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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
07-02-2016, 02:52 PM
Post: #31
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
I hope to! Not a lot though, no more than two of each every week. I used to teach yoga before the breast cancer diagnosis...an almost 3 year detour during which I didn't even practice yoga myself for about 18 months. I know some people continue on with their physical activity, but the chemo and radiation really knocked the energy right out of me. An occasional walk was about the extent of my work-outs. And I think the catheport near my left clavicle also made upper body activity uncomfortable. After that, the side effects from the aromatase inhibitors put the kibbash on a lot of things for another year or so...which is when I started water aerobics so I could exercise without the stress and pressure on the joints.

I only started a consistent (relatively speaking laughing) yoga practice three months ago. And FINALLY, I feel good enough where I think I can start teaching again. But, we'll see...the process isn't quick. I let my group fitness and CPR/AED certifications lapse in 2014 as I was right in the midst of treatment. The places I could possibly teach, I have to have those as well as the individual certifications...so it would probably be winter at the earliest before I started. Not really worried about it as it wouldn't be for the money, just a hobby that I enjoy.
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07-02-2016, 03:49 PM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
That's awesome. I'm sure it will all fall into place how it should. happy
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07-02-2016, 09:15 PM
Post: #33
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Wow! What an awesome update! Such impressive progress to be seeing while UPPING your intake. Most people have to wait until after their reset and once they begin to cut to see any type of external positive progress. Of course during the reset period, internal changes are always happening, but you are certainly one of the lucky ones to see such amazing progress while after INcreasing intake by 500 calories a day . WELL DONE!

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07-03-2016, 12:15 AM (This post was last modified: 07-03-2016 12:17 AM by hannah77.)
Post: #34
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
We'll just see how this week goes. Usually, I'm pretty anal about keeping us within +/- 25 calories of our daily calorie goal (I mean, sometimes I'll give us 3 walnut halves just to get us exactly to the target...LOL, that's just my personality!) Like I said, this week was a huge UP to start off, then some downs...and then I decided to see how we did with more than a 100 calorie increase this week instead of trying reduce down to our goal.

My weight this morning was just up .2, so I'm going to see how a jump from 1900 to 2100 or 2150 goes (since I'm at 2170 average right now after 5 days).

The good news is that my husband's weight dropped down to the lowest it's been in about a week. After all the gains, that was good to see:

6/21, 308.0 (avg of 2100 calories for previous week)
6/26, 311.0
6/27, 312.4
6/28, 313.2 (avg of 2200 calories for previous week)
6/29, 314.2
6/30, 313.4
7/1, 314.2
7/2, 311.1

Was going to try and bump him up to average of 2500 (still below BMR, but 200 calories above the targeted 100 calorie increase). But, he hasn't been feeling well all day and I wasn't able to get him up to even the 2300 calories today...so we'll see how he's feeling about eating tomorrow.
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07-04-2016, 06:41 AM
Post: #35
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
I'm fascinated by your ability to track your husband's calories. I'm barely able to keep up with my calories and it would exhaust me to pay attention to my husband's too!
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07-04-2016, 09:27 AM
Post: #36
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Great update! I love how methodical you are about it all! And I agree with Kati, I can't even imagine being able to track my hubby's intake. I actually have no clue what he eats most days until dinner time. Tracking my own is hard enough! He is a lucky man to have you taking such care of him (even if he rolls his eyes, lol).

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07-05-2016, 02:21 PM (This post was last modified: 07-05-2016 02:25 PM by hannah77.)
Post: #37
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Well, it is exhausting...no doubt about it. But, we are both retired so with the exception of breakfast, I pretty much prepare everything and monitor the calories through the day. Even breakfast, I talk to him about it the night before since he gets up way earlier than I do. 50% of the time, he ends up changing (usually on the side of less calories) his breakfast anyway. It's at least a part time job, but he's worth it. Even though he still has a long way to go on the food side (and I don't think he'll ever weigh all his food like I do), it has been great to see him getting back into the strength training.

This past week has been an experiment in a couple ways. For the past six weeks, I've really kept our calories within a very narrow range (+/- 25 calories from target). This past week, we had a big up and then some lows and then kind of up. We also increased more than 100 calories.

Quick summary on my husband: weekly average calories increased from 2200 to 2450. Macros 42/33/25. He ended up down .2 pounds for the week (313.0), up 4.4 pounds since we started 5/31 (average starting calories 1438...over 70% increase!)
My weekly average calories increased from 1900 to 2153. Macros 40/32/28. I ended up 1 pound for the week, down .2 pounds since we started 5/31 (average starting calories 1326...over 62% increase!)

Date, morning weight, calories:
6/28, 181.8, 3037
6/29, 183.0, 1749
6/30, 181.6, 1768
7/1, 181.8, 2115
7/2, 182.0, 2180
7/3, 182.0, 2042
7/4, 182.6, 2179
7/5, 182.8

Workouts:
Strength training, 3X 30 min
Walking, 2X 30 min
Yoga, 1X 60 min

So, my workouts (walking and yoga) were down about half this week coupled with a more than double calorie increase. A one pound increase isn't too shabby. I think my husband only did 3X 30 min strength training (no walks or other workouts at all), so I'm even happier with his result.

What's coming up? The next couple weeks will be a challenge. Our plans changed and I will be traveling to my yoga course and family visit by myself. So, I won't have access to scale for daily weighs or be able to control my intake so meticulously. My husband is going to be responsible for tracking his intake and making all the choices about food. Got lots of lean cuisine microwave meals and I've baked some chicken and will portion it out and lots of different flavors of protein powder and bars...he's promised me he will meet his calories but we'll see. I doubt he'll meet the macros, but as long as he comes close to calories, it'll be a success. For all those reasons and this past week's results, I'm just setting a goal of 2200 calories for me (50 calorie increase) and 2600 (150 calorie increase) for him, just off his BMR (currently 2640) which was my first goal...and if he doesn't quite reach it, maybe he'll at least sustain the 2450 level he's reached.

When I come back in a couple weeks, we'll see how we did. I'll be on the verge of another birthday so would be a great birthday present if we are successful with this first "test."
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07-05-2016, 02:41 PM (This post was last modified: 07-05-2016 02:43 PM by hannah77.)
Post: #38
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Oh! And no water aerobics for me this week either. Friend was in town Wednesday and no class on Monday due to the holiday. worried
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07-05-2016, 10:26 PM
Post: #39
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
You guys are doing great, and it sounds like your hardest task it going to make sure that hubby eats *enough*. It's so easy, when one has been under eating for a long time, to lose those hunger cues and sensations, and at least in the beginning that is why we have to count calories. To make sure we eat enough! Once you get further along in the process, you should be able to ease up a bit and sort of go with the flow, as soon as you are both accustomed to eating close to your TDEEs. You are doing great!

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07-13-2016, 07:55 PM (This post was last modified: 07-13-2016 07:59 PM by hannah77.)
Post: #40
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
MEN! Need I say more? Whoops!, actually, let me start over...

Hello everyone! Just a quick check in. Most important update for me is that, after 5+ years, I finally became a certified yoga teacher on Sunday, completing my 200 hours of courses and coursework. Yeah! As always, I came away very sore...they always have Masters classes each day which are usually about 90 minutes long, at least 30 minutes longer than I normally practice.

Workouts for the week:

2X 30 minute strength training, 1X 60 minute walk, 2X 90 minute yoga, 1X 45 minute water aerobics

As I am not at home, I don't have my scale to do any daily weigh-ins...but on my dad's scale (which is not digital so hard to get an exact figure) I seem to be holding around 182-183 pounds. And even though not at home (was staying at a place with a full kitchen...just not all the groceries and options I'm used to) I'm pretty sure I met my goal of 2200 calories/day. There was one day where we had a soup/salad buffet (yes, with a piece of cheesecake for dessert) that I had to do my best to estimate calories, so may have even been a bit over. My macros were 41/30/29.

My hubbie on the other hand...it has been a trial. He did not quite make 2600 calories/day, 2564. But, he's in a bad frame of mind and complaining about gaining weight and how he's feeling. Doesn't want to listen to anything I say and is basically like "I'm sick and tired of talking about food. I'm tired of eating. I don't even want to eat anymore. I feel bloated and sick....rambling" Well, duh...I don't have his phone to get the MFP summary, but a quick calculation shows his macros were like 54.3/16.6/29.1. And his sodium was higher than I would like. Surprisingly, his protein wasn't far off, but carbs and fat are seriously out of whack. He hasn't done any strength training in the last week, only 3-4 75 minute walks. Oh, and did I mention no protein shakes? Easiest way to increase the protein and maybe not "feel" the calories so much...but seemingly beyond him at this point.

His weight on 5 July was 313. On 12 July, 313.4. Really, with his macros and increasing another 114 calories this week, he should be feeling pretty good to only be up .4.

What can I do except rant and rave here in my journal? I'm not there. Can't force him to eat properly in absentia, so I told him (again) to just try and eat his calories (protein shake, brazil nuts where only 5 = 130 calories, couple tablespoons of peanut butter throughout the day) and will get the macros/strength training straightened up in a week when I get home. I'm hoping there are some measurement changes in 18 days to show him something is working, but his attitude really stinks.

While he's not happy, truly he's doing better than I expected. I set his goal at 2600 on purpose, knowing he probably wouldn't hit it but maybe he would maintain the 2450 he had gotten up to. And, at least he's had to expend some thought and effort into logging food (although I've had to correct some of it...he doesn't really analyze, just looks for the first item that matches in MFP).

My dad is another one who has macros out of whack, but that's for another journal entry. Suffice it to say, he likes protein (especially hamburgers), but at 73+ years of age and a widower, he says the effort required to clean up the kitchen after cooking exhausts him just to think about it. He exists on coffee, cheerios, frozen vegetables, ham and cheese bagel sandwiches, fig newtons, canned fruit and fresh apples, and yogurt. So, will see if we can at least make some small changes (like Triple zero or Chobani 100 yogurt instead of generic store-brand yogurt with 33g of sugar...yikes!)

Goals for this week (spending the week at my dad's) are to just survive with my sanity (LOL)! I should clarify, not because of my dad...but just the challenges of being away from home. I'll try and reach 2300 calories, but with the limited selection of items at his house, we'll see. Even I can only do so many protein shakes and bars in a day lovestruck and try and continue encouraging hubbie to reach 2600 calories.
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