Well, not actually a full month for the measurements, BUT a full month off of soy and on a new nutrition
First, I am not counting calories in the sense of “watching my weight” or in the sense of “carbing up for long distance running”. I am counting calories at the end of the day AFTER I have eaten throughout that day until fullness or satiety. After doing body calculations, my body SHOULD consume 2,112 Calories. That seems like a lot, no? This was considering the fact that my body needs 700 Calories for my heart and brain ALONE!!! After that, a body needs 12% of the total calories consumed to simply run your hormones and GI tract. You guys, we have not even added in the fact that we don’t lay in bed sleeping every day. I did my calculations of total daily energy expenditure using the “lightly active” selection and I got that big ole 2,112 Calories. (If you want more information on how to calculate your TDEE, feel free to message me! I don’t mind one bit!) Eating to satiety each day on the nutrition plan I had laid out, I consumed an average of 2,129 Calories a day.
Second, I am not counting macros. I am simply tracking my macronutrients at the end of the day also as well as how I felt that day (i.e. vertigo, headache, lump in my throat, cold, hot). I went by the nutrition standards in my textbooks with a 50% carbs, 35% fats and 15% proteins in MyFitnessPal for reference, but I did not actually strive to achieve those. What I did achieve when eating to the plan I laid out and to satiety, I ended with averaging 43.25% carbs, 42.5% fats, and 14.25% proteins.
Finally, I keep referencing a nutrition plan but I haven’t said what it is. Well, that’s the tricky part. All it is is a plan of staple foods that I will have throughout my diet that play into my genetics. I have a theory regarding our direct lineage, where we grew up, and what we ate during childhood. It is based in epigenetics or the study of changes in organisms caused by modification of gene expression rather than alteration of the genetic code itself. Our bodies are made to be able to handle certain foods better than others because of our genetics and whether or not genes were expressed. I plan to go further into this if my theory pans out. So far…it’s a SUCCESS!
Here’s the meat of it all since March 11th when I began to track all of the information…
- Weight is down 2.4 lbs
- Neck, chest, waistline (at bellybutton) and hips measurements have all gone down
- Natural waist, left thigh, right calf, and both biceps have all gone up
- Body fat caliper readings (an average of 3 pinches for each area) have gone down for tricep, pectoral, mid-axilla, subscapular, and abdomen
- Body fat caliper readings for suprailiac and quadricep went up
- Overall, lean body weight is down 1.58 lbs and fat weight is down 0.82 lbs
Activity during this 22 day period was as follows…
- Incline walking: 1
- Running: 6 (2 were runs over 7 miles)
- Weight lifting: 1
- Physical therapy: 6
- Yoga: 10
My breakdown on this check-in:
I am happy to see a loss. I was quite nervous, especially being a person that battled an ED early in life, to eat over 2,000 Calories daily. Everything that has ever been said to me as an obese adult was “eat less and move more”. I know through all of my education on nutrition that that statement cannot be more false even if it tried, but that is a topic for another day. The point is… I did not expect a solid healthy loss (0.5-1 pound a week). PS did you know that your body’s chemistry does not adjust fast enough if you lose the weight quicker? You actually have to constantly increase your calorie burn exponentially to maintain when you lose it too fast. And here I thought the “yo-yo” was all my behavior…nope, body chemistry.
As for my activity level, this month has been rather difficult with maintaining constant high-intensity workouts like running or weight lifting as the physical therapist helps me with my cervical and lumbar pain that reared its ugly head when we got to SoCal. I have a large belief that going from flat terrain running to hills exposed a body weakness I already had. The last 10 weeks have been about strengthening my neck, core and hips to be able to run pain-free again.
Final thoughts, I see that my gut is not happy. My hips and torso measurements are all over the place. BUT…. like Hippocrates said, “all disease begins in the gut”. I shared a picture to show what I mean from late last year. This was as I was detoxing from all of the freezer section “healthy” meal eating I did during the PCS from Camp Lejeune to SoCal. P.S. My hubby had much bigger results to the sound of 15 lbs by doing the same thing and then implementing the same nutrition plan as I am doing BUT customized for him.
Back on track with the body’s ailments…that is where this all gets more interesting for me. I have been dealing with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis/hypothyroidism for at 7 years now (since being diagnosed) and never once have my hormone levels been leveled out. I have a large
After a bunch of specialist appointments and minimal medication to hide symptoms, I have been diagnosed with eosinophilic esophagitis or EoE. So now, I am going through a handful of appointments to get everything under control. It turns out that something that did not show up on my skin allergy test BUT did on the hair analysis intolerance test IS, in fact, something causing my body to hurt. I am sort of relieved to be out of the waiting period with it all. I fully expect that over the course of the next month, my trunk measurements will decrease as the healing begins.
I hope you know how beautiful you are <3