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Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009, 11:36 am
chromakeydream: hello

hi! my name is Caitlin and I'm here because I want to lose about 15 pounds or so. I am 5'5" and I currently weigh 116 pounds.

my weight history looks like this:

my goal weight is 100 pounds, but it would be awesome to get back to 90 pounds.

I am a vegetarian and usually struggle with getting motivated to exercise...

that's pretty much me.

Tue, Jan. 6th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)

What age are you? Your weight now, and your goal weight is WAY too low.

Tue, Jan. 6th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)

Uhhhh . . . . at 5'5" I believe being underweight starts around 115. I currently weight 115 at 5'6" and I understand your motivation to be ultrathin, but if you are looking for support in this endeavour, this group may perhaps not be the one to seek it in.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 01:42 am (UTC)

there is no way in hell that 115 is a healthy weight. I have rolls of fat on my back and stomach.

Tue, Jan. 6th, 2009 09:56 pm (UTC)

Yeah -- I'd be talking to your doctor or therapist about this. 100 lb. is not a healthy weight for a 5'5" person.

Tue, Jan. 6th, 2009 10:50 pm (UTC)

I know....I used to be anorexic, so I'm really struggling with doing this the healthy way and I just want to feel good about myself again.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 01:02 am (UTC)

"doing this the healthy way..." are you talking about losing weight the healthy way, or getting over your body image issues the healthy way?
Because, really, there probably isn't a healthy way for you to get to 100 pounds unless you just have a really small frame and not much muscle mass. A healthy way for getting over the body image issues is to see a therapist.

There's definitely a way to stay thin exercise and be healthy - and look good - at a decent weight. Good luck with that!

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 01:41 am (UTC)

I've seen 5 therapists over the last 3 years, clearly not helpful. It's never going to go away.

Wed, Jan. 7th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)

as my momma would say, "not with an attitude like that!"
But seriously, keep searching for wholeness and hopefully you'll find something that balances you. I'm a personal trainer and have dealt with clients that have similar issues - some find and outlet through weight training and reshaping their bodies by getting stronger... others get into yoga.
some still haven't found anything - but don't give up.

Mon, Jan. 12th, 2009 08:22 am (UTC)

To be honest, I don't think the weight is the problem.

I'm only 5'3" and I weigh 124 pounds. I'm not fat, but the problem is toning. You need to gain lean muscle instead of just lose pounds. You should think about exercising the parts of you that you are dissatisfied with to slim them up by building the muscle there.

If you just starve yourself, you'll end up looking like a skeleton rather than have a slender, muscular, healthy figure. You should probably weigh closer to 125, but keep in mind muscle weighs more than fat so even though you gain weight, you build a healthy and slender figure without becoming frail and starved-looking.

Mon, Jan. 12th, 2009 04:58 pm (UTC)

I know, you are right, but I exercise like crazy: aerobics, toning, yoga.....and I still look just floppy and flabby.

Mon, Jan. 12th, 2009 11:42 pm (UTC)

Hmm ...

I don't know if it's out of your price range, but Bally is a pretty cheap gym to visit and they have personal trainers that might be able to help you find the way to work out that works best for your body.

As far as food and diet goes, the best advice I have gotten is to drink a lot of water, have a large breakfast, a medium-sized lunch and a very small dinner.

Then with exercise I believe I was told stretching/yoga and aerobics in the morning after your big breakfast and then some more stretching/yoga and your strength training and toning in the evening. If you have time for a quick afternoon jog or some quickie toning exercises then that would work just as well.

Maybe you aren't toning because you simply don't have much to tone. My husband is in the U.S. Air Force and blessed with one monster of a body [standing next to him in my state is honestly pretty shameful] and he tones up by working to gain weight and then working out the new mass of weight into muscle.

I hope that helps. I know as a woman gaining weight just never ever sounds like a good idea, but I think you would feel a lot better if you were at a healthy weight and BMI and toned it all up into something flashy, rather than just continue to lose weight until you're just a frame of a being.

I wish you the best of luck in finding the you that makes you happy.