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For the love of peanut butter EAT MORE!!
05-15-2014, 07:08 PM
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For the love of peanut butter EAT MORE!!
Well I've finally decided it's time for me to get started on my own personal journal.

A little about me. I'm a SAHM to two adorable little boys who are 6 months apart, and part time student. 41 years old, 5'7" and currently weigh 170.6 lbs. I started this journey at 162.8 lbs on April 1st.

I was always an active kid and did not have to worry about my weight at all and didn't. In fact, my parents at one point thought I was anorexic. I wasn't. I just finished eating when I was full. I try to be very conscious of this with my boys. I want them to eat intuitively as much as they possibly can!

Like most on here, I came across EM2WL through MFP (same user name). I'm runner and have run 6 HM's and have my first full in November. VEGAS BABY! lol. So looking forward to it. We get to run the strip at night & it's the Rock 'n' Roll series, so there is a new band every mile.

Back in 2009 my youngest wasn't quite a year and a half and I joined Jenny Craig. I had tried Weight Watchers previously and had had some success and it always came back. I thought JC would be great, because I was busy with a 1 year old and a 2 year old and barely had time to shower, let alone worry about what I was eating. From that point of view it was fantastic. I must say they did start me off at 1700 calories, which was probably decent at the time. At one point they tried lowering my cals to 1200 and I was hungry ALL THE TIME! Finally my consultant listened and upped me to 1500. During this time I was also making sure I walked everywhere because I thought I needed to do more. How wrong was I! It took me less than a year to reach my goal of 145, but I have never remained there. I ended up settling in around 152. Eating around 2000 cals/day. Sounds reasonable right? Just wait.

Fast forward to September 2013 I broke my foot during the Dinosaur half marathon in Drumheller, AB (awesome run!) Came in with a PB too at 2h17min10s. Woo hoo! You would think with all the running and work I was doing to cut my PB by 10 minutes I would have lost weight right? Ummm..... no. According to my BMF my average burn at the time was about 2700. I don't think I ever took a real break from eating in a deficit?!?! Oh sure, wen to Mexico, gained 5 lbs. Kept that 5 lbs. But was back to a deficit to try to get rid of it.

While I was hobbling around on crutches for 2 weeks, never feeling my age until this point and in an air cast for 6 weeks, I gained another 10 lbs. Then there was Christmas. I must admit I enjoyed the Hallow-Eve season. You know, that season of eating that lasts between Halloween and New Year's Eve. Yup. Totally over ate.

Then I tried doing it on my own with my BMF for a bit. Wasn't working. Went back to WW on line and was put at the lowest points possible. I ate them, my activity points, my weekly allowance and then some. That lasted about 4 weeks. I went to MFP thinking I wanted something free. How much money do I spend trying to loose weight all the time? Then sure enough I came across a post by minimuscles my first day looking around and voila! Here I am!

Been in reset (with a one week blip) since April 1st. I burn on average 3150 calories per day. It took me a good month to get there and am loving eating! I have reintroduced myself to my love of peanut butter, because *gasp* it's 100 cals in a tbs. I think I had three so far today. rolling on the floor

My hair is thicker, even my hairdresser noticed. Yesterday I went for a walk because it was gorgeous out and bought some new summer clothes. I hate feeling fat in my current clothes and felt so good at the store yesterday. Now today there is rain. Such is life!

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05-15-2014, 07:32 PM (This post was last modified: 05-15-2014 07:32 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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So glad you started your personal journal on here ... can't wait to hear how you progress!!

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05-15-2014, 07:38 PM
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I love the title!! Can't wait to follow your journey!

Joan
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05-15-2014, 07:50 PM
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Thank you ladies! I keep thinking of little tid bits to throw on here, but then I didn't have a place to put them. LOL. Simple little things like eating pasta and peanut butter again! It really does feel like a whole new world.

I'm mighty impressed that my size hasn't gone up as much as I thought it had. I'm in about a size 12 bottom with a medium/large shirt depending on the cut. I did have a mini melt down last Thursday. It was my first Ultimate game of the season and my belly is definitely showing in uniform shirt. Sad So I picked up a plain black dry fit that I can wear for now and not feel so self conscious.

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05-16-2014, 03:50 AM
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yeah welcome!! cannot wait to read more of your story as you go along - and yeah its such a fab idea a place for us to blather!!

and hot damn I SO forgot peanut butter on my weekly shop - doh!!! Why didn't I see your post last night big grinbig grin

I so agree with finding clothes that you feel good in is really key - I am really running out - I have 2 pairs of trouers well actually 3 but one is a white pair! but I always always struggle with tops!

Anyway keep up the fab work - its gorgeous and sunny today and all weekend - looking forward to a BBQ yeah hello sunshine big grin
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05-16-2014, 05:56 AM
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I could not agree more on your comment about finding clothes you actually feel comfortable in! As we work on changing the shape of our bodies, we can't keep trying to force ourselves into clothes that just don't fit, or keep waiting until we get small enough to fit in them. Well fitting clothes do wonders for the attitude and outlook!

When I started strength training, I found that my body shape changed in ways so that I still couldn't fit into clothes I had worn previously. I had saved lots of old clothes in hopes of fitting into them again, but many of them, I could never wear again... At first I was depressed, but then I started seeing it as a positive thing.. For instance, my waist got smaller, and my boobs shrunk as I lost weight and got stronger, but I still had to go out and buy bigger shirts just because my upper arms and chest must have gotten bigger with the strength training. None of my button-down shirts fit in the upper arms any more and were tight across the top of my back! (but I would much rather have arms that may be a bit bigger, but are strong and fill out the skin left over from being so overweight, and not just flabby loose skin over bone...)

So, yes! If you are feeling down about your body and how your clothes are fitting, go out and buy clothes that make you feel good NOW! The truth of the matter is that those old clothes may never fit the way we had hoped again....

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05-16-2014, 10:27 AM
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Great point Anitra. I never thought about the fact that I may not fit into my old clothes, but in a good way. That's okay, I pretty much hate everything in my closet anyway! Seriously. I so tired of buying crap clothes just because it will *hide* areas that I don't like. Shopping really can be therapeutic. wink

Sarah, enjoy your BBQ! I'm hoping for some beautiful weather for Victoria Day long weekend too. Is it a long weekend for you too? I think it's Memorial Day weekend next weekend in the US.

As for me for today, the boys are off on a PD day, I have a test and still have a stuffy nose. Sad I took some NyQuil on Wednesday night and I was groggy all day yesterday and even had a nap after my husband & I got home from Costco. Really didn't get much accomplished. Still managed to burn 3031 calories some how.

I'm finding that I have a lot of calories left in the evening, which makes it hard to get them all in. So I'm trying to eat more often, although honestly I'm never hungry anymore. Which is nice, but annoying at the same time?!?! I brought snacks for myself to eat during soccer last night, even though I had just finished dinner really. It helped. I think I was 37 calories short yesterday. That's okay, I'm sure I'll make up for that another day. Hopefully it will be easier again once I'm over this stupid cold. Undecided

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05-18-2014, 11:55 AM
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Well not a whole lot new around here, except that BodyMedia is having issues so I haven't been able to synch my armband since yesterday. So this brings me full circle to something I've been thinking about. I really want to ditch the armband. A lot of the reason is, the weather is getting nicer and I'm vain and I don't want a zebra stripe in my tan! LOL! Not to mention I don't want to have to wear the bloody thing for the rest of my life.

I need some advice on ditching the technology though. I'm a bit afraid, especially when I expect my burn will increase come July when I start training for my marathon. Any thoughts on this one?

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05-18-2014, 12:42 PM
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I'm wondering if I have surpassed my TDEE? I've had a steady increase the last 2 or 3 weeks. I'm up to 171.2 this morning. My BMF has a margin for 10% error, so I'm wondering about that. Hmmm.....

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05-18-2014, 03:49 PM
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If you have had a slow, steady increase over 2 - 3 weeks, then yes, it is possible that you have surpassed your TDEE. No biggie, you have just gotten an even better reset! Just back your intake down by 100 a day and monitor again. Nothing that you are doing is irreversible - that's the nice thing about EM2WL!

As far as the Body Media, I know exactly what you are saying - I was the same way. No biggie wearing it in the winter, but they are irritating in the summer. I switched to a Fit Bit Force. They have actually been recalled due to some people having skin sensitivity issues, but the Flex is very similar (you just have to sync it to see the numbers...) Nice thing is that you wear it on your non-dominate wrist, which is a lot more user friendly! I found it to give me roughly the same readings as my BMF...

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