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Something new
02-09-2016, 11:27 AM
Post: #471
RE: Something new
You are doing fantastic! Be kind to yourself. You are not a number on a scale. Best move I ever made with support from here - kicking that scale to the curb! Have you considered not weighing?

I'm so proud of you for being honest with yourself and committing to continued change. Happy to see you back!
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02-09-2016, 01:55 PM
Post: #472
RE: Something new
Yeah, I think 2 hours of shovelling is definitely a hard workout!
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02-09-2016, 04:45 PM
Post: #473
RE: Something new
Yes...But then I lose accountability. I think I need to get my head around weighing daily for logging only but looking at monthly trends only to see progress. That's all that's going to work for me. When I start to expect weekly changes, the daily fluctuations freak me out since it doesn't go fast enough. So then I start saying it's not working and I'm eating too much, etc......then panic and lower then I can't handle being lower so I eat.....vicious circle. But if I don't weigh, I start saying oh, I Have all month to make up for this bad day of eating....So yes, I need to weigh but I can't put too much stock in daily fluctuations or weekly, for that matter and only look at monthly to see my progress or make adjustments. And I need to keep more constants or how can I know what works...so workouts will be the same every week and cals will be the same.

I know I can do this. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement.
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02-09-2016, 09:14 PM
Post: #474
RE: Something new
Have you tried the Happy Scale app? It is a great way to track the scale trends and ignore the daily fluctuations...

You have already figured out that consistency is the name of the game. Daily perfection is not necessary (or even possible), but staying consistent and focused long term will definitely yield results. The trick is creating a plan that will work *for you*, and it looks like you are well on your way to that!

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02-11-2016, 08:00 AM
Post: #475
RE: Something new
Yes, I used to use it but found myself trying to look for trends that never happened for me. LOL

Kikki's periscope yesterday was on point as usual. She's talking to me this week. Everything. LOL

Yesterday was a good day. Logged. Stayed within my cals. Macros were good and lifted.

Gearing up for day 2 of the same.
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02-11-2016, 11:02 AM
Post: #476
RE: Something new
Yippie!! Yep, Kiki seems to have a way of getting into our brains and figuring out exactly what it is that we need to hear!

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04-10-2016, 10:27 AM
Post: #477
RE: Something new
Hello, friends. I'm still around. Here's what's been happening.

I had some binge eating episodes...which has not happened since 2012. I reached an all time high on the scale and am super scared I'm heading back to my old self. Also, not even paying attention to the scale, I look awful. March 29th weighed in at 207.6 Remember I started the reset at 178. 8 (about 34 lbs to goal). Now I'm double that (about 62).

So.....

March 29 Cals 1755
March 30 Cals 1973 Weight 204.2
March 31 cals 2852 Weight 204.6
April 1 cals 2086 (notice not consistent with level) weight none
April 2 cals 1396 Weight 207
April 3 Cals Way too high bday party for my son Weight none
April 4 Cals 1286 Weight 206
April 5 1450 Weight202.2
April 6 1232 Weight 200.2
April 7 1447 (could not finish workout...too winded) Weight 200.6
April 8 1318 Weight 201.8
April 9 2128 weight 202

So...that's where I am. Stressed....worried. Panicked actually. I do have some other stuff going on....family
stuff, which is really constant. And my husband hasn't been well and is scheduled to go in for surgery soon. But honestly, that stuff was around when I started this journey and was losing weight no problem.

My TDEE from reset was 2300 but during a cut, I believe I lose 100-150 (or more) setting my new TDEE at 2150. So 1720 should be my 20% cut value. Which is probably about where I was when I was losing .6 avg per week over 3 years.

My workouts have been sporadic....Just getting back to it actually. And couldn't finish 3 workouts both weeks of too low.

I'm really sad that I'm this far away. None of my summer clothes will fit this summer. And they were the bigger ones that I bought during my reset. I never really cut super low....I always sat around 1700 and was ok. But now I'm just so so far away.


I'm dreading seeing my doctor in June. I've backslid.
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04-10-2016, 11:40 AM
Post: #478
RE: Something new
Hi, Kmac!

I've just been reading your posts. It sounds like it's been a tough year and you have a lot on your plate. You mentioned that "that stuff was around when I started this journey and was losing weight", but that doesn't mean all things are equal. I'm always amazed at how our bodies handle stress. We often don't realize just how stressed we are until out from under it. It builds and builds and we get used to it, but that doesn't mean it gets any lighter. I think of it like weight lifting. You keep adding weight and are able to lift it, but it never gets any lighter. It's always as heavy, you can just lift it......until you hit failure. So, I wouldn't discount how much stress may be increasing your cortisol levels and they may be increasing your fat storage. Add to that the fact that your calorie consumption is up and down and your body may be all kinds of confused.

Kiki and Anitra preach consistency and I'm completely bought in. It seems to bear out that the more consistent we are with our daily calorie intake, exercise, and emotions, the better our bodies respond to fat loss.

I'm no expert here. If you read my posts you'll see what a hot mess I am most days. However, I have learned a few things along the way that may help. First, I'd encourage you to make things as simple as possible. Don't try to change everything at once. Pick the thing that is affecting your life most and address it first. I have a feeling that might be stress. If it is, take a long look at it. Stress and burnout thrive in the dark, so shine some light on it. Take action. Reduce your load. Meditate (it really works!). Talk about it.

Regarding food. You're super busy which makes adhering to a particular macro spread and calorie count hard, unless you plan ahead. Meal prep may help you, it did me. I don't do the whole, over the top, prep everything on Sunday and eat the exact same meals everyday for a week, because THAT would make me nuts. However, I will cook four chicken breasts, a few sweet potatoes, cut up vegetables, etc. and have ready-to-go ingredients that, with a few add-ins, can be anything from chicken salad, to tacos, to soup, etc. This saves me when I get home from the gym at 7pm or later and the last thing I want to do is cook a major meal. It also ensures that most of what I eat is made with whole ingredients, not prepackaged crap. With that said, I do eat the same thing for breakfast just about every day (protein shake with different fruits added in and something with egg and spinach). This consistency helps avoid ending in a protein deficit at the end.

Forgive me sounding preachy, but I've been there and still am. We sisters have to stick together. Stress is a bitch and can wreck everything you're working towards. So finding ways to simplify and take a deep breath can be life altering.

Good luck and please keep sharing. You can do this thing.
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04-10-2016, 11:49 AM
Post: #479
RE: Something new
I don't think you sound preachy at all. I appreciate your kind words.

I also know you are right. Wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, for me, the stress situations have been talked about and talked about with no real solutions. They just are always going to be there. I was going to try yoga and got away from that....will go back there. I have to just be ok with where things are and that's that.

You are right about the building and building of stress. I have forgotten about the body's ability to store fat under ripe conditions. Thanks for bringing that back up.

I have the most trouble with consistency when I'm trying to lose weight. Then I change all the variables and cause more harm than good but don't see it until it's done. LOL Hot mess here checking in. UGH.
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04-10-2016, 04:58 PM
Post: #480
RE: Something new
Wow, you got some awesome advice there^^^ What a heart-felt post packed full of great information and advice... And, I have to say I agree with everything Tipularia said.

Stress can bring everything in our lives to a screeching halt, not only weight loss but our health in general. Sometimes it feels like things are completely and totally out of control, but somehow we need to come to grips with how to deal with it. I am going through a huge amount of stress with a daughter going through a divorce, and her soon-to-be-ex fighting for partial custody of my 2 yo grand daughter who he has not seen, called about, or paid a penny towards her care since she was 7 months old, yet somehow it is fine if he waltzes back in her life and puts our whole lives into complete turmoil. Thinking of her going anywhere with him puts me into tears every time I even think about it, yet I know that day will come and I need to deal with it. I sit awake at night and feel so bad that she is going to have to go through this... I have tried Yoga and meditation, but unfortunately, for me, when things are quiet that is when my mind goes "there". I actually find the most inner peace when I am very busy. It is so hard, and I feel your pain. Somehow we need to learn to deal with things or it will literally kill us a little bit at a time..

And yes, for success consistency is *key*. Don't try to change everything at once, because that can be overwhelming, but instead pick one thing to tackle at a time. If you haven't been logging consistently, commit to logging. If you haven't been getting in enough protein, make that a priority. If you have been resorting to highly processed, pre-packaged foods, commit to meal planning, grocery shopping and at least some food prep each week. Pick one thing and target that first.

That being said, have you taken a diet break recently? How long have you been attempting to cut? Your intake looks really low and all over the place. When you go really low with your intake, *that* is what causes that desire to binge. Over-restriction. Trust me, I have been there too, and in fact wrote a blog post addressing this very topic last year: http://eatmore2weighless.com/how-to-stop...s-forever/

Please know that you are not alone. Maybe try putting in writing the one thing you are going to work on or change together with a commitment to check back in and report on how things are going. Maybe a little bit of accountability will help? We are here for you!

Anitra Soto
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