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Journey to Hope
09-07-2015, 09:06 PM
Post: #51
RE: Journey to Hope
Haven't written in a while. Went on vacation last week....was so nice not to worry as much about food (i still logged and ate 2200-2300 every day...still under TDEE tho). OF course, the TYPES of foods were different most days, so i still gained a couple of lbs.

I still haven't reached my TDEE yet....but I am consistently gaining weight. (I believe I'm up about 10 lbs now...couldn''t face the scale today.) According to SCOOBY i'm still about 300 cals under TDEE, but according to my fitbit it's more like 500 or 600 cals under ....

Mentally I'm struggling. I want to cut sooooo badly. I think this is probably where I stopped last time I tried to reset. I just feel so gross and want to see results.

I think i've mentioned i have autoimmune thyroid disease (Hashimoto's ) as well as another autoimmune disease. I've read a lot about recommended diet for autoimmune diseases, and many recommend cutting out dairy and grains....I'm wondering if this is an OK time to start this. I've tried before, but never stuck with it too long (possibly bc I was also combining that with very low cals, which made it even more difficult)....then part of me wonders will i be able to get in (eventually) 2600 cals WIThOUT dairy and grains....Sigh. a bit overwhelmed and discouraged.
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09-08-2015, 07:02 AM
Post: #52
RE: Journey to Hope
Coming back from vacation and getting back to "real life" can be so hard. Definitely give it a few days to give that vacation water weight some time to go away.

Just take those increases really slowly to try to minimize any further gains. Having thyroid disease may result in your body taking longer to adapt and adjust to that increase intake.

Do you have an intolerance to grains or dairy? Some people are definitely affected in a negative way by food groups and experience bloating, discomfort and weight gain. If you aren't experiencing negative effects I would avoid restricting food groups, only because then you have to look forward to a lifetime of having to avoid them. Also, remember that even if you *don't* have any negative physical side effects from eating certain foods currently, once you start to restrict or avoid them, if you ever *do* start to add them back into your diet you might find that you experience some negative effects then as the body has adapted to *not* having them...

Hang tough. You are doing a great job of increasing your intake so far. Just take it slow and know that if you do, one day this 2200 - 2300 intake will be your cut!

Are you getting some strength training in?

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09-08-2015, 09:42 AM
Post: #53
RE: Journey to Hope
(09-08-2015 07:02 AM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Coming back from vacation and getting back to "real life" can be so hard. Definitely give it a few days to give that vacation water weight some time to go away.

Just take those increases really slowly to try to minimize any further gains. Having thyroid disease may result in your body taking longer to adapt and adjust to that increase intake.

Do you have an intolerance to grains or dairy? Some people are definitely affected in a negative way by food groups and experience bloating, discomfort and weight gain. If you aren't experiencing negative effects I would avoid restricting food groups, only because then you have to look forward to a lifetime of having to avoid them. Also, remember that even if you *don't* have any negative physical side effects from eating certain foods currently, once you start to restrict or avoid them, if you ever *do* start to add them back into your diet you might find that you experience some negative effects then as the body has adapted to *not* having them...

Hang tough. You are doing a great job of increasing your intake so far. Just take it slow and know that if you do, one day this 2200 - 2300 intake will be your cut!

Are you getting some strength training in?

Thanks!!!! I was getting in 2-3 days a week ( most weeks) of strength before vacation, haven't jumped back in yet bc i've been working crazy hours since coming home. Hoping to start back up either today or tomorrow.

I'm really not sure about the dairy and grain...i know if i stay away from it for a while, then add it back in, i have intestinal issues. It just seems that soooo many people say they are bad for me...not just from the paleo camp, but also from the autoimmune community...i would really like to be ABLE to eat those things, without them making up a large chunk of my intake.
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09-23-2015, 12:30 PM (This post was last modified: 09-23-2015 12:30 PM by mjj79.)
Post: #54
RE: Journey to Hope
Can't believe how long it's been since I posted. Still working my way up to my TDEE. I'm about 150 cals away from what Scooby says is my TDEE, but 350 away from what my Fitbit says. Weigh has been up...I'm about 11 lbs up from when I started 2 months ago. Not ideal, but my workouts have not been very consistent either.

I'm struggling with just feeling so big right now...and I am. I weigh as much as some football players! i want to cut sooooo badly, but I haven't even done 8-12 weeks at TDEE. It is so tempting to drop down to 1600 cals (which would be stupid bc it's below my BMR), but I KNOW that's not the answer...I'm just so tired of being so big.

I do have one question: how DO people lose weight when they eat below their BMR? Many weight loss programs recommend eating 1500-1800 cals....so how do they work for some people?
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09-23-2015, 12:35 PM
Post: #55
RE: Journey to Hope
They do lose...for a period of time. But most people end up having to eat less and less and less in order to keep losing weight (I had a friend who ended up eating around 800 calories in order to keep losing - yup, ED territory). My BMR is around 1350 so I could eat a very restrictive diet and not go below...and I'll lose weight, but it will be muscle and painful and tiring. To heck with that!
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09-23-2015, 08:25 PM (This post was last modified: 09-23-2015 08:25 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #56
RE: Journey to Hope
All low calorie diets are successful IN THE BEGINNING.... Then you start to lose some metabolism-fueling muscle and then your metabolism slows down to match the low intake, so the only options you have are to either 1) eat less, 2) exercise more 3) a combination of 1 and 2, or 4) totally fall off the wagon and return to eating normally, which will only result in gaining even more weight, because you are now dealing with a suppressed metabolism and less muscle mass. It is a no win situation, long-term...

Of those 11 pounds, were most of them put on at the beginning, or are you still continuing to see gains? Once you hit and stay at TDEE everything really should stabilize (besides the normal month to month fluctuations). Use that time to concentrate on your strength training and when you begin your cut you should be able to see some nice results!

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10-02-2015, 08:01 AM
Post: #57
RE: Journey to Hope
Help!!!! Not sure if I can do this anymore. I've gained 14.4 lbs since 7/23....4 in the past week alone! I'm eating at what Scooby says is my maintenance now (been working up to this point since July.) my Fitbit says my tdee is closer to 2800 or 2900 Sad I really don't think I can handle continuing to gain. I feel physically and mentally miserable. I'm only averaging 2 workouts a week right now, but pretty active in general bc of how busy we are . (Lots of walking.) could it be possible that due to my hypothyroidism my TDeE is lower than average? Could I have surpassed it and that's why I'm blowing up so much? I don't want to give up, but in not sure I can handle gaining more weight.
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12-07-2015, 06:25 PM
Post: #58
RE: Journey to Hope
(10-02-2015 08:01 AM)mjj79 Wrote:  Help!!!! Not sure if I can do this anymore. I've gained 14.4 lbs since 7/23....4 in the past week alone! I'm eating at what Scooby says is my maintenance now (been working up to this point since July.) my Fitbit says my tdee is closer to 2800 or 2900 Sad I really don't think I can handle continuing to gain. I feel physically and mentally miserable. I'm only averaging 2 workouts a week right now, but pretty active in general bc of how busy we are . (Lots of walking.) could it be possible that due to my hypothyroidism my TDeE is lower than average? Could I have surpassed it and that's why I'm blowing up so much? I don't want to give up, but in not sure I can handle gaining more weight.

Honey I am here with you! I was just about to post the same thing and had a really bad hashi's "flare up" just recently by experimenting with my meds. I stay off the scale for the most part but have just recently calculated a 20 pound gain since starting last year. So I know EXACTLY how you feel. I weigh more then my husband, who LOL was a football player in high school (he's 260lbs and 6 foot 4 inches!) and it's hard to wrap my brain around it. Keep on keeping on-- I promise you can make it through this. It's going to be a long road for me and I'm visualizing my body healthy rather then small.

I kicked up the cardio (just walking and moving more) and am doing kettlebell workouts for the next 6 weeks because everything else is just too much right now. Once I'm in a better place with my meds and not dealing with very extended sinus issues (headaches and vertigo!) I'll add in heavy lifting again but it might not be compound stuff with a barbell though I really *want* to. I also am temping to make SURE my low metabolism isn't tanking and eating lots of salt and carbs. Guess what salt does? Shows up as water weight on the scale! I'm focusing on that and eat at a 15% cut just as Anitra recommends.

Cheering you on over here! rock on
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