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Hello! Glad to have found you!
01-11-2016, 02:55 PM
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Hello! Glad to have found you!
Hello,I am brand new but 62!Will share my story and will appreciate any comments or advise.I was a picky eater as a child,but when I hit my teens,I was an eating machine.Never overweight,I had a beautiful figure,but never gave it much thought.I have never dieted or counted calories.As I grew older,I gained weight,but was always happy with myself.In 2008,I was diagnosed with breast cancer,had a mastectomy,chemo,herceptin resulting in serious damage to my stomach.I went from about 150 to 110 in 3 months.As soon as I was able to eat,the weight came on and I was 160.I didn't care,I was happy to be alive.I know now I never regained my appetite,I was eating less than 1500 calories a day.This went on until August of 2014,when I had breast recon,major surgery,14 hours,out of state and one side failed.....I was on antibiotics,pain meds,blood thinners,etc for a month until the drains were removed in the ER.A day later I had major nausea and was unable to eat.My doctor said I had gastritis,but nothing helped,I lost over 20 pounds in a month.I started passing out....I expect from low calories and dehydration,was in and out of the ER....no one was concerned because at 5'3" and 140,I looked fine and all blood work was fine......I kept being told I was depressed and to start walking and take pills...I walked but no pills..until the day I passed out in my front yard.I saw a naturopath who told me to not eat gluten,dairy,peanuts,nightshade,legumes......that of course did not work...I saw two more doctors who told me the same thing,but added a ton of supplements.I then saw a dietician last June who specializes in eating disorders...she had me on about 1200 calories,which was more than I was eating.So I continued under eating and gained weight,was exhausted,had insomnia and blood sugar swings.I found youreatopia and realized I was not eating enough,increased calories,mainly carbs and hit 180.I finally saw a new dietician in November,who does not believe in any kind of restriction,does believe in healthy eating and gave me a meal plan....but I rarely hit 2000.I have zero appetite,I do feel hunger at times,but not until I am shaking and sweating.At my size,I have a hard time accepting how much I should be eating.....I feel fat,but know a lot is edema....I am fairly active,mostly walking and housework,I have a little farm,so outside chores too.I do use my fitbit and used to get well over 10000 a day,now about 7000.I could use some meal and snack ideas and help accepting that I need to eat about 2300,maybe more?.I used to love all kinds of food and sweets,but now not so much...I would love to want a piece of cake! Sorry this is so long,it felt good to write it out.I look forward to talking to everyone and hope to get to a place where I can help others.
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01-11-2016, 04:05 PM
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RE: Hello! Glad to have found you!
First of all welcome!! Wow, that is quite the history, but it sounds like you are at least heading in the right direction now! What a long road....

So yes, when I run your numbers (using 180 as a current weight) through our calculator it looks like your Maintenance calories should be right around 2,225. Do you have any idea how much you are eating now? Do you track your intake in any way?

Looking forward to hearing back from you and I will be happy to help you in any way I can. We have a very supportive group of people here who have lots of great ideas and suggestions.

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01-11-2016, 04:33 PM
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RE: Hello! Glad to have found you!
Oh,thank you for responding so quickly! A high day for me is 2000,my average is under 1700.I have been keeping a food log for over a year,until July I was way under 1200 a day and have very slowly increased.I have a lot of fatigue,but have just in the last week started sleeping better,so I hope eating and sleeping will help.I eat very healthy,maybe too much so and I think I am low on fats,but working on it.....I have not weighed myself in a while,I never weighed myself.....so to see the scale the highest it has ever been is very upsetting.....so it may be higher than 180,if it will help,I will weigh myself tonight....I really want to start strength training and hope if I can get a couple of weeks of eating well,I will have the energy.I think I did a lot of damage by not eating before my surgical sites were healed,I have a lot of swelling around them and in my upper arms.But they seem better when I eat more protein....I wanted to ask,the amount of protein per day,is that counting the protein in carbs too? I am so happy to he here!
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01-11-2016, 05:16 PM (This post was last modified: 01-11-2016 05:17 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: Hello! Glad to have found you!
We are happy that you are here! That is so awesome that you want to start strength training - and at 62! Definitely wait until you are 110% ready though. That is something you really do not want to push, especially if you have not done it before, and it sounds as though you still have some healing to do... The good news is that those extra calories should allow your body the fuel it needs to heal even better!

So, are you logging your intake on a site such as My Fitness Pal? If you are, you should be able to set not only your calorie goals, but also protein, carbs and fats. EM2WL recommends setting those at: Carbs 40%, Protein 30% and Fats 30%. You can also set your Fiber at 25 grams (consider that a minimum). If you just keep an eye on that protein macro goal, then other two will just naturally sort of fall into place without much stress. If you are having trouble getting to your calorie goal, you should try to fill in with really calorie-dense foods such as nuts, nut butters, avocados and "healthy" oils (olive, coconut..)

It sounds as though you have potentially been under-eating for quite some time due to the breast cancer treatments. When we under-eat for prolonged periods of time, the metabolism will adapt and down-regulate to match that intake. What you need to do now is to get it back up and running where it should be and stay there eating at that level for several months. Once your body recognizes this as the new "normal" you should be able to introduce a small deficit and your body should respond by dropping some fat (but while eating much more than you were previously, and allowing your body to have the fuel it needs to heal...)

Have you gotten a chance to read the Metabolism Reset Guide? http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/ If not, I would definitely recommend taking a look at it as it describes the whole process in detail (but still fairly easy reading :-) Take a look at it and let me know your thoughts.

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01-11-2016, 07:18 PM
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RE: Hello! Glad to have found you!
I have tried to use My Fitness Pal,it keeps saying my email address is all ready in use? But I am probably doing something wrong,I will keep trying.So with the reset...I up my calories ,weigh myself...how often? And watch for an increase,then cut back a bit until my weight stays the same?Or wait to see how far the increase goes? I know it is going to take me months to restore everything.And what about the edema I have as far as tracking weight? My main goal is to get my energy back..I don't like being this heavy,but feel like once I am more active,it will help.....my husband says I am plenty active now,but I get tired so easily.And I need to eat every two hours? That is amazing,it is what I did today,just because I kept feeling light headed and you know,I am starting to feel a little hungry! This poor old body has sure put up with a lot.Before all this I hauled bales of hay and cleaned barn,I still drag hay around.The strength training I plan on is what I found on a site for seniors,so it is pretty gentle...I will never get back my upper body strength because of all the muscle damage in my chest..but want it to be as good as possible.I will definitely wait before I start,will have my physical therapist help me.So I am going to get my calories to 2200 to start and see where it goes.I am so grateful to you for helping me,I have felt so alone in this,now I have hope.
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01-11-2016, 09:18 PM
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RE: Hello! Glad to have found you!
Oh, please don't feel like you are alone. We will always be here for support and any questions you may have. I do have a "day job", so it may take me a while to get back to you but almost always it will still be the same day. If I ever miss a post, you can just send me a message. The process can be scary at first and honestly it goes against everything we grew up learning (just eat less and workout harder!) No, this is about making sure you are giving your body adequate fuel to perform and working out smarter!

Definitely try to get on to My Fitness Pal. It's a great (free) way to track all of your intake (including those protein, carb and fat macros) and it has a HUGE database of foods and recipes to choose from. Maybe try contacting Customer Service and see if they can help you?

So yes, if you have read the Metabolism Reset Guide you get the idea of what you will be doing. I suggest logging your weight and getting a starting point. Also, just eat normally for a couple of days and track your calories so you get a starting point there as well. Once you have this info, then I would just gradually start to increase your intake. Every week, try adding 100 calories on to your previous intake. At least for this part of the process, it's easiest if you can handle weighing every day or so. For some people it absolutely can make or break their day, and they may decide to do this scale-free, but to see those trends we are looking for, it is easier if you can weigh in each day and record that figure.

As you start to increase your intake you may start to notice that your weight fluctuates a fair amount. This is normal as your body adapts to the increased intake. Normally it will bounce up a pound or two right after an increase, but then trend back downwards over the next week, often ending up right where you started. If your weight does not trend downwards after any increase you might want to just stay put at that calorie level for another week or two, just to see how your body will react.

If and when it gets to the point where the scale is just climbing slowly and never stabilizes, then it is likely that you have surpassed your maintenance calories (TDEE), at which point if you drop your intake by 100 calories or so you should be right where you want to be to start the reset.

Once you actually find out what your maintenance calories (TDEE) is, then you should plan to stay eating consistently at that level for a minimum of 8 - 12 weeks. As you said, it's going to take some time for your body to recover from all of this, but if you just relax into the process and concentrate on enjoying eating reaping the benefits (increased energy and strength) the time will fly by.

Once you have stayed at your maintenance level for a few months then you can introduce a small 10 or 15% deficit and your body should respond by dropping some fat. If you keep that deficit small you should be able to keep your metabolism chugging along.

As far as the edema, that may come and go and that is why it may be most useful for you to weigh in every day. That way you will be looking for long term trends and not get thrown off if you happen to be retaining more or less water one day.

Let me know if anything needs clarification, and please know we will always be here to help you through the process...

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01-13-2016, 05:46 PM
Post: #7
RE: Hello! Glad to have found you!
Well,I think I can do this! Even though my weight is 190 ,weighed myself last night.....it was a shock though! But I also started taking HCL and digestive enzymes that were prescribed by my integrative doctor....and after just one day,I have more energy.I have read if you are not digesting your food,it can lead to weight gain? No idea if it is true....I will track my calories,weigh myself and get going..it really helps that my stomach doesn't feel like a rock...food actually is appealing for the first time in a year....Thank you SO much!!!!!!
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01-13-2016, 05:58 PM
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RE: Hello! Glad to have found you!
Can't wait to hear more updates from you!

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