lot of dairy products. always read ingredient labels.February 4, 2014 at 2:30 am #14958
more on carageenan…here is a study showing it can cause cancer:February 4, 2014 at 9:29 am #14962
What about organice Cream cheese? Ugh…I love cream cheese wth!!! lol oh well just have to have more butter.February 4, 2014 at 10:02 am #14963
organic or not, i have yet to find a creamchease without it….u need to be actively looking at ingredients and know it’s not just cream cheese…its in A LOT of foods
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