Acceptance of body

posted 3 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

If you’re still eating the same way as you were before 20 then I’m sure there are A LOT of changes you can make in your diet. Your metabolism changes as you age and it will only get worse as you get older. When I was 18 I was fat skinny, meaning I was less than 100 pounds but not very healthy. I could eat an entire large pizza, followed by chocolate cake, some skittles, and tons of soda, the next morning I’d wake up 2 pounds lighter. I’d gain weight from even looking at that mess now! You can’t keep eating how you used to, even if you’ve always eaten healthy your body changes and sometimes you need to adjust.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I don’t do gym either. I think it’s a big scam to say you HAVE to go to the gym. Yes, exercise is important, but taking a walk or climbing stairs at work instead of elevator does it too. Especially if you’re not overweight and just happen to have a few extra pounds, honestly I don’t see the need to pay hundreds of dollars to join a gym. I wouldn’t be motivated either. 

I’ve always been very thin, but in my early 20s I gained about 25 pounds, and I thought there were multiple factors to this. First, food. I used to ”eat” my stress when I was doing my bachelor’s degree. I was always eating, and not always the best food. I learned to cook, and I started to manage my portions better. I’ve been raised with ”finish your plate”. I realized I was forcing myself to eat much more than I was hungry for. Eating less, being more alert about my body sending satiety messages to me helped a lot.

I also cut on everything that had a lot of sugar in it. I don’t drink soft drinks or energy drinks anymore. If I want to have the ”bubbly” feeling, I buy Perrier water with a slice of lemon. It satisfies my taste of ”sparkling drink”. Same with chocolat. I buy dark chocolate and only let 1 square melt on my tongue whenever I feel like eating a sweet. It satisfies my desire for chocolate.

Only doing this, I lost 12 pounds in 3 weeks. A lot of which was actually bloating. I had to buy new pants after 1.5 week. Then another size smaller at the end of the month.

I lost the rest of it by removing myself from Depoprovera which caused bloating and weight gain. 

In a few months, I lost 20 pounds and I am currently at the weight I was at age 19 ! I’ve gone from a (tight) size 7 to 0-2. 

And nope, I’ve never hit the gym. I just happened to eat accordingly to my sedentary needs (I def. do not need to eat as much since I spend most of my time in front of a desk for academics and job), to eat better food, to avoir processed food, sugars and overloads of caffeine, and hormonal contraception. I’m a huge believer in ”finding your healthy lifestyle”, and it doesn’t have to include going to a place you have no motivation for. I’d like to love sports, I’d like to love the gym. I don’t. I hate it. I’ve always hated physical educations as a kid. I’ve always hated sports as a kid. I accept myself and my tastes, and I found other ways to keep healthy and maintain my weight, that does not include forcing myself into activities I hate. 

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Changing what you eat will help. I eat mostly a vegan diet with fish and occasional cheese. I have removed dairy and meats and it helped alot, I was able to lose 20 pounds in 4 months. I also exercised 3 times a week for 30 minutes…not gym just workout dvds and I did pilates once to twice a week to help my tummy. The minute I started eating regular food I gained 10 pounds so I am back on the grind and will most likely stick to it this time.

My advise to you is try to watch what you eat. You might want to consider downloading an app that calculates how many calories you eat in a day.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Haruyou:  I dont do the gym thing either but I need to.  I have gained almost all my weight back that I last almost 2 years ago.  🙁  I was going to the gym all the time then.  Some small changes: one more glass of water a day, 25 jumping jacks before you shower, no carbs for dinner, and eat more veggies.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Body acceptance is a great thing no matter what size you are!  Maybe it’s easier to accept a smaller body than a larger body but I would say it’s even more important in a larger state because of all the negativity towards larger bodies coming in from the outside.

I am a short, large person.  Part of it is my build, but most of it is extra weight.  I lost 70 pounds over a period of many years by gradually changing my eating and exercise habits.  Now I am in a groove in terms of regular exercise and healthy eating, but I am still overweight (probably by 30-40 pounds).  I know I could probably slowwwwwly lose more weight by adding in another day or two of exercise and cutting calories.  I’ve tried it before and it “works” but it’s just not enjoyable and takes a long time.  I have felt worn out and always hungry and I don’t feel justified in feeling miserable for an extended period of time to make myself smaller.  Some people might think that’s lazy of me, but I lead a healthy lifestyle and this is the weight I have settled in at.  I have a level of acceptance about it now although I still wonder if I could do “more.”

I also think it’s way easier to make positive changes for yourself if you like yourself, and your body is part of that self.  Hating the vessel that carries you around all day and keeps you alive is not mentally healthy.  For me, taking time to find flattering clothes, getting them tailored if necessary, and taking care of my skin and hair all help me feel good about my size.

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