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I am BEYOND Frustrated!!!


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I am 5'3, 118lbs. For the past two years, I have weighed btwn 110 and 113MAX. I exercise very regularly.  For the past two years, I have been rather disciplined to work out at home doing a combination of Pilate's, yoga, 10min trainer and other exercises. However, I never really work out during the summer because I tend bar and I am constantly moving, yet I eat worse/ drink more and weigh less.

Since I am a teacher, I always kick in my workout groove in Sept. for fear of gaining back the 'ever dreaded' winter weight. This Sept. I began Tony Horton's P90X-lean system. I did this for 7 weeks. I noticed results, but I felt as though I was bulking up a little. So, I stopped and began running and doing Pilate's. I was running out doors for a couple weeks. Then, I got even more frustrated and joined a gym.

For the past two months, I have been doing a combination of running on the treadmill abt 5 days a week, for a minimum of 2-5 miles, Pilate's 20-40 minutes, strength training using a lot of body weight from 10min trainer videos.

I am generally a very conscious eater!!! I rarely eat over 1500 calories.. and recently I have been around 800.  Since I can become a little paranoid with the number, I haven't been on a scale since Sept.

My frustration is the fact that my THIGHS have grown a lot... and on Tuesday I finally got on the scale, and I am at my 2.5 year high at 118!!!!! I know this number sounds trivial, but it doesn't make sense! I am more concerned that my pants are not fitting because my bottom half is growing!!!!!!! I don't know what else I can do to SLIM down my bottom half. My goal weight is 108 (that is when my pants fit the best).

If anyone knows what I can do, please let me know!! Why am I not loosing, but gaining? Why are my pants tighter?

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Original Post by bnlavorgna:

I am generally a very conscious eater!!! I rarely eat over 1500 calories.. and recently I have been around 800.  Since I can become a little paranoid with the number, I haven't been on a scale since Sept.

You are eating far too little. The bare minimum for a sedentary adult woman is 1200. The damage you are doing to your body should be far more concerning to you than the number on the scale.

I agree with amethystgirl.  You're not doing yourself any favors by undereating.  Please don't join the ranks of yo-yo dieters who go on undereating diets and then gain it all back and more.  Are your thighs muscular or are they jiggly?  

I realize you'd like your old pants to fit, but examine whether you want to lose weight because you'll look better once you lose it or just because you want your pants to fit.  You're already at a very healthy BMI and your goal, while not putting you quite at underweight, is pretty close to it.

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I am not purposefully eating little. I eat all day. I eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack and dessert. The 800ish count is recent this week. Would it be better for me to eat empty calories to hit a higher number? I also, have really bad tummy problems (for many years) bad acid ref./ ulser like symptoms/ IBS... so my food doesn't digest quickly. Thus, it is hard for me to be eating more.

You don't need to eat "empty" calories to up your intake level - things like nuts and olive oil are really good at increasing your intake without increasing bulk. Plus, at 800, I'd guess you aren't getting near enough fat, so those will help with that too.

Have you seen a doctor about your stomach issues? S/he might be able to help you so that you don't continue to undereat.

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Dolphinclick-

I am really not yo-yo. I would have been thrilled if I were maintaining my weight from the previous couple years. However, the recent weight gain (since Oct.) is very disheartning.


I want my pants to fit because I look better and feel better!!  I know I am healthy. I had bloodwork done, and my results are great.  Trust me, I am not one of those psychos who is obsessive. I love to cook and to eat, which is why I exersise.

My frustration is in the fact that I am gaining! Maintaining 110-113 would have been fine. My thighs are getting harder! This I do know. I know it is muscle, but I don't understand why they are growing NOW? I have been working out regularly for years?  I don't know what workout I can do that would slim me down.

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Yes, I have a gastrointologist that I do see. I am on a few meds. In fact, in Sept. I tried to get off my meds, and I was successful for 3 or 4 months. But, the pain came back, and they put me back on them. Boo!

I am a fan for holistic methods. Since I am a very type A person, I try to look for calming techniques and methods to employ. But I guess I need the meds :(

  1. eat more (nuts, fruits, kashi, etc)
  2. drink peppermint tea
  3. chill
Original Post by bnlavorgna:

My frustration is in the fact that I am gaining! Maintaining 110-113 would have been fine. My thighs are getting harder! This I do know. I know it is muscle, but I don't understand why they are growing NOW? I have been working out regularly for years?  I don't know what workout I can do that would slim me down.

I'm guessing that you gained muscle because you were doing the P90X workouts (lots of weighted squats and lunges, right?)  Please don't take this the wrong way, but from what you've described, you have just acquired thighs that I would kill for.  Hard, muscular thighs that don't jiggle and probably don't even come close to touching each other?  Nothing about that sounds bad to me.  I can't imagine that you're bulking up like a body builder at 5'3" and 118 pounds.  Don't be so concerned with the number on the scale.  You gained healthy, metabolically active muscle.  That's something to celebrate, not bemoan.

By the way, how old are you, and what size pants do you wear?

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Thank you for the positive thoughts.... However, I WISH my thighs didn't touch. They are roughly. 21ish inches in diamater... I do admit that they are getting stronger, but it seems as though the fat is still attached to the thighs... So, gaining muscle and not loosing the fat.

I am in between sizes. I WAS a 2, and comfortable at that size. (I have a rather small frame) Now, my 2's are not really that comfy. My 4's are even snuggish...

I am 26 years old.  It is just disheartning that I maintained a fit body at 112/113 for 3 years, and now I cant. I know 5lbs is not much, but I should not be gaining with my activity and eating. Shoot, I should be loosing.  When will the fat go away?

Also, what workout routine should I be doing to be leaner? Not bulkier

You're also a woman. And since physically and mentally most women are not completely out of adolescence until their early 20's, it could easily be attributed to body chemistry changes as you age. Make sure to eat enough healthy foods, relax a little, and roll with the punches. If you're stressed about it, your body will respond as well, and will hold onto that weight.

Original Post by bnlavorgna:

Dolphinclick-

I am really not yo-yo. I would have been thrilled if I were maintaining my weight from the previous couple years. However, the recent weight gain (since Oct.) is very disheartning.


I want my pants to fit because I look better and feel better!!  I know I am healthy. I had bloodwork done, and my results are great.  Trust me, I am not one of those psychos who is obsessive. I love to cook and to eat, which is why I exersise.

My frustration is in the fact that I am gaining! Maintaining 110-113 would have been fine. My thighs are getting harder! This I do know. I know it is muscle, but I don't understand why they are growing NOW? I have been working out regularly for years?  I don't know what workout I can do that would slim me down.

 

 

 You should watch your mouth on a board like this, considering that we are all here for positive, sometimes blunt truth support and help. Sounds to me like you might be a psycho who is obsessive considering you gained 5 lbs. :)

Just out of curiosity, how much did you weigh before you were maintaining 110-113?  You said you had been maintaining that weight for three years.

Thank you very much for all of you who have been trying to help me. I by no means meant to insult anyone with my diction. I am not obsessive; I am just attentive.  Anyone who tries their hardest and fails would naturally be concerned.

Linz- I was probably around 120-123. However, I was a much softer, out of shape 120-123. The initial drop of weight was not intentional it was a result of a healthier lifestyle.

If you weren't that weight for the majority of your adult life, then is it possible that the weight gain was a combination of gaining muscle and your body being uncomfortable at that size as you grew older?

I'm also 5'3", and although I've never been overweight, I was never that weight at this height.  I love my body now (at 128ish) and I loved my body at 118 (my swim picture in my gallery is about that weight, and it's no longer my goal.)

I know weight gain can be frustrating, but it doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.  As long as you're eating healthy and exercising properly, you should try to focus on learning to love your body for what it is.

Thank you so much for your positivity!

not eating enough, eat 5-6 meals a day but smaller and the right kinds of food.  You do more harm to your body by not getting the proper calories.  I seen great results by other women who do p90x and you just have to stick with it your body will transform... Keep that head up

Thank you Kristine for the motivation! I am going to try to beef up my calorie intake. I ended P90 bc I was bulking up. I was told to try intervalrunning.

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