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Absolutely terrified to do this
08-05-2016, 07:48 AM
Post: #11
RE: Absolutely terrified to do this
(08-04-2016 07:09 PM)Jc_wt Wrote:  Welcome!

You said you are coming off the HCG protocol?

As for your questions, my grocery bill already feels out of control with 3 boys! Lol. But not a huge difference.

I enjoy tracking my macros so I am always Balanced. I preplan treats, like ice cream and then take little sacrifices elsewhere (maybe less cream in my coffee etc.) I enjoy having a great, but I won't do it unless i am on plan to meet protein. And fiber goals. I enjoy food a d have no problem treating myself but it's within my goals.

Yes the HCG diet is just...ridiculous. I'm embarrassed I even considered it to be honest - not to mention it was $800 I'll never get back..except on my hips.Yes I have 1 boy (and an adult boy) and they don't eat the same so making 3 meals...UGH!

What do you do to keep protein high? I find myself too high on fat and carbs alot - even when I'm eating what I think it decent food. Do you have any high protein/low fat snacks that are go tos?
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08-05-2016, 08:36 AM
Post: #12
RE: Absolutely terrified to do this
(08-05-2016 07:44 AM)CoreyH Wrote:  Hannah

Thanks so much for checking in! I'm OK. Not great but OK. Its just such a huge mental shift. That being said it feels unbelievable not to have to beat myself up over every bite I put in my mouth. I don't think I realized what that was doing to me.

I'm eating at about 1900 - 2000. I think I went up too fast, but I did it just to test where my body started saying "stop eating" and that seems to be the threshold ha ha. Weight has maintained. I've been floating up and down within the same 3 pounds and usually only up if I eat something high in sodium which I would expect.

So maybe someone can give advice on my one hang up so far? I "binge eat" at night. I put that in quotes because I don't get up in the middle of the night, I don't sneak around BUT from 6-930 I eat 60% of my calories and sometimes its good food and sometimes its nutritionally deficient foods such as an entire sleeve of saltines.(I like to snack). This problem has been an issue for a long time.

Additionally, I'm not there mentally to sit at TDEE for 6 - 8 - 12 weeks. (Which from reading sounds like I need that time for even saying that). Everything in me wants to cut cut cut.

So still going, loving it actually but nervous that its just too good to be true maybe happy

you are right, you need to keep resetting, so keep it up! You are doing great so far. Regarding the bingeing, try eating more fat earlier in the day. If I undereat all day and/or don't get enough fat, I'm prone to wanting to eat all the things at night. I had to get over that "geez, if I eat 60% of my calories during the day, I will have 'nothing' left at night" - saving up calories mindset. But once I let myself get satiated during the day, at night my appetite was normal.
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08-05-2016, 09:54 AM
Post: #13
RE: Absolutely terrified to do this
(08-05-2016 07:48 AM)CoreyH Wrote:  
(08-04-2016 07:09 PM)Jc_wt Wrote:  Welcome!

You said you are coming off the HCG protocol?

As for your questions, my grocery bill already feels out of control with 3 boys! Lol. But not a huge difference.

I enjoy tracking my macros so I am always Balanced. I preplan treats, like ice cream and then take little sacrifices elsewhere (maybe less cream in my coffee etc.) I enjoy having a great, but I won't do it unless i am on plan to meet protein. And fiber goals. I enjoy food a d have no problem treating myself but it's within my goals.

Yes the HCG diet is just...ridiculous. I'm embarrassed I even considered it to be honest - not to mention it was $800 I'll never get back..except on my hips.Yes I have 1 boy (and an adult boy) and they don't eat the same so making 3 meals...UGH!

What do you do to keep protein high? I find myself too high on fat and carbs alot - even when I'm eating what I think it decent food. Do you have any high protein/low fat snacks that are go tos?

I considered it too!!! My husband absolutely refused to even consider it.

I pick chicken or wild game for at least 1 meal. I cannot eat beef (even 93/7) for lunch and dinner and still reach my protein goal. Eggs for breakfast. Protein shake after working out. Cottage cheese in the afternoon.

Sorry for typos- on mobile!

MFP @saranharm
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08-05-2016, 06:03 PM
Post: #14
RE: Absolutely terrified to do this
Hi! Do you realize how much of a mental shift you have already made in LESS THAN 2 WEEKS? Look at your first post compared to today? applause not worthy

(07-26-2016 01:53 PM)CoreyH Wrote:  1900 cals (with 15% deficit) - literally makes me want to cry. This will be a massive change for me (2 months recovering from HCG for instance)

That is just SO.MUCH.FOOD. I don't even think I know how to eat that much food without including bad things! Thanks for a quick once over :/

(08-05-2016 07:44 AM)CoreyH Wrote:  I'm eating at about 1900 - 2000. I think I went up too fast, but I did it just to test where my body started saying "stop eating" and that seems to be the threshold ha ha. Weight has maintained. I've been floating up and down within the same 3 pounds and usually only up if I eat something high in sodium which I would expect.

It took me six weeks to get up to 1900 calories, so you should really give yourself pats on the back for jumping in and starting to grab your life back! But, each of our journeys are unique. I think I would have been terrified to "rip the bandaid" off like so many do. We have to find what is comfortable to us at each stage.

As to your other questions...I have a hard time eating a lot of food in the mornings. For years, I didn't even eat breakfast except for the liquid Joe and it is still my least favorite meal of the day. I have some sleep issues, so by the time I drag myself out of bed, I'm usually already late and scrambling around. I also find if I am not careful that I get on the slippery slope right off the bat and eat a disproportionate amount of carbs. So, first I would say, it's okay if you lean a little bit more one way or the other in terms of when you eat your calories. But, you might try and snack some more throughout the day (eat half a sleeve of saltines and leave the rest for the evening! Spread the snackfest...LOL) Also, I think getting in your fiber could also help you.

Second, (darn! I wish I could find the link)...Kiki talks about trying to meet your protein and calorie goal first and the rest will usually fall in place. One technique is to match your macros in each meal so that you don't get so far out of line by the end of the day that you can't recover.

As an example, my usual breakfast is Bear Naked Granola, some raw Brazil Nuts, and Fiber one with greek yogurt. Macros? 48C, 25F, 24P, 17g fiber...so I'm already in a deficit with my carbs. I catch up with a simple (i.e. none of my calorie increasing add-ins, just milk and powder) protein shake mid-morning. That's 15C 2F 33P which gets me pretty balanced at 63C, 27F, 57P. Repeat trying to eat a balance for the other meals although I usually find I don't have so much of a problem getting out of whack with lunch/dinner. I also LOVE protein shakes, so I have no problems having 2 a day (at least while I'm trying to work out my TDEE and food issues also). I try and find "balanced" items...greek yogurt, protein bars are pretty close in carbs and protein. It also gets me to about 700 calories which makes it easier to fit in the other 1700 through the day. If I don't make a conscience effort at the start of my day, it falls apart pretty quickly.

As Anitra says in the Metabolic Reset Guide, the fact that you want to get to the cut is probably the biggest indication that you need to reset. Since I'm still trying to find my TDEE, I figure that'll take me into September. Reset through the end of the year (I don't want to try a cut over the holidays) and then maybe if my head's in the right place, January would be a good time. Not a New Year's Resolution, those are failures just waiting to happen, but just the right cycle at the right time. Since your TDEE was estimated around 2241, it sounds like you still have a little bit of increasing to do. My advice, just take it one step at a time and enjoy the process right where you are. Don't worry about the reset and how long you may spend there. Focus on testing and getting your TDEE as high as you can...that may take you a little while. Then, you can focus on enjoying some foods that you are welcoming back into your life and mouth. It is overwhelming to look too far ahead.

I'm not sure if you saw this announcement from Anitra, but if it's still open for sign-ups, something to consider:

http://forums.eatmore2weighless.com/show...?tid=13519

I'm rambling now, so I hope it made sense. Most of all, just wanted to encourage you to keep on keeping on, one bite of protein at a time! Keep us posted...and maybe consider starting your own journal in the forum!
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08-05-2016, 10:17 PM
Post: #15
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Yes there is still room in the Crushing the Diet Mentality Workshop - just get on the waiting list at http://crushthediet.com/ After you sign up, your welcome email will contain a link to a closed FaceBook group you can join for added support! Don't miss out, I think there are only three more days until the workshop starts!

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08-05-2016, 10:29 PM
Post: #16
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(08-05-2016 10:17 PM)AnitraSoto Wrote:  Yes there is still room in the Crushing the Diet Mentality Workshop - just get on the waiting list at http://crushthediet.com/ After you sign up, your welcome email will contain a link to a closed FaceBook group you can join for added support! Don't miss out, I think there are only three more days until the workshop starts!

DONESKI - thanks!!!!
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08-06-2016, 06:17 AM
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Yay! You won't regret it...

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08-21-2016, 06:50 PM
Post: #18
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Hi! Just checking in....are you in the workshop? Since I'm not, would love to hear how your last 2+ weeks have gone...
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