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Premium Fuel for Optimal Health
06-09-2014, 03:51 PM
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RE: Premium Fuel for Optimal Health
Love it! "A cup of example is worth a barrel of advice.." Show 'em how it's done!

Anitra Soto
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06-09-2014, 11:07 PM
Post: #22
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I know what you mean! I have so many friends in the same "constant dieting" boat I used to live on. Now, they just don't "get" what I'm doing! I think most of them think I have just fallen off the wagon, hence the weight gain. I haven't really said much to anyone except my boyfriend, sister and mom about what I am doing. I feel like I need to get the the cut part and losing again, so I can prove to myself and others that I am FINALLY on the right track here.

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06-10-2014, 12:21 AM
Post: #23
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Laura I'm the same. I really want to recommend this way of life to everyone, but as I have had no success yet, and all I have to show for eating more is gaining more, I'm reluctant to tell anyone!
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06-10-2014, 01:39 AM
Post: #24
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Exactly!!! But eventually, we will shout it from the rooftops!!! And for now... we have each other! happy

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06-10-2014, 03:54 AM
Post: #25
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totally!!! no shouting just yet - but this is what this forums is being so great about that we can be up front and honest and not have to justify ourselves - stress free!! love it!
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06-11-2014, 08:23 PM
Post: #26
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Day 11 of my reset and it's been a little crazy. I stepped on the scale this morning and saw I'd gained 1lb overnight. I know a lot of people say not to weigh yourself during the reset, but I'm just not that relaxed. Having gained 10lbs in a month before, I feel less anxious, if I keep a close eye on my weight. I've been tracking my weight daily for the past 5 months and log it on a spreadsheet with notes that help me see trends. That's part of how I got to EM2WL, is that I knew exactly how much I was exercising and eating, and I knew that I should have been losing weight. Only the lack of progress motivated me to do the reset. If my weight loss had continued, I would've kept eating 1200 calories/day and burning as many calories possible.

Anyway, as soon as I saw that 178 on the scale, I started freaking out! Through much hard work and constant focus, I'd managed to go from 220lbs to 176lbs. So, the thought of inching back up really shook me. My first thought was, "OK, that's enough of this eating more, bullshit! I'm not going back above 180, after all I've been through!"

Then, I remembered that what I was doing stopped working, anyway. So, I thought, "OK, why don't I just finish out this week of eating at maintenance and then go the TDEE-15% next week. That should keep me from gaining too much weight..."

Later in the day, I recalled that the emotional/spiritual point of this reset for me was being kinder & gentler with my body, so that we could continue to get healthier. So, I thought, "OK, maybe we can just take it a day at a time and continue on this metabolism reset. We can always make a new decision tomorrow."

So, I think I've successfully talked myself down, but boy did the day start in panic mode. Ironically, I went to work and ate an almond croissant during my team meeting and then ate at the staff appreciation BBQ in the afternoon. So, I sure managed to get a lot of calories in, in spite of my morning freak out. Clearly, there's part of me that really believes that this is the best path.

I got home from work and was so bummed that I'd eaten too many calories at work to eat again. I guess my body is getting used to being able to eat every 2 hours. Well, I'm sure the tuna steak's defrosted by now, so I'm going to make myself a beautiful dinner and call it a day.
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06-11-2014, 08:27 PM
Post: #27
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I think we all go through that panic mode....myself more than once! Well done on sticking with it....If I, as a chronic dieter, can do it, there is hope for us all lol.
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06-14-2014, 11:35 PM
Post: #28
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Metabolism Reset Update on Day 14

The GOOD: It's so wonderful to get to eat more food! I'm eating my favorite homemade gorgonzola potato chips, right now. For dessert, I'll be having strawberries topped with Greek yogurt & chocolate sauce! I went from 1200-2050 calories a lot faster than I thought I would. It might've been smarter to go more slowly, but as soon as I committed to not eating below my BMR, I started eating at maintenance most of the time anyway. I've slowed down my cardio a lot, but I guess I still do a fair amount. So, I thought, what the heck!

I went to the gym for the first time! I was really worried that I'd be surrounded by young, fit people with attitude. Boy, was I wrong! There are people of all ages at my gym and everyone I've met so far has been friendly and supportive. My first activity at the gym was swimming. I wanted to do something solo the first time. It was great to be back in the water and it was clean! There were so many body sizes in the locker room that I quickly relaxed about being in a bathing suit in public.

Then, I went to a class called "Jack's Happy Hour", which was this crazy, circuit training/dance party! There were people from their teens to their 70's in there, too. The instructor, Jack, is in his 60's and was so warm and welcoming. He actually took me out to the center of the room and danced with me, then introduced me to the 30 other people in the class, while we were warming up. He played great music and was so encouraging. I did way more squats & push-ups than I thought I was capable of doing. It was a ball and I plan to be a regular at his happy hours twice/week. I also met with a very sweet personal trainer, who looked like he could be one of my sons, and he's going to teach me how to lift next week.

The BAD: As of this morning, I've gained 1.8lbs in the past 2 weeks. It's actually bounced around between 175-179. I don't know what all of that's about (besides the 175 day, which was the day after I puked my guts out from pain meds), but hopefully I won't go past 179. It felt so good to get under 180.

The UGLY: Doing this reset has made me realize how much harm I was doing to myself, at the beginning of this weight loss journey. I have a history of self-destructive behaviors and have made a lot of progress, as far as learning to love and care for myself. It's made me sad to realize that I was hurting myself by underfeeding & overexerting myself. I comfort myself with the knowledge that I really didn't know it was possible to lose weight without starving. My intention was to get healthier and I think that as the pounds started falling off, I got carried away with the cardio.
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06-15-2014, 03:41 AM
Post: #29
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Don't fret on weight gain its water weight and it'll come right off!

Slso you can't blame yourself for doing exactly what you were told 'eat less exercise more' ! That's not on you!

Fab re gym and class really pleased
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06-15-2014, 07:20 AM
Post: #30
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There are so many GOOD things about this post! That class sounds like so much fun and a great instructor makes all the difference. Awesome that you found something you like and high-5 on discovering that your body was capable of doing more than you thought. Such a great feeling! And gyms can be so intimidating at first. Glad you were able to quickly relax.

Like you I didn't dilly dally with getting to maintenance, but went their straight away. There was some discomfort and weight gain, but it felt great to eat normally. Your weight gain is typical and may be attributed to water as Sarah suggested, especially if you weren't eating many carbs before and now are. Try not to feel discouraged or see it as bad. Sounds like you're doing great so far! I don't know many people that weren't duped by the exercise more, eat less mentality. Don't beat yourself up over it. Now that you know better, you'll treat your body better and that's all that matters!

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