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What if my "healthy" weight is too high? - July 10th 2013, 04:46 PM

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For the last 6 months my weight seems to have stabilized. The problem is that at this weight I am technically overweight. As you can probably imagine, this realization is stressful and difficult to accept. I'm eating healthy foods and I go to the gym 3 times per week. There's nothing else I can do that doesn't involve unhealthy behaviours to lower my weight.

When I was first recovering my parents agreed upon a weight range that they thought would be acceptable for me. Well, I'm [EDITED] higher than that weight range. I just feel so overwhelmed and angry. I'm not sure if being healthy is worth weighing so much at this point.


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Re: What if my "healthy" weight is too high? - July 10th 2013, 07:18 PM

I've lost a dramatic amount of weight lately and have now stabilized. I am however still way above my target weight. I'm happy for now though and the weight I lost before was not by crash dieting just eating what I wanted and being aware of myself.

Let yourself stablise for a bit. You might lose more later. You don't have to be perfect all the time. Take the pressure off yourself. Try and indulge in some sport you enjoy (swimming, cycling, yoga, dancing. Make sure you enjoy it!) and eat good fresh foods you enjoy.

Either way. Don't beat yourself up and just keep an eye that you don't go any higher.



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Re: What if my "healthy" weight is too high? - July 10th 2013, 09:06 PM

Do you have a health counsellor or anything like that? (Nutritionist, dietician...) You could always speak to them and see if you should be concerned, and if they can tell you the reassuring information you need to hear to relax on the point or if they can advise you about how to lower your weight into your ideal range without triggering your eating disorder. Because clearly just trying to ignore it and say that there's nothing you can do is triggering you too. I can't really judge what'll be safest for you, I don't feel comfortable making suggestions about how to find the middle ground that could mess up your habits, but there are a few ideas that might help you stop agonizing over it. Most important, just try to stay positive meanwhile.

And, to be honest, if you have an eating disorder and are currently being triggered by the numbers you should trash the scale. I know it can be hard to force yourself to stop checking all the time but slight changes in weight are normal but can wreak havoc on your mindset. You can be heavier then you planned to be but in actuality be perfectly healthy sized.

If you are eating healthy and exercising regularly you really shouldn't worry, especially if you were previously eating to little and underweight, suddenly having a healthy amount of food could have caused your body to "overreact" (for a lack of better words) and put on weight a lot quicker then expected. It's very possible you'll plateau and you'll go to a "right" weight.

Just... Stay away from the scale... Even if you weight more than you anticipated that doesn't mean you're unhealthy. You just need to keep doing the right things (which it sounds like you've been doing) and it'll be ok. It IS worth it to be healthy, you can do it . If you're really struggling i'd talk to a counsellor who's used to dealing with people who have ED's or a dietician/nutritionist also used to dealing with it, (like I said) let them know you want to be healthy BUT outline your concerns and let them see what hey can suggest




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