depends by what you mean by "let yourself indulge."
if i exercised a lot more than typical, i'd probably be more hungry, so i would need more food, which is really more of a "need" than an "indulgence."
that said... if i needed more calories... I *might* choose to eat something more calorie-dense than usual. Maybe i'd go crazy and butter my bread, or something. Maybe I'd have a whole serving of a dessert item instead of splitting.
but i wouldn't use "I exercised a lot" as a reason/excuse to OVER-indulge. If i exercised off 500 calories and then ate a 1000 calorie hamburger and fries? Yeah, I'd feel pretty bad after. So I strive not to do things like that.
I'd have a small treat but I won't go crazy.......
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4,174 5/26/13 1:04 A
I do try to look at my calories over a three or four day span.... If I've been on the lower end for several days, then at the high end (or slightly over) on one day, that doesn't make me feel guilty. Its a range for a reason---sometimes your body needs a bit more, other days not so....
40 miles would be one of those "needs a bit more" days for me! Congrats on that ride!! ((I pretty well limit myself to 30 or less due to some back issues---so you are an inspiration to me!!)) Hope you enjoyed your ride, and (a reasonable amount of) the fish tacos!! patti
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225 5/25/13 10:46 P
Not generally, but since you're doing an endurance event, you need to adequately fuel it. I'd at least get up to the top end of my allowed calorie range and maybe slightly over. Check out how many calories you'll consume before you order, though!
Well isn't it calories in and calories out? You burned a whopping amount of calories riding your bike 40 miles today so you need to fuel up and with a little extra. You are probably famished. G Great ride!
5/25/13 10:00 P
5/25/13 9:59 P
I never burn extra calories
5/25/13 8:30 P
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5/25/13 7:56 P
I am thinking fish tacos from the restaurant down the road... "Two soft flour tortillas with blackened tilapia. Served with shredded cabbage, cucumber pico, tomato and cilantro ranch dressing."
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5/25/13 7:54 P
At some point, "letting yourself add more calories" won't have anything to do with it, so enjoy something good to eat and move on.
5/25/13 7:51 P
I do sometimes - it depends on if my body says it need that fuel replaced - make it sensible though
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5/25/13 7:49 P
Rode my bike 40 miles today. Really want to go over my cals... maybe not even a lot or with really bad food... but I want to treat myself somehow and I only have 350 cals left. What to do?
(I should also note that I'm pretty exhausted and not much int he mood for cooking.)
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