Primal Journal (PrimalEagle) - Terrified Newbie - HELP!
After getting a lot of coaxing from a friend of mine who has had great success with this way of living, and after a few weeks of lurking while making a last ditch attempt at weight loss/health via CW, I am ready to see if PB is right for me. Here is a little of my history:
I am a 33 year old female attorney (public service). Since college I have been gaining and losing the same 25 lbs. Generally people say that I look fit but in a "strong" sort of way. My body type is always described as "athletic", and I have always played a lot of sports and seem to have been born with an indordinate amount of muscle for a woman. A few years ago I decided I wanted to get into really good shape and got my RMR and body fat tested, and then embarked on a calories-in/calories-out program of eating within my RMR (over the last five years it ranged from 2300-2500 as a true RMR - did not count any daily activities) and working out and playing sports and was able to cut 25 lbs in 3 months without much trouble keeping my calories between 1800 and 2000 a day. Since that time, whenever I gained a few lbs I would just cut back to within the "correct" amount of calories and the weight would come off.
Two years ago I moved to Arizona. Within my first three weeks here, I broke the top of my tibia during a vball tournament which took a year to heal. Once it healed I started working out again and quickly broke my wrist, which took another four months to heal. Over that nearly 1.5 years I gained about 20 lbs back from a lack of exercise and overeating. This past September, after months of inactivity after the broken wrist, I got really depressed about my weight and forced lack of activity and let a friend convince me to try the HCG diet. I did one round and lost 20 lbs. I started a second round and ended up on vacation with my finace's family and cut the round short and immediately gained back what I lost.
In January I decided to "get with the program" again and, realizing I had lost all ability to recognize proper portions, ordered Nutrisystem. I combined the nutrisystem (1500 calories a day) with 5 days a week of intense kickboxing at my dojo. I lost 9 lbs in the first week and nothing for the next three. I realized something had to be wrong and went in to get my RMR tested. I had my RMR tested approximately one year before, which found that my RMR was about 2300 and that my lean muscle mass was 141 lbs (hydrostatic testing). This time I did the Bod Pod and found that my lean muscle mass had whittled away to 126 and that my RMR was an astounding 1560. Thank you, HCG diet, for cannibalizing my muscle and for your VLCD supressing my metabolism. Ugh.
For the last 8 weeks I have been working with the folks at Bod Pod to figure out what to do. Despite moving my calories all around from 1600-2000, and despite 5 days of kickboxing, 3 days of run/walking 3.5-4.5 miles and beach 2s vball on the weekends, I have only lost 1.5 lbs and less than 1% bodyfat. It's simply not working anymore. I did too much damage to my metabolism. The worst part? I ordered my wedding dress prior to figuring this out and "knowing" I wouldn't have any problem dropping the 15 lbs or so before my November wedding (I had done it many times before without issue) -- but it's still 2" away from zipping up.
So, here I am, tired of being hungry and sore without any results. I am impressed and inspired by your stories and am hoping it can help turn me around as well.
Here are my stats per my last bod pod reading last Friday:
% bodyfat: 31.29
Lean weight: 126.6
I really want to get down closer to 22% body fat with less concern about my actual weight. My plan is to aim for 100% PB for 30 days (knowing I will likely have some days that fall short), and limiting my fruits, nuts and dairy. My plan was:
Carbs: Under 50
Fat: 100-140 grams
Protein: 60-80 grams
As for my workouts, I was going to drop kickboxing to 3 x a week instead of five (it is pretty high intensity with us punching, elbowing and kicking heavy bags, sit ups, pushups, lunges, throwing medicine balls, etc.); walk 50 minutes at least 3 x a week (and maybe add 30 second sprints in every five minutes or so); and then 3-6 games of 2s sand volleyball on the weekends.
I plan to start Monday after I get back from the in-laws house. Any thoughts on my plan would be GREATLY APPRECIATED!!! I really need to gain some control back.
"If you won't be better tomorrow than you are today, what do you need tomorrow for?"