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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
06-07-2016, 01:04 AM (This post was last modified: 06-09-2016 09:15 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Hey there! I'm a newbie to the site and finally decided to take the plunge and start my journal. I'm sure I'll need some help along the way and maybe I can encourage others in their own journeys. I actually came across the site researching something for my husband...we are participating in a weight management program (thankfully, only 2 weeks left to go as although there is good information in the program about nutrition and physical activity, the program is still a proponent of "move more, eat less" and I want to get away from the weekly weigh-ins for my husband's sake). My husband was drastically cutting back on his calories, even more than the program was recommending (he's 6'4", 310 pounds). In a six-week period on time, he was averaging under 1500 calories per day and had only lost 10 pounds. Two weeks ago, I was able to move him (kicking and screaming) up to 1800 calories per day. This past week, 1900. First major goals are to move him up 100-200 calories at a time past his BMR of 2980 (don't know how I'll ever get him to eat his TDEE of 4619...can a person actually eat that much?), rein in some of his cardio (he just had a knee replacement last year with complications, so he just walks, but was walking over an hour every day), and add some light lifting. But, enough about him...

My Story:
My bad experiences with the scale started as early as junior high. I used to run track and field and based on our weigh-in each week, we would compete with others in the same weight category. To avoid the catch-all "above" category, I would literally starve myself for a couple days beforehand. Of course, that led to binge eating afterwards. Then, there was the time in high school when I went to a volleyball camp at the age of 15 and was told "if you would lose 10-15 pounds, you could jump a lot higher and be a better player." And so the struggle continued on and off through my 20s (military weight standards) and 30s (metabolism starting to slow down so they say), and early 40s (max weight ever, just over 200 pounds). A love/hate relationship with food. A love/hate relationship with the mirror. A love/hate relationship with the scale. A love/hate relationship with my clothes. A love/hate relationship with myself...mostly hate.

In 2011, I started working on my registered yoga teaching certification (if you want to feel fat, just hang around a bunch of skinny yoginis! LOL!) and made a(nother) commitment to losing weight. Yo yo up, yo yo down! Through the first six months of 2013, I dropped down to 170 pounds and was honestly feeling the best I had in years. Then, a diagnosis of breast cancer. Three surgeries, a year filled with chemotherapy/radiation, and 18 months (and counting) of chemically induced menopause and severe joint and muscle pain side effects from the medication and back up to 200 pounds. From the weight management program and averaging 1325 calories per day (through 23 May), I lost 15 pounds (hard to get away from that "crack cocaine" high of fast weight loss), and that's when I came across EM2WL and decided I was ready to try something new and to stop the insanity of low calorie eating (you know, doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.) As I started increasing my husband's calories, I did the same. Two weeks ago, up to 1500 (no weight loss, but no weight gain). This past week, 1600 (weigh in tomorrow but expecting no loss/gain).

I've read through the Starter Kit a couple times and while I may need to make some modifications, here are my initial goals and my information:

1) Increase up to TDEE of 2399 (based on moderate activity), 100 calories at a time and hopefully minimize any regain. Then, I'll evaluate where I'm at. While my average daily calories the past 2 months had been low, I think I had been eating more than that in recent years, so to move into a cut immediately or not remains to be determined.

2) Fit into my size 14 clothes.

3) Be able to wear my wedding ring again.

Age - 45 (46 very, very soon)
Height - 5'5"
Starting Weight - 185.0
Neck - 14.0
R Arm - 13.25
L Arm - 13.0
Bust - 41
Waist - 40
Hips - 45
R Thigh - 26.5
L Thigh - 26.0

Activities: Water aerobics (2 X 60 minutes per week)
Yoga (2 X 50 minutes per week)
Walking (2-3 X 30-60 minutes per week)
Light lifting (2 X 30 minutes per week, just starting)

I have a slight rotator cuff tear and bicep tendonitis in my left shoulder and De Quervain's tenosynovitis in my right wrist. I'm not quite ready for surgery as I'm not sure how much these conditions are being exacerbated by my medication. I'm supposed to see an integrated health doctor in a couple months and wanted to see what came out of that before deciding about something as drastic as surgery. I am also returning to community college in August and am hoping to return to teaching yoga and water aerobics as well. So, while I understand that eventually I will have to up my lifting routine, I have other priorities...and honestly, I think, my initial goals will take me through 2016.

I guess my main question is, what can I expect in terms of changes (weight, measurements, etc.) if I am not able to heavy lift?

Thanks for "listening" to my very long-winded introduction. I am so excited to be a part of this community although a little apprehensive about making these changes and gaining weight back....
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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu - hannah77 - 06-07-2016 01:04 AM
RE: Start of a new journey - hannah77 - 06-07-2016, 06:16 PM
RE: Start of a new journey - AnitraSoto - 06-07-2016, 11:26 PM
RE: Start of a new journey - hannah77 - 06-09-2016, 12:47 PM

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