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Struggling to lose weight and keep it off

by mattie on April 19, 2010

I’ve been thinking about how I need to work on losing some weight. Like most in our community, I think that if I was a little thinner I’d look a lot better. But as I’ve researched the topic of weight loss, I’m realizing that weight issues are quite common among transgenders and crossdressers.

Apart from the fact that obesity in the world is growing at an alarming pace, often I think people (like myself) have used food as a kind of treatment for their gender issues (especially if one isn’t “out”). On one hand I have always wanted to be thin, but on the other hand I have the lifelong stress of my internal transgender feelings that drive me to self-medicate with food. It seems I’m not the only one.

This morning I stepped on the scale and saw that I’m 213 lbs. This is really unacceptable. Why am I continually working against my own internal desire to be more thin?

About 18 months ago I had made it down to 195 lbs just by tracking calories on LiveStrong. I did it for several months and did pretty well with it, but something happened and I sort of stopped doing it. Since that time I’ve slowly been working my way back up the scale, and I’m not feeling good about it.

I need your help. Have you lost weight, or are you in the process of losing weight? Have you found something that works for you? What are your biggest and smallest dress sizes? Please share in the comments below.

For the time being I’ve started¬†calorie tracker at LiveStrong and am making a commitment to enter my daily calories, activity, and my weight in this application. ¬†For the short term I need to get my calorie intake under control, but for the long term (and to keep the weight off) I need to make some lifestyle changes. I hope to have the motivation to see myself through to a more normal weight.

I’d just feel a lot better about myself if I was a size 10-12 versus my current 18.

Update 10/18/10: Well, I’ve been at this for a few months now and am slowly taking the weight off. I’ve just been tracking calories and trying to get a little more exercise (not a whole lot). Simply by tracking my calories on LiveStrong’s MyPlate, and getting a little exercise I’m now down to 201. The progress is slow, but I’m making progress!

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