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my reset journey
12-15-2014, 04:43 PM
Post: #21
RE: my reset journey
well marathon complete!! I did not do as well as i wouldve liked, but i finished under 5hrs (barely!!) so im ok with that. My running partner got sick and had to bail around mile 12... so i had to run the rest by myself...mentally it was very very difficult. and then physically i was about ready to quit at mile 20. everything hurt and 6.2 miles seemed like too far. but i made it.
i took a week off and did absolutely nothing. yes. that's right. ME. DID NOTHING. and it was great. I didnt log any of my food either. i just ate. and ate. and ate.
Yesterday was my first day back at doing anything and i ran 8miles in the trails. Im afraid i may not be able to do the next marathon i signed up for (which is Jan. 4th) and then a 1/2 marathon Jan 25th. I quite possibly have a stress fracture in my foot and possibly ITBS - as im having some knee pain. Im just going to keep icing and stretching and make the call on whether to run or not as race time gets closer.
this morning i started NROLW. it sure does seem like a short workout. any thoughts on this from anyone?
also, right before the marathon the batteries on my scale died. i finally bought a new battery for it yesterday : dec 1st my weight was 136.4lbs, and this morning my weight was 131.2. Im not real sure why i wouldve lost this much? But i have not been under 135lbs since I started my reset in October. Im certainly not complaining just wondering what it means.
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12-16-2014, 05:51 AM (This post was last modified: 12-16-2014 05:51 AM by mrsukyankee.)
Post: #22
RE: my reset journey
Congratulations on finishing the marathon. I think that's a huge accomplishment (considering that 10k has been my max). Hoping you don't have a stress fracture.

And congrats on using food and no exercise to heal your body after that run.

Don't worry about how short or long a workout is - mine is no longer than 40 minutes but it gets harder. And so does NROLW - it's purposeful so you don't burn out/hurt yourself. Weight lifting doesn't have to take hours to work well.

And maybe you needed a diet break which is why you lost weight.
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12-18-2014, 04:54 PM
Post: #23
RE: my reset journey
OMG wtf all the sudden weight is falling off... i cant even believe it... im upping my cals again to see how far i can go. im seeing so much definition in my legs and arms and back... its crazy. i;ve been working really hard for months and thought i wasnt making enough/any progress...its like everything has been happening behind this curtain until the great reveal or sumn. im not basing progress on a number.... but after watching the scale steadily increase druring my reset, its really nice to see that number start to move without any more effort than what i've already been doing..in fact, the loss came during my rest week! and ive done a whole lot less running. pretty soon my running "season" will be over and i'm actually looking forward to that. in fact, i may downgrade one of my upcoming races from a full marathon to the half... but we shall see..
also, i do all of my workouts at home and i was thinking about getting a squat rack... but now im wondering about a smith machine? just curious if anyone has an opinion or suggestion on that one... i just know i can squat a whole lot more if i can get the weight up!
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12-18-2014, 05:22 PM (This post was last modified: 12-18-2014 05:22 PM by mrsukyankee.)
Post: #24
RE: my reset journey
I've heard bad things about the Smith machine in that it doesn't work your body the way it's meant to - you don't move naturally. You also don't have to stabilise the weight and so you lose out on working those muscles. BUT, if it would make you feel more comfortable about lifting heavier, then perhaps it's a better choice for you.

And yeah - see, the reset works!!!
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12-20-2014, 01:21 PM
Post: #25
RE: my reset journey
Congrats on the marathon! That's a huge accomplishment!
Re: squat rack v Smith machine. A squat rack is considered superior because you recruit a whole lot more of your stabilizer muscles than with a Smith machine. Its more work. However, if you only have access to a Smith machine, its still worth doing. I use one because that's what I'm limited to, and I've been able to go up quite a bit in my squat. Its a little different to get used to because your movement is on a fixed arc BUT if you learn how to position your feet accordingly, it helps you keep your form (bad and good - bad because you aren't using stabilizers to do so, good because, well, your form is still ok).

In your case, if you are looking to buy something, I say go with a squat rack - plus a smith machine probably costs an arm and a leg more.
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03-19-2015, 04:30 PM
Post: #26
RE: my reset journey
well... i guess i've been MIA for a while since after all my runs... my season for running is kinda over at the moment and i've been focusing on weightlifting. i gotta say i feel stuck again. my weight is not budging. AGAIN. i see very little in the way of change from looking at pics. but seriously there's no way i couldnt still be making progress, right? Im on stage 4 in NROLFW. i just dont seem to be losing any fat. as my cardio dropped off i was holding steady at 2000cals. then decided to try a cut .. i guess... and ive been around 1800cals, but nothing. I decided to stop eating out as much and bring my lunch to work, and also have gotten better at planning meals for dinner during the week. I have been SPOT ON hitting 40/30/30 for at least a month. I stopped drinking beer during the week and also stopped eating sweets during the week (neither of these were huge issues for me, but it made me feel better to do it). STILL NOTHING. i just wonder what i'm doing wrong? i need a guarantee that what im doing is working. i guess. i dont know. im just frustrated. again. help happy
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03-19-2015, 07:00 PM
Post: #27
RE: my reset journey
Hang in there ... you know you are doing good things for your body. Eating healthfully and strength training are always good things, Body recomposition is a very slow process, so just keep pushing forward.

First of all, what is your TDEE? You were holding steady weight-wise and dropped to 1800 and no weight change? There is always a chance that you are under-eating at 1800 and your body is seeing this as a stress. Eating at a cut is a stress, exercise is a stress, life is a stress, stressing is a stress... We all need to work on keeping those stresses to a minimum.

Remember, your body will not build muscle effectively (if at all) on a cut, so you are going to want to keep that deficit small to maximize your gains and body recomposition.

Let us know your stats and what you have calculated as a TDEE to see if we can troubleshoot with you.

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03-19-2015, 11:13 PM
Post: #28
RE: my reset journey
Well ... I guess I don't really and truly know my true TDEE. When I started all this I was marathon training and doing a LOT of running. And lifting too. I increased my calories and was averaging around 2200. Although on long run days I could eat 2400-3000. I gained weight initially. But then all of the sudden around the holidays I dropped about 5lbs. I wasn't tracking my calories through the holidays and then got back into it probably late January. By then I was running less and so since my activity level was decreased my calorie intake kinda decreased as well. But I was maintaing on 2000calories. In the last month since I made the changes I mentioned and dropped to 1800calories, I've actually gained maybe 2 or 3 lbs. not a lot but enough to make me wonder what's up.
I strength train 3-4 days per week and I do interval training or a circuit workout 2days/wk. sometimes I throw in a spin class just cuz I like it. So I used the scooby calculator to determine my TDEE and chose the 3-5hrs activity level. This gives a TDEE of 2043 calories and a 10% reduction at 1838 calories. I do feel hungry sometimes at night on 1800. Maybe I should go back to 2000? I'm also trying to pay more attention to my energy levels throughout the day. I think I feel better at 2000. And I'm really noticing now how tired I was during marathon training and I should've been eating a LOT more!! Well... Now I know better for the next training :)
So... Anything any of you can offer I'm game :)
Thanks a zillion for listening :)
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03-19-2015, 11:25 PM
Post: #29
RE: my reset journey
Personally I would try going back up. Try 2000 for a couple of weeks and see what happens ( or even try 1900). Whatever you do, just try it consistently for two or three weeks before adjusting again. It's all about tweaking your numbers as you go and figuring out where your body is happiest ( and it seemed to be happier with more fuel). Give it a try, you can always adjust later....

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03-20-2015, 05:12 PM
Post: #30
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I would put you up at a higher level. You are working out more than me...and you have to include just daily activity...so I'd try out the 5-6 hr TDEE level.
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