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Recovering OverExerciser
08-06-2015, 04:32 PM
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Recovering OverExerciser
I've been lurking for a while and decided I need to jump in. I'm a recovering over exerciser. I'm a gym rat and have run 2 marathons and 5 half marathons and gained weight training for every one of them. Last fall was my last race and I decided to stop. I was tired of being hungry, tired, and sore all the time. I've eaten at 1300-1500 calories for so long and for the amount of exercise I do, that's just not right. I decided to walk and strength train. I quit going to classes at the gym in the spring. I am still moving a lot, but walking is a lot different than running. I'm lifting heavy 3 days a week. I'm swimming occasionally, doing some yoga, LOTS of walking and making sure I take a full rest day each week -- which means no exercise, cleaning, laundry, shopping or anything else. That's so much different than intense running and crazy classes for 2 hours a day at the gym. All of my exercise is moderate, nothing high intensity or high impact.

I decided to post here to keep track of what happens with EM2WL.
Scooby TDEE is 2229 or 2444 depending on what I put in for exercise, so probably around 2300.
I'd like to attempt a full reset, but 1 week at a time.
I started last week at 1700 calories (up from an average of 1450). I weigh in tomorrow and will jump up to 1800.

SW 123.2, 1700 calories
GW 115
Not even concerned about the GW right now. I'm just tired of being hungry.
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08-06-2015, 04:48 PM (This post was last modified: 08-06-2015 07:27 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: Recovering OverExerciser
Welcome!!! So glad you decided to stop lurking and come and join us! Sounds like you are already off on the right foot and have done your research.. Please know that we will be here to support you along the way.

Not sure if you (or anybody else lurking here) saw these articles, but here are two definitely worth reading that will confirm that you have made the right choice regarding dropping that cardio:

https://www.t-nation.com/training/final-...dio-coffin

https://www.t-nation.com/training/fix-yo...t-training

Again, welcome! Can't wait to hear more about you and your journey...

Anitra Soto
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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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08-07-2015, 06:20 AM
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Hi!!! Welcome!
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08-07-2015, 09:01 AM
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Thank you for the welcome. I had not read the article from the Ironman trainer, and I thought it was fantastic. The whole reason I started the extreme exercising happened after watching my sister race her first Ironman. Just being a spectator was an incredible and very moving experience. We've since traveled all over the country to watch her Ironman races and I've run my marathons with her. But I wholeheartedly agree with the author that extreme training like that doesn't work for weight or fat loss. I would love to move more into the HIIT training she talks about but I'm trying to do one thing at a time. The last 6 months have been about toning down the cardio and lifting weights. Now I'm focusing on a reset.

7/31 SW 123.2
8/7 124.2 1700 calories

Will bump it up to 1800 calories this week. One difference I noticed this week was sleep. Just that little bump in calories has helped me sleep better. I'd been having a lot of anxiety falling asleep at night because I was hungry. Often I would wake up several times at night not able to sleep because of hunger. Going up to 1700 calories wasn't a huge jump (it was only an extra .5oz of almonds and 1 Tbsp of olive oil) but I did notice I was able to go to sleep faster and was more rested when I woke up.
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08-07-2015, 10:40 AM
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Taking it slow is definitely the way to go, in my opinion... Gives your body (and brain) time to adapt along the way and keeps those scale fluctuations to a minimum. Glad you enjoyed the articles - very enlightening. Can't wait to hear more about how you progress though the process!

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08-14-2015, 06:14 PM (This post was last modified: 08-14-2015 06:15 PM by BrendaK.)
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RE: Recovering OverExerciser
7/31 SW 123.2
8/7 124.2 1700 calories
8/14 123.6 1800 calories

I was pleasantly surprised to go down a little today. 1800 calories/day this week seemed like a good amount of food. But I could still eat more wink This week is up to 1900 and will be interesting. My husband was let go from his job very unexpectedly yesterday. So the stress level is quite high. It's been a hard day making phone calls to friends and family.

I wasn't hungry all day yesterday until the evening but I was able to get close to my calories yesterday at night. I don't know if I will want to stress eat or have no appetite or just feel fine. He was very unhappy in his job, so I look forward to him not having that stress. But he definitely needs a job!!

Oh, other info I haven't posted about myself. 39, female, type 1 diabetes (I wear an insulin pump and a CGMS), Hashimotos since age 12, and celiac disease. Yes that's a lot but it's all very well controlled. I spent about a month this summer working with a new endocrinologist getting my pump settings nailed down, so I don't HAVE to eat control blood sugars. Thyroid is fine too. Most of the stress with the job loss is the health insurance lost.
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08-14-2015, 09:03 PM
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Wow, that's a lot to have to deal with! Hope things smooth out for you guys soon...... (and yay for downward trends on the scale!)

Anitra Soto
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08-14-2015, 11:21 PM
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(08-14-2015 06:14 PM)BrendaK Wrote:  7/31 SW 123.2
8/7 124.2 1700 calories
8/14 123.6 1800 calories


Oh, other info I haven't posted about myself. 39, female, type 1 diabetes (I wear an insulin pump and a CGMS), Hashimotos since age 12, and celiac disease. Yes that's a lot but it's all very well controlled. I spent about a month this summer working with a new endocrinologist getting my pump settings nailed down, so I don't HAVE to eat control blood sugars. Thyroid is fine too. Most of the stress with the job loss is the health insurance lost.

I have coeliacs as well, I hate it but hey life goes on right? I'm really glad you are getting things under control happy

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08-16-2015, 10:25 AM
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This while process is fascinating to me. My official weigh in days are Friday's but just for the record I have been 123.2 the last 2 days (on 1900 calories). Back to my original starting weight. So weird to be eating so much more. I used to save my calories for the evenings but now I'm feeling the freedom to eat a good size breakfast and lunch and it's made a huge difference in energy levels through out the day, especially in the afternoons. One thing I'll be watching is seeing if this helps me to not be cold ALL. THE. TIME. I am just freezing constantly even in the summer so I want to see if this helps.
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08-16-2015, 12:06 PM
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Awesome!
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