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Counting calories to GAIN weight… A rant.

After laying on the couch for most of today in my PJ’s with the covers over my head I am beginning to move beyond my pity party and am trying to take a proactive approach to getting this all figured out. Something else they suggested today was to count calories to attain my weight gain goal of 1-2 pounds per week.
That means I need to eat 2480 calories per day consistently… I have managed to put away 1374 already today and honestly I am feeling a bit sick now. I have to get 1106 calories from my dinner tonight, that is not fesable huh?

Dealing with a weight issue is so humiliating, for everyone!! Overweight/ underweight- it is all touchy and humiliating. All my friend are all “i can send some of mine to you” and it just makes it seem like the issue is being downplayed.

Loosing or gaining weight is hard. It is more than a self control issue, things like metabolism, exercise and a number of other things play into it. My target weight is 125, I have never weighed 125 in my life. The most I have ever weighed is around 112- 115, I burn stuff off fast being a dance teacher and my stomach is small. So just eating more doesn’t do it. I have even tried drinking ensure after eating regular meals and have still never weighed 125.

I guess I am just pissed off that our society makes weight issues less of a health problem and more of a self control issue. I am not skinny because of an eating disorder or an personal choice, I have always been this way- my body works different than yours. People aren’t overweight because they don’t care about themselves, they also have bodies that react and work differently.

It is bad enough that we are all our own worst enemy, we hate having our weight issues so don’t make it worse by judging or downplaying it, alright? (don’t worry this is not directed at any of you reading this, just a vent session)

<p>A city girl turned farmer. Yes women do farm ;) Owner and operator of direct to consumer, Ryder Family Farm in Southern Illinois.<br /> Wearing many hats I'm also a mother to 3, a wife, a yogi, a farmer, a 4-H & Girl Scout leader & hospitality manager.</p>

8 thoughts on “Counting calories to GAIN weight… A rant.

  1. I know how you feel, although I have to opposite problem. I hate it how everyone always says it’s just a matter of what you put in your mouth and what you burn off, but that’s just not always the case.

    Dutsji’s last blog post..Frustations and pain

  2. You are doing a great job. You have clear goals and a plan. It’s going to work, give your body time to adjust. Won’t you be done teaching soon? Maybe you’ll burn fewer calories?
    I see you’ve tried Ensure, have you also tried something called Weight Gainer? It’s usually a type of protein shake mix. Any vitamin/health food store (instore or online) should have something like it. It’s full of protein and minerals, and helps put healthy weight on. As opposed to the Chocolate Shake diet I’ve recently tried and it works to put weight on…but not the good kind. Real fruit juices are full of calories, maybe sip them during the day?
    I’m sure you’re doing exactly the right thing. Give your body time. Even when it is absolutely frustrating as heck!
    I just had another thought: when people try to lose weight it’s good to keep proteins and carbs separated during meals. Meaning don’t consume carbs with a protein based meal because the carb will cause the fat in the protein to be kept as fat. SO, if you go in the opposite direction and consume carbs (or sugars of any kind) with a fatty meal, it should have the affect you’re looking for.
    Sorry. Long winded. I’ll be done.

    Hyphen Mama’s last blog post..100 Thing About Me–3rd Act

  3. Gaining wieght is very frustrating! I need to gain another 10 pounds before my surgery, and I hate it! I guess the health risks are equally bad if you are extremely overweight or extremely underwieght. I get horrible looks in the gym when I try to explain I am there to gain, not lose. I am trying to bulk up some muscle mass, as muscle wieghs more than fat I figure that should help ‘up’ the scales. I try to eat 8 times a day, so every couple of hours I am eating something, instead of 3 large meals a day. I find the over all amount of calories I need is easier to get that way, as I am not a big eater myself, but I am not nor have I ever been anorexic. Try convince people of that though! My goal right now is 110, and bit by bit I am getting there. The only upside at the gym is, because of no fat on my arms, as the muscle builds and sculpts, you can see the results right away, so there is a bit of motivation in that!

  4. i have the same problem! all my life, cannot keep weight ON! and people say the nastiest things. i once overheard a woman at the store saying my kids should be taken away because i clearly had an eating disorder and why can’t i just eat a cheeseburger. i could eat 50 cheeseburgers in one sitting and not gain an ounce. when i got pregnant with odessa i weighed 98 pounds…

    Memarie Lanes last blog post..Four Weeks

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