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Need a change and planning for baby.
09-09-2014, 11:27 PM
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Need a change and planning for baby.
Hello, my name is Angelina. I am 28 years old and currently weigh 152lbs at 4'11". I used to dance competitively and even pursued dance into college. After several injuries and knee surgeries I finally gave up. Rebounding from shattered broadway dreams I have built a life that is mentally healthy and full of love.

I am now at the point where I am no longer comfortable with my size. I have followed different workout plans, meal guides, and had a healthy support group for the day-to-day. Despite all of that I fell off the wagon and gained! I want to create a healthy lifestyle that can be maintained and family friendly. My husband and I are currently actively trying to get pregnant with our first and I feel this might not coincide with my health goals.
I hope someone can enlighten me by telling me im wrong. I hope I can acclimate my body to a healthy fit lifestyle while trying to conceive. Any advice is greatly appreciated!
I'm excited to be here and ready to work!
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09-10-2014, 06:53 AM
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RE: Need a change and planning for baby.
First of all, welcome!

Absolutely EM2WL will work for you! You will have different caloric requirements through the whole process, but this will be better than any other "lifestyle" for you and your family. Since there are no restrictions on what types of foods you eat, it certainly can be family friendly. Because you never eat at a steep deficit, it is a maintainable way of life.

If you are still trying to get pregnant at this point, now would be the perfect time to figure out your TDEE and get started. The best place to start is by purchasing the Starter Kit. Here, you will find all the information you need to get started in one simple reference guide.

Tell us a little more about your recent dieting history, and we will be happy to guide you in the right direction.

Again, welcome!

Anitra Soto
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09-11-2014, 03:32 PM
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RE: Need a change and planning for baby.
I am actively trying to get pregnant and fear that even considering starting this program is going to make me gain like crazy-which is already a big fear of mine as far as being pregnant. I have never been one to track calories, I try but I'm lazy. Let's be honest. I can tell you that when I do manage to log in my intake to MFP I hit around 1500 calories on the regular and that's based on a typical day of food for me. But I'm always hungry so the concept of adding more calories is exciting!! I have never tried any diets other than throwing in some of those meal replacement shakes. Im so short and if I gain a ton while being pregnant I'm afraid it's never coming off. I'm going to get the ebook and start doing some reading today.
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09-11-2014, 04:16 PM
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RE: Need a change and planning for baby.
i think this is the best time to start then. you want to feed that baby and yourself enough food!

your greatest self has been waiting your whole life; don't make it wait any longer!
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09-11-2014, 08:55 PM
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RE: Need a change and planning for baby.
Ok I was reading through the starter kit and I used Scooby's calculator. My BMR=1442 TDEE=2235 and Daily Calories=1900
So am I understanding correctly that my goal will be to try to consume up to 2235 calories? When I go to the gym I have eat back up the calories that were burned? At what point am I actually going to be within the deficit?
My immediate goal is going to be adding in the extra calories slowly. I just want to make sure I am on the right track.
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09-13-2014, 09:15 PM
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RE: Need a change and planning for baby.
Sorry we didn't get back to you sooner - I was stuck with no internet access and not enough reception on my phone to do much of anything!

Great job reading the Starter Kit and getting your numbers. Since you haven't been tracking consistently lately, we will just have to start with that 1,500 figure. Your immediate goal of upping your calories slowly is perfect. Maybe start off with adding 100 calories at a time and increase that number every week or so.

Since you are trying to get pregnant, now is probably not the best time to try to eat at a deficit, so I would gradually up your calories to TDEE, which is Maintenance for you. Your body will need the fuel through this process, so now is a great time to get started. You can always work on cutting (dropping down to that 1,900 calorie figure) after you give birth (or stop breast feeding..)

As far as eating back your exercise calories, *no* you do not eat back your exercise calories using this method. When you figured out your TDEE, you added in your average exercise times, so all of your exercise has already been calculated into that TDEE figure. Your TDEE is the amount of calories you expend every day including your BMR, non-exercise activities (NEAT) and also your formal exercise. Since all of that is already figured in, there is no need to "eat back your exercise calories"...

So at this point, I would just work on gradually upping your calories, and leave the worrying about eating at a deficit until later.

Anitra Soto
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10-10-2014, 10:25 PM
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Awww...wishing you the best in your endeavors. I'm currently 7 months pregnant. I'm very very glad to have found EM2WL prior to becoming pregnant. I found this group back in 2012. It's been a pretty bumpy ride for me and I've had a lot going on. But I feel that I have a lot of tools to rely on to help me have a healthier pregnancy as well as knowing that I will have much more support and a greater knowledge base when it comes to getting baby weight off than I had with my last pregnancy!

Crystal
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