This post serves a few purposes...
1. Because I'm on a cut and completed my weekly weigh in today.. after 2 weeks of not dropping weight I adjusted my calories/macros and then BANG recorded a weight loss this morning of 1kg. I am SO excited that I felt the need to share my success with the wonderful bb.com crew (well at the very least those kind enough to read this post)
2. To hopefully have my story serve as a bit of encouragement to fellow newbies who are stuck about where to start.. so my story, in brief, goes like this:
I've been training for a couple of years but for the majority of this time it was sports specific. A knee injury, and subsequent surgery, meant I could no longer play my chosen sport (basketball) and so my training changed. Over the last 4 months I started getting more serious about where I could take this body transformation but neglected my diet so OBVIOUSLY wasn't happy with my progress..
This is where I went to see a dietician.. long story short, I got quite generic information, a very generic food plan, and very little detail surrounding the plan to ensure I was educated enough to make this a long term, lifestyle change/thing..
Then I stumble across bb.com forums.. in particular the female section.. I start reading the WEALTH of knowledge on here.. very importantly Emma-Leigh's macro/calorie sticky in the nutrition section. It all makes sense.. I post a couple of times with some questions, seeking advice and the responses I get are AMAZING..
Next thing I've calculated my calorie/macro requirements and start weighing, tracking everything.. and BOOM, I start losing weight @ a healthy pace but more importantly ALL WHILST EATING FOODS I ENJOY (for the most part!). I plateau for 2 weeks and adjust slightly and then I have another great week and see a drop on the scale.
I take the advice of the experienced ladies here and stay on my compound lifting routine.. sticking to the basics, not re-inventing the wheel and as a result haven't seen too many in the way of strength or muscle loss.
Morale of the story for those still reading (bless your cotton socks)..
bb.com is amazing
the advice, knowledge and support here is amazing
GET YOUR CALS/MACRO's ON POINT
Follow a professionally designed lifting program.. and stick to it
Revel in the fact that you are now part of a successful online community and celebrate your successes as no doubt you'll at this point start seeing PLENTY of them
Thank you to all the wonderful people here for your ongoing support and advice.. you've helped another person get that little bit closer to reaching her goals.
**insert happy dance here**