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  • in reply to: What's worked for me #16685
    StephanieMichelle
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    Thank you! I feel 100x better this way :)

    in reply to: Mirena IUD?? #16327
    StephanieMichelle
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    Once again, let’s stop with the misinformation. Hannah, it’s great that you’re all about educating women and teens about their cycles. It’s important. But teen pregnancy almost guarantees that a woman won’t go to college and will probably live around the poverty level. Is that worth forgoing hormonal birth control? I took birth control pills as a teen and if they did leave any lasting effects I honestly don’t care, because those ‘possible unknown side effects’ do not outweigh the fact that I didn’t have a child as a teen. Yes, some teens do get pregnant for underlying reasons. But in many cases teens just don’t have enough education (which you rightly state) and access to effective birth control. It is well known that teens’ frontal lobes are not fully developed. Do you really expect a teenage girl, who isn’t fully developed in terms of rational thinking, to diligently chart temperatures and cervical mucus at the same time each day? Of course teens are capable and some may be able to do it perfectly, but I doubt most would comply every single day of every single month.

    Rebecca, you may be an anomaly but Mirena does not cause weight gain. If it does, it’s not more than 5-10 lbs. Most women who blame weight gain on Mirena usually have something else going on (most likely eating more than they realize). Clean eating doesn’t matter if you’re eating more calories than you burn in a day. Also, completely anecdotal, but I’m on Prozac and have lost weight. It’s one of the few SSRIs that doesn’t have weight gain as a major side effect (it’s still a possible side effect but not significantly. Again, maybe you’re an anomaly).

    in reply to: Newsletter Issue #4; March 2014 #15690
    StephanieMichelle
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    The Real Amy I completely agree with you. It’s taken me awhile to get here, but I don’t believe refeeding is necessary unless there is an eating disorder. I had an eating disorder as a teenager an recovered by just eating like a normal person. I gained a few pounds but nothing major. This time around I believed I needed to refeed and gained a lot of weight. I was miserable. Maybe it helped, there’s no way to know. I’m 4 months postpartum and I’ve lost the pregnancy weight but would like to lose more. I’m eating healthy foods and being active when I can, which is the best I can do in my sleep deprived state. I think the ‘secret’ to weight loss has been right in front of is the whole time, we just didn’t want to believe it. Eat less than your body burns. Not yo yo or starve, just eat sensibly and move your body.

    StephanieMichelle
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    Christinam I completely understand wanting to look good. That’s the point I got to. I’m 25 and I don’t want to spend my 20s unhappy with my body. I didn’t like how I looked when I was 20 lbs heavier. It was also very uncomfortable carrying that extra weight around (we went on a tropical vacation a year ago- holy chafing!). I’m much more comfortable in my body now. What I’m doing is not yo yo dieting or unsustainable. It’s just moving more and cooking my own food. I’m also very healthy. Good luck, I hope you can figure out a good balance.

    in reply to: Scientific evidence #15438
    StephanieMichelle
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    I don’t know what ‘Death by food pyramid’ is but it sounds like a joke. I don’t know many people that truly eat the government’s food plate, which is actually very healthy.
    I watched a YouTube video about a British woman who yo yo dieted and believed she had a ‘slow metabolism’ and that was why she couldn’t lose weight. She had her metabolism tested and it was normal. I’m not advocating crash diets by any means, but people may have success with just moving more and cutting out soda (or whatever).
    Diet recovery is great for some people, for others it might make things worse.

    in reply to: where are those that have stuck w the program for over 1 year? #15436
    StephanieMichelle
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    Christinam I understand your concern. I was bulimic and definitely did need to recover, but I wasn’t underweight. I followed the advice on youreatopia and gained quite a bit of weight- which made me uncomfortable and more depressed. I was the biggest I’ve ever been. I had my son four months ago and I’m slimmer now than I was before I got pregnant. I eat what I want but try to make ‘healthy’ choices (ie we don’t buy chips, candy, cheap junk food, etc). I also cook almost all of our food. I’ve had much more luck with this than eating for heat or youreatopia’s guidelines. I rarely feel cold, and I’ve started taking my baby for 2 mile walks to get outside and get some exercise. I really have to be careful that I don’t fall back into ED behaviors because of my history, but I recognize the signs and won’t go down that road again.

    As far as youreatopia results, I only know one woman who supposedly tapered (there were no pictures). I stopped visiting the site because I’m recovered and I don’t agree with some of Gwyn’s posts. Anyways, I hope you figure things out. I was at the same point as you a year ago, being at an uncomfortable weight sucks and most of the ‘alternative’ health advice did nothing for me.

    in reply to: Pregnancy metabolism #14557
    StephanieMichelle
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    Erin, I wanted to die! Haha we had no air con either. It was horrible- I was a giant sweating whale. Anyways, don’t worry about your temps. Eat what you can stomach. I ate almost nothing my first tri because of morning sickness, after that I only ate what sounded really good. That was usually lots of carbs, desserts, and milk. I rarely wanted protein or anything fatty/oily. My son is perfectly healthy! I never took my temp. I also noticed some days I couldn’t eat enough, then others I didn’t eat much. I think it all balanced out in the end.

    in reply to: optimum baby formula recipe? #14556
    StephanieMichelle
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    It is not ‘diabolical’ that’s ridiculous. I’m looking at my son’s formula and there are no trans fats. Yep, I don’t breastfeed and didn’t even really try. Making your own formula can be detrimental to your baby’s health.

    in reply to: January 2014 Newsletter Comments #14480
    StephanieMichelle
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    Thanks for the response. I’m not sure I buy Danny Roddy’s progesterone theory. My hair was complete shit during pregnancy, and I thought the ‘luxurious’ hair was due to a slowing of the hairs’ natural cycle, so less hair falls out resulting in thicker hair. I drink tons of milk and do it beef sometimes. I refuse to eat liver. I won’t mess with Vitamin A, doesn’t seem worth it. Thanks!

    in reply to: January 2014 Newsletter Comments #14456
    StephanieMichelle
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    Scott, I’m interested in your thoughts on Vitamin A and metabolism. I took two rounds of Accutane and found that I looked the best I ever had. Besides my skin being great, my hair was shiny and I lost a few pounds (nothing major and I didn’t need to to begin with). I know Accutane can really dry people up, but it didn’t affect me too badly. I wonder if I should start taking vitamin A since my hair is kind of dull right now. I’d love to hear what you think.

    in reply to: Pregnancy metabolism #14374
    StephanieMichelle
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    I was a furnace during pregnancy, but I’m sure everyone is different. I also was in thailand during the first trimester and it was summer when we returned, so I spent most of my pregnancy in the heat.

    in reply to: optimum baby formula recipe? #14373
    StephanieMichelle
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    Please do NOT make your own formula. It is dangerous. I’m upset that people on this site would advocate for this as well. It’s one thing to experiment with your own health, but it’s very selfish to experiment with your baby’s. Formula is one of the most highly regulated foods today- it’s very safe. Again, please don’t make your own formula, especially out of raw milk.

    in reply to: In defense of cardio #14372
    StephanieMichelle
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    Thanks for your advice. I am not in good shape at all; I’m naturally pretty muscular but I noticed I lost muscle tone (especially my core) during ED. I also think pregnancy may have contributed to loss of muscle tone because I notice I have a harder time getting off the floor from a seated position and things like that. Anyways, thanks again for your help and I’ll let you know how I do!

    in reply to: In defense of cardio #14367
    StephanieMichelle
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    Thank you for the response! I was thinking of starting the couch to 5k program this spring or summer when my son decides to sleep through the night. Right now I am so sleep deprived that I can’t consider serious exercise. How many times per week do you run in comparison to the strength training? Do you get to a point where running is enjoyable?

    As far as diet goes, I’m recovering from bulimia so I really don’t want to do anything remotely restrictive. That being said, now that I don’t restrict I crave fairly ‘healthy’ foods and rarely want meat or anything heavy in fat. I know diet can be very effective with exercise, but I think that’s just too risky in my situation.

    One more thing- my boyfriend was a runner and ran on a fractured femur (a result of running). Injuries like this have given running a bad rap- is this just a consequence of over training?

    Thanks so much for responding!

    in reply to: In defense of cardio #14357
    StephanieMichelle
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    You’ve inspired me to consider running! I don’t like the gym scene so I feel kind of limited in what I can do living in the Midwest. I’ve started taking short walks with my baby and will gradually build up to longer walks. I’m 9 weeks postpartum and I don’t want to stress my body too much. One thing I have wondered about is the difference in body composition I see in runners. I have a friend who used to run 30 miles a week and still had a ‘thicker’ figure. Another friend is a runner who is very slim. Running doesn’t always seem to be a sure fire way to burn fat; the former friend carried most of it in her midsection as well.

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