It's funny how even after all these years, I still don't really get why my weight is not always an indicator of how much I am eating. There have been times I've been eating very minimally and still lost little to no weight. There have also been times, long ago, when I'd binge up a storm and the scale would stay the same. How a 275 pound woman can eat 3,000 - 5,000 calories a day and not gain, or how a 235 pound woman can eat 1000 a day and not lose, is beyond me. Meh, it is not simple math. Part of the reason I have gotten so frustrated in the past is that the input doesn't give predictable results. I'd think, "I have counted calories and eaten 1200 a day for three weeks and lost one pound. I could have been eating pretty much anything I wanted and stayed the same weight." True, sometimes. I have to look at it in terms of years, not weeks or months, to get through this. Because that is the difference: my body may be super efficient at staying the same weight on 1000 or 3000 calories, but it can only do that for so long before the weight starts to change. You can't make fat on a body out of carrots, and you can't burn off a pan of brownies every day for a year. Either way it is going to eventually show up on your body and on the scale. In my case, it just takes longer. That's all.
Still fluctuating up and down a half pound on the scale. I think my body thinks I am messing with it again. "Oh she always does these diets but then things go back to normal. Staying the same weight is healthier than going up and down the same 20 pounds so let's just stay the same weight until she gives up." Nope, body. Not this time.
I am 38 years old, female, a degree-holding stay-at-home-mom, and I weigh 278 pounds. I have been obese for ten years now. Time to get out of this fat prison I have made for myself.
--This is the original introduction I wrote when I first started this blog in 2007. I leave it as a reminder to myself of where I came from. Currently, I am 46 years old and weigh significantly less...see the blog for details. I lost 103 pounds, then had a partial regain, and am once again working at weight loss and better health.
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