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Liane's new journey forward
09-17-2014, 07:53 AM
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Liane's new journey forward
I haven't been starving myself. I'm happy about that. I did in college (anorexia) and in my 20s (skinny fat), but have been eating at a good deficit from November through to June and lost a slow 16 lbs. I decided to start eating more and trying to figure out my TDEE over the next few months. I haven't been entirely consistent with my exercise, but I'm getting there. So, using MFP and a worksheet I'm making for myself, I'm going to write down the calories I'm eating, the exercise I'm getting, my weight (trying to weight every other day or so) and if I drink alcohol or go over on my sodium. I want to see any patterns that form. I'd love to lose another 8-13 lbs, but even more would love to just lose body fat. I'm 45 years old and want the best body I can have while still enjoying life (so if that means I'm a bit bigger, so be it).
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09-17-2014, 10:10 AM
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Love it! Sounds like you have a great plan in place, and that is great that you have been able to lose 16 pounds at a moderate deficit! As far as the exercise, are you doing any strength training? That becomes more and more important the older we get, as we naturally lose muscle over time (and that muscle is what fuels the metabolism..)

Again, welcome! So happy you have found us, and please let us know if we can help in any way :-)

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09-17-2014, 10:40 AM (This post was last modified: 09-17-2014 10:43 AM by mrsukyankee.)
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Thanks for the welcome AnitraSoto!

Here's my info: 45 yrs old, 5'6", ranging between 147 - 149 lb. I am recently recovered from broken ribs/torn stuff which took about 9 weeks to really recover enough to start doing serious exercise. I had been doing machine weights since Jan '14 and then discovered Stronglifts 5x5 only three weeks before my accident. So, now starting up again. I have purchased a bench (incline/flat), barbells with free weights and a power cage. My husband is joining me in this weight lifting journey.

My workouts: lifting 3x a week, running 20 minutes 2-3x a week, coaching field hockey 3x a week for 90 minutes (run around, on feet, hitting balls), doing field hockey training for 2 hrs weekly (I'm a goalie for a ladies' team in London) and playing once a week. I'm thinking of changing the running to some HIIT workouts as I think they would help me more than the running for my goalie work (my training sessions are very high intensity).

I started eating 1600 calories in the beginning and built up to 1700, then 1850 and in the past two weeks have been averaging 1885. I'd like to keep buidling up and seeing how high I can get w/o gaining weight. I'm doing this slowly as well.

My ultimate goal would be to be around 140 lb with 22-25% body fat. But I'll take any weight at that body fat!
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09-17-2014, 08:12 PM
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Hi Liane!
Welcome to the family! Good job taking things slow! You are on your way!!

Joan
Be yourself. Everyone else is taken! kiss

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/jaeone
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09-17-2014, 10:47 PM
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Great job with the strength training and love that you are going to keep pressing it as high as you can - sounds like you are off to an awesome start!

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09-21-2014, 11:43 AM
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I've pushed myself this weekend and felt good about it. On Saturday, I did Stronglifts and I played a game of field hockey. I can see how lifting before makes playing a touch harder, but there were a few hours in-between sessions. The weight lifting is something I can tell will help with being a good goalie.

I've moved my calories up around 2000. We'll see if I stay the same weight or start gaining. (hoping that I hold at 148!) Getting enough protein at that level is a bit tough, but I like the leeway I have in eating more. I am trying to keep adding more and more lean protein into my diet. I think I have to add more nuts and pulses.
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09-23-2014, 08:14 AM
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23 days in of upping my calories slowly...I've gone from low 1800s to mid-upper 1900s with a few days in around 2400 or so. And I'm sticking around the same weight, which is great. I'm going to stick around this mark and see how it goes for another week...if I remain somewhere in the 148 area (I seem to bounce between 148.2 - 148.8) then I'll try upping again by 100 calories. I have a lovely spreadsheet going with my calories, my workouts, my weight & if I've had alcohol or gone quite over on my sodium. Info is the key!

I'm enjoying the Stronglifts programme though it's kicking my tush - I am sore today after yesterday's workout. I seem to have to do 2 days of the same weights (versus moving up every week) in order to really have good form and to push to the next higher weight. That is frustrating. Particularly around arm/shoulder work - so weak there. Bah.
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09-24-2014, 04:43 AM
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Form is key, don't worry so much about the weight. As long as you feel you're pushing yourself then it's doing the job. I've been stuck on the same weights for weeks, mainly on the squat rack and shoulder press. But, I may sure my form is spot on and I can see the differences in my body, it's working..
Good work on the cals - it's daunting at first isn't it! Well done happy
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09-29-2014, 03:33 PM
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Got a non-scale positive this weekend. I was at a wedding and wearing heels. My husband saw two women looking at my body and then overheard one of them saying "that woman has amazing calf muscles". Yay!
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09-29-2014, 04:25 PM
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High 5 girl - fabulous NSV!!

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