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Eat, Play, Write
03-04-2017, 08:18 PM
Post: #201
RE: Eat, Play, Write
(03-04-2017 10:50 AM)sheilawrites Wrote:  
(03-04-2017 10:03 AM)sheilawrites Wrote:  Eeek - up this morning to 155. I stuck with the higher intake (ave 2364) for 8 days, but I am backing off. I guess I'll go to 2200, but I must say I'm tempted to cut 10% to 2000 for 4 weeks or so. I really really really don't like this weight gain, and it's not just vanity. I don't feel well eating this much - stomach & digestive problems I haven't experienced in a very long time. I'll think about it and decide later today, but that's where my mind is going.

Now that I've settled down...I'm going to cut back to ~2200 for a while. I've come this far, I should ride it out.

Me again! big grin It's 7 pm, and I've had 1736 calories today. I have plans for popcorn & some cheese during "movie time" later, which will take me to a bit over 1900. If I average 10% cuts for moderate & strenuous activity (which is where I think I lie since I cut back on running), that's about right. I've felt better today than I've felt for a while - very satisfied but not stuffed to the gills. I didn't plan for 1900, and that also feels good. So upon reflection, I'm going to join Carley in a period of eating what feels right rather than forcing the issue. If I want 2500 one day, fine. If I'm satisfied at 1800, fine. I'll track my food out of curiosity, but will try not to obsess so much about planning every calorie and macro gram. I will probably continue to weigh myself because it's such a habit, and one change at a time seems easier, but the scale may be next. Anyway, we'll see how this goes. It feels like the right choice at the moment with the stress of moving beginning to build. After we're settled in Oregon, I can revisit the numbers and build up my lifting and go from there.

Thanks again to all of you for support and feedback and inspiration!

Starting weight in Nov. - ~145
@~2125/day - 1-10 to 1-30 up & back down 148.2-149.4
@2000/day -- 1-31 to 2-10 up & back down, 149.4-150.4
@2128-2190/day -- 2-12 to 2-18 up & back down, 150 to 151.2
@ average 2225 -- 2-19 to 2-24 down & back up 151 to 152.6
@2360-2400 -- 2-25 to 3-4 steady rise from 152.2 to 155 - eeeek!

BMR - 1296
TDEE - ~ 2100 (Moderate-2010, Strenuous-2237)
10% cut - ~1900
Average past 7 days 2364
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03-04-2017, 08:45 PM
Post: #202
RE: Eat, Play, Write
I love this entry, it feels amazing to eat because you are hungry and not because of numbers no? It takes a LOT of pressure of doesn't it? It's hard listening to your body at first and I expect the first week may be difficult? I really hope this works for you and you find what you are looking for. Good luck big grin

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03-04-2017, 09:07 PM
Post: #203
RE: Eat, Play, Write
(03-04-2017 08:45 PM)Original_Beauty Wrote:  I love this entry, it feels amazing to eat because you are hungry and not because of numbers no? It takes a LOT of pressure of doesn't it? It's hard listening to your body at first and I expect the first week may be difficult? I really hope this works for you and you find what you are looking for. Good luck big grin

Yes! I've been thinking a lot the past week or so (maybe longer on a subconscious level) about the pressure we put ourselves under re. food. It's not just the "diet" mentality, but the "healthy" mentality and (dare I say it?) even at times the "must find my TDEE mentality." I think I'm ready to trust my body to tell me what it want, and how much, and I'm giving it a chance to do so. You inspired me, Carley, so thanks!

This may sound odd, but I think the final nudge was a piece of coconut layer cake. On Thurs I went out for lunch with a friend and had fabulous Thai panang curry. While we were eating, I overheard another customer ask if they had their coconut cake that day. Well, I couldn't get coconut cake - which I hadn't had in years, I think! - out of my head. So yesterday I bought two individual servings and my hubby & I had coconut cake. And while it tasted great, I really should have followed the "first two bites are the best" principle, because I felt terrible last night and I think it was the massive (for me) sugar blast! Today I just felt like I could not make myself eat to 2200 calories after that ucky feeling, and there we are. :-)

(BTW, I told my DH about this, and he said next time by 1 piece of cake, eat what I want, and he'll eat the rest. What a guy!)
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03-06-2017, 01:09 AM
Post: #204
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Just checking in to see how you are going?

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03-06-2017, 09:13 AM
Post: #205
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(03-06-2017 01:09 AM)Original_Beauty Wrote:  Just checking in to see how you are going?

Thanks, Carley! I'm just about to post a little note. I hope you're doing well, too!
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03-06-2017, 09:19 AM
Post: #206
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Two days of not tracking calories...liberating! (I've been tracking every single day since Feb. 2015.) At the moment I'm not recording my food at all because it would be too tempting to check cals & macros, but yesterday was probably high as I went to a reception at noon and had a big dinner. That's fine! It felt great not to be obsessed with getting all the numbers right and not to feel over- or under-fed. I am weighing myself (for now), and went down & back up, but whatever....

Starting weight in Nov. - ~145
@~2125/day - 1-10 to 1-30 up & back down 148.2-149.4
@2000/day -- 1-31 to 2-10 up & back down, 149.4-150.4
@2128-2190/day -- 2-12 to 2-18 up & back down, 150 to 151.2
@ average 2225 -- 2-19 to 2-24 down & back up 151 to 152.6
@2360-2400 -- 2-25 to 3-4 steady rise from 152.2 to 155 - eeeek!
3-4 155
3-5 154.4
3-6 155

BMR - 1296
TDEE - ~ 2100 (Moderate-2010, Strenuous-2237)
Currently eating at will & not tracking!
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03-06-2017, 09:33 AM
Post: #207
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Enjoy you chill period! Learning to trust our bodies can be quite challenging and hard, but it can be done!

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03-07-2017, 10:00 AM
Post: #208
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Just checking in so I have a record....I'm not tracking calories, and I feel great. Off now for a walk - it's a beautiful day here - and then back to sorting and donating and other pre-move efforts. I hope you all have a beautiful day, too!

Starting weight in Nov. - ~145
@~2125/day - 1-10 to 1-30 up & back down 148.2-149.4
@2000/day -- 1-31 to 2-10 up & back down, 149.4-150.4
@2128-2190/day -- 2-12 to 2-18 up & back down, 150 to 151.2
@ average 2225 -- 2-19 to 2-24 down & back up 151 to 152.6
@2360-2400 -- 2-25 to 3-4 steady rise from 152.2 to 155 - eeeek!
Not tracking calories/macros
3-4 155
3-5 154.4
3-6 155
3-7 153.8

BMR - 1296
TDEE - ~ 2100 (Moderate-2010, Strenuous-2237)
Currently eating at will & not tracking!
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03-07-2017, 04:17 PM
Post: #209
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It must be freeing to not be tracking calories for a while! I get tired of it too, and the pressure to find my TDEE, although I really do want to find it. Glad you enjoyed the cake! Yummy!
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03-08-2017, 10:26 AM
Post: #210
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It seems to me that not tracking calories would be the ultimate goal of this way of eating. Can't wait till I get myself stabilized and can think about doing that!
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