Thanks for the replies everyone. My range is 1,280 - 1,630 and I ate 2105. So, I guess considering the deficit I had the day before and my activity level, it makes sense.
I usually try to track ahead during the week, but the weekends I falter a bit. I'll just have to be a bit more careful and stay consistent so that doesn't happen again. I feel good today, so we'll see how it goes. :)
7/16/13 4:27 A
I am one of those who track ahead and it has helped me tremendously. I see the gaps before they occur and plug them before things get out of hand.
This was initially hard for me to do as I am typically not much of a planner but it worked so well I was encouraged to continue. Now it's second nature to me and very helpful.
Best of success to you.
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3,293 7/15/13 8:38 P
Consider tracking your day the night before or early in the morning. Tracking your meals ahead of time can really help you to stay within your ranges and get enough nutrition throughout the day, as well as in achieving the right balance of nutrients.
If something changes as the day goes on, it's easy to update the tracker.
look at it this way, if your ranges are 1200-1550, then by eating 900 one day, you ate between 300 and 650 too few for a regular day. if you were more active as well, then you also need to add all the calories that you burned and haven't yet accounted for. which basically means that 300-650 is a little lower than what you actually needed. if it's the middle of the day and you're already at 1350 when you're usually at 650 or so, that's just eating back those 700 cals that you didn't get around to yesterday. for the week, you'll likely end up in range. if you do tend to go veggie heavy, try to make sure that when you do, you pair your veggies with something that has fat and something that has protein. you can eat a large quantity of carrots and cabbage for not a lot of calories but if you cook them in a little olive oil [a teaspoon is 40 cals] and add an ounce of pasta [about 100 cals and 3 g protein, or even do a half ounce for 50 cals and 1 gram protein] that can help you to end up where you want to be at the end of the day. hummus and cheese are also good ways to boost the cals, fat and protein when you eat veggies. though not necessarily together.
7/15/13 4:26 P
I could totally see how that happens. If I starve myself one day then it makes my body go into survival mode and then next day I eat everything that isn't nailed down.
How many calories does Spark say that you should eat per day? They recommend starting at 1200 for a sedentary woman and 1500 for a man.
You might find out that with your spark ranges you haven't done bad at all today.
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7/15/13 2:52 P
Yes, I can see how that could happen. But think of it this way, even if you over-eat some today, the two days will balance each other out. Just try to stay within your range tomorrow.
If I eat too much one day, I will have little appetite the following day. If I under-eat I will be starving the next day. When I look at my tracker over time this is so obvious. It will have weeks where the curve is quite stable, and then a week of days where it will be bouncing over and under my range on alternate days until the curve gradually stabilizes again.
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9,692 7/15/13 2:05 P
Yes, going that far under one day can trigger a binge cycle the next day. Contrary to popular belief, the things we eat today affect us most tomorrow; you underate yesterday and now your body's demanding payment. :)
Eat lots of protein, and chalk it up to lesson learned. I'd aim for maintenance calories today to give you a little extra wiggle room, and aim to stay IN your range tomorrow... no more undereating, young lady!
You weren't "good", yesterday, you weren't meeting your body's needs. We get stuck in that "good" or "bad" mindset, and it's not a good thing.
Yesterday I was so good with my eating, only ate when hungry, ate healthy meals, lots of veggies and was very active. I think i only hit around 900 calories by the end of the day though, which by the time I plugged everything in and tracked it, I wasn't going to eat more just to fill the gap right before bed.
Well, that plan blew up in my face and I'm starving today and can't stop eating. I've already reached the middle of my limit and I'm only half way through the day!!! Would one day of under eating affect me so much that I over eat the very next day or is this all mental??
Hoping I can bounce back and be good for the rest of the day and maintain my good track record. Ugh!
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