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Thanks, Rob, you guys rock! One less thing to obsess about :)
I guess having an infant must change everything, and he should be your priority, no question :)
My temperature is still lowish…34?C and it is summer over here! Last year I was shivering 24/7! No one tells you how bad low carb paleo is for you gas bills. EUR 300 extra, baby, how am I supposed to buy me grassfed steak now?
I think trying to speed up is unnecessary stress, at least it is for me! I have looked in the mirror and said – this is how my body will look for as long as it needs, to heal from all the damage I have imposed. I have began to exercise more, because I am having lots of fun doing it – some days for 1 hour, other 20 min, whatever I feel like!
Just think about how great it is to get energy from such a delicious process, called eating! Think about how wonderful it is to eat. I also associated food with thoughts of self-destruction and punishment and now I am thoroughly enjoying how it really feels to nourish my body with joy! Sorry if it is too Hippie for you, but works here :) Best of luck!
Scarletsmum – I used to stay on 55 kg pre diet, went down to 49 kg and after eating loads of food shot up to 63 kg as well. We are the same height. Now I have stabilized at 59,5 kg and really wonder if this is forever or if I could redistribute this weight a little with exercise. I guess this is still better than being stuck in the restricting-binging see-saw!
HAhaha Matt…I’ll bite. I know I should not complain, it is just that I am very petite and shy, and this beast has a 105cm circumference, that gets too much attention and doesn’t fit any store bought dress :P
I am really glad I am maintaining weight, though, and eating all I want. Life just flows much better!
Now I am busting my ass and the rest of me with Kettlebells and medballs. A lot more fun than lowcarbing!!
I’ve been eating loads of anything I want for the past 5 months and only now seem to have stopped gaining! The weight I have stabilized though is still 11 pounds heavier than my pre-dieting self (5`2, 120 pounds pre diet, 131 now). I could get used to this shape, but still hope to lose at least 7 of those to control my gigantic butt and spilling love handles. Health first, but I want to look good, too, if I am not asking too much :) I have tiny boobs, arms and lower legs, so it is aaal in the trunk.
I am not too sure how far up the mountain I am, but just thought I’d give my own input. (Apologies if too long and if language too lame – not a native English speaker).
I am a 5`2 female, currently 131 pounds.
My story goes a little like this:
Child ballerina, always on the skinny side. Started gaining at 14 and freaked out – started following Weight Watchers with no success. Quit ballet at 16, instantly gained 16 pounds. Started taking amphetamines, laxatives, Reductil in cicles which lasted until I was 20 (with kidney stones and labyrinth problems in between). That
s when I discovered vegetarianism and macrobiotic - vegetarianism lasted 12 years. After that, did many versions of vegetarian, including whole foods, calorie restriction, 2 years low-carb, few months vegan, few months raw vegan, until I found Paleo. Started eating meat again, felt great initially, decided to go low carb, felt like shit (1 year with 0 period and 100000x bitchiness). Added back the carbs for about 4 months but nothing improved (was 110 pounds by then, always shivering cold, constipated and miserable - I will never forget thinking about a meat roast during sex, that was a real low point). Then one day my mind just shut down and I went through 1L ice cream and a whole french baguette drowning in olive oil, just couldnt stop till I was physically sick. My period was back the very next day and has been clockwork ever since. Gained a bunch of weight and found this site shortly after, when I decided to give Matt`s protocol a try.
Fast forward to today…It has been about 5 months since I have been eating lots of every damn thing I want. Including store bought cookies, Nutella, bread, pizza, EVERYTHING I want. Sometimes I have ice cream for breakfast and as a snack 3 other times during the day. I still eat tons of natural stuff, but I eat all the crap food I want as well and refuse to call it crap.
Well, in the beginning I shot up to 140 pounds, at a point gaining 2 pounds per week!
I started eating even more, and I felt I was still gaining a lot, because my love handles are spilling out much more off my clothes. Today, though, I weighed my self at the gym and saw I am 131 pounds.
I still get scared because my cellulite shows even more, but I am confident the crap phase will pass, my workouts will continue to improve and veeery slowly I will attain a more balanced look, but I will never EVER sacrifice my mental and physical well-being for any skewed ideal standard EVER again.
Thanks to Matt, his blog companions and this forum for helping me make this possible, one day at a time. :)