Female, 5'3", 48, Starting weight: 163lbs. Current weight: 135.
Starting squat: 45lbs. Current squat: 145 x 4.
Thought I might share my experiences with this so far to bump this thread again...
It's been about two(ish) weeks of refeeding for me; for sure two weeks of conscious effort - there were a few days in the week or so prior to my deciding to give this a shot where I was just eating everything around me. I haven't been on the scale in a few weeks - it was TOM, no point in weighing when I know I'm (more) full of water. Got on the scale this morning, though, and, from the last time I weighed in, it's up 10 or 12 pounds. Holy hell. I knew it'd be up, I can feel it in my clothes and just overall. Everything is squishier right now. But I know it's mostly water since I have made a point of adding in lots of starch and fruit carbs each day, and not being too concerned about added sugar (scaling that back as of today) - besides, there's no way I've eaten a surplus of 35k calories in two weeks. Shit, I like to eat, but that's not even physically possible, I don't think.
I started tracking my body temp on the 9th as well...I mentioned in an earlier post it was 96.8 the first couple of days. I started taking it right in the middle of my TOM and, TBH, I don't know what affect that has on base temp, whether it should be lower or higher than normal then or what. But this morning it was up to 97.4, which is encouraging to me. The last week I've noticed my hands, which are almost always icy, still get cold at times, but are less so. My feet are still pretty much always chilly, but I know that'll come with time...
Other things I've noticed...most nights last week I slept really well, which is a rarity for me. I've been a bad sleeper for yeeeears. I'd always attributed it in the past to quitting smoking weed on the regular (spent my early 20's as a high-functioning pothead... :/ ) but ten years on, there's no way that's still a factor. Anyway, along with the super sleeping, I was having a lot of really vivid dreams, and I woke up remembering them (even if they were so bizarre they made no sense at all). The last two nights I didn't sleep as well (probably related to having 3-4 alcoholic drinks each night, and I'm not much of a drinker), but both nights I snapped awake at right around 3am, with the sensation of smelling something AMAZING cooking (this morning it was like breakfast sausage...the kind that makes your mouth water and stomach growl just smelling it sizzling away in the pan) and like I could totally go tear through the fridge, which I didn't. Both nights I just got up for a few quick gulps of water then back to bed for some more interrupted, crap sleep.
The first week I felt really super drained...like, once I was through with my work for the day all I wanted to do was melt into the couch, which I totally did a couple of those days. The past four or five days my energy has been better, which to me is another great sign that things are on the mend.
Did some more reading on the EM2WL website and related forums on myfitnesspal.com today and, despite the shock and awe from the scale reading this morning, have every intention of seeing this through, continuing eating a whole bunch more than I'm used to, at least until my temps are up beyond 98.0 on a consistent basis. Gonna go take another boo through Diet Recovery 2 this afternoon to clear up a few things, and keep on.
Hope the rest of you are keeping well...happy Monday!
One thing that really helped me was the sugar and salt anytime i had trouble sleeping. Water would probably make things worse.
I'm still feeling super drained from this. I'm also trying to stop reading forums, diet books and logging my foods in. I've subbed this thread, but trying to stay away from everything else. I'm up 9 pounds and maybe going up still but very slowly. I can't wait for the energy to come back! With no change in what I'm eating, only in how much, I find it amazing the energy difference. I know it isn't from what I'm eating but is truly just the calories. Ever since my TOM my temp is down to usually 98.1 and my appetite is much diminished but I think I'm still keeping it up to 2500 or so. Trying not to count as much though. I'm in need of some mental healing as well from disordered food behavior.