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@brairtrainer: Try soaking your feet in hot water with epsom salts. The salt draws out the fluid and makes the blisters heal quicker. The warmth feels great, too!

 

@Rachel72: Yep! The games that use camera are also good. I'm tempted to start some of those up as well.

 

Went to the arcade as usual. smile.gif I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to do much due to straining my bad ankle earlier that week. For the most part I stuck to standard just to play it safe.

 

I was pleasantly surprised when I managed to beat

for the first time ever. It's not the hardest song, but for some reason I never could quite push my way through. smile.gif I blame the weird jump combos. Jumps are always my weak suit.

 

I also nearly made it through

. My friend, Chris dropped out in the middle. I failed on the last 30 seconds and actually had my other friend, Tim, telling me I did well. He knew I had strained my ankle and Sakura is known to be pretty brutal. Mix the two and it was a miracle I made it that far.

 

I wasn't hurting afterward! I'm still not hurting, but I'm not going to push my luck. I'm spending some time resting my leg today.

Injenn I'll try that, and I'll be another one to say that yes camera games on the wii help a lot. Going to practice swordplay on wii resort later.

 

Be easy on your ankle though, great work working through the dancing but don't hurt yourself now. I sprained my ankle once, ankle injuries aren't fun @.@

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Thanks, injenn, for some very informative posts!

I would have never thought to suggest dancing, since I dislike doing it, but of course it's great and should be mentioned here! I've added to the info-post. biggrin.gif

 

I was away for a few days of family get-together, and did not count calories, but was a bit more careful with my portion sizes than I would usually be.

My knee is still not great, but I got one of those knee sleeves, so I could still go for walks. It really helps! (That, and I'm walking in good shoes now.)

 

Apart from that, I did the Gillian ab-thing for the first time yesterday, and it was quite awesome! I can feel it in my muscles today, but am not a total cripple. xd.png

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i'm not sure if i belong here, but i'm underweight by about 20 pounds and it's been scaring me recently?

 

all my friends and family tell me i'm 'the perfect weight' and that i'm fine, but really, i'm not. at the weight i am right now i will not be able to donate blood, which is something i've always looked forward to doing. i'm also often out of breath easily and people are able to push me over quite easily because i'm so light.

 

lately i've been working out though and trying to gain weight by muscle instead of just eating. thank you for all the great videos and references for doing just that. starting this thread is a really great idea, for both women and men equally, since women are most definitely not the only ones who have troubling thoughts about their weight.

 

so thanks you guys! keep doing what you're doing. <3

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i'm not sure if i belong here, but i'm underweight by about 20 pounds and it's been scaring me recently?

You're completely welcome here! biggrin.gif

 

It sounds great that you're trying to build muscle, and you can definitely start eating to gain weight in a healthy way.

Also, make sure you get all the vitamins and other nutrients you need. There's nothing wrong with taking a vitamin pill daily, as long as you don't forget a balanced diet.

 

If you continue to lose weight or stay scared, you can always have your doctor do blood-work.

Maybe you have a slight deficiency that can easily be corrected, or maybe there's nothing wrong and you can have a nice soothing talk with your doc.

 

Best of luck!

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I've got a little over 10 lbs. to go.

Is anyone else needing to weigh themselves every morning to stay motivated?

What are you doing to work toward your goal?

What IS your goal?

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Unsurprisingly I've gained even more weight - now about 106kg.

 

Lover has an exercise bike and I'm thinking of trying to find the room to store it in my studio flat, because I know that I enjoy cycling and that if I sat on that an hour a day I would slowly but surely shed it all off, especially since I could just whack on some Stargate and watch that while i exercise. Worked in the past when I went to the gym.

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@Rachel72: Yep! The games that use camera are also good. I'm tempted to start some of those up as well.

If you have determination and motivation, do it!

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So. Um. Not sure what on earth I'm doing, really, but there goes. Warning, I'm likely going to type a novel! >:B Maybe if I post here (again, though last time I was talking about being underweight and that doesn't really apply anymore), I'll feel guilty if/when I decide this isn't worth the effort, and won't quit on the spot... xd.png

 

By many standards, I apparently have a very attractive figure, and to be completely honest... I think so too. At 17 years of age, with 167 cm (about 5'6") and 52 kg, I possess a BMI of ~18.6 (I am aware that number is almost completely irrelevant, I am after all living proof of that, but just for reference), and a fairly nice hourglass shape if I dare say so myself.

 

But that means NOTHING AT ALL. Like, really, it's such total bs. A few people have told me they wanted to have a body like mine, and while it's certainly flattering, I'm always like omg no, you so don't, trust me. xd.png

 

There's the thing, I'm not healthy or fit, not by a FAR stretch, and to be honest I hate my body sometimes. My weight is due to a very fast metabolism, I think, and once that slows down, I'm screwed completely. I'm an utter wimp, hilariously inept at any and all exercise, and most everything of a remotely physical nature makes me keel over and die on the spot, causing me to avoid these sorts of activities at all costs. Also, I have the worst junk food habit. Tons of candy, sugary and often caffeinated soda, so much salt I should have died of sodium poisoning by now, deep fried stuff, instant noodle soup... I don't eat this for like, every meal, mostly just to treat myself after a bad day or something. Granted, I've been doing that way too often lately... (For goodness' sake, I went "screw it" and ate a hot dog & three scoops of ice cream for lunch today. O_o) I don't eat regularly, sometimes on weekends I go without food for hours and then empty the fridge in one sitting... and you won't find much fruit and vegetables in my diet. Terrible sleeping habits as well (as of late especially, been going to bed past 12PM and waking up predictably dead before 7AM - some people can run on that reasonably well, but I've established that I really need my 9 hours).

As a result, I'm always out of breath, have like no muscle mass at all, the worst complexion ever, and a hunched back and probably squished internal organs from sitting at the computer for hours and hours (and hooouuuurs) on end. My annoying tinnitus stems from this in some way, too, I'm pretty sure, as do my headaches.

 

I wish society would stop pushing a skinny body as the ultimate ideal and everybody's goal, and instead I'd want health to be emphasized everywhere. Health and weight isn't always correlated, you know. In the end, I think this is exactly the reason why I don't care about my body - I've never been pushed by my family to be more active and balance my diet, or it's just been mentioned in passing, as I've always been thin and therefore, "healthy", I guess. Meanwhile my little brother, who doesn't have a turbo metabolism and is thus more motivated, has PE almost every school day and often works out with my dad as well, and he's seriously awesome - more massive than I am still, but I believe most of that mass is muscle, and he's very fit now.

I feel really terrible for people who exercise regularly, eat well, etc. and are physically capable but still can't seem to lose weight, and then get called ugly - while I'm praised for... doing literally nothing at all??? How does this work.

 

SOOOO today I went crazy or something and went for a run for the first time, like... ever. xd.png (Aside from trying to catch the morning bus once in a while, which is like a 2-minute run at most and has me out of breath every time.) Was going to do 20 minutes of actual running in total, 5 mins at a time or so with breaks inbetween, ended up making it more like 13-14 minutes and I'm currently a corpse. lol. Baby steps, right?

Now sitting here eating an apple, which I'm not so naive and thinking it'll help in any way (not with today's lunch in particular), I just saw it lying around and figured it was lonely, so might as well. :I *noms* I probably won't cut out all junk food out of my diet either, not when spring has come and it's basically "EAT ALL THE ICE CREAM EVER" time for me. But I miiiiight limit it just a bit.

I now want to keep this up regularly, and learn to like my body a bit more, because mere conventional prettiness just ain't censorkip.gif, you know. It won't save me from being out of breath after running for the bus or walking up stairs. So maybe this will help, that's if I don't get lazy right away and decide to just stay true to my old ways... :x

 

Also, GOOD LUCK and lots of support to everyone in this thread!!! Never give up. <3

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Time for me to start Couch to 5k again. xd.png Have done 0 exercise the past 6 months (other than walking the little bit to school) and hopefully it'll boost my low energy and low mood.

 

Getting started is a pain, though… But that's to be expected.

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Because of a medical condition I have, my body gains weight very fast and is very sensitive to things like gluten, sugar, soy lecithin, etc. On the other hand, I get depressed almost constantly, so that's the cherry on top.

 

I've been struggling to lose weight for years now. When I was younger I had gained over 80 lbs in a year, I think it was.

 

I managed to lose some weight recently, though it's been hard. I started off being 275 and I made it down to 244, but now I'm slowly gaining it back again.

 

The proper weight for me is said to be 180.

 

I'm getting a little bit uninspired now, what with my sleeping schedule being off. I woke up at 9pm and I've stayed up, now it's 7am. I want to try to get my life back in order and feel healthy again. I just wish it were easy, but this condition I have is not easy to deal with.

 

Problem is I can't cut everything out completely or I will go into shock, deep depression, or starve myself unintentionally. I know this because it's happened before.

 

I was hoping maybe reading through some of the replies on this post will help me.

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Weighed in last week with my heptologist; I've managed to finally get down to 103.5kg, given I maxed out at 112.5kg back in October. Still a long way to go (I need to get to 80kg ideally, and would feel healthy even at 90kg), but a good start.

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It has been a few days over a year since I set some eating habits for myself. Over the year, the results have been great and noticeable by others. Then just three months ago, I started to do high-intensity interval training and daily walking exercises. Prior to this, I think I had a considerably sedentary lifestyle. I began to use a smartphone application to track my calorie and nutrient intake and my walking and running activities, to name a few.

 

The first two months were great. I ate healthy and exercised daily. I was so proud of myself for my consistence and adherence to my goals despite the somewhat big transition. However, this month was a mess due to three S's: sickness, storm, and sloth. I gained back 2kg just in the last week.

 

Anyway, August is a new month. I will do my best to stick to my daily eating and exercising habits again.

 

 

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I am an online health and fitness coach and I am currently on my own health and weight loss journey.

 

Biggest tip: join an accountability group (like on facebook)! Best thing I ever did to help with my consistency and to get support and motivation. Made some great friends in the process too.

 

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What would be considered eating healthy?

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I know the basics.

No eating processed food.

Watch your portions

....stuff like that

 

But from what I've seen when I go on Instagram (another app) and look at someone else's daily meal plan...I think they're eating a lot, but they are still looking all fit and strong.

I don't have a sedentary lifestyle.

I go on long walks after dinner.

I do an hour of weights beforehand focusing on different muscle groups (depending on days)...

 

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I think that some individuals have healthy diets that consist of what could be seen as "a lot" of food could mostly depend on both metabolism and the kind of exercise they do. I run track and it's around 2-ish hours a day, but it's super high intensity. Because of this, I eat a lot, and within what I eat there's quite a bit of food that's high in fat (a lot of dairy) but my weight remains stationary, in part due to the kind of exercise that's been done. In contrast to when I wasn't doing much exercise previously this year (just doing half hour walks every day) I couldn't eat nearly as much as I do now without an increase in my weight.

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I think that some individuals have healthy diets that consist of what could be seen as "a lot" of food could mostly depend on both metabolism and the kind of exercise they do. I run track and it's around 2-ish hours a day, but it's super high intensity. Because of this, I eat a lot, and within what I eat there's quite a bit of food that's high in fat (a lot of dairy) but my weight remains stationary, in part due to the kind of exercise that's been done. In contrast to when I wasn't doing much exercise previously this year (just doing half hour walks every day) I couldn't eat nearly as much as I do now without an increase in my weight.

That's true.

I remember when I was doing some marathon training...if I didn't have a good meal planned out...I would end up overeating throughout the day.

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But it's so hard to change my meal plan now.

I'm not training at the moment so my exercise regime isn't as intense, but sometimes I find myself eating as though I was still training. blink.gifdry.gif

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That's true.

I remember when I was doing some marathon training...if I didn't have a good meal planned out...I would end up overeating throughout the day.

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But it's so hard to change my meal plan now.

I'm not training at the moment so my exercise regime isn't as intense, but sometimes I find myself eating as though I was still training.  blink.gif  dry.gif

It's a tough transition for sure! Last year, I ran track for 6 months and then stopped. And since I had gotten used to eating a lot, suddenly having to change my diet was a bit of a shock. I actually became underweight because of this, since I was unable to change my diet in a balanced way. I just cut off a lot of random food all of a sudden, which was pretty harsh on my health in general. I didn't know this until I saw a doctor though. Maybe seeing a diet specialist could be really helpful? I know I was considering this, since I often went to extremes with what I ate (it was always too little or too much). This problem sort of became non-existent again when I returned to track this year though.

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So I can see there are a lot of people trying to lose weight... what about trying to gain it?

 

Because of a long, troubled past year and a bit, the details of which I don't want to go into, my weight - which was already barely healthy to begin with (I've always been a scrawny twig of a human) - slipped into dangerously underweight territory a few weeks back. I feel fine presently, but it's really scary having seen firsthand the severe effects this sort of thing can bring on. My biggest problem is, I have a fast metabolism and I simply do not gain weight easily.

 

It's not like my activities are even particularly active. I just do a lot of more mental work.

 

Still, I'll be getting myself weighed again tomorrow. I hope to see some improvement.

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Anything fried, cooked for you at a takeaway place, or just in excess.

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For me, weight gain (as a previously underweight individual) was made possible by simply eating a lot. I do get really hungry because of the sport I practice, so that helps. Food that is high in fat is generally very helpful.

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So I can see there are a lot of people trying to lose weight... what about trying to gain it?

 

Because of a long, troubled past year and a bit, the details of which I don't want to go into, my weight - which was already barely healthy to begin with (I've always been a scrawny twig of a human) - slipped into dangerously underweight territory a few weeks back. I feel fine presently, but it's really scary having seen firsthand the severe effects this sort of thing can bring on. My biggest problem is, I have a fast metabolism and I simply do not gain weight easily.

 

It's not like my activities are even particularly active. I just do a lot of more mental work.

 

Still, I'll be getting myself weighed again tomorrow. I hope to see some improvement.

Anything fried, cooked for you at a takeaway place, or just in excess.

 

Bad idea. It may help you gain weight but it won't be healthy for you.

 

I suggest just eating more of a balanced diet. More veggies/protein/fruits/healthy carbs and healthy fats. Figure out roughly how many calories your body needs daily then add in a few hundred more calories to start to gain.

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What advice would you give to someone who simply hates eating? I hear people often enjoy food, it gives them pleasure, they sometimes award themselves with it and whatnot.

 

I suffer from eating disorder, it started 6 or 7 years ago, I take medications, go to therapy and all that jazz, and while it doesn't threaten my life anymore, I still can't gain enough weight to at least look healthy. I still have to deal with people being really concerned about how I look, how little I eat, how stupid I must be. Sometimes I try to explain, sometimes it just makes me so sad. I know how I look, I know it is totally unatractive, you don't have to tell me "you won't find a husband, you look sick, you are destroying yourself", what else can I do?

 

I'd love to just want to eat, like so many people around me. I don't fear family gatherings anymore, but I still have to force myself to eat almost everything. My diet is better than it was a couple of years ago, but it's not enough to gain those remaining kilos.

Can sport or fitness help me? should I restrict myself from sugar to eat other things? I just don't feel hunger at all. I don't feel the need to eat, and when I do eat, I feel full really fast. Not only full, but... you know, sick.

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What advice would you give to someone who simply hates eating? I hear people often enjoy food, it gives them pleasure, they sometimes award themselves with it and whatnot.

 

I suffer from eating disorder, it started 6 or 7 years ago, I take medications, go to therapy and all that jazz, and while it doesn't threaten my life anymore, I still can't gain enough weight to at least look healthy. I still have to deal with people being really concerned about how I look, how little I eat, how stupid I must be. Sometimes I try to explain, sometimes it just makes me so sad. I know how I look, I know it is totally unatractive, you don't have to tell me "you won't find a husband, you look sick, you are destroying yourself", what else can I do?

 

I'd love to just want to eat, like so many people around me. I don't fear family gatherings anymore, but I still have to force myself to eat almost everything. My diet is better than it was a couple of years ago, but it's not enough to gain those remaining kilos.

Can sport or fitness help me? should I restrict myself from sugar to eat other things? I just don't feel hunger at all. I don't feel the need to eat, and when I do eat, I feel full really fast. Not only full, but... you know, sick.

Everyone should exercise to some degree. It's good for your whole body...your muscles, your bones, your heart...etc. Will it increase your appetite? It could. But what does your therapist and doctor say? Have they given you the green light to exercise?

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If you're eating enough then I would say yeah you can exercise, but if you're not eating enough then I don't think it would be beneficial to exercise.

Or at least you could try some walking, yoga, stretching.

Nothing high intensity.

 

I also agree with littleblackdog, maybe you could ask your doctor if you could exercise and what type of exercise they would recommend.

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Have you tried eating really small meals, but more often throughout the day?

Smaller portion sizes throughout the day so that you don't end up feeling sick?

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