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    Thanks for sharing my joy :)
    22 days ago
    Thank you, sweetie! She's more than fine, and a real trooper over it. I have been trying to focus more on my protein intake actually. Its getting better, but there's always room for improvement. This week it's about portions, and getting more smaller meals in. Honestly, that is the hardest part for me it seems...but I'm really going to try this week!

    Here's what the SparkCoach responded with. Some great info to share!


    I think you're probably right that many fitness trackers tend to overestimate calorie burning, often by a lot. Any device that can track your heart rate (and actually uses that info to produce calorie burning estimates) will be considerably more accurate, and Polar has a good reputation in that area. I haven't ever used the V800 watch myself (I'm also a cyclist), so I don't know for sure how well it's suited to tracking calories burned with cycling (rather than running, for example), but I'm pretty sure it will be more accurate than on-line trackers or wearable "activity" trackers. So, you'll most likely be better off using the V800's estimates than others.

    I also agree that it wouldn't be a good idea to only eat 1200-1350 calories on days when you're doing quite a bit of fairly high intensity exercise. When you consistently go too low on your calorie intake for your activity level, your body will end up getting the calories it needs not just from fat, but also from muscle and other lean tissues. That may make the number on the scale go down more quickly, but in the long run, it will make things worse. The more muscle you lose, the lower your resting metabolic rate will get, which makes losing fat harder now and also makes it much more likely that you'll regain fat when you stop dieting and go back to a more normal calorie intake. Large calorie deficits can also cause problems like decreased bone density, which also contribute to lower metabolic rate as well as health problems.

    Getting too many of your daily calories in a short time can also cause problems. Our bodies don't work like bank accounts--they don't add up calories in and calories out at midnight, and then post our new weight in the morning. If you have a meal that provides more energy than you can use as it gets digested and that fuel hits your blood stream, what you don't need right then will go into storage, usually as fat, at least temporarily. For the same reason, it's usually a good idea to plan your meals so that the type of fuel you're likely to be needing is available when it's needed. You'll probably be using up a lot of glucose on your longer bike rides, so on those days, especially, it could be good to have a meal/snack with carbs in it an hour or two before you start your ride, and another one shortly after you're done. That would work better than one large meal.

    Here's a link to an article with more info on eating before and after exercise:

    22 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/29/2017 4:59:08 AM
    thanks for your comment. I'm lucky I don't have to travel now and that I'm retired. That would add a whole other element to this thing!

    take care!
    28 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by have a wonderful week of fun and laughter :)
    30 days ago
    yes, WordPress is also a blog platform. A retirement goal was to write more, and start a blog - which I have - but I tend to do more here than there! So hoping some more information about the technology and being around like minded people will inspire me.
    33 days ago
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