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Kelly's Journal
03-16-2017, 09:16 AM
Post: #11
RE: Kelly's Journal
(03-16-2017 09:01 AM)kcmsmith0405 Wrote:  Week 3 Check in:
Starting weight 2/23/17: 197.9
Today's Weight 3/16/17: 196.8
Goal Calories per day: 2350
Avg calories eaten (Thurs-Wednesday): 2650 (had higher activity than normal last week due to a power outage)

New goal: 2450 per day minimum with extra on any really heavy activity/workout days

Still having a lot of tiredness, but workouts are easy, my appetite is back, and I haven't felt the urge to binge or chow down in a while. I am also craving less sweets, maybe because when I want something I just eat it or maybe because I am eating enough protein and good calories and my body is happy. Heartburn is still an issue, but I am narrowing that down right now it appears to be from coffee (*cry* I love my morning coffee).

Trendweight went from saying I was 300 calories over (after the first week) per day down down to being only 6 calories over per day (as of today). Let see what happens over this next week.

Kelly


Sounds like you're doing great! I had to cut back on coffee a couple years ago, so I feel your pain.
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03-16-2017, 12:16 PM
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It sucks when we need to cut down on the coffee... same thing here.

Yes, buy increasing the protein intake you are basically crowding out the other macros. Also it will make you feel fuller which combined with the fact that if you want something you are just eating it will decrease binges and cravings. Win-win, yay!

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03-18-2017, 01:08 PM
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I bet the less cravings for sweets is because you are getting enough calories now. I've read that when we're low on energy, we crave sweets because they are quick energy. Sounds like you are doing great!
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03-22-2017, 11:18 AM
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So my official weekly check-in is tomorrow, but I got my MFP weekly report in email yesterday and realized that I am still eating ~2600 calories avg per day and not gaining... That means I need to bump my activity level up between moderate and strenuous activity on the calculator. Full details tomorrow happy

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03-22-2017, 11:29 AM
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Good job sticking to it! Let us know how it goes.

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03-23-2017, 09:49 AM (This post was last modified: 03-23-2017 09:52 AM by kcmsmith0405.)
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Week 4 Check in.

Fitbit TDEE: 2300
EM2WL: Strenous TDEE: 2750
MFP TDEE (no exercise): 2510
Actual Calories: 2680 avg per day.

Starting weight 197.8
Today's weight 197.8
Yesterday 196.8
No actual gain - still bouncing around a lot per week with water weight depending on how much sugar I eat close to bed time (ate a brownie right before bed yesterday LOL).

Trendweight now says I am burning 125 cal more per day than I eat (which would put me right about 2800. On the EM2WL Calculator is Strenuous activity level for me is 2750).

So time to go up again. Going to push up to about 2750 per day this week and see what happens. The amount I can eat is shocking to me. Need to work a little more on getting all my protein - have been sitting at about 25% instead of my 30% goal.

Fitbit is so totally wrong about my TDEE and I find I am happy about that. I love that food is no longer the enemy and I can indulge and enjoy.

Biggest NSV so far is how much energy I have for my workouts. I feel great during class and I am almost never ready to be done once class is finished. I even added in an extra class last night that was a special tricks and kicks class and I must have done 30 Cartwheels and I STILL felt great afterward (other than a few sore joints - but I have arthritis from a 10 year battle with Lyme disease so that is expected). I have not had this much energy and endurance in 20 years.
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03-23-2017, 10:51 AM
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Kelly, cartwheels? I couldn't do them as kid! I'm jealous now!

Isn't it actually nice so see that we can EAT?! That we don't need to live eating like birds? I love that part! And we don't realize how much energy and stamina we miss from not eating enough until we eat more. Can I share your NSV with the fam?

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03-23-2017, 01:04 PM
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Of Course Tereza!
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03-27-2017, 09:02 AM
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So had a weird bout this past weekend of not wanting to eat at all. Thanks to some help on the MFP boards - I think I figured out that it was because I was fighting a cold. Today seems a lot better I was hungry again for breakfast and it tasted yummy. On another topic I think I may have finally hit my TDEE - slowly going up in weight (with no adjusting back down) over the past 2 weeks at 2700 ish cals. I will know more fore sure with my check in on Thursday, when I look at everything. So happy I found this site!
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03-28-2017, 10:17 AM (This post was last modified: 03-28-2017 10:18 AM by kcmsmith0405.)
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I may have finally gone over my TDEE happy I will know for sure on Thursday when I do my week check in - but so far this week at about 2750 calories I am slowly going up with no reset happening. Trendweight.com says I am eating 185 cals more than I am burning now, so that would put me about 2550-2600 TDEE (on my normal weeks - more active weeks I will add in buffer calories).

FitBit says 2400 TDEE, but I think that is a little low, so I am figuring 2550-2600 to eat and stay at for at least a few more weeks with my current activity level. I am also working on adding in more whole real food instead of relying on protein bars for protein and fiber.

One thing that sticks out this week is feeling like I have to force myself to eat my full amount of calories. A couple of days it was probably due to fighting off a cold - but I am feeling good now and still look at the amount of calories to eat and think - ugh I just do NOT want that much (hahah never thought I would feel that way about food!) and yes I am eating calorie dense foods, not "filler" foods.

My cravings and binges have disappeared, workouts have been great, other than yesterday when I ate dinner about 1.5 hours before working out, when I was not at all hungry, just to get my calories for the day. I felt bogged down and overfull for the first half of my workout, it was pretty miserable. When the overfull feeling finally went away, I felt great and then the workout was over.

It will be interesting to see how my check in looks on Thursday.

As a side note I redid measurements on Sunday and I was either down .5 inch or stayed the same over the past month. It was a great reassurance that I am doing things exactly right! I know when I look in the mirror I feel good about how I have done this past 5 weeks. I really do need to start taking some pictures though!
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