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Maggie's Journal
07-20-2016, 11:34 AM
Post: #11
RE: Maggie's Journal
So your answer was telling happy You won't drop fat while resetting, and cardio won't make you drop fat post-resetting either - dropping fat comes down to your intake and body recomposition. If you love cardio for cardio's sake, do cardio - I'm not suggesting backing off permanently, hell I'm getting ready to go to a spin class in about half an hour myself. During reset though, it can make eating harder because cardio makes most people hungrier, period. I think there is something to the fact that everyone I know that trained for a half marathon (myself included) gained weight. Literally everyone I know - no one dropped 10 lbs or anything. AND its a stressor. You aren't doing a ton of cardio now so I think you can determine for yourself if you want to continue for good reasons: you like it, its good for your heart health, you like the stress relieving part of it. Otherwise, think of what you are trying to accomplish: eating more via reset but burning more through extra cardio. The 2 work at odds. If the sole reason for doing cardio is for fat loss, you are better off looking at the long game and using the calories during reset to put towards increased muscle mass and strength.

So that long-winded reply condensed: you can do cardio if you want, but just know WHY you want to do it and decide from there. And, like Kiki says, cardio for fun, weights to transform.


(And you can totally just do legs during a weightlifting session. In fact, many programs once you move beyond a beginner program are set up in body part splits.)
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07-20-2016, 12:03 PM
Post: #12
RE: Maggie's Journal
Yeah, even as I was typing my answer to you, Emma, I knew I didn't have a good reason for not wanting to give up the cardio! LOL! Another throwback to my old ways! I guess I was hoping to minimize my weight gain by keeping the cardio in...to be honest, it scares me to increase calories AND cut out (or dial back) the cardio! And I know I'm not alone in thinking this way...just another mindshift that I need to accomplish!

I will say, though, that I was feeling a bit tired yesterday and it felt good to skip the cardio and get home a few minutes earlier than usual...which meant I could get to bed a bit earlier than usual...which meant that I felt really well-rested when I got up this morning! happy

Also, here's a non-scale victory that you inspired: I'm not stressing out over having to buy bigger pants...and I'm wearing a super-cute new dress today that makes me feel great, regardless of what the scale says!

As always, Emma, I thank you for your help, your insights are really helping me along on this journey!
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07-20-2016, 07:30 PM
Post: #13
RE: Maggie's Journal
Welcome, Maggie! I was also involved with WW in the past and developed some not so good habits, (along with some good ones). But the banking or saving "points" and being hungry all the time was really, really hard. I also have difficulty with the weekday/weekend difference. Wow, am I glad with points and restricting so much! Ugh! (Not to say there weren't good aspects of WW, but....not enough food!)

I'm also tackling a reset and have gained about 12 lbs., and also bought bigger pants in the process, and feel much better having done that! I probably increased cals too fast at different times, as I am still trying to get my metabolism back on track and fired up again. Even with the physical and mental discomfort, I know it is temporary and I can feel/see changes even under the fat/water weight that I carry. But yeah, the reset process is challenging alright!

Anyway, just wanted to say "hi" and "welcome"!
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07-21-2016, 07:54 AM
Post: #14
RE: Maggie's Journal
Thanks for the warm welcome, Maevvis! It's so helpful to hear from others that are going through a reset and having the same issues...nice to know I'm not alone and that everyone has basically the same issues! There is definitely strength in numbers and since most of my health-focused friends are WW girls, it's nice to have somewhere to go where people understand THIS process. happy
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07-22-2016, 08:09 AM
Post: #15
RE: Maggie's Journal
Just a quick update. I was talking to a friend of mine the other night, explaining EM2WL and how MFP works for tracking. During the course of our conversation, as I was showing her my food diary, I realized that I was most certainly undertracking the soy milk I use in my coffee all day long...once I sat back and thought about it, I realized I should probably be tracking 12 ounces instead of 8 ounces...approx. 50 more calories per day. So I guess I've really been eating about 1950 calories per day, not 1900...which gets me closer to my TDEE. happy Still planning to stick at this level until I'm sure my weight has stabilized before increasing again.

I didn't have a great week, workout-wise...only did legs/core on Tuesday, and totally skipped the gym last night because I was just exhausted all day! Working out tomorrow with my trainer, that will be my best workout of the week. I went to bed early last night, so I'm feeling pretty good today, although I've been noticing this week that I've been starting to feel hungry earlier than I used to...for instance, I had been eating my breakfast somewhere around 9:30 or 10, but this week I've been pushing that up to around 8:30 or 9:00. Doing my best to listen to my body and give it fuel when it asks for it instead of "hoarding" my calories "in case I get hungry later"!
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07-22-2016, 10:47 AM
Post: #16
RE: Maggie's Journal
It is so hard to shake that "saving my calories for later so I don't die of starvation" mentality laughing You will most likely find that if you give your body the food it needs throughout the day that those nighttime desires to eat everything not nailed down will fade away over time...

You are doing great!

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07-22-2016, 11:16 AM
Post: #17
RE: Maggie's Journal
Thanks Anitra! I'm slowly learning to trust my body's hunger signals. There have been times where I've been so hungry and just said, Screw it, I'm eating...and then was pleasantly surprised that I DIDN'T need a lot to eat later on in the evening. Just part of the mindshift that's happening...learning to trust your body after years of restriction is so hard!
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07-23-2016, 09:18 PM
Post: #18
RE: Maggie's Journal
Yes it is hard! The mental part of this journey is so often harder than the physical part... I wrote a blog about that desire to binge last year or the year before and it is still so relevant:

http://eatmore2weighless.com/how-to-stop...s-forever/

Willpower is a finite resource, and once we lose control it becomes a free-for all! By not having to white-knuckle it through life and not relying on will-power to make it through each and every day, literally starving ourselves, that desire to binge and go overboard really fades over time. I used to think I could never have "treats" in my house, because I *knew* I would lose control, and I was just safer having them not around. Now that I know I won't lose control, they don't hold that same "mystique" or power over me as they once did. Not that I don't occasionally crave one, but I know I won't go crazy and eat the whole bag of something...

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My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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07-25-2016, 08:31 AM
Post: #19
RE: Maggie's Journal
Thanks Anitra! I just re-read your article. I am definitely finding that to be true!

A quick update: The scale has come back down a few pounds as of my Saturday weigh-in. Happy to see things leveling off after a jump up last Saturday. happy
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07-25-2016, 09:57 PM
Post: #20
RE: Maggie's Journal
FABulous update!

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