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Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
07-31-2015, 10:09 AM
Post: #71
RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
Knee & shoulder - really make sure your form is spot on. I know for my knee issues, I work on strengthening my inner/outer thighs using bands and also doing a lot of one legged balance exercises (ex. scatter pennies all around you and then, on one leg, bend over and pick up the pennies with the opposite hand). Not sure about shoulder stuff. Stretching seems to help me with this.
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08-25-2015, 07:18 AM
Post: #72
RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
(07-31-2015 09:04 AM)KatiAuchinleck Wrote:  Hi Julia! We all go through those up and downs of being patient then freaking out. I'm lucky if I don't have a minor freak out every other day. I can usually tamp it down, but they DO happen.

Good for you for starting NROL. I do the women version and will be starting stage 3 today. What do you like about the one for men?

Thanks for your support KatiAuchinleck, I'm trying to relax!!

The men version basically seems 'harder', or 'more complete' to me, but this is super-subjective. I found the men's programme to be more advanced.

mrsukyankee, after a rest week my knee and shoulder do not hurt anymore! but I'm definitely stretching more than before!

So, it's been a month. I went on holiday, I didn't count a single calorie for two weeks. Lots of hiking, but lots of eating too! This week I have been trying to eat 2,500 calories and have gone back to the NROL break in phase!

I haven't weighed myself yet but all my clothes feel uncomfortably tight. But I'm not freaking out about this, hurray!!!

I have been thinking about starting a cutting phase very seriously.
I have been resetting for 6 months at 2,500 (coming from a 2,300 and 2,000 past). In fact, it could be said I have been re-setting slowly slowly since september 2014.

I have the feeling my metabolism is on key again: I'm hungry all the time, my hair and nails have improved, my skin feels better, I'm NEVER cold (I used to be cold even in the summer). And I can't imagine my life with less calories than now. I have read in several posts and articles in EM2WL that this is the time when you are ready to cut.

So, I'm ready to start a cut on September 1st! I will go for 2,300 calories and give myself some time. Training-wise, the cut coincide with the fat-loss I phase of the NROL programme, so I assume it all has a meaning, haha!

I will appreciate your advice, I hope I'm not going too fast with this.

On Friday I will write down my stats!
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08-25-2015, 11:57 AM
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RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
AWESOME!
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08-25-2015, 09:54 PM
Post: #74
RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
Sounds like a great plan! Fabulous job taking your time and not rushing the process, and also starting with a small cut. Love it!!

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08-31-2015, 04:56 AM
Post: #75
RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
Here are my stats as of today, Monday 31st of August 2015:

Weight: 80,1 kg (let's not focus on this haha! the weekend has been full of dinners and lunches and munchies).

Measurements:
Leg (left): 68 cm
Hips: 115 cm
Waist: 90 cm
Under chest: 90 cm
Chest: 106 cm
Arm (left): 38 cm

Here is how I intend to cut!

Workout plan:
NROL: Fat loss I and II 3 days a week for 14 weeks (2 rest weeks included)
Yoga on Saturday morning
Walking (no more than 10,000 steps a day on weekdays and one hike during the weekend)

Intake plan:
2,300 calories (200 calorie reduction)
40%c 30%p 30%f
stick to macros!
lots of water!

Aaaand lots of luck!

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08-31-2015, 10:46 AM
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RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
Sounds good!
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08-31-2015, 12:31 PM
Post: #77
RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
Awesome plan starting with that small cut!

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10-19-2015, 07:04 AM
Post: #78
RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
Hello there! It's been a loong 7 week phase, hope everyone is doing well (I haven't had time to read the updates in the journals but I have it in mind).

so, these last 7 weeks have been astoundingly hectic, but actually quite good.

I've been doing what I said I would do:
Workout plan:
NROL: Fat loss I 3 days a week for 6 weeks (1 rest week included)
Yoga on Saturday morning
Walking (no more than 10,000 steps a day on weekdays and one hike during the weekend)

Intake plan:
2,300 calories (200 calorie reduction) with the occasional dinner or lunch out.
40%c 30%p 30%f

And here are my stats:
78-79 kg (1 kg lost, but I do not know for sure because I'm on my TOM).
Measurements (to be taken this week after the TOM bloat is gone)

Feelings: I'm actually feeling well. I still hate my tummy (which I hadn't had for years), but sometimes I see a bit of definition.

What I'm planning to do:
This week after the rest I'm starting the Fat Loss II phase from NROL, so I'm not chaning that. But regarding the intake, sometimes I say, 'well maybe I should go down', but then I say a big 'NOPE I'm not'. if I'm losing that way, why changing it?
I will keep the 2,300 for some weeks (sometimes I do not get to the number, sometimes I get over it, but it tends to be on days I walk more than 20k steps) and focus on macros. If the weight does not go down, then I'll take 100 calories out (cause I need my chocolate and I'm not going to leave it).

That being said, I have noticed my cellulite has gone up the last months, and I'm wondering if it would be good to buy a reaffirming, reducing and anti-cellulite cream and have some massages done . I'm having a big appointment in December, and I would like to lose the water and try to look as great as possible. I don't want fast solutions, but I want my skin to look great. Will it ruin my process? (I know it's a silly question but I don't want to undo what I have accomplished).

Lastly I have also experienced a piercing knee pain, on both knees, which I think it may be due to weather (sometimes quatting becomes torture). I just hope it won't be a lesion. I'll have to start taking pills for cartilage healing!

I'll get back and write down the measurements (and hopefully take a non badly lighted picture)
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10-20-2015, 03:42 AM
Post: #79
RE: Julia's path towards balance, self-love, and achieving goals
Massages are always good. But anti-cellulite creams are a scam - they truly don't work for more than the period you use to put them on (they 'tighten' the skin but don't do jack for the cellulite).

Definitely get your knee checked - it's not worth it to ruin your knees just to workout (said the girl who will most likely end up needing a knee replacement due to sport).
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