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Time to Eat! Today is my day!
07-01-2015, 11:30 AM
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Time to Eat! Today is my day!
Hello! Today is my day!! applause I've been a lurker here for a while, found this site via MFP. I decided to start logging my journey here to keep me honest and find help when I need it along the way, instead of messaging everyone.

My Story:
I've been a daily weigher since I was about 14. I always thought I was bigger than the rest of my friends. Now looking back and pictures I was not. I was very critical of myself. Since the age of 17, I think I've been on weight watchers at least 7 or more times. (back in the day when we had to eat liver on the fit and fiber plan-yuck!) I'd lose 5-7lbs and then stall, by week 10, I was gaining, no one could help me figure out my activity levels, so I would get frustrated and quit. I also got sick of paying for their weekly fee's. In 2008 or so I found LA Weight Loss. I lost a lot of weight on their program..it was a lower carb life style, but I felt good. As soon as they closed their doors, the weight came back on. I've dabbled in other diets along the way too, and about two years ago stumbled across MFP. I was tired of shelling out money for weight loss programs that were temporary and wanted to figure out how to lose on my own and keep it off...I knew nothing about calorie counting!! Nothing. I tried the 1200 calorie thing. Then bought a Fitbit One and linked the two accounts. I didn't believe I could eat so many calories back. So I continued to log, eat my calories back-not all- but didn't lose, I would lose and gain the same few pounds. In May of 2014 I had a partial Hysterectomy and bladder sling surgery. After getting the go ahead to work out-I started C25K-and caused a stress fracture in my foot. While wearing the boot, for 6 weeks, I decreased my calories and felt like my body was shifting its weight. I could not wait to start working out again. After getting the go ahead to work out again. I bought T25, and ate at their prescribed 1600 calories a day and I packed on 10lbs!! WHAT? How does that work??? (now in hindsight I was burning a lot but not fueling my body --I'm guessing my body was hanging on to what it could)

In those last two years of being on MFP, I kept track of my Fitbit TDEE and my calorie intake on a spreadsheet. I should have been losing oodles of weight but I wasn't. I have a digital food scale at home, and use that and measuring cups. I could not figure out what to do. I had my physical in April and decided to bring my numbers to my doctor. She said that maybe I wasn't eating enough, and signed me up to meet with a dietitian. Say what? Not eating enough??? The day before my meeting with the dietitian, I reached out to Jennbecca on MFP...she recommended I up my calories to 2150 (I was eating between 1800-2000 as my fitbit was telling me I was burning between 2300-2400). She suggested that my fitbit may be under reporting what I was burning. raised eyebrows So the next day I went to the dietitian with my numbers in hand. She was shocked by the amount of data I brought in and she, too, agreed that I should up my calories. So I did. The day after my appt with the dietitian. I got an Charge HR from my Hubz....
I started to see some losses, but by months end I had only lost .4lbs in total....and my new fitbit was telling me I was burning more like 2600-2700 calories per day!!?? What??? So I upped to 2250 calories per day--again -seeing some losses throughout the month, but eventually settling on .2lbs lost last month.

So I reached out again and I was told I would probably benefit from a Reset....so here I am. I'm putting myself all out there with my measurements/weight and plan of attack.

Starting Weight - 204.8
Measurements:
Neck 13.5
Right Arm 13
Left Arm 13.5
Bust 41
Waist-38
Hips -47
L Thigh - 23.25
R Thigh - 23.5

I have a few other measured area's but didn't add those above.

I've been fighting off walking pneumonia the last two weeks, so I'm hoping after the holiday weekend to be back at 100%

I haven't decided if I'll just up my calories (pull the band aid off) or go slow, as my eating has been all over the board the last two weeks (1200-3000). But we have a family weekend coming up over the holiday where I'm not in control of alot of the food, so I'll eat, I'll log and not stress over every morsel and then when I return on Monday the 6th, I will have to have figured that out - slowly upping or ripping the bandaid off.

My husband just purchased a home weight machine (mainly for the kids as they are into lifting weights right now) with a leg press, lat pull downs and a bunch of other combinations. I have to get the area we plan to use for this, cleaned out--will start that on Monday upon my return. In the past I used to work out at Curves and I lost a TON of inches from doing that program. So to start, I am going to construct a program something similar to that with this new weight machine (once we get our area setup in the basement), along with some body weight exercises such as planks, ab crunches, etc. Until we get the gym setup, I'll do dumbbell exercises in my gym at work as that's all I have access to. I "plan" to lift 3x a week and then walking. I walk 10Ksteps a day as I'm in a challenge at work. There are days I just make 10K and then there are days I have 15K in.

Prior to getting sick my TDEE was on average 2700cals. While being sick shockingly its at an average of 2400!! And thats according to my fitbit charge HR (still trying to trust this thing--which has been hard for me)

I know this is not going to be easy as my mentality is to eat less move more....so I will be probably on here a lot crying with all the changes that will happen. I will check back in upon my return and family weekend..Happy fourth of July everyone!!
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07-01-2015, 10:01 PM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
Welcome! So glad you came out of "lurk mode" and decided to join us over here! laughing This is a great place to track your progress and chat with others going through the same thing...

Sounds like you have done all of your research and are ready to continue on this journey. Your weight machine will be a great addition... You will want to start a periodized program where you start with lower weights/higher reps and progress to higher weights/lower reps in the subsequent months to get the best results. Not sure if you have seen it, but we have a free Upper/Lower Workout available:

http://bit.ly/1FZeUhC

This is a great 4 week workout plan that can be easily adapted to use with your machine. We also have our EM2WL Beginner's Strength Training Guide which has the answers to so many commonly asked questions, as well as a complete, periodized 12 Week Workout Program:

http://training.eatmore2weighless.com/be...g-instant/

Either one of those should help to get you started off on the right path.

Please keep us updated and feel free to come back here to troubleshoot whenever you feel the need!

Anitra Soto
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07-07-2015, 09:05 AM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
AnitraSoto-Thank you for your reply and kind words. I will look at this 4 week plan for sure.

I was curious-what do others do, if they do the 4 week plan, what do they do after? Find a new plan? Do their own? I would think you would need to keep trying some different things to help keep your muscles guessing??

Unfortunately my plan has gone to the way side-for this week anyhow. I was on a mini vacation with my family all weekend. I coughed the entire time. When we got back yesterday, I went to the doctor, I STILL have walking pneumonia. SO I need to rest and heal before I can begin my plan of attack.

I got my fitbit report yesterday, and my total calories burned for last week--even while being sick was an average of 2710 calories per day! I couldn't believe it. I thought for sure my TDEE would have gone down more so with being sick but it didn't. I had some low burn days and some VERY high burn days. The week before when I first came down with pneumonia it was 2400 still on average.

Here is a question for you though, or for anyone, if my TDEE per my fitbit charge HR is showing 2710 average....I know I should start upping slowly. I think I could potentially start eating at 2400 maybe this week once the meds are kicked in more so, then 2500 the following week, 2600 the next and so on....is that how I should plan to start???
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07-07-2015, 12:03 PM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
Oh geez, hope you get to feeling better soon!

As far as the workouts, you just want to make sure you do a nice periodized plan to keep your muscles challenged starting with high reps/lower weights and progressing to low reps/higher weights. Since you will be working with a machine, a lot of the workouts will have to be adapted to be compatible with your machine, but it is definitely doable! Our Beginner Strength Training Manual is an entire 12 week workout plan that is periodized. Another good one is Cathe Friedrich's STS series...

Yep so if you are getting a FitBit average of 2700, then you want to determine what you are currently eating and start at that level, and then start adding 100 calories every week or so.

I would definitely take it easy exercise-wise until you are well on the road to recovery, or else you will find yourself right back in the doctor's office... Fell better soon!

Anitra Soto
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07-07-2015, 03:48 PM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
Hi Anitra---I clicked on this link and entered my email address and name and it says I already subscribed, but I looked through all my emails and I can't find it....any chance I can get it resent to me?

http://bit.ly/1FZeUhC
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07-07-2015, 08:13 PM (This post was last modified: 07-09-2015 09:12 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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After you put in your e-mail and name, when you get to the next page, it says:

This email is already subscribed...

Return to previous page or continue.

Just click continue and it will take you right to the workout :-)

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07-08-2015, 08:49 AM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
Great! Thank you! Got it.

Even with being sick, I managed to get in 2392 calories yesterday (only burned 2185 per my fitbit). Scaled jumped up 1.2lbs..but to be expected as I hadn't been eating that much with being sick. So not freaking out yet. Will just continue to try to eat at 2400 and get my protein in as best I can.

Thanks for your help!
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07-09-2015, 08:03 AM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
Ate 2343 and per fitbit burn 2264...scale dropped back down .4lbs. Coughing ALOT but starting to 'feel' better. Can't wait to get out of this no working out slump.
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07-09-2015, 09:14 PM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
So happy you are continuing to feed your body, even though you aren't working out. Just like recuperating after surgery, when the body is fighting off an illness it needs calories!

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07-10-2015, 08:19 AM
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RE: Time to Eat! Today is my day!
So this is all just blowing my mind.... I did a bit of grocery shopping yesterday and I know the Charge HR doesn't pick up steps when you are pushing the cart so my burn is more than likely higher than the 2287 it registered yesterday...but I ate 2423 cals yesterday (over my burn again)...a lot of food, and my weight went back down to the starting weight of this week. Which according to the guide should happen. So if I understand that right, then I should up to 2500 cals next week to see what happens??

NEVER in a million years did I think I could eat this much and not gain. No wonder my body was responding negatively eating at 1800-2000! I'm still Leary over all this,trying to wrap my warped diet brain around this, but trying to trust the process at the same time-such a mental game!

I have 3 birthday parties on Saturday to get through, its gonna be tough, but at least I can eat and not worry so much! :-) Have a great weekend everyone!
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