So, I wanna share my story with you, because I am really concerned if I am doing anything wrong and i wanna understand why this is happening to me.
I was living quite unhealthy until september. I was restricting calories and was non-vegan. I was eating healtier than most people, but still very unhealthy from what I know to be healthy (HVRV).
In august I stopped taking birth control pills which I had for 7 years.
Until september I also smoked.
In the end of october my acne started to show up (I believe it is beacuse I stopped eating birth control pills).
In november I went raw for a month as an experiment. I knew that raw is the way to go, but I didn't know about 80/10/10 diet. I loved it anyway. In december I started eating cooked again, but cooked vegan. In january I finally found out about 80/10/10 diet, read the book and went for it. I'm HCRV from January 16. In february I stopped using ALL cosmetic products on my body.
I am exercising almost everyday. I was doing P90X for 2 months, then Insanity for 1 month. I am normally eating from 2500-3000 calories a day. I avoid eating nuts and seed or avocados.
Ok, my sleeping patterns are not the best, but I try to sleep at least 8-9 hours a night.
I drink at least 3 liters of water everyday (not counting water in smoothies).
So, it will soon be 4 months. But there is actually no change on the inside or outside. I still have acne all over my face (but especially forehead). I have a lot of fat to lose and I just can't understand how come I still have it after all that extreme exercise and not eating any fats. I have 30% of body fat. I am 164 cm (5.4') tall and weight 56kg (123pounds). I know it is not a lot, but I also know this can't be it.
I have a hard time with my boyfriends family, they don't understand and don't want to listen. My boyfriend became vegan, when I became hcrv...They think that I will die. And everybody, everybody who looks at me and know what am I eating, are pointing at my acne at they are telling me that this is because of the food I am eating. It is hard at times. It seems everyone else is more concerned with how I look than I am. But of course it has an impact on me. I had beautiful skin before.
So my question is: is there something that I am doing wrong? I realize perfectly that time heals everything, so I am NOT asking you when this will happen. I just want to know: WHY is there nothning happenig. I need to know why, so I can tell everyone else. Why I don't have any energy, why I am not feeling that great, why my skin is not clear, why I am not having better fitness results, why do I still have weight to loss, why I don't feel healthy...
So please help me understand why, so I can explain everyone else (who are maybe willing to know about this lifestyle).
Thank you so much, I will be very grateful for any answer.
If I were you I would most definitely increase my calorie intake by at least 1000 calories a day. With your history you will likely gain before you start to lose which is a great way to gain health and stick to the program. Read Adrienne's post on gaining: http://www.30bananasaday.com/forum/topics/how-to-accept-fat-gain-an...
The medical standard to objectively gage your hydration levels is if you are peeing with vigor at least 8-12 times in a 24 hours period you are hydrated.
Getting off BC is serious business and can have problems and acne takes time to heal, search for threads on here on those topics, there are lots of good ones.
Ok, I will try to increase my calorie intake, but I must admit, I am trying really hard already. :) I must try harder... I think I will never quit eating this way, so sticking to the program is not a problem for me.
I am peeing at least 10 times a day, so that is not a problem.
Yeah, I agree...Adrienne's post is really, really amazing.
Okay, if you are having trouble uping your calorie intake then skip the greens for a week or so until your stomach stretches enough to add them back in slowly. Dr. D says it's fine to skip the greens for as long as the first few months on 811. Also stick with High calorie fruits for a while. It doesn't take long to increase your stomach capacity. Eat until full then eat one or two more bites each meal.
Its not always about trying harder, its about DOING stuff and DOING IT CONSISTENTLY.
Try and pick up a chair. To try means to think about picking up the chair. TO DO IT means actually picking up the chair. Try means nothing. Doing is everything.
Anyone that can do 3 months of training that I would NEVER do obviously has commitment BUT that same level of commitment can be your worst enemy as you keep committing to bad behaviour like overtraining on fad exercise gimmicks like Insanity, P90X etc.
Join up a cycling/running group and have some 5 year goals. Thats all that works man. Fundamentals vs fads.
Try means nothing. Doing is everything.
that really is a very key idea and one that tends to be avoided in life too often.
wow, prad! thank you so much for saying this! thank you for contributing to this discussion! it is a very rare occasion when you contribute to non-ar-related threads, so i know this means a lot.
what you express in so few words is one of the most profound things i have ever heard.
rainbow and all of us are very luck to have your nearby.
your most loyal friend and disciple,
that's very nice of you, daniel, but it was dr who wrote it.
i merely copied, italicized and acknowledged the veracity of his words.
the idea of trying has been distorted over the centuries, possibly from inspiring stories like robert bruce's encounter with the spider from which the aphorism "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, try again" is said to come from.
what is not understood is that the spider (and robert, actually) weren't just trying - they were actually doing. being unable to meet a goal doesn't detract from the doing - it merely means you have some more work to do.
as dr puts it so well:
"To try means to think about picking up the chair. TO DO IT means actually picking up the chair."
if you can't quite pick it up yet, then go and train. you'll do better next time.
beats sitting around on that chair wishing/thinking/trying to pick it up! ;)
the proper interpretation of the word 'try' (in these situations) is demonstrated in this post to ana:
(notice that it is really a 'do' and nowhere in the vicinity of the 'wannabe' syndrome that is so often generated).
now i will disappear to my ar dimensions.
while i completely agree with this, i must say that visualization is amazing so for example, 'thinking about picking up a chair' ...if one is imagining the act of doing, the neurons in the brain will fire and make connections with parts of the body that would actually do the task! very helpful for repatterning the body :) so this can help you to find what muscles are really needed for a task as to not overuse or tense up in areas that are not necessary.
greetings molly! welcome to 30bad!
you are very correct about visualization (not the same as just 'thinking about doing stuff' of course) which can be (all other things being equal) a very effective technique quite prevalent in sports of various kinds (tim galloway was one of the prominent proponents back in the 70s with his inner game of tennis - which is much more than a tennis book, btw) as well as in many other areas even taking the form of simulations sometimes.
it's a good idea to know where you are going and how you are going to walk, before setting out on the journey. ;)
(of course, visualization should never be confused with greedy notions of manifestation.)
yess -- the integration and connectedness in the body can be applied to many aspects of life. HCRV is most definitely a crucial part of awakening our bodymind consciousness.
and yeah those 'greedy notions of manifestation'...makes me think of 'the secret!' and how popular that book was (and i think there was a movie too). i never read the book, but the people i heard talking about it had the mentality of: ANYTHING we want, we can attain! Law of Attraction! Seemed more about how to obtain materialistic assets rather than the creative, long-term, self discovery, life learning type of stuff that really helps one come into who they are.
so i guess 'be careful what you wish for' :)
"Talk is cheap, but it don't buy whiskey."
I've been LFRV for just over 5 months now. I know that for me when I cut out overt fats completely I tend to gain a little weight, feel a bit foggy and just not function as well. I stick to 90/5/5 and eat overts about 4 times a week. I eat about 3,000 calories per/day drink 3-4L of water, and work out on average 5 times a week. I either run between 30-60 min, or bike or do an hour or 1.5 hour of yoga or go for an hour hike. Like you I got off BC about a year ago and then went on it for a month last fall to try and get rid of my bad skin. I decided it was a bad idea and ditched BC all together. Only these past 2 months have I had a regular cycle, so it does take time. In regards to skin it's slowly getting better, definitely not perfect yet. I only wash with water and rarely wear make-up. Give yourself time. At least a few years to get full results, and it may take up to a year to see any results depending on what your previous habits were.
I trust this process, however few result I may be seeing now. I know that even a year from now I will be so far ahead of where I am now. I'm giving myself time to heal, to be nourishing to myself and to love myself unconditionally. I would suggest a great yoga class, daily affirmations, getting out in nature and trusting that this way of life will give you the tools to live vitally and freely.
This is what we are here for, to support you and lend a loving hand. We are in this together.
-Peace, love and fruit!