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On a totally unrelated note, I did not work out today. I'm really anxious about tomorrow. If I didn't mention it, last week, the day after my little turned 2, he tripped and fell in the kitchen. I took him to urgent care the next day and they took an x-ray and discovered he broke his wrist. His appointment for the orthopedic to put it in a cast is tomorrow, but they told me over the phone that he is required to wear a mask. I told them that he won't wear a mask and they said they won't see him if he doesn't wear a mask. He's two!!!

 

I've tried getting him to wear it, he won't even stay still for a second. He pushes it away even before I get it on his face. I've worn mine in front of him (he's finally not freaking out when I wear it), but he won't wear one. I'm trying not to freak out inside, but I'm afraid they'll refuse to cast his wrist and he'll end up with permanent damage (he won't keep the splint on). Please pray (if that's your thing) that the people there are more compassionate than the woman on the phone who scheduled my appointment. My anxiety is really, really high over this. 😭

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The woman on the phone sounds like a moron if she expects a child of that age to cooperate with wearing a mask. Can you call them back and talk to someone else there?

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44 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

Except for the stubborn weight loss, I don't have any of the symptoms of Metabolic Damage / Starvation Mode (been googling this for the last several hours):

 

Gas / Bloating / Constipation and/or diarrhoea / Reflux or heart burn / Low energy or fatigue / Increased hunger and food cravings / Reduced libido / Oedema -- fluid retention, especially in the calves or ankles / Anxiety and depression / Weight gain or stubborn weight loss / Loss of muscle mass / Irregularity or cessation of periods in women / Low immunity, recurring and/or prolonged colds and flu / Sleep disturbances / Changes in mood

 

I'm not sure metabolic damage and starvation mode are real, though.... Adaptation to reduced calories is real, but I'm not sure you would need all those symptoms to suspect it. It could be benign, as when someone's TDEE decreases simply due to their decreased size, or it could be more unpleasant, such as when someone's stress hormones rise and they reduce NEAT to compensate for low calories (and feel tired).

 

44 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

However, I've spent my life either on a low-calorie diet or splurging, so I *should be* the poster child for it. The advice seems to be, for a 3 week period, either eat less and workout less or eat more and workout more, but don't eat less and workout more . . . the opposite of what I'm tempted to do. The thing is, since I started lifting heavier I was eating more. So I would have thought that was eating more and workout more. Ugh! 

 

The break is only necessary after a prolonged deficit. But if you haven't been losing weight for several weeks in a row, you're probably not at a deficit? 

 

44 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

 

Okay, so I'm thinking of this as my new workout schedule and keeping my eating the same / aiming for 1500 a day. 

 

Mon: Lower Body (compound & isolation)

Tues: Yoga, Cardio, Abs

Wed: Upper Body (compound & isolation)

Thurs: Yoga, Cardio, Abs

Fri:  Full Body (compound exercises)

Sat: Rest

Sun: Rest OR Cardio & Abs ( and maybe yoga)

 

2 rest days sounds okay to me.

 

36 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

On a totally unrelated note, I did not work out today. I'm really anxious about tomorrow. If I didn't mention it, last week, the day after my little turned 2, he tripped and fell in the kitchen. I took him to urgent care the next day and they took an x-ray and discovered he broke his wrist. His appointment for the orthopedic to put it in a cast is tomorrow, but they told me over the phone that he is required to wear a mask. I told them that he won't wear a mask and they said they won't see him if he doesn't wear a mask. He's two!!!

 

I've tried getting him to wear it, he won't even stay still for a second. He pushes it away even before I get it on his face. I've worn mine in front of him (he's finally not freaking out when I wear it), but he won't wear one. I'm trying not to freak out inside, but I'm afraid they'll refuse to cast his wrist and he'll end up with permanent damage (he won't keep the splint on). Please pray (if that's your thing) that the people there are more compassionate than the woman on the phone who scheduled my appointment. My anxiety is really, really high over this. 😭

 

Oh, sorry about this. It sounds like it was just one person who wasn't understanding. Can you call back and talk to someone else? Or just show up with his mask in your hand and let them know you tried but he won't keep it on? I'm sure it will be fine and there will be someone to help you. 

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41 minutes ago, Harriet said:

Oh, sorry about this. It sounds like it was just one person who wasn't understanding. Can you call back and talk to someone else? Or just show up with his mask in your hand and let them know you tried but he won't keep it on? I'm sure it will be fine and there will be someone to help you. 

 

That is my plan -- to show up with his mask and hope to God they don't refuse us. It's a children's hospital though, which is what I don't understand. All the other toddlers willing to wear them, or are they refusing to see all toddlers who aren't? That doesn't really make sense to me. Trying not to panic.  

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41 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

 

That is my plan -- to show up with his mask and hope to God they don't refuse us. It's a children's hospital though, which is what I don't understand. All the other toddlers willing to wear them, or are they refusing to see all toddlers who aren't? That doesn't really make sense to me. Trying not to panic.  

 

I agree that it doesn't make sense at all. I think the person on the phone was either wrong or completely misunderstood something. Hospitals don't turn away patients who genuinely need care, and your son definitely qualifies.

 

And your plan is solid and makes sense. I'm sorry you have to deal with this extra stress right now, on top of everything else that is going on. 

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On 5/28/2020 at 4:56 PM, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

Honestly, at this point, I don't know if I'm in deficit or not. I've never had this much problems losing weight before. I would cut out carbs, eat around 800-1000 calories (1200-1500 on weekends) and strength train (work with 8bs dumbbells and body weight -- lunges, squats, etc. with no weights). When I started working with barbells, first I added an extra protein shake, and then when I still wasn't losing, added in another meal as I assumed I wasn't eating enough. I'm not counting calories, but I don't think I'm eating too much. I've never eaten to lift heavy before. 

 

Here's my typical day.

 

Coffee -- 165 cal (from sugar-free creamer & added protein)  / 11 gr. protein
Protein Shake -- 160 cal / 30 gr protein (I do forget this one a lot, unless I'm hungry which reminds me)

Lunch (ranges from 160-240-300 depending if another protein shake, chicken on low-carb wrap, or protein bar) / pro. 15-30 grams

Dinner -- At least 30 gram protein, and under 45 grams carbs (usually carbs are closer to 15-30 range)

Snack / Post Workout -- Protein shake 160 cal / 30 grams protein plus 2-3 squares 90% chocolate 190 cal (and about 5 carbs) And if I'm really hungry, I'll also eat raw red pepper with light ranch dressing (80 calories for the ranch)

 

Not including dinner, my calories are around 915 if I remember my morning shake and 755 if I forget.

 

Dinner is usually chicken or steak strips (150 calories) or burger (250 calories) with bacon (70) plus cheese and/or low-sugar sauce (100-200), possibly including a low carb wrap (80 cal) or very occasionally pasta (always under 30 grams carbs) and/or veggies. 

 

So, my highest dinner would be the bacon cheeseburger on low carb-wrap for about 530-600. But honestly, it's usually chicken or lean steak strips. 

 

For instance, yesterday's dinner was only about 300 calories (chicken sausage with cheddar cheese). The day before, I had steak strips (180) with pepperjack cheese (70) on low carb wrap (80) with light sour cream (40-60) and a bit of salsa (30), for a total of 420.

 

So my guess is my calories are between 1200-1500 on average. I've no idea if that is a deficit or a surplus -- it feels like a lot to me. All I know is I'm not walking around starving, and if I do feel hungry it reminds me that I forgot a shake so I go drink it, or if I get hungry later, I let myself eat the red pepper and ranch. 

 

This is the most I've ever eaten on a "diet." I'm actually trying not to diet and just choose healthy foods 80-90% of the time (I eat thin crust pizza on the weekends, and weekend snacks are rice cakes with cream cheese). I don't feel deprived for the first time ever, so I'm happy with my eating right now, just not happy that I'm not losing. If I'm eating too much (my fear), that would suck. If I'm not eating enough, that's scary, because I honestly don't know how to eat more; I would be terrified I would gain weight. 

 

Hmm, I'm a little out of my depth here to chime in on the convo. about metabolic damage. I think it would be hard to say what your resting metabolic rate is without knowing more about you to then be able to help you target what a good calorie intake would be.  I know people like @RedStone and @spezzy both have some experiences similar to what you are describing, with fluctuating weights and yo-yo dieting. I know Red specifically has struggled with the feeling of having to eat more, but being scared of gaining weight. I am glad that you are happy with what you are doing and don't feel deprived :) 

 

Oh man I hope everything worked out alright today with the mask situation. That's really challenging and an unneeded stressor. 

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20 hours ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

 

That is my plan -- to show up with his mask and hope to God they don't refuse us. It's a children's hospital though, which is what I don't understand. All the other toddlers willing to wear them, or are they refusing to see all toddlers who aren't? That doesn't really make sense to me. Trying not to panic.  

 

How did it go?

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It went okay. Mostly good, actually. I stuck him in an infant car seat that clicks into a stroller and put a cover on him so they couldn't see him (and so it looked like he was a baby). That got me past 2 masked security checkpoints (that's what I'm calling them because they stop and ask you a bunch of Covid questions and take your temperature). No one even asked to see him or his age in the waiting room so that went well too. So by the time I took the cover off and took him out of the stroller, we were already in the room where they put the cast on. And neither the nurse nor the doctor said anything about him wearing a mask. 

 

The bad part was the doctor said it would be best for a soft cast that I can remove myself in 3 weeks. The nurse was there and gave me instructions. Then a nice guy came in and put the cast on him and little guy was so calm about it and sat completely still. Then the guy said something about a saw to remove it. And I said, oh, they said I can just peel it off. He immediately started unwrapping it as quick as he could. Too late. The nurse had failed to tell him it was supposed to be a soft cast and he had put on a hard cast. 

 

My son is afraid of our quiet vacuum cleaner. He runs and hides in his bedroom anytime I or daddy vacuums. The saw was attached to this 10x louder than a vacuum thing. My son was absolutely terrified. I had to pin him to me while he is screaming frantically and he cries out sharper every time the saw touches him which makes me think he's getting his arm cut into and the guy tries to explain it's not hurting him and it's the vibration (and noise) that is scaring him. But let's just say, I was completely traumatized for him after that. When it was finally off, he asked if we needed a minute. Um, duh!!!! So he left. I was thinking there was no way in God's green earth that he would sit still and let him wrap him up again, but he came 30 seconds later and gave him this light-up ball and left again (oh my gosh, if it wasn't multi-colored, it would have been the grossest thing ever -- it looked like alien egg sack, oozing pustily when you squeezed it). But my son loved it. The guy came back a few minutes later, and this time brought a helper, who commented that she had never seen a child his age sit so still for a cast (and I'm thinking, and this is his second time in 5 minutes after being fully traumatized!). 

 

So, anyway, the right cast is on. He asked if he could keep the ball "car ride . . . ball, car ride" and even told the man "bye-bye" and "dee-do" (thank you for the ball).

 

I left, fully convinced I was ordering takeout for dinner and completely splurging, but I kept repeating to myself that everything was fine and that I didn't have to feed my nerves. I did well -- I picked up a thin crust pizza (our normal -- i.e. planned -- Friday night treat as it doesn't overdo my carbs much) and walked right past the decadent slice of chocolate cake that was crying out my name. (It helps that my birthday is the first of July and I'll let myself have it then). I did not however workout. Much too frazzled. But I'm proud of myself for not giving in to stress eating. 

 

Thank you @Harriet , @Scalyfreak , and @miss_marissa for asking about him!

 

PS -- I have a pain black mask that I plan to add steampunk gears too, but the kitty cat is the only one my little doesn't rip off my face 100% of the time (just 50%). 

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Ooof, that sounds super stressful. I'm tensing up just reading about it. But you did amazingly. And even mightier that you decided not to stress eat afterwards.

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14 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

I left, fully convinced I was ordering takeout for dinner and completely splurging, but I kept repeating to myself that everything was fine and that I didn't have to feed my nerves. I did well -- I picked up a thin crust pizza (our normal -- i.e. planned -- Friday night treat as it doesn't overdo my carbs much) and walked right past the decadent slice of chocolate cake that was crying out my name. (It helps that my birthday is the first of July and I'll let myself have it then). I did not however workout. Much too frazzled. But I'm proud of myself for not giving in to stress eating. 

 

When you think back on this day, some time next week, please do not beat yourself up for not working out. You did so many other important and outstanding things, from resisting the stress eating to being a solid rock of support for your son despite how stressed you were. 

 

You are awesome. I have no idea how you mothers do it.

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Wow, glad it worked out after even if it did get a little crazy with the wrong cast. 

 

I like your mask. I have a plain black one just like that. I want to add a venom smile or something to it. 😁

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Cute pics! That's great that he handled it well with the ball after the first scary time. 

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On 5/29/2020 at 9:05 PM, miss_marissa said:

Hmm, I'm a little out of my depth here to chime in on the convo. about metabolic damage. I think it would be hard to say what your resting metabolic rate is without knowing more about you to then be able to help you target what a good calorie intake would be.  I know people like @RedStone and @spezzy both have some experiences similar to what you are describing, with fluctuating weights and yo-yo dieting. I know Red specifically has struggled with the feeling of having to eat more, but being scared of gaining weight. I am glad that you are happy with what you are doing and don't feel deprived :) 

 

Oh man I hope everything worked out alright today with the mask situation. That's really challenging and an unneeded stressor. 

 

Oh hello there :) Yeah man, that's all super real! I think many of us have been there, trying to figure out an appropriate cal count, fumbling with RMR etc etc. It's pretty safe to say that 12-1500 is not a surplus considering what you're doing, or, honestly, the fact that you're an adult. Most children's nutritionists agree that a healthy target for an 11 - 13 year old is upwards of 2200 a day. Unfortunately when we condition ourselves to survive on a considerable deficit, our hunger and fullness cues get conditioned as well, so it doesn't come as a surprise that you don't feel particularly hungry.

 

Metabolism is a very nuanced machine in our bodies and does not behave in a straight line, but metabolic adaptation and adrenal failure are very real.  None of it happens over night, and you can keep yourself just on the edge for a long time - I did. It was really tough when I started lifting heavy. Gains were slow, weight loss stalled and started to reverse, I was rocking about 900cals a day and 8 month out to a massive physical breakdown. (4'10" female btw.) 

 

One of the best things I did was stop tracking weight and start paying attention to body composition. It was tough seeing the scale inch up the few times I stepped on the scale, but my clothing was more comfortable and my body changed. My lifts increased, I tracked food less, (and eventually stopped), and finally, worked with an Intuitive Eating coach to sort out my body's needs in balance with the amount of exercise I do (lift, run, martial arts, yoga, climb, etc etc...). The hardest part for me was the head trip of move more/eat more - it went against everything I've ever been taught about weight loss, but it sent me on a path to understand my body on a much better level. It was a long road but I'm so much stronger on the other side :) 

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On 6/9/2020 at 11:33 AM, miss_marissa said:

Hey, how has your past week been?

 

Stressful. My 4-year old is autistic, and he's been on a waiting list for ABA therapy since October. He reached the top of the list during Covid, but they are open now and so they had me bring him for a reassessment. What's frustrating is that they can't just see him once or twice a week, he has to actually go Mon through Thursday. I opted for the part-time (1-4) instead of the full time, but it still feels like a lot of being away from home. I plan on homeschooling, so I'm not really emotionally prepared for letting him be gone from home for so long at such a young age. It's also scary. I mean, you are always hearing of horrible things happening to kids by adults they trusted. There is a part of me that wants to just forget the whole thing; so what if he has a delay, he'll catch up eventually. But, even as I sat there through the reassessment, I realized there were things he can't do that I didn't even realize he couldn't and wouldn't have known to help him do. For instance, 2 year olds should be able to draw a straight line and 4 year olds should be able to draw a box (both copying you after you do it). But when she drew the straight line and asked him to do, he took the marker and drew circles and scribbles. So that's something they will work with him on. I never even knew he should be able to do that, so how would it have occurred to me to teach him that. So now, I'm just feeling rather incompetent -- not in a down on myself way, but in a, how can I properly teach him if I'm ignorant on developmental delays and the ways to help older toddlers overcome those delays. There's a part of me that thinks I should just get the same textbook she was using and equip/train myself, but at the same time, I am so swamped with my own school work at the moment, in addition to all the business/writing projects I'm working on that I don't feel I could give him the adequate amount of time they can. I wish there were more hours in day or that I needed less sleep. (I need 9 hours to not need a mid-afternoon nap, but my father could go on 6 hours. Why couldn't he have passed that onto me? LOL).

 

Anyway . . . I will update my fitness in the next post. But thanks for checking in and asking. I've missed logging on this past week, but have just been rather overwhelmed with everything going on.

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Okay, so I hadn't mentioned that for the past 3 weeks, I've been waking up with my right hip feeling like it was on fire. I'm talking a pain scale of 7-8. Within 5 minutes of getting up and walking around, the pain is 0. Not kidding, 0. It didn't hurt when I ran up and down the steps for my cardio. It didn't hurt when I lifted weights. Nothing that I did during the day brought me any pain. And yet, the burning would be so intense that it would normally wake me several times from about 3 or 5 am till I got up for the day (between 7-8). 

 

I googled it, and hip pain at night is common, but everything they listed, such as bursitis, is accompanied by it being aggravated (hurting) when climbing steps. Anyway, because I didn't know what was causing it, I took off from weight lifting last week (I did work out Monday though) to see if that made any difference / allowed it to heal. No difference. So finally, I went to the chiropractor yesterday. He put my hip back in (oh my gosh, it hurt so bad -- it's never hurt before, but of course I'd never done this before). I laid on my back and he pressed on it (that was the part that hurt) and moved my knee from my chest to fully extending my leg. It took 2 times of this and then he said he felt it go back in. Sure enough, when I woke up this morning, I would say the pain was a 2 (probably just nerves needing to heal from it being out so long). 

 

Anyway, he said it was because I have such tight hip flexors. Not wanting to knock it out again, I asked him if it was from lifting kids. No. Doing deadlifts. No. Crunches. Yes, most definitely; he said I should never do crunches. I asked if I could keep doing The Flag (a lower ab exercise I actually enjoyed doing, and the one I was really hoping would help me no longer look pregnant everytime I sit down), and he said no, just like a crunch, it is shortening my hip flexors. I asked him if I could do planks and he said yes, that was fine. *sigh* Planks are so boring. The Flag was actually fun. 

 

Anyway, he gave me some hip flexor stretching exercises (3 sets for 30 seconds) so I will do them religiously. And I guess replace crunches and the flag with planks. I knew 10 years ago I had tight hip flexors because my other hip will occasionally flare up on me (maybe 2-3 times every 4-6 months or so) for an excruciating 10 seconds (like a 10 on the pain scale) and then be gone. At least it's not from doing barbell stuff. I would've been devastated. I'm kinda of addicted to that now, lol. 

 

UPDATE: That was a really rambling post. I hope it made sense. I'm too lazy/tired to rewrite/edit it. 

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1 hour ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

 

Stressful. My 4-year old is autistic, and he's been on a waiting list for ABA therapy since October. He reached the top of the list during Covid, but they are open now and so they had me bring him for a reassessment. What's frustrating is that they can't just see him once or twice a week, he has to actually go Mon through Thursday. I opted for the part-time (1-4) instead of the full time, but it still feels like a lot of being away from home. I plan on homeschooling, so I'm not really emotionally prepared for letting him be gone from home for so long at such a young age. It's also scary. I mean, you are always hearing of horrible things happening to kids by adults they trusted. There is a part of me that wants to just forget the whole thing; so what if he has a delay, he'll catch up eventually. But, even as I sat there through the reassessment, I realized there were things he can't do that I didn't even realize he couldn't and wouldn't have known to help him do. For instance, 2 year olds should be able to draw a straight line and 4 year olds should be able to draw a box (both copying you after you do it). But when she drew the straight line and asked him to do, he took the marker and drew circles and scribbles. So that's something they will work with him on. I never even knew he should be able to do that, so how would it have occurred to me to teach him that. So now, I'm just feeling rather incompetent -- not in a down on myself way, but in a, how can I properly teach him if I'm ignorant on developmental delays and the ways to help older toddlers overcome those delays. There's a part of me that thinks I should just get the same textbook she was using and equip/train myself, but at the same time, I am so swamped with my own school work at the moment, in addition to all the business/writing projects I'm working on that I don't feel I could give him the adequate amount of time they can. I wish there were more hours in day or that I needed less sleep. (I need 9 hours to not need a mid-afternoon nap, but my father could go on 6 hours. Why couldn't he have passed that onto me? LOL).

 

Anyway . . . I will update my fitness in the next post. But thanks for checking in and asking. I've missed logging on this past week, but have just been rather overwhelmed with everything going on.

 

I don't have anything to offer here, but I can only imagine how difficult it is raising a neuroatypical child. Don't feel like you have to do it all on your own. 

 

1 hour ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

Okay, so I hadn't mentioned that for the past 3 weeks, I've been waking up with my right hip feeling like it was on fire. I'm talking a pain scale of 7-8. Within 5 minutes of getting up and walking around, the pain is 0. Not kidding, 0. It didn't hurt when I ran up and down the steps for my cardio. It didn't hurt when I lifted weights. Nothing that I did during the day brought me any pain. And yet, the burning would be so intense that it would normally wake me several times from about 3 or 5 am till I got up for the day (between 7-8). 

 

I googled it, and hip pain at night is common, but everything they listed, such as bursitis, is accompanied by it being aggravated (hurting) when climbing steps. Anyway, because I didn't know what was causing it, I took off from weight lifting last week (I did work out Monday though) to see if that made any difference / allowed it to heal. No difference. So finally, I went to the chiropractor yesterday. He put my hip back in (oh my gosh, it hurt so bad -- it's never hurt before, but of course I'd never done this before). I laid on my back and he pressed on it (that was the part that hurt) and moved my knee from my chest to fully extending my leg. It took 2 times of this and then he said he felt it go back in. Sure enough, when I woke up this morning, I would say the pain was a 2 (probably just nerves needing to heal from it being out so long). 

 

Anyway, he said it was because I have such tight hip flexors. Not wanting to knock it out again, I asked him if it was from lifting kids. No. Doing deadlifts. No. Crunches. Yes, most definitely; he said I should never do crunches. I asked if I could keep doing The Flag (a lower ab exercise I actually enjoyed doing, and the one I was really hoping would help me no longer look pregnant everytime I sit down), and he said no, just like a crunch, it is shortening my hip flexors. I asked him if I could do planks and he said yes, that was fine. *sigh* Planks are so boring. The Flag was actually fun. 

 

Anyway, he gave me some hip flexor stretching exercises (3 sets for 30 seconds) so I will do them religiously. And I guess replace crunches and the flag with planks. I knew 10 years ago I had tight hip flexors because my other hip will occasionally flare up on me (maybe 2-3 times every 4-6 months or so) for an excruciating 10 seconds (like a 10 on the pain scale) and then be gone. At least it's not from doing barbell stuff. I would've been devastated. I'm kinda of addicted to that now, lol. 

 

UPDATE: That was a really rambling post. I hope it made sense. I'm too lazy/tired to rewrite/edit it. 

Interesting! 

As someone who struggles with tight hip flexors, sitting is your enemy. And the opposite of sitting is NOT standing, but walking.

 

Planks are boring. Have you tried dead bugs before? I'm a big fan. Also bird dogs. Plug for the do your damn abs post

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On 6/11/2020 at 10:01 AM, miss_marissa said:

 

 

As someone who struggles with tight hip flexors, sitting is your enemy. And the opposite of sitting is NOT standing, but walking.

 

Planks are boring. Have you tried dead bugs before? I'm a big fan. Also bird dogs. Plug for the do your damn abs post

 

I had not heard of dead bugs, but just watched a video and they seem like a good one to do. But the bird dog I knew of and had even asked the chiropractor about that and he said he loved that exercise. Something about it working both sides of the brain, lol. He called it something different, but we were definitely talking about the same thing because I demonstrated it for him. So, thanks, I will add dead bugs too. Hopefully I can strengthen my back, loosen up my hip flexors, AND have a tight tummy. Some. Day.

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On 6/1/2020 at 4:20 PM, RedStone said:

 

. The hardest part for me was the head trip of move more/eat more - it went against everything I've ever been taught about weight loss, but it sent me on a path to understand my body on a much better level. It was a long road but I'm so much stronger on the other side :) 

 

Yes, this is what I'm trying to wrap my head around as well. Are there any obvious signs of adrenal failure? I'll google it, of course, but was just wondering if you noticed anything particular that made you realize it. 

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4 hours ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

Question for the people that continuing posting even during the week between challenges: do you post in your thread  that just ended or do you start you new thread and post there?

 

 

Yes.

 

Some nerds immediately post their new challenge on the first day of Zero Week. Other s stay in their old thread and post their new challenge a lot later. Basically, everyone does whatever works for them. :) 

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Well, my Quarantine Challenge (part 1 & part 2) is over. I did not achieve what I wanted. My goal was to have lost enough that by the time church (my only non-online social life) resumed, I would fit back in my clothes and have dyed my hair to celebrate. 

 

Hit 159.anything by May 1

10 weeks and still never made it. I've never lost this slow before. Ever. I only lost 6.2 pounds over 2 challenges. 

So this will be my continued goal going into the next challenge. 

 

Strength Train 6x a week

I'm not sure I ever hit 6x a week just because I was too sore and needed more rest days than just 1. However, it was a success in that if I was not sore, I worked out. My next challenge is cutting down to 2x a week to allow ample time for healing between sessions. 

 

Unexpected Successes

Hubby lost nearly 25 pounds. He's the lowest he's been in over 10 years and likely no longer at risk for diabetes.

 

2 Level Ups: Strength gains that actually improve my every day life (see my new challenge thread for specifics). 

 

I've learned what to eat to maintain my weight, a diet that does not feel like a diet and does not make me feel deprived. This is hopefully the end of a 20-year yo-yo dieting cycle. In fact I should probably be celebrating this one from the rooftops, but since I'm not actually maintaining my goal weight, it's just an assumption. 

 

 

 

 

 

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11 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

I've learned what to eat to maintain my weight, a diet that does not feel like a diet and does not make me feel deprived. This is hopefully the end of a 20-year yo-yo dieting cycle. In fact I should probably be celebrating this one from the rooftops, but since I'm not actually maintaining my goal weight, it's just an assumption. 

 

This is a much bigger deal than it seems, for reasons that are unrelated to your weight.  A diet that doesn't make you feel deprived, is one you can live with. That is huge, especially if you have a history of lots of different kinds of diets and the mental side-effects that comes with trying to follow a restrictive diet that didn't work for you. Slow weight loss is sustainable weight loss, and considerably healthier as well.

 

Yes, you should absolutely celebrate this one. If you're not able to rejoice from the rooftops, dance around your kitchen for a few minutes. :)

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21 minutes ago, Magdalena Ravenclaw said:

Well, my Quarantine Challenge (part 1 & part 2) is over. I did not achieve what I wanted. My goal was to have lost enough that by the time church (my only non-online social life) resumed, I would fit back in my clothes and have dyed my hair to celebrate. 

 

Hit 159.anything by May 1

10 weeks and still never made it. I've never lost this slow before. Ever. I only lost 6.2 pounds over 2 challenges. 

So this will be my continued goal going into the next challenge. 

 

Strength Train 6x a week

I'm not sure I ever hit 6x a week just because I was too sore and needed more rest days than just 1. However, it was a success in that if I was not sore, I worked out. My next challenge is cutting down to 2x a week to allow ample time for healing between sessions. 

 

Unexpected Successes

Hubby lost nearly 25 pounds. He's the lowest he's been in over 10 years and likely no longer at risk for diabetes.

 

2 Level Ups: Strength gains that actually improve my every day life (see my new challenge thread for specifics). 

 

I've learned what to eat to maintain my weight, a diet that does not feel like a diet and does not make me feel deprived. This is hopefully the end of a 20-year yo-yo dieting cycle. In fact I should probably be celebrating this one from the rooftops, but since I'm not actually maintaining my goal weight, it's just an assumption. 

 

 

Second what scaly said :) learning to eat to maintain or how to diet and not feel deprived are huge wins. And TBH most resources call for 0.5lb-1lb of weight loss per week as sustainable for the long term. Which 6lb over 10 weeks falls perfectly in that range. Plus you picked up new habits! WIN!

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