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Nibbles-Struggles, Concerns & Victories!
08-24-2014, 02:25 PM
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Nibbles-Struggles, Concerns & Victories!
About me. I'm 44, 5'3, and 142lbs today. I have 3 wonderful active kids, a 10 year old daughter and boy/girl twins almost 6. I've been happily married for 15 years. I work full time as a graphic designer.

I never had a weight problem per se and still don't think I do today, but did gain weight periodically throughout my 30s. At my heaviest I was 155 lbs. I wore a size 12/14. I had to draw the line as I was looking really chunky. So I did WW in 2003 and lost 20lbs after a few months. On WW I was eating about 1200-1300 calories a day. I looked better and got down to a size 8, weighing about 135. I was happy that I lost the weight but didn't look toned. I just looked smaller. This being said, I thought, if I just lose 10 more lbs, I'll look like my old 20 something self. Not quite. I started another WW journey, and never lost more than 5 lbs. After a couple months of this, I gave up and accepted the way I looked.

I got pregnant with my 1st child in 2004 and didn't worry about my weight. As a matter of fact, I didn't worry about my weight for years. I went up and down on the scale 5-10 lbs, but since I could still fit my cloths, I decided to live with it. In 2008, at age 38, I became pregnant with twins. Though I didn't gain much with the twins, 35lbs, I was huge. My twins were 6 & 6.5 lbs and I carried them to full term, 38 weeks! After this debilitating pregnancy I decided I had to "get in shape and get healthier".

This time my approach was different. I wasn't AS concerned about the number on the scale, though I was conscious of it. happy I found Tosca Reno's Clean Eating, Jari Love and Chalene Extreme workouts. This was a huge turning point for me. I learned what it meant to eat healthy, getting rid of processed foods, and what it meant to workout regularly, lifting weights. These changes helped to reshape my body. Yay!!! Finally some progress was being made. After 5 months of working out 4-5 days a week, logging my food (I don't remember my calorie intake) I was about 130lbs and a size 4! I was feeling pretty good and looking the best I had in a long time.

After being home with the twins for 3 years, in 2011, I decided it was time to get a full time job which I sit most of the day. Its now 2014 and I'm 10 lbs heavier, giggly, tired and sometimes grumpy. I chalked it up to motherhood and a busy life, but know its more than that.

I went from eating clean 80% of the time to now 50% of the time. I allowed some processed foods into my diet and I eat out more. There have been many office parties as well as in office snacking. My workout routines have been very inconsistent due to my busy schedule, so I've been struggling with WHEN to get my workouts in. I'm lucky if I can do 2 a week.

Recently, I've been repeatedly asking myself "how can I look muscular and be healthier without cutting so many calories that only come back and how can I workout enough to make a difference in my body composition without having to workout 6 days a week for more than an hour or so when I don't have the time"? EM2WL fits the bill!!! And like everyone else, the huge realization has been, you can't expect to get results eating at a deficit!!!

So, now here I am on a new lifelong journey to EM2WL. I plan to lift heavy a few days a week as well as one day of a HITT routine, and letting my new Fitbit guide my caloric intake as I try to eat cleaner.

I hope to meet many on this board who are in a similar position so we can all compare notes about our struggles, concerns and victories.

You can see a few of my past posts online as well as my beginning photos. I decided to put it ALL out there!!! happy
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08-24-2014, 03:43 PM
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What an awesome post! Love hearing more about your past, and look forward to hearing about all of your future successes!

Anitra Soto
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08-24-2014, 04:06 PM
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You'll do great, Anissa! Glad you started a journal!

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08-24-2014, 04:39 PM
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Thanks Anitra and Jenny. You both have been such a great source of support and inspiration. I hope to meet my goals "this time around" and become, strong, muscular, healthy, less cranky, and well rested sooner rather than later. However, I know this is not a race, so I'm in it for the long haul. Though, I'd be lying if I didn't hope that by next summer I'll be swimsuit worthy. happy

I have put on my Fitbit, and I'm ready to go! Instead of using MFP for logging food, I've decided to give the Fitbit eating log a chance. So far it seems ok. Anitra, are there any downfalls to using this logging system?

I have set my Fitbit to sedentary and disabled the caloric estimation as I hear they both "estimate" what you will burn for the day. I'd rather have an accurate number of what I've burned and how many calories I have left that I can eat minus my 10% cut of course. Is that what you've done?

I'm still trying to figure out some of the features and the best way to keep things simple. Its really odd how the Fitbit doesn't come with a user manual when you buy it. There are so many things you can do with the device as well as how it works that you won't find out until after searching their website forum for HOURS!! Oh well, I think I'm getting there via the help of MFP friends and the Fitbit site.

Thank you both for your support and anyone else out there who reads this post and wants to share any insight, info or just give a shout out!
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08-24-2014, 07:48 PM
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Honestly I have never used the FitBit food logging. I have just heard people say that the Database is much smaller... Certainly, which ever way works for you is perfect!

Yep, I use my FitBit just like you have set it up (and I totally agree that the lack of a manual is irritating. Even if they had one on line, that would be perfect). I have just had to dig for my answers, just like you have... Frustrating - especially for something as widely used!

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08-24-2014, 09:27 PM
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Hi Anitra,
What do you use to log your food if not the Fitbit food logging? MFP? I've gone back to it a couple times to check the caloric values of certain foods and that's a bit tedious but works. I guess I'll make do until the Fitbit expands its database. And yes, you'd think with so many people using their product, they'd work on a manual as well as a database that is pretty extensive. Who knows. Maybe someday soon. Thanks for the help, advice and tips. Its much appreciated.
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08-25-2014, 05:47 AM
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Yes, I use MFP. The database is much larger and I love the barcode scanner feature! You do have to be careful though, as many of the items are entered by users and can be inaccurate (or just missing info --- like they put in calories, but nothing else like protein, fat or sodium...) If you are a creature of habit, and eat generally the same things, you can just use the Recent or Frequent tabs and the items you have already used (and double checked for accuracy) will pull up...

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08-25-2014, 08:59 PM
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I agree with Anitra...MFP is so easy to use for food logging. The app on my phone separates what I eat for breakfast, lunch, dinner and it remembers everything, so it's very easy to just go back and choose things from your saved lists. I tend to eat a lot of the same things, so this really helps me. I also love the recipe feature, since I cook dinner every night, it's really easy to create and save recipes and calories are figured for you.

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08-25-2014, 11:43 PM
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I use the fitbit also, plus log foods in MFP. I just love the database that they have. Makes it so much easier. I've glances at the databases for fitbit for exercise and food log... I just find they don't compare.

4 SIMPLE RULES:
NEVER MISS A MONDAY
NEVER GO THREE DAYS WITHOUT EXERCISE
WORKOUT AT LEAST THREE DAYS A WEEK
NEVER GIVE UP
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08-26-2014, 06:36 AM
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Thnkas for sharing your story and future experiences! I am sure we will all learn from you and will be able to support you in anyway needed!!

Joan
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