I am a college senior. In high school, I ran cross country and track, and so with so much exercise built into my life, I never thought twice about what I weighed. I was 5'5", and still am, and I wore size 2 to size 4. Then I got to college and the heavy exercising stopped and the dining hall had so many tempting buffet options. I have always been a big foodie and adventurous in what I eat, though. By the end of sophomore year I was a size 8. My junior year, I was aware of this weight gain and started to try and adjust my eating. In the second semester, I became a pescatarian and worked with a personal trainer. This past summer, I wanted to be the thin starlet sized girl I had always dreamed of being. I counted my calories--1200 a day--and about three months later I had lost 20 pounds. For the last 6 months I have been a size zero. I recognized that it is not all about calorie counting, and I went to see my school dietician last semester. She told me to look at the ingredients and to also monitor how much protein, fiber, and good fats I am getting. Even after this meeting, I was still trying to stay at 1200 calories. I have now allowed myself to shoot for 1400, but it's terrifying. I feel great and am how I always hoped to look, but I feel as though I am going to combust. Within the past 4 months, I have had several bad food binges due to the stress of constantly monitoring my food all the time. I am afraid to wake up one day after not being as meticulous about counting and have my new pants not fit. How can I make this new me my lifestyle? How much treating can allow myself to keep both my shape and sanity? I can't count for the rest of my life, right?View Thread
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