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1/13/13 10:11 P

I don't count daily activity unless it is something truly extraordinary, like 7 hours of digging in the garden. If I do something that is pretty physical, like the 2 hours I spent last week with a crowbar, climbing up and down a ladder and breaking ice out of a clogged up gutter, I just think of it as extra calories burned.

Actually, I seldom track my exercise here since I find it cumbersome, but I do track in my mind.

If you are doing basically the same amount of physical work every day, I believe that is just part of your everyday living.

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1/13/13 4:50 P

i often wondered about this question cuz I will be on my feet for 11.5 hours per shift

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1/13/13 3:53 P

emoticon for the feedback! After reading your feedback and the articles I have decided my job should NOT as a fitness activity- I think 'double dipping' is the perfect term, I knew something felt off about counting it emoticon .

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1/13/13 3:29 P

I'm back at start point yes. 2 years ago lost 50+ lbs through diet restrictions alone. If I eat less than 1,400 cals a day I will lose weight without changing a thing. Picture doing 4-7 hours of tai-chi 3 days a week YES it's movement and I'm lucky to have such a physical job but it's lacking a number of things.

I am enthusiastic to add cardio and stretching into my lifestyle simply to make life more comfortable and interesting.

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1/13/13 3:11 P

Your current ticker shows you're at a start point, but your page says you've been a member since 2008.

So ... how was your weight loss previously? Did you make serious attempts to lose or is the first time? Did you count the job then? What were your results?

If you aren't getting the results the site expects (without counting it), it might be making a difference. I would start with not counting it at all, and see how you go. If you're constantly hungry on the provided range, or you consistently lose more per week than expected, you probably require a little extra food.

There is a spark article on that, but all it really says is to use a pedometer, and since your work involves your upper body mostly, that wouldn't be relevant. So check your results for a few weeks instead - if you're not achieving right, then adjust.

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1/13/13 3:06 P

You may need more calories than someone at a sedentary job, but having a job like this in general will not add to your fitness past a certain point. You already get a daily living modifier, and counting daily activities is effectively double-counting, so yes, you likely are overcounting.

However, this may help you determine if you do indeed need to increase your *base* calorie range to account for extra activity:

I'm not sure how this technique will apply to your particular job, though. It's not adding to your fitness, and your body had no doubt adapted at this point... it doesn't burn as much as doing that actual activity would for someone who isn't doing it daily.

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1/13/13 3:02 P

I would not cunt it. Sp takes light activity into account. Perhaps see if you can change the modifier. Or, use a BMR calculator and do a slightly higher activity modifier and see if it's close to your SP range. I think you would be double dipping to count your job.

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1/13/13 2:50 P

I am a massage therapist, while it's not a construction worker, or a landscaper, or a Zumba instructor it IS a rather physical job. I do deep tissue therapeutic massage and my technique has been described as vigorous and strokey (I'm moving a lot).

In the past halved my number of hours giving massages (because when I do feet, hands, and necks I'm usually standing still) and counted that toward my physical activity for the day. Am I cheating myself by doing this? CLEARLY my body has adapted to my physical job (I'm 40 lbs over a "healthy" BMI. So part of me thinks that I should NOT count my job as physical activity. The OTHER part of me thinks that I should acknowledge that I have a physical job and reflect it on my tracker.

What do you think?

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