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kathy's journey
08-03-2016, 08:46 PM
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kathy's journey
I am so nervous, just like everyone on here when they first started I suppose. It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that I need to eat more. Really? Here I am at 52 and if I eat more than 1200 calories/day or don't do daily cardio, I gain weight. Sad When using trainers or nutritionists to help me, none of them believed my calories were really that low.

I have always fought my weight ever since puberty. Our family didn't eat the healthiest and I had hypothyroidism. I wasn't into sports and was content to just read my books. I yo-yo dieted all through high school, got married and gained 50 pounds with my first pregnancy. To lose it I saw a dr. who prescribed diet pills and an 800 calorie diet and it's been a slippery slope ever since. Every time I regain (or had a baby so of course I gained A LOT), I did cardio and starved myself. I hired a trainer after my last baby to lose it (age 40) and even HE recommended 1200 calories/day, one hour of cardio/day and weights. Took a while but I dropped 20 pounds. that time. And he'd give me crap when I lost muscle. An hour a day of cardio and I'm not supposed to lose muscle. I was uninformed back then though. Now, I'm informed and in denial haha

I DID have a time 2 years ago I was in great shape while using a trainer, lifting and cardio with him, but my diet was still only around 1,000 calories/day. He freaked out when he asked to see my macros. He also got frustrated with me if i didn't do daily cardio in my fat burning zone. See why my head is so messed up?

Started the reset this week and adding 100 calories/week to get to TDEE. I found a set of power blocks used so I snapped those up and I'm starting Cathe's XTrain 90 day rotation.

My weight 153
Height 5'5
Size 10

I'd like to fit into a Size 6 again, no matter what I weigh.

Here I go..........
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08-04-2016, 05:36 AM
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Welcome Kathy! Sounds like a rough road and one many can related to here. Sounds like you're on the right track. The process can be hard but well worth the angst and the positive changes. I'm in the midst of a reset, myself so relatively new to this process....still working on the mental and physical changes. I know folks with more experience will give some good feedback, but just wanted to say welcome!
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08-04-2016, 08:14 AM
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Welcome! Please keep us posted with how you are doing!
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08-04-2016, 08:22 AM
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Thank you Maevvis and Emma happy I re-read what I wrote and I don't mean to sound so shallow--like I only care about what I weigh or how I look. It's a factor, sure, and I chose size 6 because that's what size I was when I felt the best. I really want to be strong and healthy and enjoy my life. It is definitely going to be a journey in many ways for me.
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08-04-2016, 09:18 AM
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(08-03-2016 08:46 PM)kathy Wrote:  I am so nervous, just like everyone on here when they first started I suppose. It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that I need to eat more. Really? Here I am at 52 and if I eat more than 1200 calories/day or don't do daily cardio, I gain weight. Sad When using trainers or nutritionists to help me, none of them believed my calories were really that low.

Welcome Kathy, I promise you are in the right place now! Your story is familiar to most of us, and it is hard to get out of that whole "eat less, exercise more" mindset, but it is SO worth the work! I would have said exactly what you said about gaining weight on any more than 1200 cals a day when I started my EM2WL journey a couple years ago. Now I can't actually believe I ever ate that little!

(08-03-2016 08:46 PM)kathy Wrote:  I DID have a time 2 years ago I was in great shape while using a trainer, lifting and cardio with him, but my diet was still only around 1,000 calories/day. He freaked out when he asked to see my macros. He also got frustrated with me if i didn't do daily cardio in my fat burning zone. See why my head is so messed up?

Absolutely! How could you NOT be messed up when "experts" are telling you that 1000 cals/day is reasonable, and worse, it is "working" for you. The problem with that, is that it doesn't last. How could it? No one can live that life long term. If whatever you are doing isn't' something you can do permanently, then the weight loss isn't permanent either. Also, you don't deserve to be treated with frustration or to be "freaked out at" about food or exercise. Food is just food, it isn't good or bad, it just is. More important than all that is to learn what your body needs and wants! You said you want to be "strong and healthy and enjoy life", which is what we all want! No way you will get there on 1000 cals/day, that's for sure!

If I could make a suggestion, let go of the Size 6 goal for now. You are on the right track... be patient with the process. Your body and mind have healing to do, so give yourself time. Getting up to TDEE from a low cal life takes time. And then you need to stay there a while so your body recognizes the TDEE as the new normal. It might not be fast, but it will be worth it!

Welcome!!!

Laura
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08-04-2016, 07:42 PM
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Welcome! Your history sounds surprisingly like mine, so please know that it CAN be done, and that there is life on the other side where you will be able to eat and enjoy life!

So happy you are already starting on your journey, and it sounds like you have already done your research and have a great plan...

Anitra Soto
Team EM2WL
ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
ISSA Certified Specialist in Senior Fitness

My EM2WL Journey: http://eatmore2weighless.com/never-too-old-anitra/
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08-05-2016, 07:14 PM (This post was last modified: 08-05-2016 07:17 PM by hannah77.)
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Hi and welcome!

I'm relatively new to this as well. Just found EM2WL at the end of May in the middle of a weight management program that was advocating moving more and eating less...for the last 5 weeks of that program, I increased my calories each week by 100 and didn't gain or lose, which was what I wanted to accomplish. I just had to survive while biting my tongue when people would make comments about their tricks to being successful in a process that would be doomed for failure. Only 24 hours in a day, so can only move so much...and you can't keep dropping your calories to zero. I still have a ways to go as I am still trying to find my TDEE. I think I am finally approaching it and should be heading into a reset at the end of summer.

Glad that you have joined the pack moving ahead in our journeys. Just take it one day and one task at a time. It can become overwhelming if we try and "figure it all out" before we start.

Look forward to hearing your updates!
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08-24-2016, 05:45 AM (This post was last modified: 08-24-2016 05:45 AM by Toki18.)
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Hi, Welcome from another newbie also trying to find their TDEE.


I will definitely be checking in to see who you get on. It's always really helpful knowing other people are going through or have been through what you are going through!
It seems to be a lot of mind of matter...and lots of support thumbs up
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08-26-2016, 09:24 PM
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Welcome Kathy! Your journey has only just begun but it can be done. It won't be fast and it won't be smooth, but you will have all the support you can even begin to want right here. It's a great group of people that are consistently encouraging and motivating. One day at a time.
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