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  • in reply to: anorexia/restriction, running, and how to stop the insanity #12388
    Ashley
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    I did quit exersizing entirely except that I have a farm and had to feed and milk my goat herd twice a day and had to trim some horses as I work as a farrier part time. At that time I was kinda wishing I didnt have those physical responsibilities. They were impediments, I felt. Though not for long. When I started refeeding I was *tired* all the time for a good month. I didnt even wantto run at all. So I just slept a lot. I just wanted to sleep and I pictured it helping my body little by little and it did. I just started back up running again in August and I took back to it well. I didn’t lose much conditioning at all and quickly gained past my previous abilities, even though I was carrying about 12 more lbs. running feels better now. It feels more natural and less jarring I guess? It just kinda flows. I got to where I was just having to push and push myself before and I was sore all the time. I ran 7 miles the other day and didnt get sore at all!

    in reply to: liquid intake while pregnant, nursing #12352
    Ashley
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    Maybe not necessarily a lot more but some more. Are you thirsty?

    in reply to: liquid intake while pregnant, nursing #12351
    Ashley
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    I found that after my metabolism got higher, I had to start drinking more liquid again. I am back to drinking as much fluid as before I refed, without all the peeing and whatnot. Yes you probably need to drink more.

    in reply to: anorexia/restriction, running, and how to stop the insanity #12315
    Ashley
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    How I changed was like nike, just did it. I was afraid but I set a goal and I just did it. I didn’t like the changes along the way but I kept at it. I am in a much better state now. I have lost some of what I gained without letting myself go hungry. I am running and I’m eating like crazy and every week I can run farther and faster and easier. Now *that’s* fun! (I too, love to run :))

    I wasn’t in as bad of a state as you are physically (started this back in March). I was pretty bad, but not to the point of being underweight.. *sigh* not even to the point of being goal weight yet lol. But I work physically and hard, my body wouldn’t let me. I was trying not to friggen pass out left and right, I was sore all over. My hips took *months* to stop hurting after I began refeeding. If I wasn’t working so hard I could have really dug in and screwed myself up better. :)

    Anyway, no one can do it for you. You are going to have to decide to let go of this false feeling of control. You need to start living and let food be food and moving be moving. There is much more to life. Don’t miss out on it being bogged down in the details.

    Knowing isn’t enough, you have to do. Would you use the same kind of language if it was someone else needing your help? Would you say, “I know I need to feed my child (or dog, or aging parent etc etc- ) enough food, but I’m just not ready?” or “I know I need to stop kicking my cat across the room every time I see it but I’m not ready. Maybe I will eventually. I’ll just start by kicking it halfway across the room instead.” If it’s not good enough for your pet, is it good enough for the body you are relying on to live in in this world? No one can do it but you. It’s scary, it’s not fun, but what you’re holding on to is not the jewel it seems to be. It’s not valuable. You have to really see it for the old lump of coal that it is.

    in reply to: Want to diet- help #12273
    Ashley
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    What exersize are you getting?

    in reply to: Dont like new body need advice!! #12161
    Ashley
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    I hear you on being uncomfortable in your body. It sucks, that’s all I can say. So just count your blessings.. your legs may not look like you want them to, but they work right? Some people’s don’t. Some people don’t even have legs and would probably jump at the chance to have a pair far uglier than yours. Ok, ok guilt trip over… :)

    Have you checked out Go Kaleo’s website? She has workouts available there. To build muscle you have to eat at least at maintenance for your current weight or over. This will give your body the fuel to build muscle. Obviously, you also have to eat sufficient protein for building. But protein alone isn’t enough. That’s the material, high enough calories supplies the laborers so to speak.

    Also, check out this article regarding your cardio question: http://gokaleo.com/2013/06/11/women-and-running/

    She also hits on this in her latest post:
    http://gokaleo.com/2013/08/28/a-brief-history-of-my-timeline-photos/

    in reply to: Dont like new body need advice!! #12138
    Ashley
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    First of all, good job getting your health in a better place! I know the weight gain feels awful, but don’t focus on the lbs because you are still in the normal BMI range (which tends to run low as it is). So it’s not about the scales, it’s about your body composition, which is a result of the past stress on your body. Your body has gone through hell, give it some slack, it’s worried about what might be around the next corner. It is normal and healthy to gain extra fat after restriction and then refeeding. However, it is also normal for your body to let go of it after time goes by. Mine was on my belly. It then dissipated over my body and is now coming off very slowly. I started back in March but I was not in as bad a place as you were to start with (however, I was overweight from a child and have a family history of morbid obesity, so I have the genes to make me fat, so if this works for me it means something).

    Did you read the Minnesota starvation study? Notice the fat gain and loss pattern with the men. They all overshot their previous weights and had more fat on their bodies and less muscle after refeeding. Their bodies then preceded to slowly let go of that fat and go back to their healthy starting weight and composition. You can’t rush it, you have to give your body the time to heal and do what it needs to do.

    4 months…. how do you feel? Energetic? Do you have drive? Sleep good? Digestion good? Good temps?

    I’m not going to guess at whether you are ready to start exercising.. but when you do (and exercise is healthy- indeed necessary for good health- as long as it is well fueled and built up to over time from wherever you are-not where you wish you were) you should do something you enjoy and probably work on muscle building to slowly shift your weight away from fat to muscle over several months- think like next year, not like next month. I like to run and I started running again a few weeks ago. And I have made great strides (ha!) since my body is much healthier now. Running feels so much better now. I’m following a schedule to run a 10k so I don’t overdo it like I tend to. Running is making me feel good and strong, not beating me up like it did when I was undereating. It is something I enjoy and have a natural ability towards. And of course, I also gave my body time to come out of all the crap I put it through *first*.

    I’ve been overweight my whole stinking life (ok, since 9 or 10). I don’t know if anyone hates extra fat more than me. I just had to deal with it. Wear clothes that feel and look as good as possible and give your body a pass for a while :/ Focus on other things. Be mentally strong when the doubts creep up. Remind yourself that undereating (or purging) and overexercising are what gets you in this state. You are slowly climbing out of that hole and every day is closer to where you want to be… Patience.. yuck.. :)

    Explain to your husband that your body needs time to recover before it will allow itself to change much. Maybe show him the starvation study as well.. and the responses on here?

    in reply to: too long don't read, or: am i completely screwed #12082
    Ashley
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    By all means, eat the fat! I eat lots of butter everyday. And you know what, it’s probably the one food that I have continued to crave since I first started refeeding (mid March). Other things I have kind of rotated through. I will have two or three tablespoons with breakfast- and I am eating at a deficit right now (I still eat over 3,000 cals a day, before exersize). I have lots of energy eating like this and have underarm temps over 98 degrees.

    I remember someone saying it seems that often women need more fat.

    Focus less on what you *think* you should be eating and more on learning to hear what your body is asking for. Your body will tell you what it needs, if you keep trying to listen and keep paying attention you will slowly learn to interpret and know what you need more and more.

    Your fear of going above a certain weight is rooted in your belief that losing fat is hard or impossible. This comes from having lived in a low metabolic state previously. Let go of that because when you are in a high metabolic state, yes, real weight loss is slow but its not hard. The weight you put on is not permanent. Also, you will probably find, in a healthy state you will be the same size at a higher weight. You should really stop weighing. I know how hard that is but do it. It’s a very poor I indicator because it doesn’t tell you what that weight is made out of. Is it bone or muscle? If it is, do you really want to be afraid of it?

    • This reply was modified 10 years, 11 months ago by Ashley.
    in reply to: A milk and banana diet for the treatment of obesity #12048
    Ashley
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    A lot of my first refeeding was bananas and milk. I craved it!

    in reply to: How to overcome low carb induced hypoglycemia? #12047
    Ashley
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    Yea, for me, it was mostly being tired, having no energy. Then I would have some energy and then crash. I took naps when I crashed. Something that frustrates me as I like to be active and I have been burnt out on all that with my “adrenal fatigue” from 17 yrs old. But I just slept and slept and slept.

    I think of it like you went into debt, an energy debt. Sucky part of debt is always the having to pay it back.

    Ashley
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    Couldn’t it also be that those who were developing insulin resistance were craving more carbs in their diet? So it was effect and not cause?

    in reply to: How to overcome low carb induced hypoglycemia? #11966
    Ashley
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    I mean I run and have a huge garden I work by hand in rocky soil and a farm and work as a farrier part time so I do a lot of physical labor now and I have the energy for it and feel great and eat lots o food :) like yesterday I ate about 3,500 hundred calories but I worked all day as well (cleaning the barn and building a feeder) and I’m losing fat. In the beginning i ate that or more many days a d slept a lot. When I was 17 I was so bad off I couldn’t do just the garden part (I’m 28, today in fact).

    • This reply was modified 10 years, 11 months ago by Ashley.
    in reply to: How to overcome low carb induced hypoglycemia? #11964
    Ashley
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    Took me a month to get over the main hump. I gave myself that time and I slept all I could. I took one or two naps every day. I didn’t have hypoglycemia but I was the walking dead half the time. 2 weeks just isn’t very long. You are seeing improvements, you just have to give your body time. The spells will be farther and farther in between until they are pretty much gone altogether. But you may get to a point where you haven’t had one for a week and have one and feel frustrated but look back and remember your progress. That’s how it went for me. The good spells became longer and the bad spells further apart and shorter. I started back in March, coming off low carb as well (ketosis combined with low calorie) and I feel really good now. I have been working hard and I’m slowly losing fat too (I do track calories but I’m not goin hungry.

    in reply to: First signs of improvement #11921
    Ashley
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    My first sign was probably my digestion speeding up, was sooo slow and uncomfortable.

    I’m no longer hungry right after I eat and I don’t have to pee right after I pee. In fact I worked yesterday trimming horses and then ran errands. I left home at about 11 am and got home close to 5pm. Didn’t go until I got back home! I used to have to go at just about every client’s house, occasionally both before I started and after I was done.

    And I have a lot of energy now. :)

    • This reply was modified 10 years, 11 months ago by Ashley.
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    in reply to: Cheeseslave's Weight Loss Diet #11883
    Ashley
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    Hey Anna, sorry I just saw this. I would get on some herbs for the liver. I hope it’s ok to post links, this is my moms website. You can call her for a consult (she doesn’t charge). She’s been through my ordeal with my gall bladder and my aunt also has trouble and the liver herbs help her. http://Www.ozarkherbal.com . My mom is an RN .

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