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Journey to Hope
08-20-2015, 09:48 PM
Post: #41
RE: Journey to Hope
(08-20-2015 09:40 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Just take it slowly. It honestly takes time for both the body and the mind to catch up. The process should definitely not make you miserable or uncomfortable, so if you are feeling like you are just trying to stuff yourself, take it a bit slower and as your metabolism revs up those normal hunger cues will return.

Thanks! It's funny, after I posted I was thinking how I AM hungrier than I used to be. I think I let the numbers overwhelm me sometimes.
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08-20-2015, 09:49 PM
Post: #42
RE: Journey to Hope
This process is just as much mental as it is physical. There is definitely a learning curve that we *all* had to go through...

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08-21-2015, 02:08 AM
Post: #43
RE: Journey to Hope
(08-20-2015 08:33 PM)mjj79 Wrote:  Up to 2050 cals now....weight is up about 6 lbs in just under a month...clothes aren't fitting TOO differently...yet.

Starting to have a really hard time getting cals in again...trying to get lots of protein (I should be eating over 200 g), but still struggling most days to get over 100 g.

Think i'd check that you have that right? I'm on 2450cals a day and for 30% protein its only 184g.
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08-21-2015, 08:29 AM (This post was last modified: 08-21-2015 08:30 AM by mrsukyankee.)
Post: #44
RE: Journey to Hope
Definitely take it slowly. Don't worry immensely about protein. Try to get .6 grams per body weight as a minimum and more when you can. If you like (or think you could eventually like) cottage cheese, go for that - I get so many grams of protein from that it's amazing.

I used to hate the stuff until I found one that I do like...
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08-21-2015, 01:10 PM
Post: #45
RE: Journey to Hope
I consider it a MIRACLE day if I get close to 150 grams of protein. I love my cottage cheese too. Without that and a protein drink during the day, I don't have a prayer.
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08-25-2015, 09:13 AM
Post: #46
RE: Journey to Hope
Ok....I've been eating more for over a month now.... Still not at my TDEE yet but a couple hundred above my BMR now happy

Good things:
I'm able to eat more without feeling sick.
I have more energy than I did when I was eating 800-1000 cals.
I'm enjoying food 80-90% of the time.

Not so good:
Gained 7.2 lbs as of today (really hope some of that is due to TOM which is due to arrive any day)
I'm not getting as much exercise in as I'd like , due to crazy busy schedule. Averaging 2 days a week Sad
Mentally I'm up and down....itching to "cut" but still have another 5-600 cals to go to my TDEE....then I have to STAY there for 6-8 weeks?! Oh my.
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08-25-2015, 09:20 AM
Post: #47
RE: Journey to Hope
I forgot my question. Lol. I've been increasing cals by 100 each week..however, this week I jumped up 2 lbs...should I stay at 2050 another week and see if the 2 lbs comes back off or jump up to 2150 anyway? Thanks!

Btw: Scooby says TDEE is 2600 but Fitbit is still showing an avg of 2900 a day (one day a week I'm at about 2600...the rest between 2800 and 3000.) Sad how will I know which is right?

Thanks!
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08-25-2015, 11:56 AM (This post was last modified: 08-25-2015 11:57 AM by mrsukyankee.)
Post: #48
RE: Journey to Hope
Actually, you should be staying there a minimum of 8 weeks and, to be honest, with your background, I'd stick there for 12 weeks. Crazy, I know, but if you don't let your metabolism heal, then it's not worth even doing as your body won't read a cut as a true cut.

How to know your true TDEE? You wait for your weight to settle and then you eat more for a month and see if you have a slow movement in weight. Again, scary for most people to do, but worth it.
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08-25-2015, 12:02 PM
Post: #49
RE: Journey to Hope
(08-25-2015 11:56 AM)mrsukyankee Wrote:  Actually, you should be staying there a minimum of 8 weeks and, to be honest, with your background, I'd stick there for 12 weeks. Crazy, I know, but if you don't let your metabolism heal, then it's not worth even doing as your body won't read a cut as a true cut.

How to know your true TDEE? You wait for your weight to settle and then you eat more for a month and see if you have a slow movement in weight. Again, scary for most people to do, but worth it.

Thanks for the reply happy

Do you think I should move up another 100 this week or see if my weight levels out first?
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08-25-2015, 09:47 PM
Post: #50
RE: Journey to Hope
Yep, you are definitely going to want to stay at TDEE (once you reach that) for at least 12 weeks. It seems like an eternity now, but if you take your time during this part you will reap the rewards soon enough...

As far as the weight gain, the first several pounds was most likely just water weight as glycogen stores were refilled. This gain is inevitable and happens whenever you begin to increase your calories. TOM is almost certainly to blame for the other part of that gain, and it will most likely disappear in a week or so. As to whether to increase or not, go with how you feel in your gut. Perhaps with TOM coming and the associated bloating and cramps you might feel better just hanging out at this level until that passes. Or, if you are eager to get the process over, then by all means make that increase. Do whatever is going to make you feel better. There is really no correct answer, so just pick the one that will cause you the least amount of stress :-)

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