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I don’t know if I can help you too much because I am a 42 year old women and my issues are probably a lot different than yours but I was compelled to respond because I understand your frustration and fear. I have not gained as much weight as you have but I have gained a lot for my 5’2″ body. I have not allowed myself to weigh this much since I was 18, barring pregnancy weight gain. I started EFH in July and the weight gain and progress has been slow and steady, although, at first it came on pretty quickly. I would not have continued this had it not been for the positive progress. I can promise you, I would go back to restricting if not for the positive gains in my health. I would much rather be smaller than I am but I am at a point in my life that health is much more important than a number on the scale.
I really thought that I had stopped gaining weight but I haven’t. Today, I weighed myself after many weeks of staying off the scale. I felt so good about myself that I thought surely I had lost weight or at least I had maintained my weight from the last time I had weighed. No, I had gained a few more pounds. BUT, My temps are up enough now and I feel good enough now that I can do some serious weight lifting and I have had some major gains in strength that I did not have before because I was so tired and it took so long for me to recover from exercise. I think I was actually losing muscle before I began this journey. Now I believe a significant part of my weight gain is from muscle gain. I love that! I want to be strong and feel good!
I would say to you, focus on the positive gains in your health, listen to your body and ask yourself if going back to restricting is what is right for your health. Is the extra weight helping your body heal or not?
I hope I have helped you in some way. I know how hard it is to gain weight, believe me!
All the best to you on your journey to health!
I think I can kind of see that happening to me. My tummy seems to be less big, I know this because I can now button a few pair of jeans that I wasn’t able to button just a week ago and I haven’t lost any weight. My thighs and butt are much bigger though but they don’t look bad. I really think I have gained some muscle. I’ve been doing this for about 4 1/2 months and have gained about 10 pounds. I think I have stopped gaining and am eating to appetite. I am exercising 4 days a week but no more than 30 minutes each work out. I have had so many positive results from this that I cannot imagine going on a diet again. Thank you for the encouraging words. I’m glad that you are seeing positive results and I wish you continued success and health!
Thanks for your response jax68. I think I’ll just roll with it for now.
I’m curious about this, as well. My pre-ovulation temps, in the morning, range from 97.5-97.8. Is that ok? After ovulation they are 97.8-98.2 in the morning. I am able to get my temps up to 98.2-98.6 later in the day, no matter where I am in my cycle. They were higher when it was hotter out.September 27, 2013 at 10:37 am in reply to: Up three dress sizes, and about to go completely mental! #12869
I’m so sorry you are struggling. I too, have gained some weight and have seen some health improvements. But, I DO NOT want to gain anymore weight! I cannot imagine gaining anymore weight! I too would eventually like to lose a little weight but I can’t imagine going back to terrible sleep and constipation. May I ask, what health improvements you have seen?
When I think about it the only times in my life that I have been stinky, other than recently, is when I have been really stressed out, especially when I am angry. So, the stress response makes sense. I haven’t been as smelly the last few days so maybe my body is becoming less stressed. Although, I was just on the phone with my insurance company and became very angry and now I am smelly!
I too, am enjoying the beginnings of not being so obsessed with what to eat. I’m just eating! That is amazing!!!! Also, my teeth and gums feel stronger. They feel like they are staying cleaner longer. Crazy! I feel more weatherproof. As if, the weather changes don’t affect me so greatly. I hope I continue to feel that way once fall and winter arrive. ;)
Those are some of the things that keep me going.
That could be it because I have also noticed that I am having more hair fall. In the past when I have had that problem I believed it to be hormonal. I hope it is for the good. On this journey, I feel along with the good results, I am experiencing some not so fun results. I’ll keep pushing forward and see where this takes me. Good luck to you on your journey!
Alright! Thanks a lot for your insight!
That’s what I thought but wasn’t positive. I do make stock regularly (a good take away from wapf) and I do consume it but not daily. My last batch turned out entirely gelatin when cold and it does taste pretty good. I drink it in a broth or I put it in foods like sauces, stews and the like. I wonder how much I should be consuming in a day?
Thanks Dutchie! This may be a very stupid question and forgive me if it is but is the gelatin your talking about and the gelatin that forms when a good chicken or beef stock is made, the same thing?
I guess I have been eating some junk. I have allowed myself to eat some chips on occasion and even a donut here and there but not a lot of it. Most of the things I do eat, even if junk food, are organic and non GMO except when I am out and then try not to worry about it. I am eating to appetite because I cannot stand to feel bloated but still definitely more than I was previously. I have continued to exercise 4 days a week but not being obsessive about it. I do weight lifting 2 days a week and cardio 2 days a week but only 30 minutes per workout. I have been trying to go for walks when I feel the desire but not forcing myself. Thank you for your reply! I don’t know what to think. I don’t know if I should be more careful with what I eat again or what?
Spears, I’m so glad to read your story this morning. I woke up at 3:30 this morning obsessing about my body. I could not go back to sleep because I was too busy berating myself for my weight gain and thinking that I had not made enough strides towards better health to warrant continuing the weight gain. Ultimately, what I hope to gain on this journey is health. Not that I am terribly unhealthy, I have never been without a period but I have had hormonal issues, thyroid issues and dental issues. The dental issues are severe bone loss not due to bad oral hygiene but most likely due to malnutrition. I have spent a good portion of my life restricting food to some degree. I’m 5’2″, female, 42 and 135 lbs. at my heaviest and 105 lbs. at my smallest. I’m somewhere in the upper end of the middle now (I stopped weighing when I hit 120 lbs.).
Anyway, reading your story has helped me to focus on the positive things I have seen so far. Namely, my oral health. I don’t know how but I can tell that it is better. Also, I am no longer constipated! Woo! Hoo! I am coming off low carb which is so hard to stop especially when I was told during this time that “you look the best you have ever looked” while I was on it. I am sleeping better. Not quite as good as I would like but better. My temps after ovulation are already staying in the 98’s. Before ovulation it is difficult to get to 98 but staying in the 97’s.
I still have some work to do and I am deathly afraid of gaining more weight. But, I know that I am making great strides and I have to focus on my health. That is the only thing that will keep me going.
Sorry for the rambling but I am thankful for your timely post!