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Jumping In!
10-03-2016, 05:59 AM
Post: #101
RE: Jumping In!
Thanks emma, that sounds like a good plan--going back to TDEE for a couple of weeks and then trying a -15% cut just before the holiday times set in. I appreciate the words of encouragement. I woke up feeling more positive in general. I helped to put my frustrations here yesterday. The message I keep reminding myself about is "stay the course". This is a long term process! Today I'm feeling well enough to get back the gym after a week off from being sick. I am starting stage 8 of Strong today. I'm sure my muscles will feel it tomorrow!
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10-05-2016, 08:44 AM
Post: #102
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So glad that you're feeling better. YES!! STAY THE COURSE! You will make it!
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10-12-2016, 11:57 AM
Post: #103
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Well I'm on week 2 of eating at or close to TDEE. I have been away over the long weekend visiting family, so tracking went out the window as did my protein macro. I'm also returning to the gym---stage 8 of Strong is underway! I can't believe I'm getting close to the end of it. happy

I've been really thinking/reading etc about this whole process. I may be overestimating my TDEE as I have been very inactive when I was ill or just not hitting the gym enough times during the week (sometimes only 2 instead of 3) to justify "moderately active". So I hope to hone all of this in the next few months...like backing off cals by a little if my activity level drops or increasing my activity on other days. I am VERY sedentary at work (sit most of the day with jaunts to the bathroom...I use the stairs and go to another floor to give my self time to stretch), so I am not sure my activity level has been quite right. I don't have a fitbit or other tracker so the calculator has been my starting point.

I had been doing HIIT (mostly doing kb swings or the Cosgrove complex at the end of my strength workouts, but in the last stages of Strong, they don't call for that given the volume of work we're doing. I've noticed as I've gotten heavier through my reset and strength training, that I am much more winded going up stairs. Though I feel quite strong and have good posture etc., I feel out of shape from a cardio-vascular standpoint. I may add some of that back in, in limited ways, while the weather is still good up here in the wilds of Maine...simple walking or HIIT jaunts a couple times a week in addition to the strength training. I want to feel and be more in shape and more agile/athletic than I do now. I want to go up the "stairs of doom" (old mill converted) in my workplace building 2 at a time and feel like I could go a flight or 2 more. I don't want to mess up the resetting that I have done or future cut/maintenance cycles.

There is so much to think about through this. I am going to start a cut next week for 4 weeks again (probably -15%) based on "moderately active" and get my activity level back up in that ball-park. Then I'll see where I am. I've been reading others' journals who have been struggling with this issue too...it is so helpful to see how other problem solve through this process. I really appreciate this forum!
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10-12-2016, 02:19 PM
Post: #104
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Yea, the calculators will give you a starting point, but then you really do need to experiment to find "your" numbers. Most people will fall into the Moderate category if they workout three times a week, simply by adding in those daily activities like climbing a few flights of stairs, shopping, doing laundry, gardening...etc. All of that stuff will add up, even though it is not a part of your formal workout program.

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10-12-2016, 02:58 PM
Post: #105
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Thanks Anitra...that makes sense. happy Now that my cold is better and my travelling is done, I anticipate going to the gym 3x each week which is what I had been doing most of the time except more recently. So if I add the HIIT and/or more walking, I'm thinking that it would still put me at the "moderate"? I don't plan to go crazy with it...just want to get the heart and lungs working better.
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10-14-2016, 09:16 AM
Post: #106
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I found adding HIIT did wonders for me. My endurance at daily life activities really increased. I'm so glad that you're feeling better...but not too pleased the you passed your cold on to me!!! LOL
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10-14-2016, 12:57 PM
Post: #107
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Haha Kati! Sorry you're under the weather! Yes, the HIIT and just plain old walking more will help overall health/stamina.
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