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The Start of My New Journey
05-21-2016, 02:19 PM
Post: #141
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Very well said ^^^ especially about the part of the progress being a "long time coming"! I spent about a YEAR doing my reset. A year! Now, three years later I can easily eat 2100 to 2200 calories a day, whereas before I was gaining on 1000! Plus, now I strength train only 4 times a week, and back then I was doing some sort of cardio up to twice a day! Did I feel like I was making progress during this year? Not really...... Yes, I was happy that I could eat more, but I wasn't necessarily seeing amazing changes. Then I just sort of stopped stressing about the whole thing. I kept eating and strength training, but I no longer fretted over every little thing. That is when I started seeing changes physically, and more important mentally. I realized that life does not have to be spent on a "diet". If we make whole food choices and plan around a protein along with the strength training it all magically seems to come together. Even now, when I feel myself starting to get "puffy", guaranteed it is because I am slacking in the protein department. In the past I would have slashed calories, added in a bunch of cardio and started the binge/restrict cycles all over. Now, I just make sure I am concentrating on protein, fiber, fruits, veggies, whole grains and my strength training and it's all good! I hope you reconsider, as well, because the other options certainly are not very promising...

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05-23-2016, 06:55 AM
Post: #142
RE: The Start of My New Journey
Ladies, as always you have great advice and support. I had read and reread the posts, both mine and yours. I don't want to give up, but it is so frustrating. I don't want to spend my time logging food and calculating everything - it is tiresome. I enjoy working out, I enjoy cardio (around 30 minutes), I enjoy lifting weights. I have determined that I don't want to lift heavy. I don't like how it makes my body look. Arms and legs look bulky. I know people say muscle is attractive, I just don't find it attractive on me. I don't want to deadlift large amounts of weight - I know it is good as we age to lift heavy, I just have now figured out I don't want to. Does that conflict with the whole EM2WL? I don't know.

Have there been benefits so far? Yes. I am sleeping well again, 8 hours at least on the weekends because I can and 7 1/2 during the week because I have to get up. Yes, my carbs are pretty much inline with the macros suggested here. My calories, well they are about 1550 because I was doing a cut. Still am not hungry. I eat because I need to, not because my body tells me to. Very rarely do I feel hungry no matter how many calories I eat.

I am going on vacation as of Saturday for a week. I am not going to be working out, not going to be worrying about what I eat - it is a true vacation. Maybe after that I will feel different about things. I don't know. I wish I knew the answers. But again, thank you for all of your advice and guidance.
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