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My Story- Should I reset?
06-02-2014, 09:26 AM
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My Story- Should I reset?
Here is my story. I grew up without every worrying about weight or diet. I could eat whatever I want and never gain. I was super active and spent most of my days, hiking, riding my bike, playing basketball and being outside, all year round. In fact eating as much as I wanted was my talent, which I often used to show off or out eat anyone who was up to the challenge. This all changed when I got my license at 17 and I became less active. I worked two jobs, as a cashier and a roofer in the summer and I was in college. My weight never bothered me until someone I worked with at the grocery store told me I had gotten fat. I was 20 and I was 200lbs.
Around that time I met my husband. We started doing a low carb diet and both of us lost 50lbs. After we married I got pregnant and decided a low carb diet wasn't safe for my child and pretty much binged for 9 months. I gained 70lbs. After I had my son I decided I couldn't handle low car and started doing weight watchers, I got back down to 150 and than we moved and I gained it all back. I tried weight watchers again but didn't last long, during that time we moved. I was struggling with secondary infertility and did a lot of emotional eating. After we moved we started the process of adoption through foster care. Two little boys with a lot of trauma in their lives came to live with us and consumed our lives. We adopted them and our lives finally settled down. I decided I really needed to focus on getting healthy again. I was back up to 200lbs. I started myfitness pal and Paleo. I lost 20lbs. I never did super low calories on MFP. We went to disney last year and since than I have gained 15lbs back. So I am back up to 195. I lift weights and my cardio is activities with my kids and lately I have been biking once a week. I know I am getting stronger and healthier but the scale matters a lot to me. I am trying to get past this.
I am not sure if I should reset or not, I have decided that I will eat at maintenance for this week and go from there. This is pretty scary. I am also trying not to weigh myself this week. I thought I would join here for some support. This turned out longer than I planned so hopefully you made it this far. Thanks.
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06-02-2014, 10:16 AM
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RE: My Story- Should I reset?
First of all, welcome! So glad to have you here!

In my opinion, one can never go wrong by starting off with a reset. By eating consistently at TDEE, you are teaching or retraining your metabolism that the intake will be consistent. Since you say you never really did low cal since starting MFP, it shouldn't take you as long to get through that process as someone coming from a VLCD who is raising their calories slowly to TDEE before even beginning the part where they are eating at maintenance for 8 - 12 weeks...

The reset process is one part of the journey that you don't want to rush. This is where you are really teaching your metabolism that the intake will be consistent, and that this is not just another fad diet. EM2WL recommends 8 - 12 weeks of eating consistently at TDEE prior to starting a small 15% cut. This way, your body will actually see this cut as a deficit, and not just another "diet".

So glad you have decided to take control and live a life without starvation and deprivation. Please keep us updated with your progress, and know that we are here to help and offer help and support..

Anitra Soto
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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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06-02-2014, 10:36 AM
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RE: My Story- Should I reset?
I'm so glad you joined us!! applause Welcome to the family. As a mom, you owe it to yourself and your family to be healthy and happy with yourself. You can do this!!
A reset is probably in order based on you losing and gaining the same weight. Get your body to trust you to feed it. You can increase your calories slowly, by adding a 100 calories every other day until you reach your TDEE/Maintenance calories. The reset time is different for everyone, but for the most part 8-12 weeks is when your weight stabilizes. Using this time to really focus on weight training will be a plus, even if the scale goes up a bit, your body will begin to make some very positive changes.lovestruck
And you will need to disconnect a bit with the scale. Weighing once a week is ok, but try not to weigh everyday.

You can add me on MFP for support if you like. I log there daily. My user is jaeone.

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06-03-2014, 09:48 AM
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RE: My Story- Should I reset?
also hello and welcome happy

can I second a full reset purely because I think is such a mental aspect that without that rest you will doubt what you are doing - I know when I started I was in the OMG eat more game and it took a good 4 weeks to really believe it - I think if you reset until you hit that eureka moment you should be fine - however NOT doing a reset could mean you have to do later on and you might wish that you had done it first time round?

good luck either way!
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06-04-2014, 08:01 AM
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RE: My Story- Should I reset?
Thanks everyone. I appreciate the encouragement. I am going to do a reset. I think it will be healthy mentally. I am just going to focus on strength training. I start a new routine today. I am excited. Thanks again.
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06-04-2014, 08:49 AM
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RE: My Story- Should I reset?
You are going to do great! Don't forget to keep us updated with your progress. And remember, we are here for support along the way should you need it..

Anitra Soto
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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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