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Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
04-19-2016, 09:09 PM
Post: #61
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Love it!!! It truly is something that everyone needs to come to terms with individually. Until you take that leap of faith and see how much better you feel and how much better your body responds it's just words. So happy that you took the time to do your research and then took that first step!

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04-23-2016, 04:38 PM
Post: #62
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Lovin' the 2x a week weight training schedule. I was really looking forward to today's session and was able to push myself because I knew the next workout is not until Wednesday.

Major goal today: 2x10 *real* push ups! When I started in December I could barely do 10 ladies pushups.
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04-26-2016, 11:32 AM
Post: #63
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Need some advice.

I finally tracked calories for a week. On average, about 2200 calories! Which is great. My weight is stable, my training is going well...now I'm ready to lose some body fat. I started in February by adding more carbs but I believe my calorie intake did not change. My carbs are still fairly low...about 100 grams a day but up from 30 grams when I started. I'm diligent about adding carbs in with each meal.

A 10% cut would put me at essentially 2000 calories a day. Do you think I'm ready? How long would you recommend I cut for?

Thanks,
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04-26-2016, 09:17 PM
Post: #64
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
As I recall you started back at the beginning of February and really were not under eating, and if so, not by much, so your primary focus has been increasing your carbs and simply logging to make sure you were getting adequate calories, am I correct? If so, yes you are probably in a great position to start a cut and how awesome to be able to cut at 2,000 calories?? Gotta love it!

I would try 6 - 8 weeks and then return to (at least) couple weeks at TDEE. As I recall you are really close to your goal weight and are simply looking for recomp and some fat loss, so keep those cuts fairly short and remember to take those diet breaks. Make sure you monitor your protein intake and keep it up around 30% to help maintain muscle mass, and keep on lifting! You will make the most muscle gains while eating at or slightly over TDEE, so those diet breaks will be important in building that metabolism-fueling muscle mass that will result in the body shape and composition you desire...

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04-27-2016, 10:43 AM
Post: #65
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Thanks Anitra!

I kind of knew the answer but I wanted to hear it from you!

I recently met with an old friend who has recently lost weight on Weight Watchers. That poor woman...the only thing on her mind was how many points and how "she really blew it" by eating 1/2 a piece of pizza. It's so not sustainable. It's so wonderful to be freed from that slavery. I would never, never, never go on WW or wish it on a friend. So sad, her daughter is now also on WW.

Cut will start on May 1.
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04-27-2016, 02:58 PM
Post: #66
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
The problem is EM2WL is a slow (but rewarding) process, and people are so focused on quick, instant results that they are unwilling to even consider taking the time out to "do it right"... Maybe she will ask you one day the secret to your success : )

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05-04-2016, 11:41 AM
Post: #67
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
I thought I was going to start a cut on May 1st but realized I'm not ready yet! My mind hasn't caught up to my body...or something like that. Even though I wasn't under eating before I discovered EM2WL, my mind was always judging what I ate, "you're eating too much", or "try not and finish your meal," etc. etc.

After a lifetime of this, the realization that I have a birthright to eat enough food to fuel my body is a revelation. For now my meals are very regular; protein, healthy fats, veggies with a dash of delicious carbs. I even work in treats on a daily basis.

I will finish Rachel Cosgrove's program this week, which is very similar to New Rules of Lifting, (she's married to one of the authors, Alywn Cosgrove) -- phase 3 wraps up this week. I have never finished a program before. In the past I would have quit...mostly because I wouldn't have seen the quick results. I have to admit, I haven't seen the results that I expected BUT I know my body is undergoing a recomposition. My strength has exploded & I can feel new muscles emerging.

So, for now, I will continue my reset until I feel my body & mind are united.
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05-04-2016, 03:10 PM
Post: #68
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Sounds like a great plan! Often the brain takes longer to "heal" than the body... Taking your time right now is so important - great choice!

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05-24-2016, 02:33 PM
Post: #69
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Just cruising along. I had a wonderful long weekend with family celebrating a couple of birthdays -- here's what was on the menu:
*Hamburger & fries (a really special treat for me)
*Chinese food (ginger beef!)
*A chocolate fiesta lunch...including hot chocolate from real melted chocolate
*Pizza + chocolates for dessert
*Black forest cake (a traditional family birthday cake)

This wasn't all in day...but spread over four days. I've never had such a good time! Of course, my old brain said, "you're going to gain weight!" but my new brain said, "this is a treat, a feast, don't worry, you'll go back to your regular diet next week."

Which I did. Clothes still fitting the same. I came home yesterday and was craving a work out...which I did. Not to burn calories but to feel better. It felt great!
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05-24-2016, 09:34 PM
Post: #70
RE: Fresh Start @ 55...need advice
Love the change in your mindset. It truly is the biggest hurdle we face.... Well done, and so glad you had a wonderful time!

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