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The Start of My New Journey
02-24-2016, 08:19 AM
Post: #31
RE: The Start of My New Journey
I am still continuing- struggling, but still continuing. I am on the last week of MESO 1 and really haven't noticed any real changes except that I noticed that one upper arm clothes are tighter than the other. I wonder when I will start seeing better results. I really enjoy these workouts even though they are long.

I think my biggest thing right now is my diet. I don't know if I should change my way of eating or not. There is so much information out there and everyone seems to have a different opinion. Right now I am low carb and I don't know if that is good or not at this point. Prior to going paleo, I basically ate a clean diet, but enjoyed grains, sugar, etc but in moderation. Then Paleo because husband's doctor put him on it - took out the grains, sugars, etc and then lately have been pretty much eating real high fat/real low carbs five days a week and then low fat and limited carbs three days a week. While the last way is helping to keep the calories up, it doesn't seem to do much else. I just don't know where to turn anymore to figure out eating. This is just getting more discouraging and frustrating. I don't even know if the doctor putting husband (and me cause I do the cooking) on Paleo was right or now. I seem to be questioning so much lately. How do you know what is right or what to do? I think this stressing me out more than anything. (Rant over)
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02-24-2016, 09:30 AM
Post: #32
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Do you like eating Paleo? How do you feel - good energy? There isn't a specific food combo or way of eating that is magical to weight loss. Unless you have a food allergy, sugar resistance, diabetic, etc - those could impede results. Otherwise, you just need to eat the right number of calories for maintenance, gain, or loss depending on your goal, not neglect fats for hormone function, and not neglect protein for muscle maintenance and synthesis. How you choose to get there, what lifestyle, is just preference.
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02-24-2016, 09:33 AM
Post: #33
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Stress is a killer. Honestly, I eat everything in moderation. I don't like to stress out about my food as it's a pleasure to me. And it works for me. If going Paleo isn't working for you, then go back to the way you were eating and keep to your calorie limits and keep your protein up. Just note, that with adding more carbs (potentially) you may gain a few pounds (water).
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02-24-2016, 11:12 AM
Post: #34
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Personally I would recommend not trying to follow any type of a "diet". Simply monitor your calories and macros (40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% fats). Try to make healthier, whole food choices when possible, and enjoy the foods you love. "Diets" and specific, restrictive eating plans simply set you up for failure, as nobody can or wants to stay on a "diet" for life.....

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02-24-2016, 06:11 PM
Post: #35
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Thanks - that is what is good about coming here, I don't feel like I am doing this so alone. Do I like Paleo, yes and no. Since I have to cook this way for hubby, I really don't have too much of a choice. He doesn't like it and would much prefer to go back to eating crap, but for his health he can't.

Healthy food choices are easy for me (thank goodness for small things) my biggest issue is I love veggies and fruit and neither have a whole lot of calories which then leads to me eating real low.

I want to enjoy food and not worry about having to count everything I eat - it is getting tedious worry about this percentage or that. I have been on a "diet" seems like my whole life and I want to enjoy. I just wish there wasn't so much misinformation out there when it comes to eating.

Thanks again for helping me. I am going to weigh in 2 days and see where I am at and hopefully soon I can start doing the cut.
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02-24-2016, 10:29 PM
Post: #36
RE: The Start of My New Journey
You definitely are not alone. Everybody here is on the same journey ... what stage we are at is what varies.

Unfortunately, for this phase you do need to count calories, otherwise you would have no idea of where you were or where you were going. But, you can definitely look forward to a life free of tracking at some point down the road. I will go for months without tracking and then log for a couple of weeks (just to make sure I am still on track), but I always keep a running total of my protein intake in my head each and every day, otherwise that tends to head towards the low side. The nice thing about EM2WL is it is not a "diet" and there are no rules, other than to monitor your calories and macro intake and keep your deficit small. Oh and to lift heavy stuff! laughing

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02-25-2016, 06:12 AM
Post: #37
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From the best I can tell my TDEE is approximately right at 1950. Any higher, the scale starts to increase. I say approximately because using the scale is a bit harder because of the workouts. I know I need to stay here a bit longer to make sure. I want this to work. I am ready to start shedding the inches and fat that has increased since starting this journey.

I wish I was where others were at where this has started to work and they are seeing results. Not seeing any results but increases in weight and inches is hard.

But...This is my journey and I am going to make it!!
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02-25-2016, 11:50 AM
Post: #38
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Keep the positive outlook and you'll do great.... and don't forget recovering from failures is part of the process.
I am just starting over for about the umpteenth time, so I can understand your frustration in not seeing results and wishing you were as far along as others.... Right now I'm trying to focus on eating enough and lifting, and have also watched the scale go up. Trying not to worry about it and go by how my clothes are fitting instead. That's really hard when you've always been focused on the scale.

And I totally get what you feel about being on a "diet" all the time... I struggle with binge eating and have had to try to do an overhaul about my mindset about food. I am with you on the Paleo thing -- I also do mostly low carb and do my best to stay away from empty sugars, etc, but when I workout I find I can get away with more carbs than when I am not.

All the changes are rough, but worth it! Best of luck to you!

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02-25-2016, 01:55 PM
Post: #39
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Well, the great thing is that you are not rushing things. If you have been eating at or over TDEE since October, that should give you a great reset! Taking your time is the best thing that you can do for yourself right now...

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02-27-2016, 07:00 AM
Post: #40
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Okay, I have a question that I really don't know if anyone can help with. I know heavy weight workouts are good for you and I really enjoy doing STS - just finished the first Meso cycle. In the 4 weeks I haven't seen a lot of progress or change, but that is okay as I am not rushing this. In the past I have done high rep/low weight workouts and seemed to have toned and leaned out really fast, including dropping weight and size, mixed with other cardio.

What I am trying to figure out is if for some people (yes me!) respond better and get more results to high rep/low weight and is there any benefit to that type of training.

I am not going to give up the STS until I have completed all three cycles, but this has been running through my head since I have seen results doing this before.
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