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Eat, Play, Write
03-01-2017, 08:22 PM
Post: #191
RE: Eat, Play, Write
(03-01-2017 01:05 PM)Frosty Wrote:  I takes 4-6 weeks to see if the weight is a steady gain, or if it comes back down/levels off. Remember my weight going up for 4 weeks, then leveling off at week 5? Just 1 week won't tell you what you need to know when you are so close to your calculated TDEE.

It was quite an increase in calories all at once, so it's not surprising to see the numbers go up. The questions are:

Will the weight level off after 4-6 weeks?

And, are you comfortable with staying at that calorie level for that long in order to see what happens?

Or, if you feel the weight is going up too fast, you can go back to the 2200 for a while, or at least a smaller increase in cals.

Like I said, I wish I had taken things slower myself! But it's all up to what you feel comfortable with.


Right - as I said, I didn't initially intend to raise my calories so much, but once I had, I thought, what the heck. I'm not surprised by the weight gain. My real question/dilemma is how much to allow myself to gain at this level before I back off, especially if it's a steady upward trend. I guess I sort of feel like I'm here, and I'd rather ride it out a while and find it's too high than back off and increase again and then find out it's too high (or not!). I'm off to reread your history, Frosty! :-)
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03-01-2017, 09:36 PM
Post: #192
RE: Eat, Play, Write
I hope you find my journal interesting at least, LOL! I think I didn't allow myself enough time at each new calorie level. I think I increased too fast. But that's just how I feel, looking back.

One time I miscalculated a part of my daily snack, and found myself up 100 calories over my goal for a week or so. So I stayed there at the higher calorie level. I kinda wish I would have backed off to the previous level and taken things slower.

It sure is challenging to put ourselves through this process! But it will be worth it in the end, right?
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03-01-2017, 10:27 PM
Post: #193
RE: Eat, Play, Write
(03-01-2017 09:36 PM)Frosty Wrote:  I hope you find my journal interesting at least, LOL! I think I didn't allow myself enough time at each new calorie level. I think I increased too fast. But that's just how I feel, looking back.

One time I miscalculated a part of my daily snack, and found myself up 100 calories over my goal for a week or so. So I stayed there at the higher calorie level. I kinda wish I would have backed off to the previous level and taken things slower.

It sure is challenging to put ourselves through this process! But it will be worth it in the end, right?


Right!!! I just spent an hour (more!) reading your journal plus others plus the reset guide for the umpteenth time plus.... I'm going to stick it out through tomorrow, which will make a week. I know that's not a lot, but I've never gained so steadily at previous levels, so this feels different. If I'm up again Friday morning, I'm going to back off to 2300 and see what happens there. Doesn't seem so drastic as bouncing back to 2200. If I gain there for the next week, I can back off a little more. I'm not in a hurry to cut, but feel like I'm close to tdee and it would be nice to "land" for a while. We shall see! (I am astonished to be eating <1,000 more calories that I was for so long!)
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03-02-2017, 11:20 AM
Post: #194
RE: Eat, Play, Write
Up again today, so I am dropping back 100 calories to 2235. My EM2WL estimated TDEE is in the 2000-2237 range, and an average of EM2WL, TDEE Calculator, SailRabbit, and Scooby gives me 2230, so this seems like a good goal for a while. I'm glad I pushed it, and I know some people say I should continue, but that steady rise makes me very uncomfortable even for the short term. I can always increase later if it seems like a good idea.

I just want to say again that I REALLY appreciate the support offered here. It's good to be able to "think out loud" to people who get what we're going here. Anyone else I've told about this look at me like I've sprouted antlers (except my DH, who supports me whatever).

Starting weight in Nov. - ~145
@~2125/day - 1-10 to 1-30 up & back down 148.2-149.4
@2000/day -- 1-31 to 2-10 up & back down, 149.4-150.4
@2128-2190/day -- 2-12 to 2-18 up & back down, 150 to 151.2
@ average 2225 -- 2-19 to 2-24 down & back up 151 to 152.6
@2360-2400
2-25 152.2
2-26 152.4
2-26 152.6
2-27 152.6
2-28 153.4
3-1 153.6
3-2 153.8

BMR - 1296
TDEE - Moderate-2010, Strenuous-2237, me? Who knows?
Average past 7 days 2334
Now eating 2235
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03-02-2017, 12:37 PM
Post: #195
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Sounds like a good plan! LOL about the antlers!

It's great that you are being so brave and sticking with the process! I am having issues with seeing 150 on the scale, yet wondering if I need to up my calories . . . yikes! I really don't want to gain any more weight. It can all be so confusing!
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03-02-2017, 02:12 PM
Post: #196
RE: Eat, Play, Write
(03-02-2017 12:37 PM)Frosty Wrote:  Sounds like a good plan! LOL about the antlers!

It's great that you are being so brave and sticking with the process! I am having issues with seeing 150 on the scale, yet wondering if I need to up my calories . . . yikes! I really don't want to gain any more weight. It can all be so confusing!


I hear ya! I was hysterical about hitting 150. Now, not so much, though I don't want to gain more than 10, and I'm close. But remember when I thought 1800 was too much? Now I don't even want to think about cutting that low!
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03-03-2017, 02:36 PM (This post was last modified: 03-03-2017 02:37 PM by sheilawrites.)
Post: #197
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My last post (this morning) was here and now it's gone. What's up with that?
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03-04-2017, 10:03 AM
Post: #198
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Eeek - up this morning to 155. I stuck with the higher intake (ave 2364) for 8 days, but I am backing off. I guess I'll go to 2200, but I must say I'm tempted to cut 10% to 2000 for 4 weeks or so. I really really really don't like this weight gain, and it's not just vanity. I don't feel well eating this much - stomach & digestive problems I haven't experienced in a very long time. I'll think about it and decide later today, but that's where my mind is going.


Starting weight in Nov. - ~145
@~2125/day - 1-10 to 1-30 up & back down 148.2-149.4
@2000/day -- 1-31 to 2-10 up & back down, 149.4-150.4
@2128-2190/day -- 2-12 to 2-18 up & back down, 150 to 151.2
@ average 2225 -- 2-19 to 2-24 down & back up 151 to 152.6
@2360-2400 -- 2-25 to 3-4 steady rise from 152.2 to 155 - eeeek!


BMR - 1296
TDEE - Moderate-2010, Strenuous-2237, me? Who knows?
Average past 7 days 2364
New goal 2235
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03-04-2017, 10:50 AM
Post: #199
RE: Eat, Play, Write
(03-04-2017 10:03 AM)sheilawrites Wrote:  Eeek - up this morning to 155. I stuck with the higher intake (ave 2364) for 8 days, but I am backing off. I guess I'll go to 2200, but I must say I'm tempted to cut 10% to 2000 for 4 weeks or so. I really really really don't like this weight gain, and it's not just vanity. I don't feel well eating this much - stomach & digestive problems I haven't experienced in a very long time. I'll think about it and decide later today, but that's where my mind is going.

Now that I've settled down...I'm going to cut back to ~2200 for a while. I've come this far, I should ride it out.
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03-04-2017, 08:00 PM
Post: #200
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I agree, definitely ride it out! You've come this far don't base your actions on how you feeling briefly. Take day by day, and try to have fun with this process. Even though some days that can be hard!!!

No old roads lead to new destinations.
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