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Let's EAT!!!
08-10-2015, 12:28 PM
Post: #141
RE: Let's EAT!!!
I'm feeling like I have the calorie thing at a place to hang out for a bit...so it's somewhat under control. Not worried about going up or down, just finding a range to work with and monitor. 2500-2600 is what I'm aiming for as I find shooting for a particular number each week a bit overwhelming because I never get to it. If I give myself a range, my numbers obsession will relax a little bit and I think that's good for everyone.

Last night I was only at 2100 calories and feeling like I shouldn't have ANOTHER treat to get the calories up but it was the only way I was even going to get close. So, I had a little bit of ice cream which is never a hardship but not exactly healthy. In retrospect, perhaps a banana with peanut butter would have been a better choice. Today is another day!!!

I'm happy to have found some stability with the calories. I want to focus on my strength training now. I feel like I'm not getting anywhere. Not sure if it's that I'm not pushing hard enough or not doing the right thing in general. I really like working out from home but I don't have any equipment but adjustable dumbbells. I'm intimidated at the thought of going to the gym with the big boys so I'm definitely more comfortable at home. Honestly, I think it boils down to the fact that I want to see results. I feel results more than see them.

I'm done whining now. Time to do some cleaning.
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08-10-2015, 01:08 PM
Post: #142
RE: Let's EAT!!!
I think eating consistently at your current level is the best thing you can do for yourself right now. Like you said, just give your body some time to adapt and adjust and see what the long-term trends end up being.

Have you tried following a DVD series for your strength training workouts? Cathe Friedrich is awesome (check out her Gym Styles series or STS)! Chalene Johnson's Chalene Extreme is another nice one, and if I recall correctly, she uses all adjustable dumbbells in that one. You might look into one of those if you are getting bored or are simply not motivated with your current workout...

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08-12-2015, 11:47 AM
Post: #143
RE: Let's EAT!!!
Kati! How are things going for you this week??
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08-13-2015, 06:22 AM
Post: #144
RE: Let's EAT!!!
Things are going fairly well. My macros are still a mess but I continue focus on calories and protein and hope for the best. It is VERY slowly getting easier to figure out how to eat my calories in a balanced way throughout the day. I tend to be a little light throughout the day so I don't run out and then need more at night.

My schedule is erratic to say the least and when I don't have time to pack food to take with me, it REALLY messes things up. Once September hits, my schedule evens out again and it will be a little easier. I've been really busy the last few days between work and fitting in a bunch of extra exercises for GoT challenge on MFP. That is settling back down now too.

I'm still a water retaining mess which frustrates me. I'm finding that I feel SO much better when the extra water is gone. It's not a pounds issue, it's just the physical feeling. I know it's my gluten intake. It's like I can't make the decision between eating a food that I like or feeling blah. This should really be an easy decision.

I was REALLY good with the gluten for awhile, but I've slipped into my old habits of "well, it's already in my system, I may as well eat that (insert food) now". Unfortunately, that means that it stays in my system and the water stays as well. It only takes a very small amount to cause the bloating. As they say, it's the body's way of protecting itself. If I don't take away the injurious party, it will continue to protect itself.

Alright. I now state, to you and any other person who wants to tell me to get my act together:
NO MORE GLUTEN, the small amounts aren't worth feeling like crap all the time.

Feel free to knock some sense into me at any time!
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08-13-2015, 06:46 AM
Post: #145
RE: Let's EAT!!!
Sounds like you are knocking sense into yourself. But I'd question yourself every time you want to eat gluten - is it truly worth that feeling to eat this? I've started asking myself that around alcohol - is it worth the taste of this to drink it? Last night with the oatmeal stout, the answer was yes...and it was. But with other things, perhaps not.
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08-13-2015, 10:44 AM
Post: #146
RE: Let's EAT!!!
Thanks for the advice, yankee! I find that harder to do when it's already in my system. Sort of like, if I'm already bloated, what does it matter. I need to remember that it only prolongs the problem.

I don't know about alcohol because I don't drink, but the gluten takes usually 2-3 weeks for the symptoms to clear. I've spent a long time thinking "a little will be fine". I'm just learning in the past few months that is not the case. Now for my brain to catch up and just say NO!
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08-13-2015, 11:55 AM
Post: #147
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Well...what about this...if you want to eat some carbs, you will need to come in here and confess. And we'll give you h-e-double hockey sticks. LOL.
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08-13-2015, 03:39 PM
Post: #148
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I just may take you up on that! Right now my body is doing an amazing job of yelling at me too. I feel awful.
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08-15-2015, 11:06 AM
Post: #149
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Kati,

Love reading your posts!

Regarding going to the gym with the big boys. I feel ya. I was intimidated as well. My gym is organized in two areas, the cardio and machine space and the free weight room, aka SCARY GUY SPACE. I was lucky that our cardio room also had a rack of dumbbells, so I started on those. I did NROLFW, too. Once I got pretty confident that I looked like I knew what I was doing I bit the bullet and entered MAN ZONE!!!!!! I was nervous, afraid to look stupid, etc.

It was never a problem. Those guys were, and are, super nice! When they saw me recording my lifts and being serious about it they sort of nodded approval and away I went! Now we joke with each other, I ask lots of questions, they love answering them, and it's a real family feeling. They watch with side glances when I load my weight and even remark about how much stronger I'm getting. I get the feeling that they're proud of my progress. They notice when I'm not there, give encouragement, and have become the community I needed to bolster me when I'm struggling and applaud when I've gotten a personal best.

I'd encourage you to try your local gym or several. Find the one that has a supportive atmosphere (not just a bunch of meatheads grunting and trying to look good) and move right in. As long as they think your serious about it and not just flouncing around in a cute outfit and taking pictures in the mirror those guys will become some of your best friends!
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08-17-2015, 04:31 PM
Post: #150
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Thanks Tipularia! I really appreciate the encouragement. Socially being in a gym is difficult for me on the bets of days. It will be massive step for me to attempt this. It's too bad that I don't have a friend that will go with me. After the first few times, I would be comfortable. It's just getting over the first few encounters.

One of these days!
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