View Full Version : Someone, please convince me as well as dh that I will rebuild healthy tissue
08-20-2005, 09:28 AM
once my body gets thinned out a lot and gets rid of excess toxins...the dh said last night that my bones were starting to stick out from my shoulders, and I, too, have noticed this...yet there is still some flab around my stomach from being at a really heavy, high weight for a few years. Will all of this even out as I continue to follow 100% raw foods, and will having all my bones stick out stop as well? I've read a lot about weight normalizing and all...I just need a little more reassurance and convincing.
08-20-2005, 10:01 AM
livenraw,I found the best way to smooth out those boney parts :) is to build muscle around them. This does not mean bulk. I had to do more shoulder work anyway, so when I got those protruding shoulder bones, I just started doing exercises for that area. Since you've lost fat there; now you can start rebuilding your "tissue."
As far as flab on your stomach -- is that excess skin or fat? Either way, you should just exercise to get as much off as you can, which would include strength exercising and cardio.
08-20-2005, 11:31 AM
Yes it will livenraw. When I first started eating raw, my weight went down to 120 and now it's at 127.
I know it can be alarming to watch your body go through these changes, especially when you already feel you don't need to lose any or much weight. I remember consciously looking at other people (thinner people) who I knew were NOT raw or even vegetarian for that matter and comparing myself to them saying, "Well, they're skinnier than I am and not even raw"
Are you the one who's dh made the comment that you were becoming a regular Karen Carpenter? If so, (and no offense to you or your dh) but that is the kind of comment that would cause you unnecessary worry and doubt and please don't buy into that fear.
When I read that comment by you (or whomever it was that posted it) I had to do a google on images of Karen Carpenter because while I knew who she was, I didn't know anything about her eating disorder, etc.
I saw some very disturbing photos of her in her later years and I've YET to see a raw fooder get that way. I mean, she was starving herself. You are not starving yourself, you are feeding your body nutrition in the best form and as a repayment, your body will do right by you!
I agree with working out to help build muscle tone but try not to obsess over this. Eat a balanced raw diet, make sure you get your greens (and other veggies) in along with your fruit and your healthy raw fats (nuts, seeds, avocado).
I am even noticing my hiney has filled back in and shaped up nicely if I say so myself :p ! Seemed in the beginning it was getting kinda...ummm...too flat and skimpy.
08-20-2005, 01:05 PM
Nope. DH didn't make that comment to me in regards to me becoming a Karen Carpenter. Someone else posted that.
I do my weight training 3x a week and my cardio 5x a week, and I was almost to the point of thinking I should limit my weight training to 2x a week, but I think the benefits of doing that would be more negative than positive. I was starting to wonder if it was the weight training that was causing my bony shoulders...
Well, it's a little excess skin from losing around 77 lbs over the past 3 1/2 years...I've noticed that when I have been doing raw, that skin is starting to flatten and tighten...just not as much as I'd like it to...but it will...I know it willl...
Thank you for the reassurance!!!
08-20-2005, 08:48 PM
A year ago I got down to 112 and now seem to have leveled out between 118 to 120. (I am 5'6") So yes, the weight that comes off will come back with healthy tissue rebuilding itself. This is done by exercise, at least for me this has worked wonders!
In January of this year I really increased my exercise routine, cardio 7 days a week (which I have done for many years but I really increased my time and effort!), weight training 3 or 4 times a week. Throw in yoga classes and various other fun classes and I have a pretty well rounded weekly routine that I love!
My family was so worried as they really were after me at 112 that I looked way to thin and with increased exercise they feared I'd fade away! Of course they'd seen me at 98 pounds 6 years ago (not a pretty sight and not related to raw foods at all) so they had good reason to be concerned. I knew my body would do its thing with proper nutrition and exercise and knew I wouldn't lose much more weight before I'd begin gaining some of it back.
So yes, I have gained weight, clothing fits the same, and the muscle definition is really starting to show. I have what some might think of as protruding shoulder bones, but I've worked really hard to get what I think of as shapely shoulders through weight training! I have almost no hiney, but do so much cardio that I am not surprised and know my "shape" will continue to do its thing through this progression.
My tummy is still my problem area, but wow is it getting tighter and more defined. It just takes time. I wouldn't worry, your body is going through many changes and very positive ones! Do what feels good to you in your exercise routine and with time the healthy tissue builds itself into the body you were meant to have!
08-22-2005, 05:22 PM
My fiance lost some muscle mass which was scary because he is considered thin already but he is putting it back on nicely. :)
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