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New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
09-15-2014, 02:03 PM
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New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
Hey y'all, my name is Kari and I've come here as a last resort for help and guidance. Apparently what I've been doing, isn't working... I've been at a weight gain plateau for over a year and I cannot move beyond it to save my life!

I was a Zumba instructor since January 2013 until this past March when I stopped due to a knee injury. I let my knee heal and joined a local gym on June 30th. I was doing good with the weight loss while teaching Zumba for the first 3 months and then I started to gain weight, ultimately resulting in a 10lb weight gain.

Moving to the Gym in June, I hit the gym 5 times a week for an hour. I was doing the Arc Trainer for 20 minutes and then the circuit training area for 30 and then 10-15 minutes on weights. Then I switched to 30 minutes on the Arc Trainer and 30 in the Circuit. Most recently (about 1.5 weeks ago) I switched to 45 minutes on the Arc Trainer with 15-30 minutes on the weight machines.

I am set to eat 1604 calories and I burn anywhere from 650-950 calories M-F at the gym. I.Am.Stuck. Sad My scale goes up and down 5-10 lbs, but I cannot budge past this number that I've been stuck at for over a year now.

I have 'tried' the EMWL before and I'm guessing I didn't understand how to do it and/or I didn't give it enough time. I've got my numbers from the Scooby page and it scares me to death to eat THAT much food, but it's obvious that what I've been doing isn't working... I am losing inches though, but the number should be lower after 79 days of going to the gym.

1604 is what I've been eating
2335 is what Scooby says I should be eating as the daily calories based on my goal in step 6.
My BMR is 1883

Now am I supposed to log my exercise calories burned too, or do I just keep on doing my exercises and just make sure that I eat 2335 calories a day?

Thank you kindly for your advise and suggestions. I was hoping to be fit by 40 (which is on the 24th) but it's looking like I'll be (Hopefully) fit by my 20th wedding anniversary in March 2015.

Kari | Wife of almost 20 years | Mother to 5 blessings
Been fighting this battle all my adult life and I'm ready to make a change
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09-15-2014, 03:16 PM
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RE: New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
First of all, welcome! So glad you found us!

Based on your history, it sounds as though a re-set would be the way to go. Rather than bumping your calories up all at once, I would suggest taking it slow, and doing it in increments --- maybe add 100 calories a day to your intake and stay at that level for a week or so before increasing by another 100. You can continue in this manner until you hit your TDEE (2,335). By taking it slower, you may be able to avoid the big jump on the scale that many see when they hop right up to maintenance calories from eating at a steep deficit.

As far as the exercise calories, there is no need to really log calories burned or "eat back" your exercise calories. When you went to the Scooby calculator, you already added in your average time spend exercising, so that has already been factored into that TDEE number. Your 2,335 figure includes your exercise.

Once you work your way up to TDEE, you will want to stay at that level for a minimum of 8 - 12 weeks. This is all a part of healing your metabolism, getting it revved back up to running where it should be, and getting it to "trust" you that the intake will be sufficient and consistent. This is the important part of the journey, and should not be rushed. Really concentrate on your strength training while eating at maintenance and try to build some fat and calorie-burning muscle mass.

Again, welcome, and please know that we are here for help and support along the way...

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09-15-2014, 04:54 PM
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RE: New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
Thanks Anitra, and I just read your blog link in your signature and you are an inspiration! I agree with you 100% that my metabolism needs to be re-started. After having baby #5 2 years ago, things have been so funky and it just doesn't seem to be wanting to work.

I love the idea of eating back 100 calories extra per day for a week at a time. I think that is where I went wrong before with this attempt and saw the scale sky rocket. I'm ready to try anything at this point that will give me results.

Kari | Wife of almost 20 years | Mother to 5 blessings
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09-15-2014, 10:29 PM
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RE: New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
Yea, the slow increase definitely made it easier for me. Not only does it give the body time to adapt and adjust along the way, but also the mind. The journey is just as much a mental one as it is a physical one... If sounds like you are better prepared this time around - you will do great!

Please keep us updated with your progress, and feel free to start a journal of your own in the Personal Journals section of these forums. It is a great place to track your progress as well as communicating with others going through the same process...

Anitra Soto
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09-16-2014, 06:59 AM
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RE: New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
Hi Spicy!
Anitra has already guided the way for you, so I'll just say welcome to the family and I am happy you are here!!applause

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09-16-2014, 04:52 PM
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RE: New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
Thanks y'all! I am so done with fighting this battle and ready to win happy I really do hope that this is what I needed, because I just don't know what else to do after this.

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09-16-2014, 05:46 PM
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RE: New here, with a year long Plateau and DONE with it!
Hi Kari! Just wanted to say welcome too! happy I underrate and over trained for many years before realizing what the problem was. EM2WL has been a Godsend to me. I'm sure you will find that it's exactly what you need as well! Enjoy your reset!

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