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New Member and sort of scared...novel post!
01-07-2015, 03:01 PM
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New Member and sort of scared...novel post!
hello all!
here we go...

5'5
30years old
145lbs

I started working with a personal trainer a year 1/2 ago and together she helped me shed 20 pounds...I never counted calories cause the meal plans were provided...it wasn't until I started feeling light headed most of the time and constantly had a headache that I finally sat back and logged a full week...I had been eating the 1200 baseline/hardly any carbs besides veggies...with 5-6 days of working out including three heavy weight lifting...at that time I had been the same weight for three months and I then decided I needed to find another routine.
I stopped working with my personal trainer and started a journey on my own...I upped my calories to 1500 and felt amazing...then I was told that wasn't enough so upped again to about 1700...and now 5 pounds heavier and not seeing any progress on the scale I'm frustrated and about ready to just have a "lets eat whatever we want" week to make things worse wink
I count macros and I train hard 4/5 days a week...The Scooby calculator says I should be eating 1902 a day...and I am terrified...I need encouragement! LoL
I want to break this six month plateau but I'm scared to make that jump
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01-07-2015, 04:50 PM
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RE: New Member and sort of scared...novel post!
It's worth it. Note that you won't gain a ton of weight but you may gain a bit - a lot of it will be water weight as your glycogen levels get refilled. BUT, once you get this on track and level out, then you'll be able to lose weight by eating more. And honestly, my guess is that your TDEE is actually a lot higher than 1902 as mine is 2300 with lifting 3x a week and playing field hockey 2x a week as a goalie (so not a ton of running) - I'm 5'6", 149 & 46 (so I get less calories than you for age reasons)...remember that your TDEE also includes any activity you do outside of working out...so if you walk around at all, have kids, are active at your job, etc. To be sedentary you have to basically do nothing.

I would get reading a lot of the posts, including some of the personal journals to get an idea of how people have dealt with the mental aspect of this. Believe me, it's worth it! And I'd encourage you to start a journal as well. If you have any questions, please get in touch! You can do this!!!
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01-08-2015, 08:21 PM
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RE: New Member and sort of scared...novel post!
Heya! I didn't really go through your experiences as I never maintained a diet of 1200 for longer than a week (at most). It might feel really stupid for you now, but after dieting -15% than TDEE for a long period of time and then -10%, I don't even care what my weight is anymore as long as I eat TDEE. Everything else gets me hungry and in a very bad mood. My weight came up a little after I stopped cutting, from 65kg to 66-67,5kg, but my body doesn't show that at all. By the contrary.

So you might increase weight now and even feel/look bloated, but that's only temporary. If your TDEE is correct, and if anything that's less than your TDEE, not more (mine is around 2450), you won't get "fat". Eating TDEE and doing strength training will even slowly get your fat levels down as your LBM increases. It's very slow, but I can assure you of that.

So don't worry!! Be happy, eat what you need. That's all it matters.
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01-09-2015, 07:37 AM (This post was last modified: 01-09-2015 07:38 AM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: New Member and sort of scared...novel post!
Welcome! So glad you have found us and decided to take the first steps towards a Healthier, happier (and fuller) you! laughing Sounds like you are off on the right foot. Everybody seems to go through this phase of doubting and wondering if what they are doing is right, but stay strong and trust the process. It is not a fast one, but it does work...

Like mrsukyankee, I tend to think your TDEE may be even higher. When I plug your numbers into Scooby (using Moderate activity level), I am getting a figure closer to 2,200. Great job upping from 1200 to 1500 and to 1700 --- that is awesome progress! That full, bloated feeling you are experiencing is completely normal and part of the process, as your body adapts and adjusts to the new, increased intake. Just as the body adjusts the metabolism downwards as we restrict calorie intake it will adjust back upwards as we increase caloric intake.

I would recommend continuing to increase your intake in a very gradual manner. Add maybe 100 calories to your meal plan and stay at that level for a week or more before increasing again. Just stay at each level until your weight stabilizes and you feel mentally and physically ready for another increase. By increasing gradually in this manner, you may be able to avoid any further gains. Once you start getting closer to your TDEE, you may find that you have to take it slower and that it may take your body and weight a bit longer to stabilize. If/when you start seeing steady, consistent gains over time that do not stabilize, then you may have surpassed your TDEE. No biggie, just back it off by 100 calories or so and you should be right there!

Once you have found your true TDEE and have eaten consistently at this level for and extended period of time ( 8 - 12 weeks at least), THEN you may be ready for a small 15% or 15% cut. The longer your severe dieting history is, the longer this process might take. but, if you are willing to invest the time and be patient, results will follow. Keep up that heavy lifting and enjoy the eats!

Please keep us updated with your progress, and feel free to start a journal of your own in the Personal Journal section of these forums. It is a great place to track your progress, and a great place to come for support.

Again, welcome!

Anitra Soto
Team EM2WL
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness

My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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