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New here-just making sure I am doing this right
12-28-2016, 05:49 PM
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New here-just making sure I am doing this right
I have been trying this for about a month and a half, reading the blogs, and forum posts. I have finally decided to post and make sure I understand this all correctly. So here is my background .. . .

I am 36 years old, 132 lbs (as of this morning), 5’5. I have done the low cal (down as low as 1000-1200) and WW off and on for years, eating crap and who knows how many calories when I wasn’t watching it or dieting. Finally in Jan of 2015 I decided that I was going to drop the pounds for good. I dropped my cals to 1000-1200 (not eating back any exercise cals) again, started exercising (body weight and cardio HIIT 2-3x per week and running 3 miles once a week). I lost 35 pounds, got down to 125 at my lowest. It took me about a year to get there and I kept it there for almost a year. I started doing different Jillian Michael’s dvd’s instead of HIIT workouts, changing which dvd I do every time I workout, I use 10-20lb weights with the dvd’s 2-3x per week, and also still running 3-4 miles once a week. A few months ago I noticed the scale creeping up a couple of pounds, I had gotten a little lax on my cals, going up to 1300 so I cut back to 1000. Still the scale and body fat % kept going up. I started researching, got a fit bit and realized that I had been WAY undereating. I found this site and decided I needed a metabolism reset. So I started increasing my cals by 100 per week, I also added 10-15 mins of strength training utilizing dumbbells and body weight to my 3x per week Jillian Michaels workouts. I am up to 1900-2000 on my intake, I’ve gained about 3 pounds and less than 1% change in my body fat in the month and a half since I started increasing. My fit bit says my average daily calorie burn is about 2000-2100 I should reach that next week for my TDEE and then will stay there for about 12 weeks and then cut for 4-6 weeks and then go back up to my TDEE for 4 weeks.

Does that sound correct and long enough to repair before cutting, I’ll probably cut about 10-15%?

Also, let’s assume that eventually I reach a point where I am happy with what the scale says, what I look like, etc. Do I then just eat whatever my TDEE is for as long as I want or do I have to continue the cutting/TDEE cycle forever?
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12-28-2016, 08:11 PM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
Hi there and welcome :-) ... I am fairly new myself so will leave any advice to those who have been here longer. But it seems that you are doing amazingly so far.

I have found it interesting reading through other people's journals (maybe you have already) to pick up tips and inspiration.

Have you thought of starting a journal yourself? I find it helpful to see where I have come - what has worked and what hasn't etc.

Everyone here is so warm, helpful and encouraging.

May you continue to rock this journey.

Fiona
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12-28-2016, 11:23 PM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
Jkowalczic, yes, you got it right and you are doing great! Starting the cut at 10% is a good idea. Let's say that for whatever reason you don't see the loss you want, you can decrease the calls a little, whilst if you cut it all at once, you have no room to cut anymore.

You don't have to cut. Cutting cycles can be added to decrease body fat. Once you get were you want to be, you can stay eating at TDEE indefinitely. If you keep doing strength training and build muscle, your TDEE will actually become higher over time, allowing you to increase your calories with gaining fat.

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12-29-2016, 05:47 PM
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Great. Thank you! I am so glad I found you guys.
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12-29-2016, 07:04 PM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
Welcome to the forums, there are a great bunch of folks here who will be very excited to read about your progress.
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12-29-2016, 11:14 PM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
Welcome and good luck to you on your journey! :-)
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01-09-2017, 05:48 PM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
So I went in for my yearly physical and they wanted to do some blood work. Turns out that my TSH levels were just slightly elevated, meaning that my thyroid is not functioning as fast as it should be. Hypothyroidism runs in my family (my mom, grandmother and a cousin are/were all on medication I know, possibly more family members that I don't know of). I'm just wondering if anyone else has had blood work that showed this after eating very low cal for a long time and also wondering (hoping) if after doing my reset it will get back to normal? Or is this just my genes catching up with me. The numbers weren't super high, normal is .4-4.5 and mine was 4.62. They want me to come back in 4 mo for a recheck, which will be about the time that my reset ends. Just thought I'd see if anyone had any thoughts/opinions/experience with this.
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01-20-2017, 11:38 AM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
Here is an overview of my numbers from the last 10 days. There has been some increase in weight so I'm just wondering if I should stay at around 1900-2000 or drop back to 1800-1900, could my fitbit activity calories burned est be off (it averages 2000-2050/day) since my thyroid test came back that it's not functioning quite right. Also, I was planning on starting a cut in April, since I got to the 2000 range in calories the first part of Jan that would be 12 weeks, that would be assuming my TDEE stays good and I feel good about it, but given that I am supposed to go back and have my thyroid checked in May should I hold off on a cut until I see what those results say?

weight body fat % cals in workout
1/8/2017 132.2 24.5 2,100
1/9/2017 134 24.4 2,036 Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 used as heavy weight as possible, didn't finish all reps (got 7-10 each weight exercise)
1/10/2017 134.4 24.9 2,039 Heavy(7-10 reps/3sets) weight ab/total body
1/11/2017 134.8 24.8 1,958
1/12/2017 134.2 24.8 2,006
1/13/2017 134 24.9 2,084 Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 used as heavy weight as possible, didn't finish all reps(got 7-10 each weight exercise)
1/14/2017 134.2 25.0 1,942 Heavy weights(7-10 reps/ 3 sets) Upper body workout
1/15/2017 134.8 25.0 2,051
1/16/2017 135.2 25.0 2,095 Heavy weights(7-10 reps/ 3 sets) lower body workout
1/17/2017 135.2 25.0 1,929
1/18/2017 135.4 25.1 1,983 Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 used as heavy weight as possible, didn't finish all reps(got 7-10 each weight exercise)
1/19/2017 136 25.2 1,941
1/20/2017 135.6 25.1 Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30 used as heavy weight as possible, didn't finish all reps(got 7-10 each weight exercise)
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02-07-2017, 04:13 PM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
Welcome! I am new here too, so I don't know what advice to give you.

Just wanted to say I hope someone can address your questions!

(Have you thought about starting a journal here?)
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02-07-2017, 04:58 PM
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RE: New here-just making sure I am doing this right
The fluctuation you are seeing in the scale is definitely normal. You increased your calories up to TDEE (the Fitbit reading is fine) and your body is still adjusting to the new level. I'd stay at that range for longer and definitely wait for May checkup before cutting. If your thyroid is not acting normally, you would not see the expected cut results, end up frustrated and going back to square one.

Stay the course, you are doing great!

BTW, Kiki did this free video series and it tackles some issues of female weight loss: http://eatmore2weighless.mykajabi.com/p/...ck%20start

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