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Weight Loss Recent weight gain from binge eating, advice? Oct 21 2013
13:50 (UTC)

You started with a healthy BMI of 21.3. You "severely restricted" your diet and went to a very unhealthy BMI of 17.4. You then ate calorically dense foods until your body was back at its starting weight. None of this sounds surprising. Your body is going to protect itself; in order to maintain that dangerously low weight, your brain would have to step in and override the body's screaming for nutrition. You yourself recognized that ("I would exercise excessively (only cardio) while severely restricting my diet...").

Why do you want to lose weight? What is your goal: performance, aesthetics, peer acceptance, other? What is your dislike of your body the way it is? Why can't you dance at 120 lb?

Fitness Skip workouts? Oct 21 2013
13:23 (UTC)

You're a teen, you're still growing and developing, so you're going to need more calories than someone in her 20s. The feeling of being depleted and ultra wiped out is probably a result of that. So yeah, eat a little more. "Healthy" doesn't automatically mean "BMI 20" or "bodyfat 15%" or whatever metric The Media is currently showing.

"Spike days" appear to mean eating a caloric surplus and not exercising in an effort to promote quicker recovery. When I try something like that, if I've been training myself into the ground, I feel more tired and wiped out the next day, and it's tough to get myself moving again. Maybe try going for a brisk walk for 30-45 minutes on your spike day, and I do mean brisk (move your legs quicker than they want to go, find some decent hills, etc.).

And don't be afraid to eat more. More food == more fuel == more exercise. The person you'll be 40 years down the road will be grateful that you set yourself up well.

Fitness crossfit anyone? Oct 21 2013
13:01 (UTC)
Original Post by aofficer:

And yes I understand that eating too little calories is not good for you, but really 1800-2000? I don't even know if I have enough time in a day to eat that much!

what is this i don't even

Original Post by aofficer:

My calorie intake for the last few years was indeed that amount give or take which is why I would be anywhere from a size 6 to a size 8. Previous to me dropping my calories that low I was anywhere from 155 lbs to 165 lbs (size 12 to 14), and was overweight my entire life.

Or, and I'm just throwing this out there, your body has been at its ideal weight your entire life, and you're undertaking an endeavour to starve yourself and damage your body in pursuit of... what, a flat stomach, lower bodyfat%, peer acceptance?

Look, I know how awesome crossfit is at first, and I know how much it's going to suck in another month or two if you don't start eating right. Food is fuel. If you're not going to fuel yourself right, it'll come back to bite you in the ass.

And quit it with the gorram egg whites already. Cavemen didn't find a nest and say, ooh, eggs! but lemme separate the yucky yolks, I don't need the cholesterol in my diet LOL.

Fitness Do I need new shoes...? Oct 21 2013
12:46 (UTC)

I've had instances where I bought the "updated" version of a shoe (e.g. Asics 1120 vs. 1130), and it was different enough that my feet rebelled within a few weeks. I wound up having to break them in; I'd wear the new shoes on a short run, wear the old shoes on a longer run the next day, and repeat for a few weeks.

Fitness 5th World Marathon Major Oct 18 2013
13:34 (UTC)

Well done!

The Lounge Humans aren't the only species that struggle with weight Oct 12 2013
18:54 (UTC)
Obie never hated himself for being obese. Dog+1.
The Lounge Observations of kids while shopping Oct 12 2013
18:46 (UTC)
Confirmation bias.
Weight Loss Food pushers Oct 06 2013
04:34 (UTC)
I'm a big believer in Miss Manners' method of polite refusal. When presented with something you don't want, say, "how kind, but I really can't." If they ask why, say, "Oh, it's just not possible." If they persist, keep alternating between "I can't" and "it's not possible." If they say "hey you're just repeating yourself" smile and nod, because they're starting to catch on.
Weight Loss 200lbs ;-; Oct 06 2013
04:28 (UTC)
"I was losing weight on 1200-1800 a day, but was told to stop and eat between 3000-4000."

By whom?
Fitness Help me make an exercise plan? Oct 06 2013
04:19 (UTC)
I think one of the best reentries into exercise is walking. Start with 20-30 min walking at an easy pace, easy terrain, nothing major. Just get your body used o moving a bit more. And more important, make sure to eat more to compensate for the extra energy spent.

Plenty of time to lift and run and what have you. Don't rush it.
Motivation How to make someone understand Oct 05 2013
18:16 (UTC)
For the first, every single time he says something you don't like, say, "When you say that, it hurts my feelings." If he responds with "I was only kidding," say, "Please stop. It hurts my feelings." And that's it. You have a right to your feelings, and you have a responsibility to let him know how you want to be treated.

If he gets upset, that's okay too. Because he's allowed to his feelings too. I'm guessing that he thinks this is a little special thing the two of you share, and he'll probably feel mad at himself for hurting your feelings for so long, and upset that he doesn't have this little special thing to share with you anymore.

As far as how to handle his telling you you're pretty, I suggest a simple "thank you". And maybe a hug or gently touch his hand and smile. It's a compliment, not a tactic. Really.
The Lounge Ending Family Relationships. Oct 05 2013
18:01 (UTC)
Head on over to There's about a billion questions like this, and the near-universal response is "HELL YES IT'S OKAY TO CUT OUT FAMILY MEMBERS". Your brother does not automatically get a pass for his abusive and dangerous behavior just because he's your brother. You owe it to your son to raise him in a good environment, and part of that may include making the hard choice to keep him away from his uncle. And that's on your brother, not on you, no matter what your family members might say.
Fitness new rules for lifting, first workout Oct 01 2013
05:16 (UTC)
It isn't supposed to be very much. It's designed to get you lifting steadily for a longer period of time. When you do the next workout add 10 lb to the weighted exercises and see how it feels. Keep adding weights in small increments until it feels challenging. Don't rush it, it'll get tough soon enough.
Fitness couch to five k Sep 30 2013
23:14 (UTC)
"Is it really mind over matter? Then to know that next week I'll be running 20 minutes is super intimidating"

How long is your longest run to date? Before starting c25k, what was your longest run?
Weight Loss 1500 too low? Sep 29 2013
03:10 (UTC)
"Furthermore, if you read the public health journal research, it's actually hard to be too thin (yes, I know a lot of lay people dispute that)."

LOL WUT. Citation plz.
The Lounge Disabled Dating Sep 28 2013
14:38 (UTC)
The question was about a specific situation. Abby's advice was directly applicable to that situation. Personally, I never even thought about a dating site geared towards disabled persons; perhaps this person hasn't either. And the advice wasn't "keep your cripple self off the normal dating sites", it was "hey check them both out, and also talk to other people who may have some experience with this issue". Which seems thoughtful and appropriate.
Fitness shin splints that won't go away Sep 28 2013
03:56 (UTC)
Doctor is good to rule out stress fracture. If it is a shin splint, it might take another month to heal up.

I had a bout of tendinitis that wouldn't go away even with three months of zero running, biking, and minimal walking, and when I went to my doctor he prescribed ibuprofen for three weeks. Two weeks later my foot was back to normal. So I'm firmly in the camp of "use ibuprofen for its anti-inflammatory properties".
Fitness After a month of lifting... Sep 28 2013
03:47 (UTC)
"She suggests 1300-1600 cals/day which is not enough for me"

That's not enough for my grandma. Don't go nuts and starve yourself, just shave off 200-300 kcal/day. Eat more protein: eggs, chicken, peanut butter. Eat good dietary fats: olive oil, avocados, nuts. Eat a craptastic amount of steamed zucchini, broccoli, carrots. Eat a huge salad with a small amount of canned chicken and fat free dressing for lunch. And put down the damn cardio already.
Fitness I want to join a marathon, not sure where to start Sep 28 2013
03:40 (UTC)
Look up "couch to 5k". That'll get you running 3 miles in a few months. Once you can run 3 miles 3x/week for a few months, look up marathon training plans and see what you think. Do take your time; better to repeat weeks than speed ahead and get injured. Running is hard but well worth the effort.
Fitness I want to join a marathon, not sure where to start Sep 28 2013
03:32 (UTC)
Here's how to start running:

1. Start running.

All set, you're a runner!