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  • JJKM73JJKM73 Posts: 24Member, Premium Member Posts: 24Member, Premium Member
    @skinnyjeanzbound I totally feel your pain! We had done renovations and then put our house on the market this time last year. Between packing, house showings, school, kids, it was easy to eat easy meals. I had been very successful on keto about two years ago, fell off the wagon, and gained it back. I was so mad at myself an5 had a hard time getting back at it. My advice, you need about three weeks to really get into it, but those three weeks can be difficulty. Stick with it and you will see results...more energy, less cravings, loss of inches!!!

    Good luck with everything!!
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Posts: 211Member Member Posts: 211Member Member
    Saturday Check-in

    My first time truly off the tracks since September, both with intake and exercise. Illness, hormones, exhaustion/sleep, and disposition were all contributing factors. I am struggling to get back into things, especially since I'm building the habit of *not* going into an unhealthy restrict cycle after a rough run, which was honestly my old go-to. I'm also in the worst hormonal spot right now for fighting cravings/hunger most of this last week and for the next few days, so I guess having things sort of getting back to normal-ish is a pretty big victory.

    The plan for today and tomorrow is to wind the week down at about net mainteance (deficits in late week offset surpluses earlier in the week). It is reasonably doable.

    I finally got the MRIs on my back done and also went in for an appointment to check my feet. It will be a few days before I hear back on the MRIs. Had x-rays taken of my feet, and the good news is there are no fractures/breaks.

    The bad news is that I was right in my self-diagnoses, bone-wise, with bunions, bunionettes, arthritis, and bone spurs. The doctor believes that the tendon stuff and such should be helped with PT and orthotics, so we're trying that first. I hope it does work, as I would really like to live with less pain, while avoiding more meds if I can.

    Holding extra weight right now, both from the surplus and from bloating. Never got my prior week number drop Sunday/Monday since I was off the rails, so that's on hold waiting for things to straighten out over the coming week. Up a total of 0.2, but again, even if I held at even this week, I should've seen another 1.5-2.0 down earlier. Hoping to see that drop (and maybe a touch more) by the next check-in.

    My plan:
    Current macro targets:

    Protein:
    All days: >=135 grams/day

    Carbs:
    Rest days: 42 grams/day
    Strength Training: 256 grams/day (most timed around/during training)

    Fat:
    Rest days: 56 grams/day
    Strength Training: 43 grams/day
    To include 10 grams EFAs all days

    Commitments:

    1) Intake: >1,150 kcal/day
    2) Exercise: >=30 minutes, 6 days/week
    3) Deficit: <2,666 kcal/day
    4) Rest day(s): >=1/week (<1,100 kcal deficit)

    Goals:

    1) Strength training: 2+ 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
    2020/01/25: 185.4
    2020/02/01: 184.1
    2020/02/08: 184.3

    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 : Sorry for the late reply. By net maintenance, I meant that your intake for the week matched your calorie burn. So if you were under by 300 on four days, for a total of 1,200 calories deficit, but went over by 400 average on the other three days, for a total of 1,200 surplus, that would be net maintenance.

    Welcome to the thread, new posters.
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Posts: 3,930Member Member Posts: 3,930Member Member
    @cheyennemeghan - I've done this one before--it is a bunch of different types of squats. I've never been successful at pistol squats. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.siue.edu/~athomag/page2.html

    Regarding your questions. I don't have kids, so I can't help with that one. As far as night snacking, I just plan to have calories available for an evening snack. I tend to be a night owl, so for me, it's easier to plan for it than to try to fight it.

    @JJKM73 -- Thanks! I will get back to it full force soon.

    AFM-- Moved 5 more boxes into storage today, which has freed up some space on our spare room, so now I can pack a few more. :) Hubby is making a completely keto friendly dinner tonight--jalapeno cream-cheese stuffed chicken wrapped in bacon. Yum!

    I completely forgot to do my squats last night, so tonight I will do yesterday's and today's.

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

    1/4/20 = 196
    1/11/20 = 193
    1/18/20 = 193
    1/25/20 = 193
    2/1/20 = 193

  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,176Member Member Posts: 1,176Member Member
    @karen-sorry to hear of the plumbing issue. Hope you feel better soon.
    @seatomfly-welcome to the group
    @jjkm73- welcome to the group
    @fairy_luvr- We struggle with some of the same issues. Welcome.
    @X100KLS1992-Welcome back to the group.
    @cheyennemeghan- I am not a stay at home mom but work from home. I walk around my yard on my 15 minute breaks. I am emotional eater and I openly admit it is hard to break. I just don’t beat myself up if I slip.
    @MelodiousMermaid- I understand your pain for my friend has really bad bone spurs. She can’t have surgery for her A1C is way to high.

    AFM:
    Lastnight has another in home training session with Riley. The behaviorist thinks I should foster one of their puppies to help with Riley’s confidence for their dogs are very confident and stable. I’m just not sure. I went to see the Hudson WI hot air balloons tonight it was very cool.
    I also planned out another week of meals tonight.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Posts: 211Member Member Posts: 211Member Member
    So I think I'm going to recalibrate how I'm looking at things going forward.

    Several of you already know that I'm looking at macro/calorie cycling as a long-term approach. Specifically, I've been playing around with a LeanGains type setup. I believe it is the best match to my fitness/training goals and lifestyle and plan to continue it into recomp/maintenance as long as i can get it working.

    But I think I've been going at it in a less-than-ideal way for my mental illness struggles and making it harder than it is by default (which honestly isn't horrible when you get used to it, but it's not as simple as other ways of eating). I've been looking at it at my current weight, which I can't deal with when I put in my activity level and see *ALL THOSE CALORIES* (for a maintenance comparison). Plus, adjusting as things change is a huge time-sink and runs my anxiety up.

    So I've thought a lot about what I want life to look like in maintenance. Like, if I was in maintenance right now, as I am, what would I be doing? I have a copy of heybales' spreadsheet for TDEE calculation, which I've ...erm... doctored up a bit (I'm a bit of a nerd), and I used that to determine what my activity level would be for maintenance. I landed in the "lightly active" category based on where I am right now and what I'd prefer to do.

    Then, out of curiosity, I put this into my preferred leangains calculator as though I weigh 130 (who knows where I'll end up -- really hoping I'll lose a bunch of skin by the time I lose the fat I'm aiming for). 130 is toward the top of healthy BMI at my height. It turns out that the calculated TDEE isn't terribly different than what I'd been aiming for before on strength training days. This is a great starting point for understanding/planning, where I don't feel the need to be neurotic about continually running new totals, and I can start to become accustomed to food intake at a "closer-to-real" level. It is also a relatively easy transition, instead of taking a larger jump.

    The TDEE calculated is a bit higher on the website than in the spreadsheet calculator, but it's not enough of a difference that I'm going to get bothered about it until I get to a point where I'd like to try holding steady/recomp.

    If I just go with a cycle of 10% higher on strength days and 30% cut on the other days (recomp would be 20% higher on strength days and max of 20% lower on other days -- might not be as much, depending on how many days of each), on a weekly basis I would be set for the first 1.17 or so pounds of deficit where I'm at right now (which of course will naturally decrease as I get closer to maintenance), so long as the TDEE estimate is accurate. Of course, if I'm feeling capable, I will likely add slow walking in to increase the deficit, and if PT/treatments are effective enough, I would like to add more fitness training in at some point, and may need to re-evaluate the baseline at that time depending on fueling needs. But that's what the thought process should be like long-term, so it is good.

    TL;DR?

    Nuts and bolts summary: After considering a few different factors, I've got a baseline set for my intake that should take me from here into maintenance, only needing a tweak if I get into "real" cardio training (MISS/HIIT), and probably a bit of tweaking when I get to a numeric settle point. This will allow me to start establishing long-term planning and habits for intake.

    Curious to know the macro targets? OK, you're probably not, but I still feel like sharing them. (All are definitive, not percentile, in grams)

    Strength days:
    1,995 kcal
    C: 257
    F: 43
    P: 144

    Off days:
    1,270 kcal
    C: 43
    F: 58
    P: 144

    Of course, as always, my fallback will be to try and stay within maintenance calories (preferably sedentary maintenance on non-strength days) and get my protein in. I realize that not every day will be perfect, in fact most won't, but there will also be days where things aren't even close. I'm hoping this framework will help me navigate the waters of everything, including the hormone swings that play with the mental illness bundle.
  • Jules_TayJules_Tay Posts: 1Member, Premium Member Posts: 1Member, Premium Member
    Hi. Newbie here with about 125 pounds to lose.
    I just started last Monday.
    SW: 276
    CW: 267.2
    Change: -8.8 lbs for week one.

    I am a long time weight yo-yo dieter, always gaining back more than I lost. So back to try again. 😏

    I always lose big my first week and then slowly taper down to giving up at some point. ☹️

    Hopefully this time is different. I have goals that are outside myself in a way. I want to have a second child and I don't want to be 270 pounds when I get pregnant like I was last time. I also want to be in better shape for my daughter, she is 18 months and I want to be able to keep up with her and show her a healthier lifestyle than what I had growing up.

    Thanks for listening if you made it this far. ♥️
  • sweeetypie1sweeetypie1 Posts: 94Member Member Posts: 94Member Member
    I haven't been too serious watching my food intake, which means the scale hasn't changed and it's already February! Started some basic yoga today - as you all know I'm lazy and hate to exercise. I enjoyed it. I'll try and keep it up.

    Also looking at getting a FitBit - anyone have one and like it?

    Diane
  • skinnyjeanzboundskinnyjeanzbound Posts: 3,930Member Member Posts: 3,930Member Member
    I haven't been too serious watching my food intake, which means the scale hasn't changed and it's already February! Started some basic yoga today - as you all know I'm lazy and hate to exercise. I enjoyed it. I'll try and keep it up.

    Also looking at getting a FitBit - anyone have one and like it?

    Diane

    I have a Fitbit Charge 2 and I really like it. Tracks my steps, sleep, calorie burn and syncs with MFP to make tracking calories in/out pretty easy.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,176Member Member Posts: 1,176Member Member
    @Jules_Tay- Welcome! I have been yo-yo dieter also. I also hope this time is different. I have been planning meals for the week that I can swap based on daily activities.
    @sweeetypie1- Yoga huh! There is a coffee shop in St.Paul MN that offers yoga classes for big people. I have thought about trying it. I have a fitbit but only use it for calorie burn in the summer and fall when I don’t go to the gym. Not sure which one I have though sorry.

    AFM:
    I wish that at 40+ yrs old it was easier to build self worth and confidence.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,176Member Member Posts: 1,176Member Member
    Update
    1/1/20= 270
    1/11/20= 266.4
    1/17/20= 263.2
    1/25/20=262.3
    2/15/20=260.9
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Posts: 211Member Member Posts: 211Member Member
    Update
    1/1/20= 270
    1/11/20= 266.4
    1/17/20= 263.2
    1/25/20=262.3
    2/15/20=260.9

    Good to see you made it through this latest coldmageddon. Have to admit I don't care one bit for these temperature swings. And congrats on your progress.
  • MelodiousMermaidMelodiousMermaid Posts: 211Member Member Posts: 211Member Member
    Saturday Check-in

    In short, progress being made. -2.4 pound scale movement, all commitments met, active goals met.

    Longer version
    I'm relieved to say that I was able to successfully reset/retool with the change I settled on last Sunday. It is less for me to ponder on. It should also make adherence that much better, as I will now be creating habits within what might be really close to maintenance level. The shift in perspective is quite something. Of course, if I decide to have a higher recomp/maintenance level of activity, I will need to shift up, but I will wait until I torch at least another 20-30 pounds before giving much thought to that, as I need to wait for diagnoses and see how therapy and such goes.

    I have been slowly getting back into barbell training, and taking my time to progress. I went back down to the bare bar (45 pounds) and am waiting for the trainer clear on my form before moving on to additional bar loads and lifts, so I can hopefully build my body back up and maybe even help it move beyond the chronic injuries I've been dealing with (hoping that training with proper form will build up muscles/tendons to bolster joints and such). My squat form was cleared last week, so I am now adding in overhead press and have added 10 pounds to the bar for squats. I got the green light on the squat form with added weight yesterday, and the OHP just needs a bit of ironing, so I'm hoping that either next week or the week after I'll find that I'm good to go for that.

    It's hard to be patient with strength training. I really want to get all the lifts going again, because all of them were going at what I felt was a decent form with a much more challenging load. Of course, the saying goes "practice makes permanent" and I don't want to create bad habits that can lead to lower total progress in the long run and possibly injuries, so I will do my best to keep remembering that.

    Sleep issues and pain management continue to plague me. I'm going to have to poke at the ortho who ordered the MRI and find out why I have yet to be called with results or to have me schedule a follow-up. It's frustrating waiting.

    On Monday I met with the physical therapist regarding my foot/knee issues. The knees are seemingly within the "fine" realm, so long as it's only exhaustion/basic soreness that I deal with. The feet are not something we can do much with in therapy, but he did figure out that we might be able to help mitigate some of the bone spur/arthritis pain by retraining my big toes for positioning and trying to increase the range of motion for spreading my toes out. He taught me how to tape my feet for additional support to help the retraining of my toes as well as to help my tendons/load issues, and I've learned a couple of stretches I can work on which should add strength and mobility over time.

    He also had an extensive discussion with me on where I was going with my training. The summary bottom line was that, in order to avoid additional issues, I need to either 1) accept a [much] slower rate of loss and walk a lot less, or 2) walk less, but also work other types of fitness into my regular schedule that will allow my feet at least some reprieve while expanding my caloric deficit. I'm trying some group classes yesterday through next Thursday to see how I can do in them (most will require modification), and I'm also incorporating some time on the stationary recumbent bike (as much as I don't care for it). On the up-side, he was all for me continuing barbell training, so that was good.

    The basic plan is to have me giving my feet a "active recovery day" mid week and end of week (or some other similar split). If I were to figure things out to be able to do an active recovery day every other day, that would be even more optimal. It will probably take at least a few weeks to figure out exactly what this will look like, but I am making it my primary focus.

    The challenge I am currently in at my gym will be winding down this coming Thursday night. Honesty, I can't wait. If I wasn't plagued by physical issues, I think I would have enjoyed the challenge. Perhaps even a lot. It did help me with motivation to keep going/get back on the train, but it also has been a grind for some of the tasks, and absolutely frustrating and somewhat demotivating for group sessions and weekly physical challenges where I end up modifying so much as everyone else is powering through.

    I'm going to buckle down, hit it as hard as I reasonably can for this last week, and after the challenge ends, I'm going to reward myself with a very "naughty" meal/day (an all-you-can-eat of some super tasty food that will likely have me at or somewhat above maintenance for the day), then will move forward with the general plan. I know that food rewards are generally not the way to go, but advertising has been driving me nuts, and I've been dangling this carrot in front of myself since I started working out of that binge cycle the prior week. I figure it can't be too bad to do it every once in a blue moon, so long as it's not habitual. I'll figure out some other non-food rewards for myself as time continues and make those the primary focus. Not sure what that will really look like, but I was thinking a pretty sundress for Easter might be something worth considering. Especially if it has the potential to be downsized as I continue on.

    In other news, my psychiatrist has determined that we need to shift medications, as she's thinking another class of meds might have a better outcome than what I'm on right now. I'll be honest -- I'm really wary of changing, as most meds have not worked well for me at all, either in just not being effective or side effects being way beyond unacceptable. I've decided to hold off on the switch until after the challenge, as I don't want more irons in the fire. The shift will take several weeks, tapering off the current one as I taper up on the other. I'm really, really not crazy about this, but will do it. I just hope it doesn't land me inpatient. So Friday will be the first day of the shift. I probably won't have much to report on Saturday next week though since the build-down/build-up is time delayed.

    If anyone read this, thank you for your patience and attention. I know it's long.

    My plan:
    Current macro targets:

    Strength days:
    1,995 kcal
    C: 258g
    F: 43g
    P: 144g

    Off days:
    1,270 kcal
    C: 43g
    F: 58g
    P: 144g

    Fat to include 10 grams EFAs all days

    Commitments:

    1) Intake: >1,150 kcal/day
    2) Exercise: >=30 minutes, 6 days/week
    3) Single-day deficit limit: 2,500 kcal
    4) Rest day(s): >=1/week (<1,100 kcal deficit)

    Goals:

    1) Strength training: 2+ days/week
    2) Indoor rowing (**with good form**): >=3 days/week (on hold due to nerve issues)
    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
    2020/01/25: 185.4
    2020/02/01: 184.1
    2020/02/08: 184.3
    2020/02/15: 181.9

    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)

    Strength training progress

    Squats:
    55 lb 5x5 (2020/02/14)

    Overhead Press:
    45 lb (started training form 2020/02/14)

    Deadlift:
    45 lb (on hold)

    Bench Press:
    45 lb (on hold)

    Barbell Rows:
    45 lb (on hold)
  • aarnwaltneaarnwaltne Posts: 3Member Member Posts: 3Member Member
    Hello all, I’m new. I’ve been @ this weight loss journey my whole life. I’ve always struggle. I’ve been consistent now for over 3 months and have dropped 37.8 lbs. I’m just consistently staying w/in my calories and exercise 4 times a week (twice w/ weights & twice cardio). I’ve been working on other areas in my life and I have a community to lean on. I realized I don’t really have a fitness community outside my wife & mom. So that’s my long way of saying Hello 👋🏽
  • wizdom70wizdom70 Posts: 4Member Member Posts: 4Member Member
    Hello everyone I am new to the group. Ihave lost 24 pounds with 76 more to go. Recently I have not cared amd it showed up in my eating and exercise routine. I am getting back on track by establishing some accountability and a way to interact with others that struggle with weight. Best regards to everyone.
  • mnwalkingqueenmnwalkingqueen Posts: 1,176Member Member Posts: 1,176Member Member
    Welcome to all the new people.
    @MelodiousMermaid - The temp swings do suck and those are the biggest reason I’ve been thinking of warmer climate.

    AFM-
    Weekend was a little rough missibg my dad and son a lot. My dad gave us small heart chocolate box until we moved out for me that was 18. I did the same for my son until he passed. I did plan my week of meals today.
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