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6/10/13 4:38 P

I stay at the lower end of my caloric allowance. I figure when I become more active then I can go to the higher end. I agree with the comments most shared with you. This will work for you as long as you log everything you eat.

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6/10/13 2:32 A

Lately, I've been eating at the high end of my range. I've been hungry emoticon
I think that since the weather has been nicer that I've increased my activity above my normal level. I've been walking the dogs and riding my bike as well as doing my regular exercise routine.

I usually eat at mid range. I probably need to adjust my settings to account for the extra movement.

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6/9/13 3:16 P

Tracking my food here on SP has really been helpful to me. Most days I try to eat at the lower end of my calorie range. Once or twice a week, I may eat at the mid or high range. Occasionally, I do go over my daily limit. I've seen the pounds come off just by tracking what I eat and also being mindful of what I'm eating.

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6/9/13 3:09 P

Calorie counting works for me because it gives me the flexibility and choice to keep on track. If I go over my calorie allowance I make up for it later by going under over the next few days. I have learned a valuable lesson here on SP... it is counterproductive to go too low.

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6/9/13 10:58 A

I try to stay within the lower half of my range ... but go into the upper half of the range once or twice per week. Ocassionally (a couple of days per month), I will be either a little below or above the range.

My goal is to maintain a healthy way of eating for the rest of my life -- and for me, "healthy" means the ability to splurge ocassionally when the situation calls for it. A lifestyle of deprivation is not one I would stay on forever. Having a few "eating light days" balances things out and gives me a chance to contemplate on the fact that I don't NEED to eat a lot every day: those days also help me "re-set" my body and keep the carb cravings at bay.

So ... I mix it up. It's worked for me. I have gradually lost 50 pounds over a period of a few years living a lifestyle I can maintain for the rest of my life.

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6/9/13 6:22 A

Variety is the spice of life!

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6/9/13 5:49 A

Staying within my calorie count!

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6/9/13 4:02 A

I usually stay at the low end but also like to switch up sometimes to the high end just so I don't get in a rut.

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6/9/13 3:23 A

I stay between the low end to middle when i'm not active, and the high end if i've been more active than usual. It is very rare that I go over my range. The payoff for my consistency has been a 46 pound loss since January 5.

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6/9/13 12:34 A

I try to stay within my calorie range.

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6/8/13 11:30 P

I try to change it up. Our bodies get used to the same routines, both eating and exercising. It can cause a plateau. So I switch it up, sometimes eating at my minimum, other times my max, sometimes in the middle.

Hope this helps! It's a good thing to switch up the exercise too!!

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6/8/13 10:54 P

Do you eat all the maximum, middle or minimum. What is the best way to see more pounds drop.

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