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CLARK971
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3/15/13 12:01 P

LOVEMOUSE82: i usually run three days a week. I am always hungrier the days after i run.

what DRANGONCHILDE said (like always) made perfect sense.



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/15/13 10:54 A

I really think you're in the area where your scale weight is not going to be helpful for you as a goal. 5 lbs is within the range of normal variation. Our weight isn't static, it's a vital sign, so there's no such thing as a single number that you can "attain" as perfect.

At your size (already healthy) you may want to consider focusing on body fat percentage. I totally agree with increasing strength training and focusing on maintenance. The closer we get to our goal weight, the harder it is to lose! With 5 lbs to go, the most you can expect to lose each week is may a tenth of a pound to .15 lbs. VERY small. That's why moving your goal date to april dropped your calories so much... that's still aggressively fast!



LOVEMOUSE82
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3/15/13 8:42 A

Ok that did the trick. Now it says my range is 1500 to 1850. Wow that seems like a lot but its the first time I'm accounting for the exercises accurately.....sound about right? I love the idea of focusing more on strength training too.



SLIMMERKIWI
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3/15/13 7:47 A

IF the trackers you wanted to make public were your Nutrition and Exercise Trackers, then you need to create a SparkPage first.

Kris



DIETITIANBECKY
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3/15/13 7:29 A

I suggest that you go into maintenance mode based on your height 5'5" and your current weight of 116 pounds. This has you with a BMI of 19.3---which is on the "thin" side of the normal, healthy range. Since your body may not be as toned as when you were younger, I would suggest some strength training exercises 3-4 days a week. Sounds like right now you are primarily running. You can check out our library for ideas with coach nicole.

Dietitian Becky



LOVEMOUSE82
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3/14/13 10:27 P

Actually I can't remember if I'm 5,4 or 5,5. I guess err on the side of caution and say 5,5



LOVEMOUSE82
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3/14/13 10:25 P

5'5"

I'm small framed so a few extra pounds are pretty noticeable. I promise I don't have body image issues lol! by small framed, I mean my wrist is like 5 inches diameter. Sometimes when people hear how tall I am they think I'm too skinny but I was 110 all throughout college and high school it was always normal for me. I gained weight four years after college when I introduced myself to delicious vending machine cinnamon rolls and donuts!



SLIMMERKIWI
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3/14/13 10:20 P

Your weight seems really low ..... do you mind my asking what height you are?
(and I KNOW about being a *technologically challenged sparkmember* - LOL!

Kris



LOVEMOUSE82
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3/14/13 10:14 P

AH! Omg what just happened???
Well it previously had the goal as march 10 so I obviously had to change that. I changed the goal to April 26 and then I even bumped up my goal weight from 110 to 112 to make sure it wouldn't try to get me to lose to quickly. Aaaaaand now it switched my calorie range to 1220- 1550. What?? Lol I know it isn't right, lemme try to reset it or something. I dunno what I did.

*technologically challenged sparkmember*

I think spark knows I overate today and is getting me back lol!!!!



SLIMMERKIWI
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3/14/13 10:05 P

Have you ACCURATELY input the exercise you do, or will be doing? If not, then this can make a big difference. If you do tons of exercise you need to eat more.

What time-frame did you put for losing the amount of weight you want to. This can make a difference too. If we are unrealistic and want to lose weight fast (which a lot do) then it will come out with a lower calorie range.

Hope that helps a little.
Kris



LOVEMOUSE82
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3/14/13 9:36 P

Ok so I just updated my goals and I dunno if I did something wrong but it made my calorie goal actually less than before. Now the range is 1330 to 1770. Does that seem right? What's weird is that I updated how many calories burned to 1000 (from 750 before) this is still an estimate but closer than 750 was. And it brought my calories range down. That seems weird. That calorie range is still doable for me, I'm just wondering if that seems wrong to anyone else



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/14/13 7:58 P

Here's how you make your trackers public:

www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_answer.
asp?id=76


Here's how to make your page public!

www.sparkpeople.com/community/help_answer.
asp?id=38




LOVEMOUSE82
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3/14/13 7:54 P

By the way, how do I make my tracker public? I've tried before to set up a spark page and I must be totally missing something because I couldn't figure it out but I also work off my iPad so I dunno if that is making a difference



LOVEMOUSE82
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3/14/13 7:50 P

Aaaaaahhhh lightbulb! Lol that totally makes sense now!

My calorie range is 1470- 1820. (It might start at 1450 I can't remember off hand the low range) generally I try to stay around 1550 to 1650 ish but have my days that are more and my days that are less. I'm still trying to determine how many calories I burn per week. Since I started running and training for my first 5k, I am running more now but still not every day so near the end of the week ill look and see a pattern of about how much I burn per week and then adjust it. I usually go 5k at least 3 times a week (run/walk averaging 10 minutes per mile) and definitely run every other day. On the days I don't go the whole 5k I might just go like 2 miles. Sometimes just one mile if I'm being really lazy :). Thats why it has taken awhile for me to get a good pattern of calories burned each week because it is not always consistently the same thing each day. I also do some strength training with resistance bands like 4 times a week. Maybe more because I at least try to get in strength training if it isn't a running day.

SO in conclusion......my calorie range may be a bit of an underestimate but that at least explains why I'm hungrier on the off days...



DRAGONCHILDE
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3/14/13 7:36 P

Your body actually doesn't run on the food you eat that day! You run on fuel from the previous day, especially if you're a morning runner. You're tanking up! Calorie burning is not a 12 hour process... it's ongoing, and on your rest days, you are healing and recovering and getting stronger... which takes more energy!

Have you set up your fitness goals to account for the running? Make sure you're fueling yourself adequately. What's your calorie range, and how much are you eating each day!



LOVEMOUSE82
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3/14/13 7:21 P

I'm beginning to notice a strange pattern. Per the spark coaches advice, I stopped running every day and now go every other day since I'm still new at running and definitely want to avoid shin splints and other non-fun side effects :)

Anyway, I have noticed that on the days I don't run, I am actually hungrier than on the days I do....seems like it should be the opposite, but like right now, I am already over my calorie range ( only by like 20) but I'm sitting here fighting the temptation to go back to the kitchen! didn't have this problem yesterday when I ran the hardest I ever have ever! Weird.

As a side note, I haven't been doing no exercise at all today....I actually did a bunch of yardwork and one of spark's cardio videos, but nothing compared to what I do on my running days. Haven't done any strength training today. (Yet...maybe I should)

Edited by: LOVEMOUSE82 at: 3/14/2013 (19:22)


 
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