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Let's EAT!!!
07-16-2015, 08:02 PM
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Let's EAT!!!
Food, my great love in life...right after sleep. It's been a long and arduous journey with food. Sometimes it was my dependable companion and sometimes I shunned it. Sometimes I just wasn't interested in having it around. You appetite, low calorie intake.

It has been years of ups and downs and an unstable weight. I never had any idea that stable was NORMAL, not to mention healthy. I was a slightly overweight child and pretty much went up and down on the overweight range as an adult. 20 pounds overweight, 50 pounds overweight, 10 pounds overweight even..for that 15 minutes or so.

Suffice it to say, I've tried to find a healthy weight for at least 20 years. Some days I just thought "oh well, I guess I'm just destined to be fat". Then, motivation would strike and the workouts would begin and I would "watch what I was eating". I'd lose 20 pounds and (insert screaming brake sound here) then it would all come to a screeching halt.

Wait, maybe more steps, another work out. I'm just not doing enough!!! Nope, I'm just going to be fat forever.
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07-16-2015, 08:10 PM
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RE: Let's EAT!!!
Frustration sets in...

How many times can you work at something and fail before you just give up? I always thought I just had a LOW metabolism. Weight hung on, then came back quickly if it did go away at all.

Luckily I didn't give up. In February 2015, my dad saw a nutritionist and he wanted us all to hop on the bandwagon with him. He showed me MFP and I logged the food for that day. Holy calories! Over 3000. No wonder I was at my highest weight EVER!!!! 223 at 5' 9 1/2". This was bad. I'm 43, my brother was just diagnosed as diabetic. Both parents have diabetes among other weight related issues. I HAVE TO FIX THIS!

Alright, I'm not going to be like those crazy people. I know that 1200 is way too low for me. Dad's nutritionist told him 1500. I'll go with that. (the "scientific" approach LOL). Started logging right away. Still haven't missed a day! Started doing strength training (in a moderate sort of way, 8-10 pounds), walking the dogs with my husband.

Fabulous! I lost 20 pounds in 8 weeks!!! Then, the brakes returned...great.
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07-16-2015, 10:19 PM
Post: #3
RE: Let's EAT!!!
EM2WL to the rescue!

I read and read and read....asked some questions, read some more. Then, firmly believing I understood what was going on, I increased my calories from 1500 to 2000 in mid-May. I fully expected to gain weight. Yes, I was ready for it! But, it didn't happen, neither did a loss. What the heck, maybe I don't get it. After 8 weeks of no movement at all, I reached out for help.

Kiki directed me every so gently over to the website forum where Anitra kindly held my hand and helped my brain need a metabolism reset.

So, here I am. Now at 2100 calories. Starving every few hours and anxious to jump up to more calories. Aside from the regular things mentioned like: hunger and weight increase and decrease throughout the week, I've noticed something odd. Regardless of how much I drank the day before (or what time), I wake up needing to pee desperately. It's like my body is sucking the water out. This is a very good thing because water retention is a major enemy for me. I'm always trying to outwit it.

Protein was a big help today. I had to actually eat breakfast before I went out to breakfast with my friends because I had to walk an hour to get there. I knew I would be eating my arm if I didn't have SOMETHING before my walk. Every snack and meal I made a point of focusing on protein. The hunger issues were slightly better...I need to keep doing that.
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07-17-2015, 06:56 AM
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RE: Let's EAT!!!
Sounds like you are on the right track ... well done!

Anitra Soto
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07-17-2015, 07:08 AM
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Hi and welcome. Glad to hear you've found us and that it seems to be working for you. Looking forward to hearing more in the future.
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07-17-2015, 09:04 AM
Post: #6
RE: Let's EAT!!!
Thanks so much for your help, Anitra!

Hi, mrsukyankee! Thank you for the warm welcome.

I love looking in the mirror and seeing positive changes. I'm also 100% positive that i am nowhere near my TDEE yet. I'm going to take a look through the last few weeks to get a handle on my numbers. Calories are logged into MFP, Numbers are Fitbit burns

Week of June 28 (2000 calories) Weigh in on June 26=202.6 (I didn't do my daily weigh in - vacation week in PA)
Sunday: In-1969 Out-1930
Monday: In-1971 Out-2342
Tuesday: In-1711 Out -2475
Wednesday: In-2102 Out-2310
Thursday: In-2418 Out-2337
Friday: In-1810 Out-2632
Saturday: In-2512 Out-2362

IN 14493/OUT 16388
AVG 2070/2341

So it looks like this week had a 2000 calorie intake average which was my goal.
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07-17-2015, 09:12 AM (This post was last modified: 07-17-2015 09:16 AM by KatiAuchinleck.)
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Week of July 5th (2000 calories, increased to 2100 on Friday) Weigh in on July 6=201.8 (planned on doing weekly from here on....)
Sunday: In-2088 Out-2165
Monday: In-1790 Out-2842
Tuesday: In-2323 Out-2380
Wednesday: In-2231 Out -2797
Thursday: In-1938 Out-2871
Friday: In-2081 Out-2651 FRIDAY WEIGH IN=202.6
Saturdaystraight facen-2072 Out-2315

IN 14523/OUT 18021
AVG 2074/2574

I started feeling sluggish, tired, and really hungry this week. I could barely get through my workouts and I was dreading even the simplest of walks. I decided to reach out to find some answers. This is the week I reached out to Kiki on MFP and she directed me to this website. I spoke to Anitra and got some assistance. She suggested that perhaps my cardio was too high and that I should cut back a bit. I was doing 75-90 minutes 5-6 times a week. With that, 3 strength work outs and 3 yoga sessions. I was really hungry this week...given my numbers, that's not too much of a shock.
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07-17-2015, 09:31 AM
Post: #8
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A bit more chatting with Anitra and I came to the horrible realization that even though I was "not crazy and eating 1200 calories", I had been eating BELOW my BMR for 4 months. Oh dear. That sucks. Anitra helped me to reach the conclusion that a metabolism reset was in my best interest.

Now, of course, no one is crazy about gaining weight. But I had just spent 8 weeks bouncing around in the same 3-4 pound range. What do I have to lose at this point? I hear Kiki's horror story in my head of gaining nearly 30 pounds on her reset. I am hoping that isn't the case. I had immediately bumped up 500 calories in May and never gained. I hope that with a gradual increase now I can avoid any massive gains. This week has been interesting so far so I'm going to do a number recap up to this point.

Week of July 12th (2100 calorie goal) Weigh ins have basically gone back to daily so I will list them below:
Sunday: In-2697 Out-2549 Weight: 200.2
Monday: In-2485 Out-2569 Weight: ?
Tuesday: In-2215 Out-2111 Weight: 203.2
Wednesday: In-2146 Out-2404 Weight: 203
Thursday: In-2430 Out-2688 Weight: 202.2
Friday AM Weight: 201.2

Current IN AVG: 2395 <------------- THIS is what I find interesting this week.

I have been starving and having a lot of trouble sticking to 2100 calories. But my weight is following that characteristic increase at the beginning of the higher calories, then falling back down. Steady, it is NOT!

We'll see how today goes. Honestly, my gut feeling is that I want to increase my calories to 2300 next least! But I'm afraid I may be being too impatient. I don't want to sabotage anything. Logic dictates that 2300 is not going to be a problem given this weeks numbers so far, but I'm still not trusting my knowledge of the process completely.
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07-17-2015, 09:53 AM
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So glad to see you on here!!! I love being able to come here and vent on what's going on like this morning with the dumb scale. I'm curious to see if they recommend you up your calories even more. :-) Have a great weekend!
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07-17-2015, 04:03 PM
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That is awesome. I'm jealous that your TDEE is above 2300 calories. Best of luck!
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