Post # 32
I feel like focusing on “real” foods, and not processed ones, will help me incorporate healthy fats in my diet. I love nuts, eggs, salad dressings, and use olive oil to cook with.
I have been between 1250 and 1400 net calories over the last year. When I was not very active yet (last January/Feb/March) I was at 1250. I was also just starting on my weight loss, so it was a good jump start. I stopped tracking calories over the summer (and stopped losing as well) so I could focus on running since I didn’t have the energy to run and lose weight at the same time. This fall I continued to run, but also started a new medication that lowered my appetite a bit. I used running judge where I was calorie wise, and would try to eat more if I was feeling tired for more than a day or two.
The last few weeks have been all over the place due to changing medications again and being sick. So I’m back to tracking my daily calories and weight until I figure out the amount of calories I need to maintain. Hopefully I can resume running again soon, and will be able to use how I feel during workouts and how I fit into my clothes as my feedback for how I am doing with my weight maintenance.
I read about a “real food diet” that basically said to eat it if it was something your great-grandparents ate when they were your age. Like chosing real butter over margarine. So I’ve always leaned toward real eggs, real butter, etc…
I really do just want t enjoy my weightloss. The criticism gets old. It was a lot of hard work, and I think that’s part of what makes other people so critical.
My eating habits certainly aren’t perfect. I splurge now and then, and eat less on other days to make up for it. I tend to overeat when I go out with DH or family to a restaurant. It is a learning process to eat healthy, when everyone around me seems to eat very large amounts of highly processed foods, but are critical of me.
I love that comeback. I was amazed at what people thought was okay to say to me while I was pregnant! And with my weightloss, it seems to be no different! I keep my thoughts to myself though, and would never comment on someone else’s weight or appearance with the sole exception of “you look great!”.
Post # 33
you are perfectly fine, size 4-6 is not suppper skinny its normal. I think in America we have the opposite effect where people are so worried about offending people that are fat that we think fat is the norm and that a healthy weight is “too skinny”. Everyone else in the world thinks we are lardo’s! my aunt visited me in so cal once( where most people are not thattt fat) and she couldnt stop looking at people and mentioning how fat everyone was lol and yeah I agree we shouldnt deprive ourselves of food to try and look “hollywood skinny” that doesnt mean we stuff ourseves w/Mc donald’s every day, have rolls on our stomach, and call it normal. Ive seen a lot of bees on this site that post things like do you think I need to lose weight? and most people say no, you’re perfectly fine, dont lose a single pd even though they are visibly overweight and can stand to lose 10-15 pds nothinnng wrong with telling people that especially if they ask.. why is it okay to tell people oh you’re too skinny you need to gain weight but not okay to say oh you’re kinda fat you need to lose some weight..? Dont let fat be the norm!
Post # 34
1) Take a hard look at yourself. Can you truely and honestly say that what you’re doing is healthy and not excessive?
If yes – then stay the course and vent when you need to. If you maintain the weight loss for a few years it’ll become the new normal for you and people will stop bugging you about it. Let’s be honest, sometimes these comments come from people’s own insecurities. It’s part of the price of success!
If no – then listen to what you’re family is saying and make sure you’re looking out for your health first and your dress size second. Especially since you’re in the maintaining phase you want to ensure you’re making choices that are sustainable and healthy.
Post # 35
When DS was a few months old (about 1.5 years ago), then me this past July, then me two weeks ago at the YMCA after yoga.
Post # 36
@mrstilly I’ve followed you on MFP for a while, and I know you are doing this the healthy, smart way! Don’t pay attention to anything these people are saying!
Post # 37
I STRONGLY disagree that a size 10 “isn’t a healthy weight.” That’s a dangerous thing to suggest because it’s too vague to actually mean anything. Plenty of women can be at a healthy, normal weight and be a size 10, depending on their height and fat percentage and lifestyle.
Post # 38
I’m not trying to suggest this based on my personal opinion. Obviously, height/body composition play a part, and BMI is not everything, but an average height woman of 5’5″ at 150lbs (about a size 10), has a BMI of 25 and is in the overweight category.
Post # 39
I was in the same category when I was pregnant. I was 180 and advised to gain no more than 15 pounds. I gained 30, an obviously it took forever to lose it.
I wasn’t totally unhealthy at a size 12/14 but I definitely had some pounds to lose and I’m 5’10”. I wa pretty active, but had more energy and saw a huge jump in my pace per mile running as I lost weight. I am healthier now and have BMI in the healthy range now.
Post # 40
USA size 10 is a UK size 14 and I would say that’s bordering in the ‘overweight’ category. Providing it’s due to fat and not muscle – but then I’ve never seen a size 14 be full of muscle…
Obviously, there are exceptions. But generally speaking.
Post # 41
I still disagree. Even if your hypothetical woman *does* have a BMI of exactly 25, it’s kind of absurd to think that at 24.9 BMI she is “healthy” and at 25 she is “unhealthy.” This is the kind of thinking that creates an unwise focus on numbers instead of actual health, and the kind of thinking that breeds eating disordered behavior. For the record, I’m 5’5″ and have a BMI of 23, work out 5 days a week, and wear a size 10 — so of course being told that “a size 10 just isn’t healthy” is offensive to me, and probably plenty of other women as well. “No offense” is not an excuse for saying something offensive.
Post # 42
It might be that they are a bit concerned you are getting a bit too thin — you did mention that after meeting with the doctor you are planning on gaining 6-8 pounds.