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.


  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.

  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~

  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!!!

  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. :)

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

  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!

  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.

  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.

  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

  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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