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The path to health and happiness
09-17-2016, 10:44 PM
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The path to health and happiness
Hi my name is Kristin. I have already introduced myself in the welcome forum, and now I am finally ready to start my personal journal. So a little about my personal history with food. I was always on the upper range of the "healthy" weight for my age and height growing up. Definitely not overweight, but big enough compared to other my age that I felt that I was. Thankfully I just ignored it and continued as I was instead of stressing about calories. Everything was great while I was still in high school. I was on the golf team in the spring and lifted weights in the off season. I had jazz and tap dance lessons once a week and I ate. What I ate wasn't always healthy though. I grew up in a lower income family with 4 sisters so time and money was always short for my parents. We often ate a lot of box dinner and other cheap processed food, and very few vegetables.

Even with the processed foods everything was OK until I left for college. That is when the downward spiral began. There wasn't a place for me to dance or golf, and I've never liked the "traditional" cardio workouts. To make matters worse, the few times I tried to do my strength training in the gym on campus the sports guys who were always there made me feel uncomfortable. So I lost my exercise routine, I continued making poor food choices, and as a result the weight started to pile on. 20lbs my freshman year turned to 50, then 80. Finally I stopped looking at the scale around 235lbs. During that time I would occasionally do the yo yo low cal dieting, but couldn't stick it out longer than a month before I gave up. At least now I understand why I couldn't keep it up. You would think that someone with a degree in biology would have figured it out sooner....

When I started grad school 2 years ago I had no time for food, sleep, or anything else. So it was the typical grad school experience big grin I have no idea what my calorie intake was during that time. All I know is that some days I ate a lot of Chinese take out or pizza, and other days I existing on a couple bags of pop corn and little else. Thankfully, the torture is over! And that brings us up to now. I graduated about a month ago and I finally have time for ME! (Still no job yet so cross your fingers for me). I started up again with the low cal diet of about 1400 cal at the beginning of Sept. About a week later I stumbled upon EM2WL in the forums and I am so, so glad that I did. I started doing strength training on Sept 12 and the next day I started to up my calories. Currently I have managed to eat my BMR two days in a row (a major accomplishment for me)!

Stats:
Age: 24
Height: 5'6"
Starting weight: 222.8lbs Current weight:221.2lbs
BMR: 1799
TDEE: 2474

Bodyweight training 3 times a week. Today I started the Max Capacity Training 12 week program [undefined=undefined]http://www.maxcapacitytraining.com/[/undefined] If I do any cardio on rest days it would be something simple like a short walk.

My plan is to continue eating at my BMR this week and slowly raise up to my estimated TDEE. I am going to do a reset since my eating habits have been so inconsistent the last two years. I am also using the Happy Scale app to track my weight daily so I can figure out what my true TDEE is. So that's pretty much it for now. I'm taking things slowly, one day at a time. I'm sure I'll post again soon with a million questions.
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09-17-2016, 11:02 PM
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RE: The path to health and happiness
Thought it might be helpful to include my measurements also. My fiance borrowed my measuring tape (without permission) to measure his students for their FFA official dress, so I got creative and measured with a 6ft phone charger and a tape measure. laughing

Neck: 18.25
Left arm: 14.75
Chest: 43
Waist: 44.75
Hips: 50.25
Left Thigh: 28.25
Left Calf: 16.5
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09-18-2016, 03:06 AM
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RE: The path to health and happiness
Welcome! The women on these boards will keep you right wink

Only advice for now - take pictures and lots of them! Advice No2: back them up!

They're one of the great ways to track progress.
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09-18-2016, 06:56 AM
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RE: The path to health and happiness
So glad you decided to start a journal - it's a great way to track your progress. It sounds as though you have done your research and are off on the right foot! Let us know if you have any questions, and keep us updated!

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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09-18-2016, 10:49 AM
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RE: The path to health and happiness
Welcome Kristin! Be sure to let us know how you're doing and if you have questions!
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09-20-2016, 08:37 AM
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RE: The path to health and happiness
Welcome Kristen! The best part about your story is that you are willing to do this now, instead of 15-20 years from now like so many of us. You are young and just starting on your career (yay! congrats on finishing school!) and have so much ahead of you! This EM2WL community is wonderful, a wealth of support and information in a world where we get so much WRONG information!

WELCOME!

Laura
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09-20-2016, 01:22 PM
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RE: The path to health and happiness
Welcome! Ditto LauCo77, to have started this in my 20s! Ah, you have your whole life ahead of you so definitely take it slow and steady one step at a time. Just like you didn't graduate from grad school overnight but had to work at it consistently for two years, you'll find your EM2WL journey is the same. Don't rush, put in the necessary "work" to become reacquainted with yourself. Ask lots of questions and use this forum...lots of wonder people here who have been where you're at and more importantly are where you want to be!
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