What method are you using to estimate your calories burned? It's very difficult (especially the less you weigh) to burn more than about 100 calories for every 10 minutes of activity. So the numbers you're getting (aside from the hike) sound pretty high. Typically, an hour on the elliptical, even at a high intensity, is going to burn around 450-500 calories.
Because calories burned are all based on estimates, it's hard to know if the extra exercise is going to balance out the meal at Olive Garden. My suggestion when you have an unusually long workout day is to listen to your body. You don't want to go crazy with eating more, but having some additional snacks if you're hungry/low on energy is never a bad idea.
When you set your calories burned goal to reflect how much you're exercising, what calorie range does the program give you?
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I'm still trying to figure out this nutrition tracker thing. Some days I only run a couple miles, so I only burn 300-400 calories. Some days I manage an hour on the elliptical so it's more like 700-800. Today, I went for a five hour hike and was carrying a heavy backpack...so I probably burned over 1,000.
But then, to celebrate the fact that I got a new job (this is definitely NOT a usual thing, and I did really well with my calorie intake this whole week), I went to Olive Garden and got a little carried away with their never ending pasta bowl thing. I only had two bowls, and it was with the whole wheat pasta and the tomato based sauces, and only a couple breadsticks, but I still feel like I ate too much.
But I'm hoping I'm in the clear because of my long hike today. Is that kind of how it works?
For the longest time, I was just sticking to about 1300 cals a day no matter what type of exercise I was doing. And that worked, but only for so long. The closer I get to my goal weight, the harder it is, and I have to mix things up a bit as my body adjusts. I hate trying to figure out what my body's doing!!
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