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Mary Jo's Journal... Yo.
10-04-2014, 09:14 PM
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Mary Jo's Journal... Yo.
Hi! I'm creating a thread for myself to help keep track of my progress. I know I've already gotten a bit bummed thinking I've gained weight since I started in July 2014 but actually I have not. happy


My story... So I've lots and regained weight about 2 times as I can recall. I've struggled with my body image since I was young.

Now i'm looking for a way to stay healthy and gain a positive outlook about my body. I want to grow stronger. I love lifting heavy weight. I'd like to look fit.

So here I am.

Weight: about 175
Waist: 34"
Hips: 45"

Deadlift: 155 lbs
Back Squat: 110 lbs
Bench: 80 lbs
Back Row: 75 lbs
Overhead: 50 lbs

I'm currently doing Stronglift 5x5.
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10-05-2014, 12:12 PM
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Yea for me!! applause

I just finished my second day with very, very close numbers on my protein. Last week, I was shocked how high carb/high fat my meals were. I started to track my meals again on MFP but not just to track calories but to pay attention to my protein numbers.

See, I don't eat beef, pork, or chicken because of the mass production of them. I do eat seafood and, sometimes, turkey. I also limit how much dairy I have as I know i'm slightly allergic. Having too much takes a toll on my body.

So I know I shouldn't be too surprised by my low protein numbers in the past as well as my weight not budging very much, but it was an epiphany.

This past week I've been looking at items that are higher in protein and mindful of the amount of carbs in them. It's amazing how non meat protein has just as much or double the carbs to go along with them. Sure I can eat more beans, but there's plenty of carbs that go along with them. And Quinoa, yea it has protein, but a heck of a lot of carbs too.

I hope upping my protein will help me shed some fat. Since July 2014, I've been lifting weight and working on my diet, but haven't moved much in terms of inches. My lifts have gotten heavier which I am wickedly excited about.

However, this week hasn't been a breakthrough for my lifts. I feel a bit stalled. I'm not sure if its because of TOM or change to protein or my calories being in deficit for awhile. Very confusing.

Another day done.
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10-06-2014, 06:02 AM
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Welcome Mary Jo! So happy you have decided to journal your progress here!

I eat very much the same way you do - no chicken, beef or pork, although I do eat fish (and eggs). I can't eat that much dairy either, although I have found that Greek yogurt does not seem to bother me, for whatever reason... I used to struggle with the same thing, and finally gave up and just concentrated on my protein macro. I figured as long as the carbs and fats were from healthier sources and not pre-packaged "junk" then I would just go with the flow. I just try to keep my food choices as "clean" as possible and make sure I hit that protein macro goal, and let the rest fall where they may...

Congrats on your lifting progress --- that means good things are happening inside!

Can't wait to hear more about you and watch your progress :-)

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10-06-2014, 03:43 PM
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Hi Mary Jo! Welcome! I will echo what Anitra said: I keep track of calories and proteins and let everything else fall where it may. I get 100% of my protein (and everything else) from non-animal sources, so I know what you mean about the carbs adding up. However, those are generally low-glycemic carbs so they won't cause the insulin spikes that say a piece of white wonder bread would (say that 4 times fast). Plus they are great sources of fiber.
Something I will do is, for example, make a big salad and top it with a serving of quinoa (complete protein), hemp seeds (complete protein), prepared tofu (protein without so many carbs), and make a super quick dressing of maybe lemon juice, garlic, salt, water, nutritional yeast (protein, and fortified with B12) and tahini (good fats + protein). I can easily get 120 g of protein or so in a day. In the vegetarian subforum I have listed a whole bunch of alternative protein sources, if you are interested.
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10-06-2014, 09:01 PM
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Hi Mary Jo! Wow, those lifting numbers are impressive! I'm Looking forward to watching you reach your goals!! Yes, as stated before keep that protein on point! You body will need every bit of them with your heavy workouts!!

Joan
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10-07-2014, 12:22 AM
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Thank you all for the encouragement and great ideas! I'm definitely focusing on my protein totals these days. Well, maybe not today as I had to go to a bar to cheer on my Seahawks. I was pretty good all day on getting protein that a beer shouldn't be a big deal.

I did notice my jeans seemed a bit less tight. I think things are going the right direction.

Joan, most of my lifting numbers are PRs as I was lifting a few years ago before I hit a snag. Most of my lifts are close to these numbers except for my deadlift and back squat. Still working back up on those. I'm excited tho! I love lifting weights and lifting heavier.

AnitraSoto, we definitely eat the same. I think focusing on my protein these days and let the others lay where they may is working. I do think the "lower carb" diet has made me a bit irritable. It must be the "sugar" withdrawal.

Emma, I'll check out the recipes. I'm always looking for great veggie options.
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10-07-2014, 06:14 AM
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Are you on Pinterest? EM2WL has lots of great recipe ideas there, and one board is dedicated entirely to Vegetarian Recipes:

http://www.pinterest.com/em2wl/vegetarian-recipe-ideas/

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10-09-2014, 12:56 AM
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Thanks, Anitra. I'm following the EM2WL boards. I'll give the am a look through.


The past few days I've been feeling good and eating almost all calories for my cut ~2000 calories. I haven't been feeling hungry by the end of the day and feel lighter. All good things.

However, my right knee is has been bothering me when doing squats, so I've been researching proper form. Today, I was recording myself for technique but instead of a lighter weight I used the full weight. On my fourth squat set, I didn't quite make it back up and had an interesting time getting out of this pickle. Luckily, I didn't really hurt myself, but I learned a lesson to not push weight. I so wanted to squat heavier. I just hope I didn't tweak my knee more or my lower back. It's never fun to drop the bar.

Now I am going to lower my weight for my squats and work on form while I watch my knee.
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10-09-2014, 03:14 AM
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Hi MaryJo - I just lowered my weight to work on form and I'm nowhere near the weights you've been hitting (I'm very new to 5x5). It is frustrating. I found my knee issues left when I made my stance a bit wider and my toes pointed more toward 45 degree angle out versus straight ahead - it's just how my knees track. Best of luck with it all!
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10-09-2014, 05:23 AM
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I have the same issue when doing squats... An old injury prevents me from going too deep, but I do a lot better taking a wider stance and doing Plie Squats instead. You are so right, form is so much more important at this point that weight - great job!

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