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Jeanette's Journey
01-30-2015, 08:25 PM
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Jeanette's Journey
I've always been the "chunky" girl growing up and my weight kept creeping up throughout my young adult years. I've tried just about all the "weight loss plans" out there and had little to no success; just spent a ton of time and money. During 2013, I completed several rounds of HCG VLCD (very low calorie diet) plans and had huge success (lost 60 pounds in a year); I went from a size 18 plus to a 12-14 and was on top of the world. I had NEVER been this small in my life. But, I gained 20 of those pounds back Christmas 2013 and am sure lost significant amount of muscle.
One huge positive that came from all this time was the amount of information I've educated myself on nutrition! My diet now consisted of whole foods, most of which is organic. I have ditched processed foods and eat out a few times a year. My various food cravings were gone. Now, when I want chocolate (yes, I'm still addicted), I make it the best darn dark chocolate I can find. Because I know nutrition is a HUGE part of a healthy lifestyle, I feel I have this dragon slayed. I'm now learning all about macros and striving to hit my macro numbers each day/week.
Early 2014, I did another VLCD round and lost just a few pounds; the weight was not coming off like it had the previous year! That summer, I found EM2WL and like everyone else here, the thought of eating more food AND losing weight seemed too good to be true. rolling eyes But, I figured I had nothing to lose (except weight & inches) so I gave it a shot.
In August 2014, I began working with Trish Adams/EM2WL for assistance with my workouts. You've got to understand, I'm a reader and I've never played a sport (can't stand them). So the thought of picking up iron completely freaked me out ~ I had NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING and definitely needed guidance. I've been on a metabolic reset since last August and slowly but surely been "working the iron". I now LOVE lifting. I always thought I loved cardio; but cardio ain't gotten nothin' on lifting! I can get such a great workout in half the time of a cardio workout and I don't get bored; something I did about 10 minutes into a cardio workout. Lifting has brought out the warrioritus in me!
As suspected, I've gained weight during this reset (about 20 lbs.) and some days that completely freaks me out. But, I just tell myself to "get out of my head" and trust that the muscle I'm building is going to help me big time down the road.
Okay, I've rambled on enough. I'll leave for now and will try to consistently update this journal going forward.
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01-31-2015, 01:47 PM
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RE: Jeanette's Journey
Hi and welcome! Looking forward to your posts. Hit that iron and enjoy the newbie gains! happy
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01-31-2015, 06:37 PM
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(01-31-2015 01:47 PM)emma Wrote:  Hi and welcome! Looking forward to your posts. Hit that iron and enjoy the newbie gains! happy

Newbie gains? Is this the weight gains? Or, the muscle gains? Or both? I've read about newbie gains on other posts, but still not sure what they are referring to???
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02-01-2015, 04:47 AM
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RE: Jeanette's Journey
Welcome! So glad you have discovered the joy of "the iron". Strength training can be so empowering!

"Newbie gains" refers to the initial muscle gains that one sees when they first begin strength training. At first, the strength and muscle mass gains are very rapid (newbie gains), but then as time progresses, the gains are less and less. You are putting forces on your muscles that they have likely never experienced before, and they (initially) respond positively, giving you that "ripped" feeling. But, with time, the body will adapt, and the muscle building process will need to involve periodized training and bulk/cut phases to continue to see significant gains. Just like with anything, the body will always adapt, so we need to "switch things up" to continue to see progress...

Here is a great blog regarding this: http://eatmore2weighless.com/newbie-gains/

Thanks for sharing, and can't wait for updates on your journey/progress. You have an awesome trainer and are in the best of hands!

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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02-01-2015, 11:00 AM
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RE: Jeanette's Journey
(02-01-2015 04:47 AM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Welcome! So glad you have discovered the joy of "the iron". Strength training can be so empowering!

"Newbie gains" refers to the initial muscle gains that one sees when they first begin strength training. At first, the strength and muscle mass gains are very rapid (newbie gains), but then as time progresses, the gains are less and less. You are putting forces on your muscles that they have likely never experienced before, and they (initially) respond positively, giving you that "ripped" feeling. But, with time, the body will adapt, and the muscle building process will need to involve periodized training and bulk/cut phases to continue to see significant gains. Just like with anything, the body will always adapt, so we need to "switch things up" to continue to see progress...

Here is a great blog regarding this: http://eatmore2weighless.com/newbie-gains/

Thanks for sharing, and can't wait for updates on your journey/progress. You have an awesome trainer and are in the best of hands!

AnitroSoto, thanks for the explanation and article. That helped. Yes, Trish has been awesome so far! She's so encouraging and has talked me off the ledge and helped me get out of my head on a few accusations. nail biting applause
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02-07-2015, 01:29 PM
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RE: Jeanette's Journey
I officially HATE the menopause stage of life. Since I stopped my hormone replacement meds middle of December 2014 (with Dr.'s permission) I've been suffering from hot flashes. I have about 2-3 hot flashes every hour! The worst... how these suckers are affecting my sleep! The last couple of weeks I've really struggled with my workouts. Workdays (Mon-Thur) I'm up at 4am; weekends (Fri-Sun) I'm up at 6am. For the last couple of weeks, I wake up extremely tired and I feel very sluggish through my workouts. yawn I figure I'm still doing something positive by doing them even though I don't feel they're my best efforts (which I hate).

This morning, after yet another restless night, since I didn't have anything planned (an anomaly) I slept until 7am! And, I felt great during my workout! Woot!

As my friend says: Getting old is not for wussies!! True that!
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02-10-2015, 05:10 AM
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I'm heading in that direction (menopause). Having gone through an artificial one for IVF, I don't look forward to it (plus I already get night time hot flashes). And I can't go on hormone replacement as my mom and aunt both developed breast cancer following treatment. Ugh. Good on you for keeping up the workouts - they will help with the loss of bone density that many people experience and being off hormone replacement means you need as much help with bone density as you can.

Glad you got a good night's sleep and hope you get many more. I'll ask my mom if she found any natural remedies for her hot flashes and pass them on.
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06-11-2015, 02:36 PM
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RE: Jeanette's Journey
It's been a few months since my last entry in February. I'm still struggling getting 7-8 hours of sleep during the week. A couple of weeks ago, I splurged and got myself a Fitbit Surge HR. This little device is telling me I'm getting 5-6 hours of sleep each week night with a couple times of "awake" and many instances of "restless".

I'm still struggling with waking up at 4 am during the work week to get my workouts in; but, I am getting them in. I'll be starting to add in Creatine and BCAA supplements during my lift mornings in the hope that they will help give me the energy needed to keep lifting heavier.

I'm also really struggling with my body image. I've continued to gain scale weight but some of my measurements are slowly going down (but, some are going up! Oh the frustration!!). I'll keep working on getting out of my head and keeping consistent with my nutrition and lifting.
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06-14-2015, 02:01 PM
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RE: Jeanette's Journey
I can't even imagine getting up at 4am, so all the power to you. I wish the best to you!
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