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Am I doing this right?
05-08-2017, 09:22 AM
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RE: Am I doing this right?
Work your way up. You can definitely stay at TDEE for a while. It will help your body catch up. if you increase slowly, you will not gain fat, the weight increase will definitely be towards lean muscle mass (which you definitely want more). I'm glad to see that you are into moderation, that it itself puts you way ahead in your journey!

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06-08-2017, 07:44 PM
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(05-08-2017 09:22 AM)Tereza Toledo Wrote:  Work your way up. You can definitely stay at TDEE for a while. It will help your body catch up. if you increase slowly, you will not gain fat, the weight increase will definitely be towards lean muscle mass (which you definitely want more). I'm glad to see that you are into moderation, that it itself puts you way ahead in your journey!

Update! After meeting again with my doctor and unfortunately dealing with an incredibly stressful family situation(having to to get guardianship of an out of state relative with dementia whose caregiver was exploiting her), my doc recommended that since things were going well(tummywise)to not just start everything back in suddenly due to the stress. I agreed but am not as strict as before. Trying to get my cals up again. Tried some grains(quinoa) and been okay, my feta cheese experiment was okay one time and then not the next. I have some dark chocolate(wheeeee!) and fruits again, no soy products, but if it's soy sauce I'm not so picky. Have not tried any bread yet. Still able to keep my protein pretty close if not entirely on point but cals still difficult, going up very slowly towards TDEE. One thing at a time! I lowered TDEE a bit because of schedule changes, started Strong been several weeks now. I like it but I'm not really able to increase as I was when I was at TDEE, that's to be expected. Lift 3x a week, walks here and there. No extra cardio, not interested in adding stress to my system. I still feel good, despite the heavy mental load on my mind.
I think I covered it, thanks!
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06-09-2017, 08:02 AM
Post: #73
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Desi,
I'm sorry to hear that you are dealing with so much stress! Kudos for taking good care of yourself.
It's great to hear that your are recovering and that you are being able to add foods. Yay on Strong! Yes, less calories mean less strength, but eventually, once you increase cals you will be seeing PR's, don't worry.

Thanks for the update!

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08-07-2017, 03:03 PM (This post was last modified: 08-07-2017 03:07 PM by Desi13.)
Post: #74
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Another update!
Some success in adding back in Foods. Limited gluten seems most tolerable, don't really know why but if I have more than few bites I am very gassy, I'd rather eat beans!! Dairy has proven to be a no no despite several experiments, although feta in small amounts on occasion seems mostly okay.
My Strong workouts are progressing, some days I am able to go up in strength and others stay the same. My stress unfortunately has increased and directly related to the caregiving/guardianship of my aunt whom I am closer to moving to the state I live in. Taking this day my day. In doing all of that I have not been tracking calories like I was/maybe should be. I pretty much eat what I want which has always been pretty healthy, I've never been all or nothing, so despite my minor food intolerances(whatever they are) I do enjoy my meals and treats(dark chocolate and potato chips).
Thefew days I have tracked here and there I've bounced between 1800 and 2100 cals. My TDEE is about 2150-2200 so I'm not doing that great there, I've definitely hit in some days but the lowest have been around the 1800. Protein is not as great, still high compared to most people but it is one of those things that I focus on protein being the focus of a meal in terms of thinking about getting my macros in, but since I am not tracking every day it's entirely possible I am not getting what I should every day but am just close, and for now it's just going to have to do.
I will say for any of you wondering about increasing your cals that despite losing pounds when I first was doing the elimination "diet" for my tummy troubles, I have not regained anything, and I have jumped at least a few hundred cals over a couple few months, so slowly is best in my opinion. I thought I went pretty slow the first time last October, and slower this time, and it's proven better for me this time.
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08-22-2017, 07:58 AM
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Desi, elimination diets are never easy and yes, re-introducing foods can be very challenging. But you did it for a medical reason. Take little steps, one thing at a time. You may not be at you calorie and protein goal, but you are working consistently towards it, despite all the stress that life has been throwing at you. Wtg on keeping up with your Strong workouts! Yes, someday staying at the same strength level is progress in itself. Remember, progresss is not linear.

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08-24-2017, 10:26 AM
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(08-22-2017 07:58 AM)Tereza Toledo Wrote:  Desi, elimination diets are never easy and yes, re-introducing foods can be very challenging. But you did it for a medical reason. Take little steps, one thing at a time. You may not be at you calorie and protein goal, but you are working consistently towards it, despite all the stress that life has been throwing at you. Wtg on keeping up with your Strong workouts! Yes, someday staying at the same strength level is progress in itself. Remember, progresss is not linear.

Thanks Tereza! Your support means so much!
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