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Thanks ladies! It’s a great feeling!
I’m on workout 3 of the couch to 5K and it’s kicking my ass- in a totally good way! I’ve been going to the gym 3x per week now, mostly to get the C25K runs in since the weather is still terrible here, and I do 30 minutes of weight lifting as well.
Down to 226 and continuing to go down- slow but steady.
I am doing the intermittent fasting now, it seems to work out well for me as I don’t actually start feeling hungry until 12-1ish, then I’ll eat from 2-9ish. I can have a more satisfying meal then and I feel better and less hungry then having 3 small meals a day (that actually would often leave me ravenous- and then I’d overeat calories in the morning and be left with almost nothing for dinner. SO much easier to skip breakfast and have a late lunch- I don’t even think about food all morning where it used to be the only thing I thought about.)
I do eat a tad bit more on work out days, it seems to have been working for me. I generally try to squeeze in more protein on those days.
Tomorrow is my brothers birthday and he wants to go to a Chinese buffet (ugh). I’m probably going to hit it harder than normal at the gym, limit myself to one plate and water to drink and then consider it a cheat day- and back to our regular program Sunday. I’m nervous- as I’ve done so well. I don’t want to show up and just eat salad though as I don’t want all the questions (keeping the diet to myself and my FH for now) plus I do love Chinese food and feel that if I keep depriving myself of it then one day I’ll just binge on it. I know it’s super unhealthy but if I stick to the one plate thing, go to the gym, and eat very little or only some greens for the rest of the day I will still feel in control, still get to indulge a little, and it will easy to get back on track Sunday. I already have a healthy low calorie meal planned Sunday for dinner that I’m excited to cook for FH and I, and already have the ingredients.
How do you ladies handle situations like this? Do you think my plan is okay?
Post # 62
Just another update, bees!
Im down to 218! Just three more lbs until I’ve lost 20 lbs! I can’t believe it!
You wouldn’t think it for someone who is as overweight as I am, but 20 lbs makes a big difference! I put on a shirt yesterday that was tight on me- and it flowed right off my body, it was sort of loose! And my jeans don’t quite hug my butt the way I like them to, however given the circumstances I’m trying not to complain! I also can see in pictures that I’ve lost quite a bit of roundness in my face and cheeks, which I’m very pleased about! And this may be Too Much Information, but I think the BIGGEST difference is when I go to shave my lady bits, there’s a lot less to push out of the way so I can see! (Odd I know- but it’s SUCH a difference!)
I am doing the couch to 5k, I was on week three but then ended up catching a bug that gave me an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis, so I’ve been off for a week. I’m on steroids and antibiotics, and mostly in the clear, but I’m waiting for my lungs to completely clear before trying to run again, but I’ve been going on daily walks for about an hour. While I was sick I was under eating calories quite a bit, not really by choice (I had no appetite) but now I’ve slowly worked my way back up to 1200 calories per day.
I’ve also given myself one cheat meal a week where I’m allowed to do maintenance calories instead of a deficit, and it’s worked out where if it’s someone’s birthday or the FH wants to do a date night I just save my cheat meal for that day. It hasn’t seemed to affect or stall my weightloss at all and it makes everything seem a bit more sustainable so I’m going to keep doing it. I’m also still intermittent fasting and really enjoying that as well- it’s so much easier then trying to eat several small meals per day and also more comfortable for me.
Just wanted to give an update, bees!
Post # 63
I’m not sure if anyone posted this but you can’t just weigh yourself every week as a female and expect ot see linear progression. There are MANY factors (hormones, water, cycle, etc) that happen every week and cause major changes to your body. The best way to track is to track each WEEK of your cycle and compare MONTHS not weeks!
Week 1 (Week after Period!) Apples
Week 2: Oranges
Week 3: Pears
Week 4: (week of period) Melons
You can’t compare apples to oranges if that make sense. You have to track your body monthly and take into account your hormone changes. You can only compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges, etc! 🙂
Post # 64
Wow bee thats awesome! Keep up the great work!!!
Post # 65
mingogo4 : That’s great! Keep up the good work!
Post # 66
Congrats on the weight loss!!
Post # 68
jameskidd : 1,200 calories is the recommended minimum for a woman trying to lose weight! Given the fact that I am very short as well, I feel like on days where I am sedentary, 1,200 is plenty enough calories! On top of that I eat more than that- especially more protein on days I do work out! I also allow myself a cheat meal once a week where I can eat 2,200 cals~ for the day. Why do you think this is not enough?
Post # 69
mingogo4 : my body does not like to give up pounds. Inches will come off but the scale stay away put for weeks and the all of a sudden I drop 3-5.
your calorie defecit seems pretty aggressive, make sure you are eating enough to keep your body going. MFp sets strange macro targets. I’ve had better luck with IIFYM for calculating those – and if you’re doing macros you should eat the same calories every day, they don’t change day to day.
Perosnally, indo beat with higher protein, then fat and carbs. My body does not respond well to low fats.
give things a few weeks and tweak. Sometimes it takes a while to find what works for you.