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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Eat more to weigh less?


I am feeling pretty good today. I'm back in my work slacks! Woo hoo!

I wore these pants a couple of weeks ago and was secretly scared all day that I was going to split my pants. I have three pairs of this same style pants from NY&Co. Although they are stretchy, my ass was just too wide. I could barely get them over my hips. They are still a little snug, but comfortable. Victory.

So, for the past week, I've been trying something I've never tried before to lose weight.

I've been eating more. Like, 2100-2400 calories per day. Crazy, for a habitual dieter like myself. Losing weight is supposed to mean starvation and elimination. But I've been doing neither.

I think I mentioned in my last post that The Gunnar Challenge and my coach (Jen) told me to heat more calories... 2100-2300 daily. But I didn't really think I would do it.

But then, my workouts continued to include weights. And they were intense sessions. And I was HUNGRY. So, I ate. But I tracked EVERYTHING. And I do try to avoid junky food (although my diet has NOT been perfect).

And I feel a difference. I've lost 7 lbs, but I'm not weighing daily. With lifting heavy weights, everyone says daily weighing can be a disaster. So I'm not.

But eating so much still feels... wrong. SO I looked up a few more calculators and got the same thing.



These are from scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/. I have followed Eat More to Weigh Less for a LONG time because the idea always intrigued me. Hell, I even felt a little envious that women could do such a thing and actually lose weight!


And this is one Jen gave us to use... I forgot the source.

So it does seem like eating more can make you weigh less. I'm going to keep going with it because I feel good. And I've been working out... hard. I'm already seeing progress with the weights. Last night was a huge victory when I was able to lift 60 lbs on the shoulder press machine. 25 lbs used to KILL me. 

I'm lifting HEAVY (for me) and I get such a rush from it. I'm HAPPY to go workout because I don't do the dreaded 45 min to an hour of cardio anymore. Usually about 20 minutes of cardio is all I do, and that is so I can practice running for a mile.

Today is supposed to be a rest day but I may go get a short workout in... I'm not overly sore or anything like that. I just feel good.

And that is awesome... to feel good again.

11 comments:

  1. NSV are the best! I also totally have a few pair of "if I lose just a few more pounds I bet I could fit into these again!" pants in my closet, lol.

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  2. I hear you sister! On several fronts. First, I LOVE the night before mornings when I know we are going to be lifting and not running. I love lifting and it gets me excited...versus dreading running and cardio. Second, the eating more calorie thing can be so scary bc it is anti everything we have been told...but I am glad you are liking it and it seems to be working. Thirdly, it feels so wonderful to fit into pants that would not fit a couple of weeks previous. it's even better than the number on the scale to me (at this point in my journey anyways)...and there was a fourth but I have forgotten now! Happy Wednesday~

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  3. Love this post - you sound like you're in the groove, Hollie! That "you must be starving otherwise it's not a diet" mentality has scarred a lot of us, but you do need to fuel your body, especially when you're lifting heavy...go girl!!!

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  4. This gives me encouragement. I'm trying to count calories without setting my calories too low like so many standards diets teach (1200-1500 no matter what your size).
    Going to stick to 1800-2100 calories depending on activity.
    So far so good.....but it's only been eight hours. :)

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  5. Isn't that amazing? For perpetual dieters, eating more is just so scary!!! You are rocking it though! Awesome job!

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  6. Hollie, I have just started to lift weights and will check out your "Eat More to Weigh Less" It makes me nervous. Hey if you get a chance check out my website http://bestweightlossusa.com that I just started.
    Good Luck!

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  7. This is intriguing. Thanks for the ideas. I'm looking forward to going back and reading the rest of your blog, now that I've discovered it. I can use all the ideas and motivation I can get.

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  8. Brilliant! If only more people realized that in order to lose weight, you actually have to eat more BUT more of the right foods. Keep it up.

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  9. Check out advocare it has done wonders for me and they have great supplements and check out the 24 day challenge www.advocare.com/150333187

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  10. Nice post Hollie! I always believe that losing weight is not about eating less but eating the right food. We shouldn't let ourselves suffer and starve to achieve a fitter body. Eating healthy foods is the key to a healthy and fitter life!

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