Anonymous said: How are you today(:?? ; I'm just passing by and taking the time to tell you that Your blog is amazing!! And you are so kind and very helpful with everyone, I hope that you are okay, cause you deserve to, you are the best (: xx

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You are sweet, thank you! I’m doing great, just finished a run and eating some food, now I’m off to a full day of work. Hope you all are having marvelous Tuesdays!

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Anonymous said: To that anon about the stomach pain after eating, that same thing happened to me and the doctor couldn't figure it out but I ate gluten free and it immediately improved and stopped most the pain after eating. It obviously could be something different, just wanted to let u know!
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Anonymous said: Recently everytime I eat, my stomach hurts really badly afterwards. I get really nauseous too, and I don't know why. I always have to sleep it off. I changed my eating habits in July, but my stomach's always reacted positively to it. But now the pain is bad and I'm afraid to eat anything, especially at school. Any ideas on what might be happening?

There are multiple explanations, so you’ll just have to think about what you’re doing/what you’re eating to understand what might be the cause! You could be eating too much. You could be eating foods that are too heavy (a lot of cream, a lot of protein or carbs). You could be eating something you’ve developed an allergy to (dairy products perhaps? gluten-intolerance?) - it’s totally possible to develop food allergies later on in life! Not everyone is born with them. You could be eating too much fibrous food, making your digestive system work in overtime and cause some digestion issues. You could be dehydrated - drink water!

I would suggest thinking about all of these possibilities and talking to a doctor about your discomfort!

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Anonymous said: i am a fatty. i will always stay a fatty i tried so many ways over and over and kept improving but nothing worked im tired im tired of not eating what i like and im tired of always working hard and putting all my energy into something then no results whatsoever even if i gain more weight at this point i dont give a shit i give up

Stop. Just stop right there in calling yourself names. First of all, you are not a “fatty.” EVERYONE has body fat on them in order to SURVIVE. It is so important to remember that just because you HAVE fat does not mean that you ARE fat. You are not defined by what your body looks like. Do not define yourself in that way. 

And trust me, I know how tired you are. It’s so incredibly frustrating to be the kind of person more prone to weight gain/obesity/health problems. It’s frustrating when you have friends and/or family members with incredibly fast metabolisms and they can eat whatever they want without gaining weight and don’t have to workout a day in their life. It’s exhausting getting up every single day and spending all of your time working out, cooking healthy food, being active. It’s tiring. Sometimes you want to quit. Sometimes you even gain weight. I get it. It’s okay to feel this way. We ALLLLL feel this way at some point. All of those fitblrs who have lost the weight that you look up to? They have had these same thoughts you are having. But you know what? They kept going

The main reason I don’t want my followers to rely on the scale as a measure of progress is because it’s not the best measure! The scale doesn’t always move. The scale doesn’t always reflect all of the hard work you put in day in and day out. The scale is just a number. That’s it. It does not define you, your progress, nor your journey. Focus on how eating right and exercising every day makes you feel. Think about how when you end a sweaty workout, and you feel totally on top of the world. Think about how your mood is just a little bit brighter and you feel a little bit lighter when you eat some good, whole, nutritious food. The journey is not all about losing weight, or at least you shouldn’t let it be. It should be about changing your lifestyle and how you feel. Those people who have incredibly fast metabolisms that you’re jealous of? Their metabolisms will catch up to them in a few years, and they will wish they had started getting healthy when you did. This journey is not just about the temporary goals, such as losing weight. It’s about protecting your future years. Making sure you don’t end up in a hospital bed 20 or 30 years from now. By investing your time, money, and effort into caring for yourself and your body now, you are investing in your future. I know it sounds cliche and silly, but it’s the honest and total truth. Getting healthy is about so much more than just weight loss. Just keep at it my dear. Find a source of motivation that works for you, and stick with it.

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pandrea-flamingos said: this is one of the most decent weight loss blogs out there. you are always supportive and do not romanticize weight loss nor perpetuate eating disorders (or the thinspo fad that used to haunt this website). as a recovering bulimic, im happy you and this blog are around.

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You are a beautiful person, thank you for following!

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Anonymous said: Hi, I really want to lose weight before school starts (that's about 2 months' time) I am 50kg right now and I want to lose 5 kg. I have tried everything (eating clean and drinking water and working out) for about 2 weeks but my weight hasn't dropped at all. Is there a strict diet I can stick to or any other tips?

You need to stick with it! I get a LOT of asks where people tell me what they’ve been doing and it all sounds great, but they tell me they’ve been doing it for 2 weeks or a month, or even 2 months and they’re frustrated they’re not seeing progress. However, the fact that you’ve stuck with it for that long IS progress. The scale doesn’t always drop right away. For me, the scale usually stays the same or even goes up, and then I’ll drop 5 pounds out of nowhere. Every body is different, everyone loses weight differently, and the scale is not the only measure of true progress.

Perhaps you need to change up your workout routine. I try to change things up every day, and really challenge myself and up the intensity every few weeks. Try things like lifting heavier weight, or lifting weights for longer instead of cardio, or doing High Intensity Interval training for your cardio - whatever you think is going to really push yourself, try it! There’s no harm in trying. 

Also, try taking your measurements. Often the scale won’t move, but we will be slimming down and just can’t tell because of muscle gain. But if you compare your measurements, even when the scale doesn’t move you might see a drop in those numbers and that will show you that you are leaning out and progressing.

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Anonymous said: Where can I watch DR. OZ's full eposides?

I personally don’t watch Dr. Oz but apparently you can find episodes HERE!

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Anonymous said: i'm a 16 year old girl who wants to become a pro cyclist. i'm afraid i won't be able to join a team because of my weight. who wants a fat girl in their team? i've lost like 30lbs in the past 4 months but i still feel too fat to ride. i don't know what to do..

Cycling is a great workout, and I think you would be surprised by the different sizes of cyclists there are out there! A lot of women cyclists that I know of aren’t super thin because they need strong legs to carry them through those long rides. Don’t worry about what your body looks like or what people will think when they see you - because in the end, it’s about how you ride. And you will show them that you have the heart and drive for cycling, and if you keep practicing and really pushing yourself, you’re going to get that speed and endurance you need. THAT is what is going to impress them and they’ll be lucky to have you on their team! Also, 30 pounds in 4 months is AMAZING progress, you should be very proud. You can’t drop 50 pounds in a night. You have to work for it. Every single pound, every single ride, every single workout gets you closer to your goals. And it sounds to me like you have the drive to do it, so just keep going.

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Anonymous said: Hello, I heard you were supposed to use rmr not bmr. Either way I get around 1600. But with rmr it says to maintain I'd eat 2460. So to lose I'm supposed to minus 500 from that? I want to lose quickly though, more than a pound a week.

Unless you go and get your BMR/RMR tested at a facility, the terms are used interchangeably. When you’re just guestimating with those online calculators, BMR and RMR are the same thing in terms of that. (This article explains the difference in how they’re tested if you’re interested) Anyway, so if 2460 is what you should eat to maintain, then yes, subtract 500 from that. It also depends on how much you’re working out, and whether you’re eating back what you burn from exercise. Most people just have to try different calorie goals and see what works for them. 1-2 pounds a week consistently is really good progress, so you don’t want to drop your calories down too low. I would suggest trying out 1800 calories a day and seeing how that works for you. If you’re hungry - eat more. But i think 1800 would be good. 1600 might be a little low, depending on your exercise level, but you can also try a range of 1600-1800.

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