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Second week in - lalaland10 - 11-16-2015 11:59 PM

Hi there. So I am just starting my second week and I have to say that I feel so amazingly different. Seriously...my energy levels increased within a couple days and today was the first time for as long as I can remember that I didn't feel like curling up under my desk after lunch. This weekend I felt an actual surge of energy after eating breakfast and had to stand up and clean. I certainly hope that this trend continues forever.

I do have a question, though. At first, I had no problem eating the calories, but yesterday and today, I just haven't been as hungry...which is saying a lot for me bc usually come lunch, I just couldn't stop eating until bedtime. So, I am wondering...should I force myself to eat all my calories?

HEre is a little history
I am 42 years old with a height of 5'2" weigh 208.5 lbs currently. I was a normal weight growing up and through high school, but a few years into college, I ballooned up to 170 lbs. I stayed at that weight for some time, then I decided to try WW and I got down to 130 lbs. which I kept off for about four years. Then I had some stressful life events and I ballooned back up and kept getting bigger and bigger until I hit 220 lbs in 2006. Then I started a very active retail job and slowing dropped down to 180 lbs. Then I decided to cut out processed foods and follow a primal diet. I did really great and was able to slowly lose weight down to 150 lbs two years ago. But, we decided to move back home and we ended up having to stay with my brother for several months and I completely blew it food wise and gained back 40 pounds. After getting into my own apartment again, I tried many times to get back on track and I started to eat clean again. But, no matter what I did, I couldn't lose weight. I ate strict paleo for a whole month and lost 2 pounds, but then I would get discouraged and binge and gain back, until passed the 200 mark again and I have visited the doctor and all he says is to eat less. I tried that before and I know it wouldn't work, so I have been on the search for something to help me and I landed here.

I don't know for sure my caloric intake since I hadn't counted calories for a while, but I do know a few times when I tracked for a week or so just to see, I would end up between 1500-1800 calories. After using the calculators, I found out my TDEE is closer to 2200 calories. I jumped right in and started eating that right away and have been focusing on getting in my protein. I did gain 2 lbs, but then mid week it went back down by 2 and then by end of the week back up by 2...but I expected that.

RE: Second week in - AnitraSoto - 11-17-2015 09:15 AM

First of all, welcome! So glad you decided to join us over here!

It sounds like you are off on the right foot and are already experiencing the benefits of eating more. So, are your plans to do a reset?

As far as whether to force the calories, since you just hopped right up from 1500 - 1800 to 2200, I wouldn't force the issue. I would just eat until you are comfortably full, with the goal to gradually get to that TDEE figure. And, remember, you can always look for more calorie dense foods like nuts, nut butters, and avocado to fill that void at the end of the day.

Can't wait to hear more about your journey!

RE: Second week in - lalaland10 - 11-17-2015 11:09 AM

yes, I am in a reset now...which is why I was concerned about getting my calories in. But it felt weird to force it, since part of what I want to do is to listen and love my body more. I decided not to put an end date on the reset, but to just keep going until it feels right to cut.

RE: Second week in - AnitraSoto - 11-17-2015 07:42 PM

Yes, it's important to make sure you get those calories in, *but*, since you made the increase all at once I wouldn't stress about it too much for the first several weeks. Just give your body some time to settle in to the new routine and increased uptake, and soon you will be wondering how you possibly could have existed on one single calorie less laughing Do make sure your protein macro is set to 30%, and really try to nail that one (or get as close as possible..)

Also, I just wanted to make sure that you got a chance to read our Metabolism Reset Guide. In there, I go into detail about how to determine your *true* TDEE, rather than just blindly relying on the calculators. Recommended reading, if you have not already done so. You can find it on our Home Page under the Start Here tab... Often, people discover that they can actually eat more than the calculators give them.