In the past 6 months, I have lost 10 lbs. That may not seem like a lot, but I'm also down 2 pant sizes and I've lost over 5% of my body fat (from 30% down to about 25%). So, I lost it the right way, gained lean muscle mass and in my mind, I'm a success story.
My problem is this: I'm 25 years old, 5'5", 140 lbs and I went from a size 10/12 to a size 6/8 pant.
But when I read these posts, many of our users weigh a lot less than I do! I read a post today that said a woman's highest weight was 140, she's in the 130's now and looking to lose 10 more!!!
Am I completely in denial?
According to all the websites, my BMI is in the normal range... but as far as how I actually look, I can't seem to get an unbiased opinion!!
I guess my question is, how do you know you're in shape? Skinny? Look good? Who's opinion can you trust?
Will we ever, really, be satisfied with what we look like?View Thread
I think at our age (early-mid twenties) there is so much pressure on us to be perfect... this is the prime of our lives, we're not getting any younger, yada yada yada.
I'm constantly telling myself "you're wasting your youth being overweight!" So toxic for my self-esteem.
I've decided to stop trying to lose lbs, and focus solely on my workout goals: decreasing my mile time increasing my endurance toning my arms, etc.
...but I'm not going to lie, I still wish I could get an unbiased appearance about how I look.
Have you ever seen the show "How to look good naked"? In every episode, Carson Kresley (the host) lines up pictures of women, same height, but all at various weights... the guest has to chose the picture that she thinks looks most like her body type. And, without fail, the women always chose someone 20-30 lbs heavier than they are!
I wish we could see ourselves the way other people see us!View Thread
I couldn't help but notice that you and I are in the same weight class... maybe we should box each other.
No, no, what I mean to say is, I was wondering if you would share your other body dimensions?
I'm 5'5", 140 lbs and the reason I am asking is that I'm having a hard time getting a sense of my own body shape. I've lost 10 lbs in the last 6 months, including 5 percent body fat and 2 dress sizes... but if we're the same weight, and you're still losing... do I have more to go?
I totally understand if you're not comfortable sharing. Good luck to you nonetheless!!View Thread
Unfortunately, for me at least, that instinct to "eat before I think" will never go away. I'm an over-eater, an emotional eater and a binge eater. And I always will be.
I can tell you this though, I have lost weight! And you can too...
First, stay busy, if you can. My biggest trigger is boredom. Boredom is the ENEMY!!!
Second, exercise. Exercise as much as you can, and get educated about the right way to work out so you get the best results. The more you exercise, the more progress you'll see, the better you'll feel and the more will-power you'll have to fight the cravings. And even more importantly, you won't beat yourself up over a treat now and then, because when your body starts to develop lean muscle mass, it will burn those calories quicker and quicker... so all of a sudden, a kit kat bar (my personal fav) isn't such a deal breaker.
I know its not as easy as it sounds, but you just have to do it. Just do it. Join a gym, get a trainer, join a class, whatever you have to do. DO IT!!!
Because quitting cold turkey doesn't work. You'll just get angry at yourself for failure (regret, etc.) and sabotage yourself over and over again!
I, too, have gone through periods in my life when I haven't been able to control my eating...
I remember a few years ago the power went out in my neighborhood so I (naturally) responded by eating every single item of food in my fridge, freezer, and then moved on to the pantry, just in case the potato chips spoiled too.
If I could offer one piece of advice it would be this: over-eating is usually a symptom of a bigger problem. When I'm depressed, I eat. And vice versa. So take a look at the bigger picture and figure out the sources of stress in your life and change them!
I know that is not nearly as easy as it sounds, but give yourself a break, and take it one step at a time.