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The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
07-13-2016, 11:57 PM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Wow, you have your work cut out for you! The hard part about hubby is that in order to make it successfully through the reset process you really have to tackle the mental aspect, which is often harder than the physical portion. As you go through that overly full, bloated period it really helps if you are 100% "in the game" and committed to making it through to the other side. Being mentally invested in the process makes dealing with the physical discomfort a little bit easier. It sounds as though (at least at this point) that he is not 100% convinced about this whole thing, and that certainly makes it harder. He is very lucky to have you guiding him :-)

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07-14-2016, 12:20 AM (This post was last modified: 07-14-2016 12:23 AM by hannah77.)
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Guiding? Not sure about that....can you picture a 2X4 along with a lion's whip and chair? That's more what I feel like. After 2 days in this week, he's 342 calories short which puts him under 2400...35 grams over on carbs and 93 under on protein. Really, how hard is it to mix 1-1/2 scoops of protein powder into a cup of milk each day? That's would basically even everything out and make such a difference, in my opinion. Oh well, tomorrow is another day closer to going home....and he did do a strength workout today instead of a walk because "(1) Your nagging - ha ha." Whatever it takes!
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07-14-2016, 06:21 AM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
LOL I find that men often need that type of "guiding" laughing

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07-15-2016, 11:21 AM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Good luck Hannah! You a stronger person than me, trying to "guide" your husband. I think it would go poorly in my house, except i'm not sure who would kill who first. happy
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07-15-2016, 09:06 PM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
^^^ laughing ^^^

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07-20-2016, 04:40 PM
Post: #46
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Hi! It's me, another year older! Hopefully a little bit wiser also. clownparty

Took a slightly different approach with hubbie this last week since there wasn't anything I could do from a distance and I was just stressing myself out....so I didn't even bother really checking up on his numbers until today when I could see what the last week was, good or bad. Arrived back home yesterday and somehow (imagine that) through my gift to him of a Oreo McFlurry (I know, not the best food item, but kind of a reunion celebration), he hit the 2600 calories pretty much for the first time since I left.

Anyway, just a quick update since I've got lots of unpacking and stuff to do. Always seems the first few days back are as hectic as being on vacation!

7/5 - weight 182.8 (2153 average calories 6/28 - 7/4), macros 40/32/28
7/7 - weight 182.4 (last record before trip)
7/12 - weight unk (2200 average calories 7/5 - 7/11), macros 41/30/29
7/19 - weight unk (2344 average calories 7/12 - 7/18), macros 38/37/25
7/20 - weight 182.6

My average of 2344 was a little over the target of 2300...and macros were a little off. I guess the pre-birthday celebration impacted both of those. Workouts this past week were 1X water aerobics, 1X yoga, 1X walk and 2X strength.

There was a little more estimating in my calories during my trip...so will see in the next few weeks how stable the weight is, but it seems I increased almost 200 calories per day, did about half my normal workouts and am about the same weight. My goal for this week is 2400 calories which is 22 calories over my calculated TDEE with a moderate activity level (which I think I was firmly in during my trip). If I bump back up to my normal activity, which may be closer to strenuous, then I still have about 250 calories to "play" with...but thinking I will be spending the month of August fine tuning the TDEE.

My hubbie's numbers? He dropped down from 2564 calorie average (7/5 - 7/11) to 2377 (7/12 - 7/19) waiting His weight on 7/5, 313 at 2450 calories. His weight on 7/12, 313.4 at 2564 calories. His weight on 7/19, 313.2 at 2377...macros 44/34/22. Since he is not losing weight dropping down almost 200 calories a day (and with 6 walks the past week averaging 72 minutes and 4 strength trainings averaging 31.5 minutes)...think that proves he is still not eating enough and his metabolism is still suppressed. So, my goal for him this week is the 2600 calories (same goal since beginning of month), balance out the macros better, and reduce the walking by about 50%.

Measurements in a week and a half and hope to see progress there with both of us.
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07-20-2016, 04:47 PM
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Darn! Just asked him a question...and we corrected his MFP for yesterday. Even with the McFlurry and 2 ounces of almonds, only 2194 calories yesterday vice 2600.
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07-24-2016, 06:10 AM
Post: #48
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
A belated Happy Birthday to you!!

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07-26-2016, 03:35 PM (This post was last modified: 07-26-2016 03:39 PM by hannah77.)
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RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Update for this past week...was a lot more stress-free being at home and just making the protein shakes and handing them over to hubbie to drink lovestruck

7/19, unk (2344 average calories 7/12 - 7/18), macros 38/37/25
7/20, 182.6
7/21, 184.2
7/22, 185.2
7/23, 184.2
7/24, 183.6
7/25, 183.6
7/26, 183.6 (2400 average calories 7/19 - 7/25), macros 38/34/28

Workouts (not quite back to normal, missing 1 water/1 strength and maybe 1 walk):
2 X yoga (60 min), 2 X walk (47 min), 1 X water aerobics (60 min)
2 X strength (35 min)

Think I may be very close to or slightly over TDEE as over the past two months, my weight has always trended back down in a day or two after my weekly calorie bump up. This week, ended up a pound and held there for 3 days. The calculator has my TDEE at 2378 for moderate and 2647 for strenuous. My UA band has me on a non-active day at 2050 calories. Since I do think I'm "missing" a couple workouts this week, I'm probably firmly in the moderate camp. But, I also think the current schedule will be closer to my average as I'm heading back to college next month...maintaining a 9 workouts in a six-day period (Sundays are rest day) pace may not be sustainable, especially if I want to maintain my sanity!

Hubbie's info:
7/19, 313.2 (2377 average calories 7/12 - 7/18), macros 44/34/22 angry
7/20, 314.4
7/21, 314.0
7/22, 313.8
7/23, 314.6
7/24, 313.6
7/25, 314.6
7/26, 314.2 (2605 average calories 7/19 - 7/25), macros 40/33/27 thumbs up

The good news is I did curb his over-walking. Only 2 walks of about 47 minutes and one strength training.

He was doing a workout last week, tripped over our cat, and tweaked his shoulder...so he took last week off as his break week. I thought I had read somewhere on the forum that you should take a week's break from strength training every 4-6 weeks to give your body a chance to heal. I have been feeling particularly run down and my shoulder and back have been aching, so this week is my week's break and we'll re-engage together next week for strength training.

Because of the weight trend and the no lifting, my goal for this week is to just maintain at 2400 for myself. Depending on weight results, measurements this weekend, and return to full work-out schedule, will consider increase next week of 50 or 100 calories. Fingers crossed, I'll get hubbie to 2700 average which will FINALLY get him over his BMR of 2640!!!

Measurements this weekend! 2nd month for me, 1st for hubbie!!!
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07-26-2016, 10:04 PM
Post: #50
RE: The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step -- Lao Tzu
Way to go, and great job working your way through the whole process!

Yep, if your activity levels change you will have to adjust your intake, but that's easy enough to do. Just go off of the averages you are getting off of your on-body device and go from there.

Yes, de-load weeks are vital. Your muscles have a fairly easy time recovering between workouts, but your tendons and ligaments take longer to recover, and those occasional breaks are necessary to allow that. Every couple of months take a week or two off of lifting and just stay active with walking and relaxing activities. Your body will thank you, and that will help you to avoid over-use injuries.

Great job getting hubby's intake up! I have said this before, but he is so lucky to have you!

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