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So I was wondering: lately I had a giant super hardcore freakout, and have been barely making it to 2000 on several days , down from my usual hefty 3,500, and I was wondering, is this going to completely screw my metabolism up and mean I go back to gaining on like 1800 again, or affect my gain rate at 3500, I was gaining about a kilo/ kilo and a half a week on that, not a slow gainer at all...SO what do you think?

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u.. well for a start im glad your gaining and care about it! :)

back when i was gaining,wow, i ate 3000-4000cals + and got like 25pound in  month or 2!!! YESSSS!

anyways

i now eat 2000cals daily, the other day ate less, well for about 3 days, lost a kilo (which im working on gaining back) complete accident. i ate a bit over today, feel full (not as much asi would've when i had ED btw) did the sae yesterday too, i'd say my metabolism has been slightly slower.see, one thing i carried on from ED was the constant weighing, and i've noticed these last 2 days it has taken longer for my weigh to go down after a meal....

but my metabolism weird anyway, no one the same

short answer, i dont know, generally if u eat more metabolism speeds up but one day for 'average' people doesnt do anything

It can possibly affect your metabolism, yes. Try to get back to a steady higher intake like you were before.

Lala comes through with the goods again!  Eat up, Theo!  Remember you are you, and not ED!

Mel. xox

Latel I've just been finding it hugely hard...did a mental calculation and today comes in at 1800 rather than 3500...I'm just finding it really really hard to eat more, and I was doing so well, it's just life mind is just saying NO.  But if I'm not eating below maintenance this won't effect me will it?  My metabolism is pretty normal and I swear I'm like the healthiest anorexic ever, even when I was at a bmi of 14.5 my bloods were still coming back normal.

I'm just flagging, feel like telling one of my flatmates to make me eat, but then I have to tell them, and I can feel my mind playing all its old tricks again.  Yuck.

Is this screwing it up?

Methinks yes.

Just need a kick up the arse right now.

yea, i think you are screwing yourself over, why do you want to gain in the 1st place? so that you can then reduce your cals and continue to constantly think about food, over excercise, not be healthy, go back to being underweight, anorexic, and miserable? 

if thats what you want then sure, go for it, eat "maintenance", hell, dont eat, same thing.

think back to the life you once had, yes, maybe painful to recall, but i bet you were happier then than you are now.

so if you need to tell someone, plan your meals, whatever it is to get you where you want to be, unless ofcourse that is that you wantto be unhealthy, then go ahead doing nothing.

oh, and even the 18.5 bmi you said you were approaching, well thats not healthy either so either decide you want to get healthy and get on board w that again, or as i said, go ahead and revert to where you were, its up tp you.

Wow. Brutal, but honest.

But Agru is right (if not very blunt!) in that you're screwing yourself over. What you're eating isn't even a maintainance level for someone of your height and age and weight, if I am not mistaken. It should be higher. And if you're gaining on that, well... who wants to imagine what maintainance would be?

And even then you're not in the clear. 18.5 isn't your target. 20 BMI, minimum, is. So you need to get back to 3500, even if that means taking the responsibility out of your hands if you can't handle it yourself any more. But do you really want to give up your responsibility for yourself? If you can't take it, who can?

Kick yourself up the bum, m'dear. Don't ask us to do it for you. You know what you're doing is counter-productive to everything you're fighting. Start planning. Stop the ED thinking. Get yourself back in the war.

i don't want to kick you up the bum, theo. your bum is too bony, so it will hurt my foot.

you need to get back on track love. i've had a wake-up call today - feel like crap after my OP appointment and just need to get on track now.

eat it, beat it, screw it. (food, not er.. anything else. ;-)

yup, perhaps brutal, but deff honest.

lala hit it on the mark, you need to kick yourself..

agru you are so awesome:)you're like the person that gets me eating the most:) cos ive been wondering lately if i over/under estimate my cals. im pretty sure i sometimes under :( would be good if there was a little machine that counts your cals instantly (but only for gainers! :P ) so you knew exactly what you were eating. UGH.

x

Theo: You're kidding yourself about having been the "healthiest" anorexic. It is very common for blood work to appear normal. In actuality, this is a sign that you were very sick. Our bodies go into overdrive to stay alive, often they'll do most anything to avoid infection because it could result in death. When I was at my lowest weight I rarely got sick. As soon as I began to put on weight I became ill because it was as though my body could finally "afford" to fight infection rather than fight simply to stay alive.

charlie - ohgod thats worrying:( ive always found it slightly suspicious how I never seem to get ill, despite appearing the weakest out of my family :/ i suppose my recovery will end up flooding me with colds lol, but all good in the longrun=)

Plus even once recovered anorectics reach a healthy BMI, they usually require higher calorie intakes to maintain for a while, sometimes for a good long time. 

Don't give in, Theo.  Don't let ED crawl and grovel its way back in.  Fight, girl! 

Theo :/ don't let this come back in... ED can feel your strength and wants to stay so is putting up a helluva fight. DON'T DO IT!

 

You need tons of cals right now. If this can offer you any insight, I hit my target weight range this week, which meant that I get one of my sports back (30 minuts of dancing this week, and then well add in the 30 of running next week)

 

I was eating 3100 calories to gain previously, and went down to 2800. I LOST 1.4 lbs. in 2 days! Our bodies are finely tuned machines and need every bit of accuracy possible! You also have to remember that the higher your weight, the more calories required (not that you're at a high weight or anything, but you're more than you were with AN).

 

A REALLY good indicator of where your weight should be is a growth chart. You can plot all of your childhood weights from the time you were 2-20 and find the percentile that you fit on. This percentile follows you with age progression.

 

For examply, I was around the 15th-25th percentile all my life, so I had to gain to get back onto my growth curve. This is my body's natural set point, so it was important for me to reach again. BMI is too broad of an indicator and very impersonal. An 18.5 BMI can be healthy for some, but deathly for others.

 

The main thing is, stay on track! I know how tough it is to keep recovery going after hitting target weight. You need some support right now- doctors, therapists, and family. don't give in, I CANNOT SAY THIS ENOUGH! stay strong girl, and pull through!!!!!

Original Post by dollymixtures:

agru you are so awesome:)you're like the person that gets me eating the most:) cos ive been wondering lately if i over/under estimate my cals. im pretty sure i sometimes under :( would be good if there was a little machine that counts your cals instantly (but only for gainers! :P ) so you knew exactly what you were eating. UGH.

x

 That would be so cool if there was a machine!!  Someone should invent that.  I find it so annoying to try to constantly have to make sure I'm up to 3000 at least.  It could just beep and say great job when you reach your goal, and then anything extra would be bonus points!

 charliebo
Nov 19 2008 15:28

Theo: You're kidding yourself about having been the "healthiest" anorexic. It is very common for blood work to appear normal. In actuality, this is a sign that you were very sick. Our bodies go into overdrive to stay alive, often they'll do most anything to avoid infection because it could result in death. When I was at my lowest weight I rarely got sick. As soon as I began to put on weight I became ill because it was as though my body could finally "afford" to fight infection rather than fight simply to stay alive.

Oh good grief, and all this time I thought, oh, I must not be in too much danger because my bloodwork is always normal, plus everyone around me can be really sick, and I'm fine. When I was ten lbs heavier (but still underweight), I'd get supersick right along with everyone else.

Thing is, except for here on the site, I haven't told anyone about my anorexia, and I'm scared that no doctor will believe me because my blood tests and electrolytes are all normal. (Even when I went to the hospital because I was collapsing from dehydration, my electrolytes were still normal!) But maybe that's because I take electrolytes and liquid/vitamin/mineral supplements. Anyway you've scared me now that maybe I'm in a worse state than I thought.  

theo- we seem to be in the same place! i had a total freak out last week and was also raound 1800 for a week and am now struggling to get back up to the 3000's and am really scared it messed up my metabolism and the sudden jump will make me gain tons overnight again. Of course we know this is not true, so come on, let's get back on track together! I don't think one week will do permanent damage, we can go back to eating a healthy amount for gaining and our bodies will catch up again. Was this triggered by anything? stress? try to figure out the reasons behind this, i'm working on it also, and if you have to DO tell your roommate to make you eat, I ended up telling my mom I was struggling again, so just being around her made me eat and she didnt even have to tell me to do it.

Agru- I love you! How is it going? you've started work right? omg i want to hear all about it! I love your kicks in the bum, while i was in NY last week i kept thinking it would be so awesome to run into you and we could go eat whatever we wanted!

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