Pound Count

love2eatinpa, 09 March 2010, 33 comments
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Bear with me as I amuse myself…

I thought it would be interesting to calculate roughly how many pounds I have gained and lost since I was a sophomore in high school.

Between the age of 16 and ulp, I’ll be 42 this month, so that is what, 26 years, I calculated that I have gained and lost at least 250 pounds. That does not include the 30 lbs I put on and took off for each of my two pregnancies which would add on 120 more pounds!).

When I think about it that way, it seems so bizarre. What have I done to my 5’3″ body cumulatively with all that yo-yo’ing up and down the scale?

How many pounds do you figure you have gained and lost throughout your adulthood?

P.S. I will write about the appointment with my therapist within the next day or so, after I process it in my head.

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  1. Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl
    09 March 2010, 6:44 pm

    Very interesting!!!! I’d have to completely guess, but I’d say I’d have to be around the 270-300 mark. I’m even more curious how I could calculate how much my stomach ways. I know it sounds ridiculous, but I’m serious. I think I have a small toddler there. 🙂
    .-= Bobbie @Anonymous Fat Girl´s last blog ..Excuses & MAKING IT COUNT in the gym =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i remember wanting to see how much my belly weighed when i was pregnant. i may have even, *ulp, so embarassing* tried to lay sideways on the ground and put my stomach on a bath scale. didn’t work. =)

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  2. Kim
    09 March 2010, 6:46 pm

    Wow, how interesting! I haven’t fluctuated that much, but I did take the big drastic dip when I was first diagnosed with anorexia. I probably lost around 40 pounds. I gained it back in treatment, then lost some (about 10-15?), then gained some back (about 5?). For the last several years, I’ve stated that I’d like to gain 10-15. I’ve eeked up a bit, then gone back down a bit, but have stayed right around the same for a long, long time. I’ve stopped stating all-out goals, and that seems to be working for me. I just want my body to be healthy. I don’t care so much what the number is. I guess when you add it all up, I’ve probably put my body through about 100 pounds of change (40 down, 40 up, some fluctuations) in my adult years.
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Pet peeves, and movie fun follow-up =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s great that you have stayed steady for a long time. that is my goal as well right now. it’s fantastic that you figured out wanting to be healthy was more important than stating a weight goal. so many of us never get to that point.

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  3. Megan @ Healthy Hoggin'
    09 March 2010, 6:49 pm

    Man, I’ve probably gained and lost at least 100-150 lbs, in my fairly short life! I’m 27 years old, and I’ve been yo-yo dieting since I was about 16?! And in the last few years, I’ve learned to lose and regain 20 lbs at a time! So frustrating. My poor body. 🙁

    Very interesting to think about! Hopefully my only fluctuations in the future will be from healthy pregnancies!! 😉
    .-= Megan @ Healthy Hoggin’´s last blog ..Mommy & Me Weekend =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i know, megan, it’s very frustrating. that’s a great future goal you have!

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  4. Diana
    09 March 2010, 7:13 pm

    OMG…I haven’t even thought of it that way! I don’t think I’ll continue entertaining that idea. It’s a lot though…yikes!
    .-= Diana´s last blog ..Colorado Bound! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i have no idea how the crazy idea of counting popped into my head.

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  5. christie @ honoring health
    09 March 2010, 7:34 pm

    Well, I have never really thought about it.

    In High School, I was 104lbs. By the age of 25 I was 220. Then I got down to the 163, back up to 183, down to 146, back up to 183 and now I am somewhere in the low 170’s. What a roller coaster it has been.
    .-= christie @ honoring health´s last blog ..Join Project Hydrate =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    because i’m such a dork =), i did your calculations… it came out to about 275. we’ve all been on that roller coaster and it’s only fun when you are careening downwards.

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  6. suzanne
    09 March 2010, 7:53 pm

    I’m 5′ 0″ and gained 60 lbs with each of my pregnancies!!
    And i know i’ve gone up and down between 175 and 112 for many years! I can’t begin to know how many total, but for sure it was way too many.
    .-= suzanne´s last blog ..Weekly goal update… =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol! i know when i look at my preggo pictures i can’t believe how big my stomach got. the human body does amazing things, doesn’t it?
    i guess even with our ups and downs, our bodies still manage to hang in there somehow, thank goodness!

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  7. Jody - Fit at 52
    09 March 2010, 8:27 pm

    What a very interesting take on this and I think should really make people think!!!! WOW! I really like this take & going to share in a future post if you don’t mind.. will let you know!

    I have not had this prob as an adult.. even as a kid.. I just kept getting heavy & then one day in high scholl, I started the loss. I am glad I did not do the up & down. Has to be hard on the bod!

    Sorry I missed posting a comment on your previous post… will wait to hear more…
    .-= Jody – Fit at 52´s last blog ..Dieting Reality – Tomorrow Is NOW! =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    of course i don’t mind jody, i’m honored that the idea struck a chord in you.
    so you went up once and came back down, good for you for not stepping onto the rollercoaster!

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  8. Jill
    09 March 2010, 9:50 pm

    Geez, well…my lowest was 116 and my highest was 175 (which I’m at now) :'(

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that’s not too bad of a swing. as long as you are healthy, it’s all good.

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  9. Alicia
    09 March 2010, 9:56 pm

    let’s see: in 2002 when I committed to losing weight, I was at 250. At my lowest this past October, I was at 127. I’m now holding steady at 135. We’ll use a round 130 or so for me!
    .-= Alicia´s last blog ..anthony bourdain =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    kudos to you on that amazing loss!!!! way to go down and stay there!

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  10. Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42
    10 March 2010, 1:56 am

    There must be a calculus formula to compute what I’ve done. It makes me dizzy thinking about it.
    .-= Gina Fit by 41 Maybe 42´s last blog ..When a Spouse* Calls You Fat and Gives Advice =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    lol!!! there could be a noble prize for you in math if you figure that one out for all of us to use. =)

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  11. Victoria
    10 March 2010, 9:49 am

    Here is proof that i am totally obsessive! I went back through my journals about a year ago-I have kept them since i was 16-and made up a spreadsheet of my ups and downs. I have gained and lost 327 pounds in the last 34 years! It is depressing that because of my addiction I could never keep the weight off. I am still morbidly obese and will probably die soon if i don’t get this weight off and keep it off. I keep trying…losing 30 gaining 10 back, losing that 10 and gaining 40 back! Sometimes i wonder if it is even worth it!

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    victoria, you have a sister here with the obsessiveness. i have measurements of myself, monthly average calorie intake, it goes on and on, for years worth.

    the rollercoaster does suck, but please keep trying. as i’m sure you know, it’s not about the food, it’s something much deeper. find a good therapist. mine happens to deal with compulsive behaviors and is a recovered compulsive eater, so he really gets where i’m coming from. have you ever tried Overeaters Anonymous? they have been helpful to me too. for the sake of your family and your life, it is worth it.

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  12. Ameena
    10 March 2010, 12:28 pm

    Great question…I used to weigh absolutely nothing before I had Maya and when I was pregnant I gained 19 pounds. Then I lost it all, then gained 5 pounds when I turned 30. In December of last year I lost those 5 pounds and have managed to keep them off. Still don’t look like I used to…kids ruin you forever!!
    .-= Ameena´s last blog ..Another trip to the dentist… =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    ameena, you sound like one of those lucky souls who has managed to keep her weight pretty steady. i’m so envious! 🙂
    but you are right, kids change your body for sure! it’s a badge of motherhood honor. right? (HA!)

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  13. POD
    10 March 2010, 2:05 pm

    I don’t know how many I’ve gained and lost. I don’t find that those are important numbers. It’s like my friend, Patty adding up how many times she’s moved and how many jobs she’s had. What’s the point except she wanted to reaffirm that she felt like a loser.

    Actually I know I’ve lost at least 100 lbs cuz I have kept that off. 😉
    .-= POD´s last blog ..Growth =-.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    i don’t think the number is important either, janel, the idea popped into my head and i thought it would be fun to do. i wasn’t doing it to make me or anyone else feel bad, just taking a different view of things. =)
    the 100 off is awesome! hey, hope you had a nice birthday!

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  14. Lara
    10 March 2010, 3:23 pm

    Oh wow, math is not my strong suit but I bet my # would be up there. I started dieting my senior year in high school and then the yo-yo’ing began with an all time low of 89 lbs my Jr year in college and all time high of 150 several years later and then bouncing around a lot between 112 and 135.
    I know the health effects of yo-yo dieting have been debated over the years but just read an article that was supposedly the best study on the subject every done and the researchers found that yo-yo’ing is just as bad as being overweight in terms of cardiovascular disease. scary.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    you sound like you are tiny, lara.
    thanks for the info from that article. unfortunately, i was afraid you were going to say that. =( that’s a wake-up call.

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    Lara Reply:

    I am only 5’2! It has taken me a while but now at age 41 I think I am finally able to diiferentiate between my brain’s “ideal” weight and my body “happy weight”. My brains ideal weight is too low for my body even though it is in the normal range for my height (just the lower end of it) It is impossible to maintain without being uber-restrictive and I dont’ want to live my life like that. I have gained so many times as a result of getting down to my “ideal” weight and then overeating/binge eating as a result of feeling so hungry and deprived. Most of my big gains have been after losing a good deal of weight. Last year I got so tired of the yo-yo effect I decided to raise my “goal” weight a little and that has made a big difference in my ilfe.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    that makes, so much sense, lara. so many of us are stuck on that special number they are trying to attain and that number is just not realistic. who wants to live a life of deprivation? good for you for changing your mindset, finding your balance and comfort zone!!!

  15. Truth2BeingFit.com
    24 March 2010, 7:34 pm

    Pounds Count From Confessions of an Overeater; Happy Bdays’ again!…

    Thursday, March 25, 2010 So, this week has kind of been about different forms of motivation for weight loss. Monday we had FJ’s point of view, Tuesday was the crazy stuff, Wednesday was about how I looked at it…

  16. CatLoverinCA
    13 April 2010, 11:58 pm

    Scary thought. I was 95 pounds in high school without effort and despite eating lots of “junk food” when I came home from school–not binges, just ravenous after school! Bulimia started in college at age 17, at first gaining 10 pounds in a month and losing 10 pounds the next month. Eventually I started purging and that stabilized me… but I started to faint in my mid 20s–electrolyte issues…went from 115 to 130 in two months when I went into treatment as I stopped purging but kept binging at first. Took that off with a little relapse into purging before I stopped completely. Stayed at 110 to 115 pretty naturally through my mid 30s then weight crept on. Peaked at 140 (and I’m short, not even 5’1″) in my early 40s. Took six months to drop to 130, rested six months, then took off another 10 pounds to 119-120… I’m around 116 during the spring/summer and 119-120 during the winter now. It makes me “average”–no one would ever say I’m fat, and no one would call me “skinny”–although I have rolls around the middle. I’m 45. Hmmm… hundreds of pounds, maybe 500?

    Yikes.

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    love2eatinpa Reply:

    it’s pretty wild when you add it all up, isn’t it?

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