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Healthy Kitty. PSK's Journal
10-13-2015, 07:31 PM
Post: #11
RE: Healthy Kitty. PSK's Journal
Sounds like you are doing great, and one pound is certainly nothing to be concerned about. Many people can easily fluctuate 5 - 10 pounds through the course of the month taking into account DOMS from strength training, high sodium days, TOM, and simply hormonal fluctuations. Also (unless I am mis-reading something) you upped your intake to ~2100 from 1700 - 1800 the prior week? If so, then I would be thrilled with only a one pound gain! Just stay consistent and keep lifting. Muscle is the key to a strong metabolism and eating at TDEE is the only opportunity one really has to build it, so take advantage of the situation! You are doing awesome!

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10-15-2015, 05:59 AM
Post: #12
RE: Healthy Kitty. PSK's Journal
My upper body is horribly weak in comparison to my lower - I stall out on weights on my upper body so much more than my lower. It's normal for everyone. You can do it!
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10-21-2015, 03:06 PM
Post: #13
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Week 3 check in!
Week 3 of lifting. Weight: 144.8 down .4 lbs.

Average Calories in: 1988, Average Out: 1952

At first I thought because I lost weight I should start cutting, but I think this means I should increase calories again.

Lifting is going well. Figuring more stuff out each session. Doing the 4 day split until November.

I have noticed that I have a lot more energy this week; more focus too (which is good because school is just getting warmed up!).

I'm hungry.
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10-21-2015, 09:29 PM
Post: #14
RE: Healthy Kitty. PSK's Journal
Yep, if you are dropping weight you aren't at TDEE yet. Try going up another 100 calories and see what happens. You can always drop back down if necessary. Fantastic update!!

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10-28-2015, 01:01 PM
Post: #15
RE: Healthy Kitty. PSK's Journal
Week 4 check in. Weighed in at 144.6 - .2lb loss.

Average IN/OUT 1877/1836

Looks like that's *almost* a stable number. Am I supposed to be gaining?

My measurements were slightly smaller, too. 1/4" or 1/2" off here and there. Except my arms. They are bigger.
I am not a fan of my huge biceps. Stronger is fine. Bigger is not appreciated.

this is my last week of the lifting plan I'm doing (4 week start up). I'm not sure what to do next. Was thinking strong lifts 5x5 but I don't know. I'm very indecisive this morning.

Maybe I'll swap to the 2 day split plan. Although adding in those cardio days means I'll need to eat even more foods. I like eating, but it's been difficult getting all the calories in without eating crap. I've trained myself to shop, cook, and eat for 1200-1500 calories a day. I'm running out of groceries quickly and scavenging a lot. Will buy more food this weekend.

Also, changing my measure and weigh-ins to Sunday/Monday mornings so they are after a rest period.
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10-28-2015, 05:01 PM
Post: #16
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Well, the good news is: if you are losing you still aren't at TDEE, so go ahead and increase your intake a bit more. Yay for more foodz!

Being stable is great, but you are actually looking to start to see a bit of a really slow gain. This will be the only way to ever really determine that you have surpassed your TDEE. Keep pushing it higher, as you want to reset at the highest level possible. As much as none of us want to see a gain on the scale, this is how you will know you have truly pushed it as high as you can go. If you stop before you determine your true TDEE, then you will be, in effect, resetting at a lower level.

You are doing awesome! Just keep looking for those calorie dense foods (nuts, nut butters, avocado...) to keep your calorie count up.

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10-29-2015, 06:13 AM
Post: #17
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Keep up with lifting - you'll begin to get smaller arms as you go on. I tend to 'gain' there for a while but it's mostly water and the fat being pushed out that gives you the 'swoll'.

I really liked the simplicity of 5x5 plus it didn't take huge amounts of hours. You'll also get less of an arm workout than a split, which you might like (still some but not the intensity of a more focused arms programme).
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11-03-2015, 01:32 PM
Post: #18
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(10-29-2015 06:13 AM)mrsukyankee Wrote:  Keep up with lifting - you'll begin to get smaller arms as you go on. I tend to 'gain' there for a while but it's mostly water and the fat being pushed out that gives you the 'swoll'.

I really liked the simplicity of 5x5 plus it didn't take huge amounts of hours. You'll also get less of an arm workout than a split, which you might like (still some but not the intensity of a more focused arms programme).

LOL "swoll"
I remind myself that things will slim down eventually. Thank you!

I just started 5x5 yesterday. It sounds good for me - simple enough to follow and not feel overwhelmed.
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11-04-2015, 05:28 PM
Post: #19
RE: Healthy Kitty. PSK's Journal
Week 5 check in 11/4/15
Weight: 145.8 Woot! It's not much of a gain, but it's a gain.
Average calories IN: 2160
Average cals OUT: 1920

Only 100 calorie increase from last week, but it seems to be the trick. I'll stick to this # for now.

Day 2 of Strong Lifts. I think the progression will be an interesting challenge.
Not trying to think too much about the future. Just taking things one day at a time.
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11-04-2015, 05:58 PM
Post: #20
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Yep, just stay at this level and watch for those long-term trends. Doing awesome!!

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