Re: LoseIt March 2013
posted at 3/22/2013 10:06 AM EDT
CT-DC, I hope you're here, welcome! There are many reasons we get fat, but they all boil down to this - we eat more than our body needs for fuel. (Weight gain, though, can be water retention - it's important to recognize the difference.) I have lots of reasons to be overweight. I come from a heavy family of emotional overeating, adrenal gland problems, thyroid problems, diabetes (both sides), and morbid obesity (my grandmother was over 300 lbs when she passed). I suffer from depression and anxiety, although not as bad as I did when I needed medication, and have a leg bone deformity that makes the top of my femurs not fit properly into my hip joints and the bottom of my femurs not fit properly into my knee joints. But, a calorie is a calorie, and energy needs are what they are. Given that, by counting calories I'm down to my high school weight of 110 lbs down from a non-recent high of nearly 150 and a more recent high of 133 (I was 127 when I started LoseIt). If I hadn't put the kibosh on my weight gain at 150 12 years ago and gained 5 lbs a year after that, I'd be over 200 lbs right now.
Everyone I know who has done this has succeeded! My 66 yo mother has literally cried for YEARS about how her very real adrenal gland problem made it impossible for her to lose weight until recently - she's lost over 10 lbs in LoseIt since January. Her metabolism really is messed up, but that just means she has to eat less than most people to achieve the same result. My SIL had a hysterectomy and is a breast cancer survivor and insisted her slender days were over due to her hormones and effects of chemo, but she is counting calories and is very slender, again, despite her metabolism slow-down. My brother has carried an extra 25 lbs for a decade and after seeing me use LoseIt at Christmas signed up and has lost 13 lbs this year and is excited to keep going (his main problem was mindless snacking!). Pingo's lost 20, icer has lost 15 (maybe more at this point), and allready has put the brakes on gaining (a very real success imo).
If you WANT to count calories you will be ABLE to fit it in. My friend who is the night nurse and takes care of two special needs (one developmentally, one elderly) adults during the day in her home (she can never get AWAY!) has been 70 - 80 lbs overweight her whole adult life. She's a size 4/6 now. Bow down to King Calorie and you'll be another slender subject in the Land of LoseIt in no time. Just make sure you eat enough - like I said, manually increase it to 1200 if it gives you a budget under that, and do not bother entering your activity calories, just food.
Questions? Concerns? I've been doing this, logging every bite, since Nov. 11 and intend to keep logging (to maintain) for all of 2013. So far, so good.
Best wishes!! Like you said, you're not getting any younger - CARPE DIEM!!!!