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Everything posted by Toph821821

  1. I checked out Greyskull this morning, and I am going to test it out. I like the looks of it!
  2. I've learned to love the soreness (as long as it's not too bad and a sign I've screwed something up)! If I stop getting sore, I tend to think it's time to up my weights or change my routine. I took a week off from lifting recently for recovery/a trip I went on, and the soreness from my return to lifting feels GOOD! It's definitely annoying at first, but it becomes a part of the routine and lets me know my body is working to build more muscle.
  3. One thing I've learned is that we don't always see the outcomes since we look at ourselves in the mirror every day. You may be making more progress than you think--but changing things up can help with fatigue. I was getting burnt out on regular workouts, so I started kickboxing (There are tons of great tutorials free on YouTube.) When I get tired of that, I'll bike more or jog or whatever. Sometimes you have to mix it up. I've also found out at the keeping a fitness journal is helpful in understanding that you're making more strides than you think. Track your weights and progress (and setbacks, because everyone has them). It could help!
  4. Hi, I'm back (again). Over the past year and a half, I've done a major body/health/fitness turnaround. I was never noticeably out of shape, but I wasn't happy with the way I looked and how (not) good I was in the gym. During quarantine, I turned my garage into a gym and have been using it 4-6 times per week. It's not *perfect* but I've got a cable cross station, dumbbells, a punching bag, treadmill, etc. Great! However, the thing I'm noticing is that I've lost weight and look better, but my body fat is still more noticeable than my muscle tone. I'm currently at 5'9", 150(ish) pounds, but I look flabbier than I'd like (I came down from about 210 pounds, so I get skin elasticity any all that.) When I workout, I typically do a bro-split on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. I've had to go easy on some lifting because my shoulder is, well, f***ed. Having been overweight, my fear is that if I take in more calories, I'll gain fat and my muscle growth won't matter. My main question is should I focus on a calorie deficit to burn extra fat or a calorie surplus to bulk muscle? I'm currently taking in about 1900 calories a day, 150-160 grams of protein (and that's a lot for me; I've posted in the past about how I just can't seem to eat enough sometimes). Any thoughts would be appreciated! Feel free to let me know if I need to include more info.
  5. I used to drink a lot of soda, and when I stopped, I found that drinking seltzer really helped when I was craving something bubbly/refreshing. Good luck! Not drinking sodas is life-changing!
  6. Hey, so I am definitely not a professional, and I do not have any (known) experience with disordered eating, but I do have a lot of the same problems when it comes not not being hungry or the idea of eating making me nauseated. For some reason the thought of eating breakfast in the morning makes me physically sick--and so far one of the only things that has worked for me is splitting up my breakfast over the course of a few hours. I'll have my coffee around 7:30, make some toast around 8:00, and then eat a high-protein yogurt around 8:30. Breaking up the foods over the course of a couple of hours has 100% helped, even if not completely solved the problem for me. This may not be the route to go for you, but it has at least helped me get some calories in the morning!
  7. I've been tracking calories and macros for a few months, and I started out with a pretty big caloric deficit (like, 700). I was dropping more weight than I wanted to, and I recalculated everything yesterday... but I have a REALLY hard time hitting my daily calories. Maintenance cals are about 2,400, and I'm LUCKY to hit 1,800 a day. Any tips or tricks to hit my goals (2,100 on workout days and 1,900 on rest days) would be greatly appreciated. I feel like I can't eat as much as I need to (healthily) and still hit my macros!
  8. Hey! Jumping back into NF after about... six years? I've been serious about fitness for about four months and thought this would be a way to help keep me accountable! Currently working out 5-6 days per week, started tracking my macros, and re-joining my gym once I get vaxxed (April 18th!) Just wanted to try to get to know the site and forums again. After months of learning about fitness and nutrition, I still feel like a complete novice pretty much every day, so... I'll probably have a lot of questions. (I tend to struggle most with hitting caloric intake... Like, WHO CAN EAT THAT MUCH???) Oh yeah, I used to be a cardio-only fanatic, but I'm starting become obsessed with lifting. I'm limited with my dumbbells at home, but here's hoping I'm back in the gym SOON.
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