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  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    Saturday Check-in

    This week went somewhat better overall, but there are some definite hurdles I have to dodge as I go forward. I'm not sure of what they all mean for me either.

    I missed my rowing and practice goals. Practicing was due to a very busy week out of the home and just being out of gas by the time I'm able to think about it. And, if I'm honest, not much of anything for motivation. I will need to push through that in the coming week.

    Rowing, on the other hand, has had to take a back seat somewhat due to this issue that's also been interfering with my sleep. I have yet to have an official diagnosis, but I've got some sort of interference going on with my ulnar nerve (possibly cubital tunnel, and possibly a bit of interference at the shoulder too), and this is what's causing my increased sleeping troubles as of late, as well as various issues through the day. I find that rowing for any extended period exacerbates things, so I'm now going to stick to a short row, just to keep things going in my mind with form.

    They say knowing is half the battle. I agree. I altered my sleeping position according to this being the issue, and had pretty decent success in reducing the discomfort and pain. I found some physical therapy stretches online and will be following through with them. I plan to give it about a week or two to see if I've got a good handle on the situation, and pursue formal diagnosis and treatment from there if I must. Trying to avoid the expenses, but I do understand that it's something I need to get under control to avoid permanent damage, so will take the plunge if need be.

    Losing rowing really threw me for a loop on the exercise plan I had in mind. However, I am finding that as long as I'm not pushing myself to go fast, and I take breaks when needed, I am tolerating walking well enough to get a good amount of movement in and get some burn. It's not near where I wanted to ideally be to power through the pounds faster, but it is what it is.

    Motivation's been pretty well non-existent, but at least having the kiddo back in school is getting me into the gym consistently. I really have no excuse to avoid stopping there after dropping her off, as it's so close to her school. I am preplanning the menu and prepping meals as needed to make sure I'm able to get out the door in the mornings. This morning she wants to do accessory work, so that will get me back there for at least that. And two miles of walking, as it's this week's daily "physical challenge" in a thing I joined at the gym in hopes that it will add more accountability and keep me from stalling out from all this stuff going on physically and mentally.

    The program is meant to help people adjust to a more fitness-oriented lifestyle with a secondary focus on nutrition. I'm not going to get much of anything out of the nutrition side, and walking two miles is a small bit compared to what I normally do, so it's not really a challenge, but the daily/weekly accountability will be very good for the situation I'm in right now mentally. And it's only for six weeks, so why not?

    Well, I should probably wind down for now and get moving. Not that I want to, seeing as it's -6F/-21C with a wind chill of -19F/-28C, but I can layer and get going (grumblegrumblegrumble). Maybe. After a few minutes. And breakfast.

    [TL/DR]

    Might have the culprit of my increased discomfort/pain figured out. Missed a couple goals, but overall progress is being made despite life being as it is.

    My plan:

    Current "foundational macros":

    Protein:
    All days: >=130 grams/day

    Carbs:
    Rest days: 40-50 grams/day
    Training: >=150 grams/day (will be timed around/during training for the most part)

    Fat:
    Rest days: >=45 grams/day
    Training: 15-25 grams/day (will be mostly EFA (essential fatty acid) supplementation)

    Commitments:

    1) Intake: >1,105 kcal/day
    2) Exercise: >=30 minutes, 6 days/week
    3) Deficit: <2,900 kcal/day
    4) Rest day(s): >=1/week (<1,100 kcal deficit)

    Goals:

    1) Strength training: 2-3 days/week
    2) Indoor rowing (**with good form**): >=3 days/week (short sessions for now)
    3) Musical instrument practice: >=30 min, 6 days/week
    4) Caloric deficit: >=6 days/week

    My Stats:

    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Original goal: 140 lbs
    Current goal: 21.5% body fat (currently estimated at 140 lbs). Aiming to be at this point by 2020/12/05.

    2019/09/14: 240.7
    2019/09/21: 238.8
    2019/09/28: 234.6
    2019/10/05: 230.8
    2019/10/12: 231.0
    2019/10/19: 226.9
    2019/10/26: 223.8
    2019/11/01: 219.6
    2019/11/09: 215.6
    2019/11/16: 212.7
    2019/11/23: 209.2
    2019/11/30: 203.9
    2019/12/07: 201.3
    2019/12/17: 199.7
    2019/12/21: 196.7
    2019/12/28: 197.3 (Planned maintenance break)
    2020/01/04: 194.7
    2020/01/11: 192.0

    @skinnyjeanzbound : While I know it's probably really exciting and all, I have to say the primary thought in my mind is the stress of searching, negotiating, and moving (with all its housework and improvement trappings). Yuck. Sorry to be an Eeyore, but I do hope you have a better time of it all than what I'm thinking. Too many moves for me/my family in the past to be super excited there.

    @mnwalkingqueen : Kudos to you on braving the wintery tundra. Although it wasn't so bad in the earlier part of the week, was it? These Canadian cold snaps sap me to the bone and always make me SO hungry (and for comfort food at that). Great job on tackling the meals too -- sounds like you're on the road to success again. :smile:
  • Wednesdayaddams1Wednesdayaddams1 Member Posts: 1 Member Member Posts: 1 Member
    Good morning. This is my first post. It's hard to find others like myself who need to lose a significant amount of weight that actually want to talk about it. I am 41 and weigh 287 according to the scale this morning. I'm finding it difficult to make the right food decisions when I'm in the moment. I'd love to hear some of your success stories to help me believe in myself again.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    @Wenesdayaddams1- Welcome to the group. I struggle with same thing and this week I planned all meals out which has helped. Also when eating out I look at menu online and plan ahead.

    AFM
    Holly
    Age 47 from Minneapolis MN
    Goal weight 260 (180 total in 10lbs intervals)
    May 2019 252lbs
    Reset weight Jan 1 2020 270lbs (gain due eating emotions after dad’s death)
    1/11/20 266.2
    My weekend success was planning all meals thur Friday night. Prepping by chopping veggies and making veggie egg white cups. I also walked outside both Sat and Sun for 45 mins. I am no logging my excercise for I don’t have the self control not to eat the extra calories granted.
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Member Posts: 3,929 Member Member Posts: 3,929 Member
    @holly--great job with the healthy cooking at home! I also haven't been to the gym since before Christmas.

    AFM--I am doing okay with food, but unfortunately, it is due, in part, to a dental issue. I had a crown put on in September that has become infected. Pain started Wed. evening and my dentist is only in on Wed. and Sat. I tried his emergency number Thursday morning to no avail. Fortunately, I have a friend who is also a dentist (not in my insurance network) who called in a script for antibiotics which I started Thurs. afternoon. They helped decrease the pain, but eating is still uncomfortable.

    I left a message for my dentist, and he never returned my call on Sat. I suspect he may have canceled his appts. for the day due to severe weather in the area, but I would think he would still check his messages. Anyway, I already happened to have a regular check up scheduled for this Wed, so I'm anxiously awaiting that appt.

    Due to my body fighting off the infection, I was feeling pretty run down over the weekend. Didn't get much done in the house, but I did get a few boxes packed up. Our realtor is supposed to be coming this Saturday, so we will see what she has to say then.

    I decided to start my weight tracking fresh here for the new year.

    Name: Karen
    Age: 50
    Height: 5’7"
    Highest Weight: 247
    Current Weight: 196 (1/4/20)

    1/4/20 = 196
    1/11/20 = 193
  • TeeraiTeerai Member Posts: 245 Member Member Posts: 245 Member
    Good morning. This is my first post. It's hard to find others like myself who need to lose a significant amount of weight that actually want to talk about it. I am 41 and weigh 287 according to the scale this morning. I'm finding it difficult to make the right food decisions when I'm in the moment. I'd love to hear some of your success stories to help me believe in myself again.

    Welcome!
    I know that it can be a long road to being mentally ready to go on the journey of weight loss.

    While some people seem to cruise down getting slimmer and stronger without even breaking a sweat, BE ASSURED that for most of us it is hard work!
    Getting to the starting point is the first hard mile (however many years that takes)!
    For some it’s a reflection in the mirror or clothes getting impossible to wear or not fitting into public seating or being invisible in normal social situations. For me, it was a combination of hitting a number that was my top limit as well as feeling ill from eating any food but especially any processed food. Guessing the chemicals had super saturated every cell...lol.

    I am going to encourage you in one factor you need to be ok with on this journey.
    IT IS OK TO BE dedicated and narcissistic in taking this ride!
    I say narcissistic because you really need to tune into the things inside you that need to happen. You don’t neglect your life but there will have to be focused changes to accomplish weight loss. You will feel like a lot of time is spent targeting this. But even temporary weigh loss takes dedicated focus. Making a life change, even more so but it will be worth it!

    Again, for me it was exchanging OUT food as a reward or comfort bear. Instead of going out for treats, we went out to do activity like mini-golf or walking, walking, walking in new places and best of all for me a pool membership. You are weightless in the pool and having been a decade at a heavy weight, it was WONDERFUL to move without feet, knees and legs complaining every step. I am a sloooow swimmer but be assured that is OK too! ;)

    Hint: I always had carrots, celery and apples as ready snack grabs because becoming more active Initially suppressed the appetite but when hunger did hit I was ravenous and eating those natural foods both satisfied the chewing function and were great filling fiber before a real meal.

    Last yet not least, be diligent logging with a food scale.
    Being aware of the real numbers of calories going in and taking control of those portions is empowering.
    When you measure in grams and ml, you get very aware of each calorie and the best education is learning how to feel full on 1200 daily cals.
    Todays produce section of our grocery stores are full of colorful and flavorful food that accomplishes this!

    Looking forward to running with you on this amazing life journey :)
    edited January 15
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    @Karen- hope infection goes away fast and dentist calls soon. Good luck on Saturday.

    Wensday Wish:
    I wish it could stop getting dark at 4pm permanently. Also wish had enough money to rebuild garage before it falls down.
  • lisat2463lisat2463 Member Posts: 8 Member Member Posts: 8 Member
    New member here. Up and down....up to 242....lots of health problems but going to lose this weight and see if it heals a lot of my sick feelings!!!

    Look forward to this journey!
  • HelenatrandomHelenatrandom Member Posts: 1,175 Member Member Posts: 1,175 Member
    Hi. I have been gone for awhile. Two months ago I was diagnosed with diabetes, so I started tracking here again. . I am only slightly out of range, a1c is 6.7 and 6.5 is top of the range. We are working with diet to bring my a1c down, as I am so close to normal.
    My weight is way up since the last time I was here, but I have lost 15 pounds in the last two months.

    I also had a pulmonary embolism two months ago. Technically, I probably still do, but I am much better.

    I am sorry I dropped out.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    @Helenatrandom - welcome back! Congrats on 15lb loss. I hope the tracking will bring down your A1C.
    @lisat2463- welcome to the group.

    Thursday truth:
    I am finding it hard to meet all 3 macros that I need to focus on and staying under calories. I can never get enough protein for the day. I tend to be over on sugar and/or fat most days. I can 50/50 meet sodium goal. Any easy quick freezeable food ideas let me know receipes. I prefr fish over chicken tho and hate turkey. I eat lot of egg whites. I will open the food journal back up.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Happy Firday!!
    I will try to meal plan Sun - Fri again this week. It mostly worked well last week. I have way more veggies than I can imagine eating before they spoil.
  • Chica7677Chica7677 Member Posts: 4 Member Member Posts: 4 Member
    Hi. Happy Friday😁. I have made the mistake of buying too many veggies before. You live and you learn. I don't meal prep, but I just started this past week meal planning. I just made sure to buy what I needed for my meals only and nothing else. It's a great way to save money and not have stuff that I don't need to be eating in the house. When I am tempted to buy something at the store, I remind myself that everything I need is already at the house.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    Saturday Check-In

    So I went ahead and cut to the chase on the arms/hands thing I've had going on and went to an ortho. I am pending an MRI and ...EMG...? Don't recall what it was, but it will test to see where I'm getting interference in my nerves.

    Got a small cyclical hormonal boost this week, but it is nothing compared to the feeling I've gotten in the past. I am pretty sure that the continued sleep issues are still in play, though I've mitigated a large chunk of the issue by starting to figure out how to work around this nerve/whatever else issue. I hope we can get the testing done soon. Waiting for a call from the Dr's office, as they have to play "jump through the insurance hoops" to get authorization.

    I covered the fundamentals and goals 1, 2, and 4. I'm putting practicing on hold now, as the hands/arms issue is getting aggravated by practicing too. I will practice enough to cover what I need to play for church, but hold off on everything else until things start to settle down with the issue. Slower overall losses now than before (this week has a bit of a boost from loss of hormonal water weight), but between where I'm at in my head and physically... meh, whatever. Not going up, so that's what counts in the end.

    On the upside, this weekend is worse than last, weather-wise, but instead of throwing in the exercise towel, I've gotten 5,000+ steps and some exercise while staying in the house, using Wii Fit for the low intensity exercise.

    Sorry to not be chattier, but that's about where I'm at this week. I'll try to give conversing more on things a go when I feel I've got a bit more in me.

    My plan:

    Current "foundational macros":

    Protein:
    All days: >=130 grams/day

    Carbs:
    Rest days: 40-50 grams/day
    Strength Training: >=150 grams/day (will be timed around/during training for the most part)

    Fat:
    Rest days: >=45 grams/day
    Strength Training: 15-25 grams/day (will be mostly EFA (essential fatty acid) supplementation)

    Commitments:

    1) Intake: >1,105 kcal/day
    2) Exercise: >=30 minutes, 6 days/week
    3) Deficit: <2,818 kcal/day
    4) Rest day(s): >=1/week (<1,200 kcal deficit)

    Goals:

    1) Strength training: 2-3 days/week
    2) Indoor rowing (**with good form**): >=3 days/week (short sessions for now)
    3) Musical instrument practice: >=30 min, 6 days/week (on hold due to arms)
    4) Caloric deficit (50+ kcal under): >=6 days/week

    My Stats:

    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Original goal: 140 lbs
    Current goal: 21.5% body fat (currently estimated at 140 lbs). Aiming to be at this point by 2020/12/05.

    2020/01/04: 194.7
    2020/01/11: 192.0
    2020/01/18: 189.4

    2019 Progress
    2019/09/14: 240.7
    2019/09/21: 238.8
    2019/09/28: 234.6
    2019/10/05: 230.8
    2019/10/12: 231.0
    2019/10/19: 226.9
    2019/10/26: 223.8
    2019/11/01: 219.6
    2019/11/09: 215.6
    2019/11/16: 212.7
    2019/11/23: 209.2
    2019/11/30: 203.9
    2019/12/07: 201.3
    2019/12/17: 199.7
    2019/12/21: 196.7
    2019/12/28: 197.3 (Planned maintenance break)
  • TeeraiTeerai Member Posts: 245 Member Member Posts: 245 Member
    lisat2463 wrote: »
    New member here. Up and down....up to 242....lots of health problems but going to lose this weight and see if it heals a lot of my sick feelings!!!

    Look forward to this journey!

    Welcome!
    Totally relate to those sick feelings.
    Losing weight helped those for me as I minimized and changed my diet.

  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Just checking in:

    Went to the gym today first time since MN cold set in. It felt so good. planned most of my meals this week at least breakfast and lunch. Dinner not so much for not sure what veggies will last.

    Update
    1/1/20= 270
    1/11/20= 266.4
    1/17/20= 263.2
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    Wednesday Wish:
    I wish that I was better at meal planning. I stated last week I bought to many veggies and they are going bad on me😕. However, with meal planning I don’t think about food so much 🙂.
    I also wish I could find substitute for soda. Popcorn is a staple in my house and it is the only food item I have to have soda with.
  • 2horsestoride2horsestoride Member Posts: 37 Member Member Posts: 37 Member
    Wednesday Wish:
    I wish that I was better at meal planning. I stated last week I bought to many veggies and they are going bad on me😕. However, with meal planning I don’t think about food so much 🙂.
    I also wish I could find substitute for soda. Popcorn is a staple in my house and it is the only food item I have to have soda with.

    Have you tried Hint water? I love the blackberry flavor. No sugar, no calories, not seltzer (which I hate.).
  • blessedwith3boysblessedwith3boys Member Posts: 136 Member Member Posts: 136 Member
    Starting over today. Happy to be here.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Member Posts: 1,185 Member Member Posts: 1,185 Member
    @2horsestoride- I have tried hint but not enough flavor to have with popcorn.
    @blessedwith3boys- happy you are here

    For me I went to gym two days this week and walked outside two days so far. I also stuck to my planned meals all days except for monday dinner.
  • sweeetypie1sweeetypie1 Member Posts: 107 Member Member Posts: 107 Member
    Now that the holidays are over, we are trying to eat more veggies and fruit and less processed foods. I bought a load of veggies at Aldi's yesterday, had a delicious half sandwich (multi-grain bread with hummus and veggies for lunch). Oatmeal for breakfast with fruit. More veggies at lunch and dinner. Scale up a little this morning (I weigh myself on Fridays) but not unexpected. Hope you all are doing well.

    1/24 - 250.2

  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Member Posts: 247 Member Member Posts: 247 Member
    Saturday Check-In

    Got a nice little whoosh this week, which helped a bit to push forward. Fighting for every bit of it, though. Have been forcing myself to eat most of the week, but have been able to get it done since I know I'd probably be fighting the other kind of intake battle if I didn't.

    I find myself regretting joining that challenge at the gym. I've managed to reawaken an old lower back injury (it's always been there, but I haven't aggravated it enough for it to be a major issue for a long time). Now I'm off compound lifting until that's leveled out. Planks were the daily physical challenge this last week that aggravated it.

    I've compensated for this by moving to a basic strength training regimen using machines that isolate specific muscles/groups. To be honest, I do not enjoy it, but hopefully it will help me avoid muscle atrophy as much as possible as well as avoiding further potential aggravation/injury until it's quieted down again.

    So walking, very short rowing, and limited strength training is the current training picture, along with managed intake. I know it will get the job done, so will keep trying to fight for it. Stuck in Eeyore mode mentally and physically, but trying.

    All commitments and goals (with noted limitations) met this week.

    My plan:

    Current "foundational macros":

    Protein:
    All days: >=130 grams/day

    Carbs:
    Rest days: 40-50 grams/day
    Strength Training: >=150 grams/day (most timed around/during training)

    Fat:
    Rest days: >=45 grams/day
    Strength Training: 25-45 grams/day
    To include 10 grams EFAs all days

    Commitments:

    1) Intake: >1,125 kcal/day
    2) Exercise: >=30 minutes, 6 days/week
    3) Deficit: <2,742 kcal/day
    4) Rest day(s): >=1/week (<1,200 kcal deficit)

    Goals:

    1) Strength training: 2-3 days/week
    2) Indoor rowing (**with good form**): >=3 days/week (short sessions for now)
    3) Musical instrument practice: >=30 min, 6 days/week (on hold due to nerve issues)
    4) Caloric deficit (50+ kcal under): >=6 days/week

    My Stats:

    5'1" Female
    Restarting weight: 252
    MFP restart weight: 242.7
    Original goal: 140 lbs
    Current goal: 21.5% body fat (currently estimated at 140 lbs). Aiming to be at this point by 2020/12/05.

    2020 Progress
    2020/01/04: 194.7
    2020/01/11: 192.0
    2020/01/18: 189.4
    2020/01/15: 185.4

    2019 Progress
    2019/09/14: 240.7
    2019/09/21: 238.8
    2019/09/28: 234.6
    2019/10/05: 230.8
    2019/10/12: 231.0
    2019/10/19: 226.9
    2019/10/26: 223.8
    2019/11/01: 219.6
    2019/11/09: 215.6
    2019/11/16: 212.7
    2019/11/23: 209.2
    2019/11/30: 203.9
    2019/12/07: 201.3
    2019/12/17: 199.7
    2019/12/21: 196.7
    2019/12/28: 197.3 (Planned maintenance break)

    @mnwalkingqueen : Looks like you're making some progress. Congrats on getting back to the gym and planning.

    @sweeetypie1 : Isn't Aldi's a blessing? I have to admit I don't know what I'd do if they weren't in my town. Well, I do, I guess... It would be a lot more boring/bland and a lot harder to stick to in the long run.
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