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01-20-2016, 07:48 AM
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Hi I'm Lee, I'm a 53 male from Nottingham UK, I have been looking at EMWL for years but never really had the confidence to commit to it. I have started my new year with Goals and from the 4th Jan I started again. First weigh in lost 7lb I use a scale that gives loads of information and it seems as though most of my weight loss was muscle mass.

I have in my mind cardio and keeping under my calorie allowance intake equals loss of weight, sometimes after a road run I can have over 1000 cals remaining.....So yesterday I have given myself 1200cals, I use a Garmin device and with my 30 minute walk to work and back and a 10k run Garmin informed me I had 1306 active calories converted by MFP I ended up with 1001 calories spare. 1200 + 1001 =2201 cals I actually used 1073, therefore 1128 unused, this cant be good. I have this mentality saying well done all those calories remaining will be another 1lb loss or whatever. What makes it worse is a 10k run is my shortest run last time I did a 10 miler after MFP conversion I had about 1300 remaining again thinking well done another 1lb off. I run three times a week and between running I want to start some weight work. I have 12 half marathon to do this year and I'm guessing I need to fuel them.

So I know I need to change, I cannot be doing my body any favours, I need educating. I'm convinced EMWL will work because if I go on holiday and just eat I feel great and never really put any weight on.

I always said when Ive lost my initial 14lb one stone Id change to EMWL and I cant be far off that now. So its time to listen to what people have to say and try to convince myself to change. Any advice, Testimonials, encouragement will be greatly appreciated, even additional friends might help.

Thank you all so much in advance.
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01-20-2016, 01:12 PM (This post was last modified: 01-20-2016 05:15 PM by AnitraSoto.)
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RE: Introduction
First of all welcome! So glad you have decided to join us over here and "take the plunge"! We have lots of people on these boards who are all at various stages of the process, all of whom can be great friends and resources. Feel free to add me on MFP - my user name is the same as here.

You are correct, it definitely sounds as though you are not giving your body enough fuel for all of your activities. It is definitely hard to rid yourself of that mindset that "more is better". I think at one time *all* of us thought if we exercised harder and ate less then surely we would lose weight more quickly, and the more "extra" calories we had left over at the end of the day the better! In the end, all we did was run our metabolisms into the ground and end up exhausted and discouraged.

So do you still have additional weight you are wanting to lose? It sounds like you are going to want to get an average of all of your daily Garmin burns and use that as your TDEE and gradually start increasing your intake until you get to that level. Have you gotten a chance to read our Metabolism Reset Guide? That will help to sort of walk you through the process step by step:

We also have tons of testimonials and success stories as well:

My personal story is in my signature and I will be more than happy to get you started on the right path. Get back to me with a bit more about your goals and history and I will be happy to help you..

Again, welcome!

Anitra Soto
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ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness

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