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Good morning! After a good night's sleep I'm wondering if I should revise my calorie goal. I set it at 1200 but maybe last nights mini-binge means it's set too low for my activity level? I calculated my BMR at 1370 (from IIFYM) and my TDEE at 2243 so 1200 would put me at over a 1000 calorie deficit. The "reckless" option on IIFYM is 1682 calories per day, which is totally do-able. Thoughts? 

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65

 

The ancient Masters

didn't try to educate the people,
but kindly taught them to not-know.

When they think that they know the answers,
people are difficult to guide.
When they know that they don't know,
people can find their own way.

If you want to learn how to govern,
avoid being clever or rich.
The simplest pattern is the clearest.
Content with an ordinary life,
you can show all people the way
back to their own true nature.

"Happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them" 

-Charles de Montesquieu

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Good morning! After a good night's sleep I'm wondering if I should revise my calorie goal. I set it at 1200 but maybe last nights mini-binge means it's set too low for my activity level? I calculated my BMR at 1370 (from IIFYM) and my TDEE at 2243 so 1200 would put me at over a 1000 calorie deficit. The "reckless" option on IIFYM is 1682 calories per day, which is totally do-able. Thoughts? 

1200 definitely sounds low!  I like using TDEE -20% as a goal, which would be around 1800 for you.  You can always aim for the 1682, and then if you're genuinely hungry on a given day add in an extra snack to get to the 1800.

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Good morning! :D

 

I have heard - though now I can't find where - that you shouldn't have your calorie intake be less than your BMR. Also, you work out quite a bit more than I do, and 1200 was rather too low for me at my moderate/low activity level... so my gut says 1200 isn't enough! Also, if you're ending the day quite hungry, then it's definitely not enough!

 

I have also heard it said that you should eat at about a 20%-25% deficit, as for most people, this is enough food to be sustainable, but enough of a cut to get fairly rapid results. The 1682 number seems to be your 25%. I'd suggest you round it to 1700 to make it easy to remember, and try it for 2-3 weeks to see what happens.

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1200 definitely sounds low!  I like using TDEE -20% as a goal, which would be around 1800 for you.  You can always aim for the 1682, and then if you're genuinely hungry on a given day add in an extra snack to get to the 1800.

Mmmm extra snacks! This sounds better already  :D. I think my mistake was using the sedentary option on My Fitness Pal. I WAS sedentary for most of my life and and the descriptions of activity level kind of confused me. Thanks for the help!

 

Good morning! :D

 

I have heard - though now I can't find where - that you shouldn't have your calorie intake be less than your BMR. Also, you work out quite a bit more than I do, and 1200 was rather too low for me at my moderate/low activity level... so my gut says 1200 isn't enough! Also, if you're ending the day quite hungry, then it's definitely not enough!

 

I have also heard it said that you should eat at about a 20%-25% deficit, as for most people, this is enough food to be sustainable, but enough of a cut to get fairly rapid results. The 1682 number seems to be your 25%. I'd suggest you round it to 1700 to make it easy to remember, and try it for 2-3 weeks to see what happens.

Hmm... 1700 sounds good! I'll test it out starting today and we'll see what happens! I actually wasn't hungry last night, the eating was definitely stress related from impending paper done-ness. I recognized that but still did it anyways. Can't change it now though, and actually it put me close to my goal (about 200 calories over) so in reality no major harm was done. 

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Gratitude! I like that!

Welcome to the druids! Looks like you have a great plan for a successful journey ;)

Thanks so much! I'm very excited to be in the Druids. Gratefulness makes me a happier person  :D

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Hooray and congratulations!

Also, 1700 is a good lower limit to your calorie intake I think.

If you want to lose faster, burn more, but don't eat less than that. Also, almonds or almond butter goes a long way post workout for me. Your mileage may vary. :)

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Hooray and congratulations!

Also, 1700 is a good lower limit to your calorie intake I think.

If you want to lose faster, burn more, but don't eat less than that. Also, almonds or almond butter goes a long way post workout for me. Your mileage may vary. :)

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Thanks  :)! It's sinking in that I'm free.

 

I feel good about 1700. Lowering my calories would probably make me cranky whereas more exercise will help me be happy. I think that's an excellent trade off. I've been thinking more about my eating goals for this challenge and I think I may make them more specific about the what and when parts of eating. I only really addressed how much. Mmmmmm almond butter is so great! I saw macadamia nut butter at the grocery store this weekend, I may try that as well. 

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Thinking about the diet portion of my challenge in light of today's eating. Definitely too much sugar. Today was a good lesson in what I need out of my eating plan.

 

I woke up a little later than usual this morning. I seem to do better with my diet when I wake up earlier and when it is structured in meals. With my new calorie goal in mind I'm thinking 3 meals, 2 snacks per challenge. I tend to graze which can be fun but also gets me in the pattern of constantly eating when I don't need to be. Also it makes me less mindful.

 

So I think 3 meals, 2 snacks, and no eating after dinner. Last challenge I identified the after dinner- pre-bed period as the time I was most susceptible to "oh go on you did so well today" snacking, which leads to midnight snacking. It's a form of self-sabotage, so I am saying goodbye to post dinner snacks. Any of the day's two snacks must be consumed before dinner.

 

I'm going to try this out tomorrow and see how it goes. 

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I really like this approach. Also, keeping dinner and after foods as 30 percent or less of your intake will help maximize your results.

Up early, with only water before and during a walk or workout, and then healthy sugars, carbs and protein after is an awesome success formula. It does take dedication and planning - I like to have a banana immediately after a faster state workout, and then simmer some steel cut oats while I shower before work. Add some vanilla, Vietnamese cinnamon, cranberries, or fresh fruit of the season and folks will be jealous. If you're avoiding carbs, go with microwaved scrambled eggs (90 seconds for three eggs, depending on the power of your microwave and the shape of your dish) and you can add in cheese, spinach, whatever you want.

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I really like this approach. Also, keeping dinner and after foods as 30 percent or less of your intake will help maximize your results.

Up early, with only water before and during a walk or workout, and then healthy sugars, carbs and protein after is an awesome success formula. It does take dedication and planning - I like to have a banana immediately after a faster state workout, and then simmer some steel cut oats while I shower before work. Add some vanilla, Vietnamese cinnamon, cranberries, or fresh fruit of the season and folks will be jealous. If you're avoiding carbs, go with microwaved scrambled eggs (90 seconds for three eggs, depending on the power of your microwave and the shape of your dish) and you can add in cheese, spinach, whatever you want.

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Mmm both of those sound great!  Just curious, what is the science/reasoning behind fasted workouts? 

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Gratitude: 

I am grateful for freedom. 

I am grateful for blue skies. 

I am grateful for slow cookers. 

I am grateful for finding time for self care. 

I am grateful for setting my own goals and meeting them. 

I am grateful for finishing my papers. 

I am grateful for sleep. 

 

Good night! 

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I really enjoy checking this thread to see what's new. I'm finding a lot of encouragement as well as tips for counting calories (which is something I'll try to do in the near future).

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Today has been so nice already. It's about 11am here in Cali and a glorious overcast day. I started my day with a 30 minute walk around my neighborhood, came back and grabbed my stuff for an hour of Pilates. I tried working out fasted but I had very low energy in Pilates, I definitely need to eat before hand. For the walk it was fine but it really impacted how hard I could push myself today. Came home and had a veggie scramble with asiago. Yum. 

 

Also today is my birthday! WEEEEEEE. It's nice to start a new year of my life with a clean slate! I'm going to Barnes and Noble today to pick out some books (The Third Policeman, Small Gods) and walk around. Thinking Indian Food for dinner which I'm really looking forward to. Aloo Gobi, Peshwari naan, basmati rice, chicken tikka. NOMS. I have been chilling in bed and relaxing so it's been a good start to year 23! 

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66

 

All streams flow to the sea
because it is lower than they are.
Humility gives it its power.

If you want to govern the people,
you must place yourself below them.
If you want to lead the people,
you must learn how to follow them.

The Master is above the people,
and no one feels oppressed.
She goes ahead of the people,
and no one feels manipulated.
The whole world is grateful to her.
Because she competes with no one,
no one can compete with her.

 

"But what is happiness except the simple harmony between a man and the life he leads?"

-Albert Camus

 

"If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion."

-Dalai Lama
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Happy Birthday!!

 

(Hehe, mine's on the 6th :3)

June babies for the win! My parents are awesome and got me new workout clothes and socks! And I'm going to a specialty running store to get my gait analyzed then matched with a pair of shoes. Plus all of my birthday cards/wrapping paper were cat themed. Such a good day! 

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