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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
06-17-2016, 05:49 PM
Post: #11
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Welcome!

Having to weigh in at track would have caused me major issues! Wow.

Good job on increasing. Keep up the good work!

Sorry for typos- on mobile!

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06-17-2016, 10:32 PM
Post: #12
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Hi! Just wanted to stop in and say that I think you are doing a wonderful thing for you and your hubby! It is so nice that you and he can work together on your health journey! My husband had his lower and most of his upper intestines removed as a teen to cure ulcerative colitis, but it means he can't eat fibre, can't digest most fruits and vegetables, and has to watch his protein intake. Basically, it means he eats almost nothing but refined carbs. The exact opposite of me! And he works at a super physical job all day, so the last thing he is willing to do outside of work is exercise. So... I'm on my own for food and fitness. He is supportive though, so that's good. I love to hear about you and your husband's exercise escapades!

As for the food, great work increasing your calories! You are well on your way!

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06-18-2016, 11:17 PM (This post was last modified: 06-18-2016 11:18 PM by hannah77.)
Post: #13
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
It was a triple-great day today! thumbs up

Finally got our resistance bands in the mail and was able to do our strength session with them instead of the resistance tubes. Was nice not constantly worrying whether or not the tubes were going to snap and take off hubbie's head (standard length is about 3 feet too short for someone 6'4"!). Nowhere near lifting heavy, but we have improved on shoulder side lateral raises (we both have shoulder issues, so are being really careful).

Then, Fedex rang the doorbell and our Under Armour (UA) bands arrived! I'm a bit leery about the accuracy of fitness trackers and didn't really want to invest a lot of money in them since we have basic pedometers and those seems to be good enough. I had been using GoogleFit for a more accurate tool on our walks, but my phone was so bulky in my pocket and I was really wishing for a better solution. I was also intrigued by sleep tracking functions as I am guessing my sleep quality is poor. Lo and behold, I received an e-mail nine days ago from id.me about an expiring Military Wellness Initiative Pilot Program being offered to current or former military members or spouses living in Texas with the opportunity to claim a no-cost UA Band before the enrollment period ended. Seemed too good to be true, but signed us up...and ding, dong, delivery! Since, each one retails for $160 (X2), that was a really fantastic freebie...can't wait to see how it tracks my sleep tonight. rolling on the floor This is me at night.

And, last but most certainly not least, my alma mater (The University of Arizona) won their first game in the college world series tonight! On to Monday's game against Oklahoma State. party
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06-19-2016, 06:23 AM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Wow, what an awesome day for you! This is just the start of great things to come for you guys!

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06-19-2016, 07:56 PM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Wow how lucky are you!!! What a huge blessing!

No old roads lead to new destinations.
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06-20-2016, 07:41 PM
Post: #16
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
I forgot to tell you that I know what you mean about bringing your husband along for the ride, kicking and screaming! But for me it was the other way for Rick. He was eating 4000 - 5000 calories a day. Our nutritionist wanted him down to 2000 calories a day, I'm happy when I can bring him down to just over 3000. He wants to get rid of his stomach, but doesn't want to cut out any (not even one) calories. Now that he has had to put a couple of notches in his belt, he's a little more willing. LOL
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06-21-2016, 08:50 AM (This post was last modified: 06-21-2016 08:50 AM by KatiAuchinleck.)
Post: #17
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Hi Hannah!

Welcome to EM2WL! Seems I'm on the same busy streak as everyone else. Please excuse my late welcome.

It's so wonderful to see you and your husband working as a team to become healthy. What a great bonding experience!

I'm happy to see you've received your resistance bands and are working hard to increase calories. It's such a different mindset.

Keep up the great work!
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06-21-2016, 07:29 PM (This post was last modified: 06-21-2016 07:31 PM by hannah77.)
Post: #18
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Thanks everyone for the posts of encouragement.

We finally completed our 12-week course. I'm so glad! Like I said, some good information...but the constant "decrease calories, increase activity" was starting to wear on me! Had to extrapolate the numbers for correctness as we weighed in with shoes (obviously) and on a different scale than I will be using at home...which I didn't take into account in my initial post. In summary -

Pre-EM2WL:
4/5/2016 - 196.6 (previous week's avg calories, unk)
4/12/2016 - 195.9 (previous week's avg calories, unk)
4/19/2016 - 193.1 (previous week's avg calories, 1114)
4/26/2016 - unk (previous week's calories, 1374)
5/3/2016 - 190.8 (previous week's avg calories, 1583)
5/10/2016 - 188.2 (previous week's avg calories, 1348)
5/17/2016 - 185.1 (previous week's avg calories, 1253)
5/24/2016 - 183.0 (previous week's avg calories, 1284)
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Post-EM2WL:
5/31/2016 - 183.0 (previous week's avg calories 1497)
6/7/2016 - 182.6 (previous week's avg calories 1598)
6/14/2016 - unk (previous week's avg calories 1700)
6/21/2016 - 182.0 (previous week's avg calories 1800)

So, the point of all that is since 24 May, I've increased from a six-week average of 1326 calories to 1800 calories in 100-calorie per day weekly increases (that's almost a 36% increase in calories) and am still down a pound. Short and sweet, my hubbie's numbers - increase from a six week average of 1438 to 2100 calories (46% increase in calories) and still down 1.6 pounds. You never would have convinced me that was possible before.

I've also re-verified our BMRs (1534 and 2609, respectively). My TDEE is 2378 at moderate activity and 2647 at strenuous. His TDEE is 3587 at light activity and 4043 at moderate. I keep reading stories on this forum of people underestimating their activity and wanted an opinion which I should choose. My typical week: is 2 X 60 minute water aerobics class; 2 X 45-55 minutes yoga; 2 X 45-60 minutes walking at 3.5mph pace; 3 X 30 minutes strength training. Besides that, I am pretty sedentary. Depending on the tracker, 2000-5000 steps per day. Since these calculators are just estimates only and the difference between moderate and strenuous is only 269 calories per day, should I just get to 2378 and then start the fine-tuning process from there? Don't know where I came up with my husband's numbers before...these seem much more realistic. My UA band has me at about 1600 calorie burn so far today (5:30pm) with no work-out yet.

We are pushing on and up to 1900 and 2200 calories. Trying to determine if we should go to daily weighing so we can track trend vice a one-off moment in weekly time weigh-in or whether I should have hubbie not weigh for a couple months to avoid any weight increase turning him off.

Anyway, the moderator of our last class session played this video clip for us and I thought it might encourage some of you out there. The race of life, keep getting up and pressing on:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NsOBaV_93yQ

And, finally for a little comic relief and motivation/encouragement from an unusual source...there was a rain delay yesterday before the University of Arizona's College World Series baseball game (didn't win and now have to win 3 in a row to make it to the final). Most of the interview would probably not be of any interest to you, but fast forward to about 1:57 in the below link for some great advice! Calories and protein, if HE says it...it's got to be true. Aren't you just tingling all over? cool

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cTcobO8AwGk

Spending the next four days studying for a water fitness certification course/test this weekend.
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06-21-2016, 09:35 PM (This post was last modified: 06-21-2016 09:36 PM by AnitraSoto.)
Post: #19
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Wow, what awesome results so far! You guys are doing amazing... (and despite his initial reluctance, how happy is the hubby to be eating over 2,000 calories??)

As far as determining your TDEE, that is honestly best done using trial and error. Just keep upping your intake slowly and keep an eye on the scale. You will see a lot of fluctuations, but when you start to see slow steady increase on the scale that does not stabilize over time, then you may have surpassed your TDEE. Just take it slow and you will see the trends. Like you said, those calculators are just estimates...

Just keep referring back to the Metabolism Reset Guide - you are doing great!

http://eatmore2weighless.com/the-metabol...set-guide/

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06-22-2016, 01:21 AM
Post: #20
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Funny, since I'm the one who has been tracking his calories and preparing most of the food, he has been blissfully unaware of the whole process (could be good or bad depending on how you look at it)...he thought I was feeding him 1800 calories a day. I guess he missed the intervening 3+ weeks as I've been bumping him up...I've also been adding some calories on the sly since he was constantly saying he wasn't hungry and didn't want to eat anymore (not as vocal on that front as at the beginning, i.e. not a daily or every meal occurrence now). So, a little extra plain yogurt in a protein shake here, a tablespoon of flaxseed oil in a protein shake there, 1/2 an extra scoop of protein powder here AND there, an ounce of walnuts here, an ounce of pecans there. I also decided in the short-term to cut back on the salads and food items that do not have a lot of calorie content to avoid the impression of having to eat an entire garden every day. The great news on that front is that even with those measures, I have his macro averages within 1-2% of 40/30/30. I'm not quite sure where mine are (long story is that we only have one cell phone and I'm using that to track his UA band and MFP, so not so easy to see the MFP reports on the computer...but hope to have that situation resolved in the next week with another cell phone). Having said all that, I am ecstatic for him. Having recalculated the correct figures, hope to get him to BMR calorie level by end of July.

I have read the Reset Guide many times. I suppose when I experience it myself, it will become more clear...but if I exceed my supressed TDEE then won't I also have a steady increase? Does it only take your metabolism a week to unsuppress an additional 100 calories a day? And does "stabilize over time" refer to a week? That's what the Guide seems to suggest, that I will have a bump up initially which will normalize. But then it also says that as you get closer, it can take longer to stabilize...does that mean 2-3 weeks to stabilize? I'm trying to reconcile these thoughts with the journals from many who gained several pounds getting to/through their reset.

Well, in any case, that situation is for another month (end of July, to be exactly) since best case scenario, I wouldn't reach 2400 calories until then. I'm used to a lot of trial and a lot of error, so should be well-suited. big grin
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