I’ve lost about 7 pounds in 2.5 months

I’ve lost about 7 pounds in 2.5 months. ⁠⁠
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After QUICKLY gaining 15 pounds earlier this year I’ve lost about half of it without changing my diet or exercise routine.
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I gained the weight quickly because it was the perfect storm of “calories out versus calories in,” which [teaching moment] is often what happens when women go on a restrictive diet and end up binging because they can’t diet forever and then gain all of the weight back and MORE. ⁠⁠
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Story time…⁠⁠
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From November to February, my body didn’t absorb many calories. I was suffering from an awful ulcerative colitis flare, so I lost about 10 pounds (calories out). ⁠⁠
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Once I started a new drug, my body QUICKLY gained weight (calories in), which was actually good, healthy weight because my body was finally getting the nutrients it needed. ⁠⁠
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Of course, this was great for my health, but I initially panicked. What was going on? I didn’t recognize my body. None of my clothes fit!!⁠⁠
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But then it occurred to me what happened. I was “undereating” (not purposely, but I wasn’t absorbing calories, so I lost weight) and then my body was well-fed (comparable to a binge after a restrictive diet), so I gained a bunch of weight. It was indeed the perfect storm! ⁠⁠
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Obviously, my body NEEDED to gain weight. Once I made peace with this fact, I relaxed my mindset and stopped trying to force some sort of change in my body composition (i.e. dieting, excessive exercise). ⁠⁠
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Now, I’m on a mission to ENJOY my life in remission and trust that my body will do what it needs to do on the weight loss front. I’m eating, drinking, and being merry this summer (maintenance life), and my body is slowly making it’s way back to my feel good weight. ⁠⁠
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As cheesy as it sounds, I truly believe if we slow down and listen to our bodies, they’ll tell us what they need. A lot of the time, it’s LESS restriction and MORE self-love in the form of nutrients, rest, sleep, sunshine, and connection. ⁠⁠
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How do you show yourself self-love when it comes to your health? ⁠⁠
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#macrocoach #fatlosscoach #metabolism #trackingmacros #macrotracking #macroish #weightloss #weightlosscoach ⁠#ulcerativecolitis ⁠⁠

One Comment

  1. Nice post. I show myself self-love by actually taking good care of it. It’s awesome to have challenging fitness goals but when you push your body more than it can handle (whether by calorie restricting, too much exercise, or whaterver) you end up achieving the opposite. That’s, and as you mentioned in the article, is what sets the stage for more binge eating and other issues.

    Thank you for the insight. Keep it up

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