Post Reply 
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
The Start of My New Journey
01-31-2016, 08:21 PM
Post: #1
Wink The Start of My New Journey
I decided that this may be the best way to keep me going and motivated.

I come from a background of calorie restriction/starvation to keep weight in check. Reeked havoc on my metabolism. Since October 9th I have increased my intake and have consistently now been eating between 1800 and 2000 calories. No cardio since October, just barre workouts and some Hiit workouts with lifting dvds. Weight and inches have increased, clothes are tighter and I feel very bloated. This is making it very hard not to reduce my calories and go back to my previous way of eating, but I'm trying to hang in there.

Tomorrow starts my journey with Cathe's STS. The plan for me is to follow as written, adding in HIIT workouts of some kind on the other days. Hoping this will turn out good. I have done my 1RM for the first three discs.

Here I go!!!
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
01-31-2016, 09:33 PM
Post: #2
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Yay for starting a journal, and yay for starting STS! Hands-down that is my favorite video workout series.

So are you currently doing a reset? What have you determined your TDEE to be?

Can't wait to hear more about your history and your progress!

Anitra Soto
Team EM2WL
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness

My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-01-2016, 09:45 AM
Post: #3
RE: The Start of My New Journey
[Image: giphy.gif]

Welcome and hoping to hear more about your story.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-01-2016, 11:01 AM
Post: #4
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Welcome! I'm in a similar position- still waiting to see the benefits. And trying to have a long term mindset.

Sorry for typos- on mobile!

MFP @saranharm
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-01-2016, 06:02 PM (This post was last modified: 02-01-2016 06:02 PM by Candi.)
Post: #5
Wink RE: The Start of My New Journey
Thanks for the welcome.

Today was disc 1 of STS. I'm glad that I did the 1RM it did help alot because I think I would have been lost on which dumbbells to pick. I do have to remember to take my glasses into where I am working because trying to see the numbers on the paper was hard. I kept up pretty well except for the push ups. There was a lot of them. I ended up on my knees for a lot of them.

I guess I am kinda doing a reset since I have been eating at higher calories since October trying to fix my broken metabolism. I am still confused (and I have read the reset guide a bunch) on how I know that I am reset and things are working correctly. The calculator says my TDEE is 1916 and I have been eating at that and a little above since October. The only thing that I really notice is that I am not cold all the time anymore. I still never really feel hungry. With starting lifting, the scale is not going to be good gauge. Prior to October, 800 to 1000 calories was my normal for a very long time.

I have also been eating Paleo for over a year (no grains, no sugar and no processed foods). In October I started putting dairy back in order to get my calories up.

Well for tomorrow, need to go find some sort of HIIT workout.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-01-2016, 09:38 PM
Post: #6
RE: The Start of My New Journey
I remember counting the number of push-ups in one of those Meso 1 workouts and it was something crazy like 135! The best thing about STS is that all of those push-ups go away after Meso 1! laughing

That's great that you have been eating at or over TDEE since October! My only suggestion would be that you spend at least a few weeks trying to test that TDEE and make sure that it is correct. Try eating 100 calories over your *calculated* TDEE and see what your weight does. A lot of people find that they under-estimate their activity level and they can actually eat more than that number you get with the calculators. Like you said, it may be a bit hard to use your weight as a guide now that you have started STS, but give it a try and just double check that number. If you start to see gains on the scale that continue to climb slowly and steadily you will know that you have surpassed your TDEE, but if that doesn't happen, then you know your TDEE is higher!

And as to how to know when you reset is over and that "things are working correctly"... If you are eating at TDEE and your weight is stable, then your metabolism is working where it should be, and that's a great thing! I would just test that number (as I mentioned above), just to make sure that it is not any higher...

As far as a plan for the future, what are your goals? Do you have weight loss goals, body re-composition goals, or are you simply looking to get your metabolism back up and running where it should be?

Anitra Soto
Team EM2WL
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness

My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-02-2016, 07:02 PM
Post: #7
RE: The Start of My New Journey
(02-01-2016 09:38 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  I remember counting the number of push-ups in one of those Meso 1 workouts and it was something crazy like 135! The best thing about STS is that all of those push-ups go away after Meso 1! laughing

That's great that you have been eating at or over TDEE since October! My only suggestion would be that you spend at least a few weeks trying to test that TDEE and make sure that it is correct. Try eating 100 calories over your *calculated* TDEE and see what your weight does. A lot of people find that they under-estimate their activity level and they can actually eat more than that number you get with the calculators. Like you said, it may be a bit hard to use your weight as a guide now that you have started STS, but give it a try and just double check that number. If you start to see gains on the scale that continue to climb slowly and steadily you will know that you have surpassed your TDEE, but if that doesn't happen, then you know your TDEE is higher!

And as to how to know when you reset is over and that "things are working correctly"... If you are eating at TDEE and your weight is stable, then your metabolism is working where it should be, and that's a great thing! I would just test that number (as I mentioned above), just to make sure that it is not any higher...

As far as a plan for the future, what are your goals? Do you have weight loss goals, body re-composition goals, or are you simply looking to get your metabolism back up and running where it should be?

Anitra, do you have any recommended articles/books on body recomp vs fat loss? (reasons for each one, how to achieve each one, minutia on eating and exercise depending on goals?) my searches tend to bring up things on getting cut in 6 weeks (may be true but many of us have a lot more work than that).

Sorry for typos- on mobile!

MFP @saranharm
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-02-2016, 08:06 PM
Post: #8
RE: The Start of My New Journey
This morning did Ripped w/HIIT Low Impact. This kinda winded me. Cardio used to be easy for me, but I guess not doing it so much changes how your body handles it now. Also walked for about a mile. I am looking forward to my 2nd day of STS tomorrow.

I got on the scale this morning and did my measurements. While my inches have increased since I started eating more, but I had also figured that out with just using my clothes as a gauge, I did realize that my weight has pretty much stayed about the same +/- a pound or so in the last 2 weeks. Initially when I started this I put on about 7 pounds total, it was slow, but it still went up.

I'm a bit confused with the calculators though. I have been using 1900 as my TDEE, on the FitnessPal group, someone said to use a different calculator spreadsheet and that put me at a little over 1600. 300 calorie difference is kinda significant. Plus, when I do the cut, it is going to put me low again and I really don't want to start this process again.

My whole goal is to enjoy life, be healthy, lose the fat, overall tone and not starve myself all the time in order to keep it all in check. I'm 50 years old and it seems like I have spent most of my life on some kind of diet or not eating and its time to finally change that and not let eating rule the way I do things.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-02-2016, 10:07 PM
Post: #9
RE: The Start of My New Journey
I've found this one to be close for me: http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/

I've seen a spreadsheet way of calculating but it seemed overkill. In the end, the above link has been a good range indicator for me.
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
02-02-2016, 10:10 PM (This post was last modified: 02-02-2016 10:10 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #10
RE: The Start of My New Journey
No need to use any spreadsheets or anything fancy. Just keep it simple. We have one here that should give you all you need:

http://eatmore2weighless.com/weight-loss-calculator/

Remember, as long as you are honest about the Activity Level, this will give you a great starting point. Even once you have that, however, you still really need to test it out and find out what your true TDEE is by experimenting with your intake. Once you get close to that calculated TDEE, just start making very gradual increases in your intake and monitor the scale. If you are able to eat 100 calories more and your weight remains stable, then try pushing it another 100 calories higher. Continue in this manner until you start to see slow steady gains on the scale that never stabilize, but rather just continue to climb.

So for you, if you are at 1900 and your weight is stable, try going to 2000 and see what happens. The scale may jump around a little and then trend downwards, or it may just begin a very long, slow climb. If it is fairly stable, you know your TDEE is higher than 1900 and can continue to "test the waters" in this way. If your weight starts to climb slowly at any point, just back off by 100 calories and you should have your TDEE. By doing this test you will make sure that you are resetting at the highest level possible, and when you take a cut it won't put you into "scary low" territory again.

As far as the spreadsheet, you have already proven that your TDEE is higher than that 1600 figure, simply because you are already eating 300 calories more than that each day and not gaining.

I would recommend just keeping it simple, getting a starting point with our calculator, then testing it out for yourself.

Anitra Soto
Team EM2WL
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness

My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
Find all posts by this user
Quote this message in a reply
Post Reply 


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread: Author Replies: Views: Last Post
  The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu hannah77 291 52,328 09-04-2017 05:07 PM
Last Post: FionaSchipke
  Joy In The Journey Sunshine44 50 7,181 05-12-2017 10:41 PM
Last Post: FionaSchipke
  A well nourished journey jsue6 16 3,518 03-14-2017 02:59 PM
Last Post: Frosty
  kathy's journey kathy 8 2,403 08-26-2016 09:24 PM
Last Post: KatiAuchinleck
  Liane's new journey forward mrsukyankee 489 222,441 06-21-2016 08:38 AM
Last Post: KatiAuchinleck
  Rebekah's EM2WL Journey Rebekah 15 4,180 04-06-2016 08:31 AM
Last Post: emma
  Journey to Hope mjj79 57 20,498 12-07-2015 06:25 PM
Last Post: tillymonstar
  Katie's Journey from Low Cal Diets and Binging to Health! kfbattle 11 4,799 09-03-2015 01:03 PM
Last Post: mrsukyankee
  Jeanette's Journey merrickj 8 5,246 06-14-2015 02:01 PM
Last Post: mrsukyankee
  Journey On! chickymac 118 52,743 06-11-2015 01:34 PM
Last Post: mrsukyankee

Forum Jump:


User(s) browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)