Hi All, I am brand new to the site as well as a forum really. I am 47, mom of 3, metabolic disaster. I hired my first trainer ever in Jan 2012, we had success changing my body. He gave me a love for the gym and fitness.....however, his nutrition tactics were less than optimal. It has been endless reading that has helped me understand where and how things can be different. I am currently on the LBC wait list. I do not compete but I lift and love it. I have some work to do on my metabolism and am working my way to 3000 calories which is my maintenance while I wait. I spent a YEAR at 1200-1500 in 2012. I am looking to LEARN. I like to ask questions to understand. If I have learned anything in the last 3 years is to ask questions. Biggest question right now, is how on earth people get in 3000 calories. I am st 2300-2400/day now and I am challenged at how I will get another 700 in. Second biggest question is around ideas for carb vs fat breakdown. If there are good threads that would point my in the right direction PLEASE let me know. I feel like I am in the ocean in a tiny little boat.