Hi everyone. I am 46yo. I am 5'2", and weigh, right now 125 when I weighed myself this am. Over the course of the past year I lost over 80lbs, but not in a healthy way. I exercised, yay, and gave up salt, fried foods, etc. All good changes. But I did it by restricting and going on a very low cal diet. I got down to about 113, but i see-saw between 118-120 now (except for mondays , which is higher bc of my weekend binging). That is my problem. I cannot stop thinking about food. I eat about 800-1000 calories a day duriing the week, exercise about an hour a day and think about food/exercise constantly. The weekends are bad. I overeat and spend the week losing the weight i gained on the weekend. I have obviously damaged my metabolism. How do I make this stop???
Just a bit more info - (sorry!). I go back and forth between telling myself I could be happy at this weight , and saying that I need to get back to 113-115 and then I will stop the obsessive behavior. But even if I want to be happy at this weight, how do I go to eating normally when I have done such damage to my metabolism. Sometimes I gain just by having a few hunder (300 or so) calories more than I do during the week. Something is off. And how do I stop thinking abotu this constantly!!! I really think about it all the time - my mood depends on the scale. Having said that, I must say that I have gotten better with the binges - instead of a box of cookies in one sitting, I will have 10 cookies throught the day. Not great, but way better. I am much more able to stop a b inge before it gets out of control. I do this by telling myself this will not be the last time you can have a cookie, or chocolate, or whatever, and it seems to stop the binge in its tracks.
I suggest going to this forum and reading ALL the blog posts and posting on the forums there:
There are a lot of women on that site age 40+