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Calorie range frustration, the calculation

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I was happy as a clam with SP, content with my maintance and results until last night when suddenly my calorie range needs dropped by 125 calories per day.

What happened? I didn’t change my weight, although 2 weeks ago when I got active on SP I did record the 3 lb drop that I neglected to do for over 2 years.
Until yesterday the range for my 135 lb, 5’6” self was 1507 – 1800 something. I really like the ability to keep track of nutrients.

All of a sudden the range became 1380 to 1730??

I had been aiming for 1500-1650 per day and burning 300 through fitness. Although I could still continue doing that that and stay in my new range, I don’t like looking at that 1380 at all!

Using SP’s own calculator, my BMR is 1241 and 1489 needed for basic sedentary living without any fitness activities at all.

So, I spent this morning fiddling with goals to see what happens. When I entered that I wanted to lose 3 lbs by Nov 25th, the bottom range actually dipped to 1200. Really? To become a 132 person? That’s hardly a twig! Maybe that's with no exercise?

Finally I got it to 1460 – 1810. That’s with no weight loss desired and 1500 calories burned per week through fitness activities.
Close enough. I’ll keep that.

One realization: At the peak of my frustration this morning I almost ate one of DH’s snack cakes (the honey buns). But I resisted and I thank SP for my new found awareness of emotional eating.

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KANOE10 9/30/2012 7:25AM

    I do not track calories, but carbs..but had the same experience. I was nicely maintaining a 3 pound up and down..Then I increased my ST weights and upped the level on the elliptical. All of sudden I gained 2 pounds which did not come down.
I have been eating the same.

So I understand your frustration. Hope your new range works out for you.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 9/29/2012 8:13PM

    I never have trusted their calculations because my medications are not taken into account.

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SUZYMOBILE 9/29/2012 12:44PM

    It's frustrating not to be able to believe or trust the calculations you're given. If you've been maintaining at 1500-1650 and burning 300 through fitness, just keep on doing what works for you. You can purposely set that range in your Nutrition Tracker, and it will populate the main page as well.

At this point, I pay no attention to odd numbers that appear on the main page (because they make no sense to me)--only those that I've gotten to match the numbers I've entered in my Nutrition Tracker, which I believe.

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Be careful out there

Friday, September 28, 2012

We don’t want to live our lives in fear, but a few precautions may prevent us from being the lead story on the local news.

When out running or walking, it’s easy to get lost in the moment especially when listening to music. Several very popular SP threads involve favorite workout tunes and these are not confined to indoor sessions. I regularly see women with headphones oblivious to the world around them.

This is personal for me since my daughter, then a college freshman, was out running one Sunday morning when a guy jumped out of a parked car and grabbed her from behind. She fought him off and ran to the nearby 7-11 where she found a police car. They cruised around, found the guy and he was taken into custody. What if he had chosen a weaker or slower victim?

So, please be aware of your surroundings and be careful out there.

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    Excellent point!

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WILLOWBROOK5 9/28/2012 11:31AM

    Thank goodness your daughter is ok and they caught the guy! I always walk with only one ear bud in (and a dog who would be worthless but a perp doesn't know that). This is an important reminder for people. Thanks!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/28/2012 9:02AM

    I hate earbuds anyway, and I've started carrying my cell phone, not only to catch pretty pictures but also to phone home if I have to.

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WELLNESSME09 9/28/2012 7:59AM

    Your absolutely right, I fear every time I go for my walks. I never carry a purse with me and my cell phone is never in anyone's view.

This world is no longer the safe place it used to be ! emoticon

Thanks for sharing this with us...hope everyone takes this advice and stays safe. emoticon emoticon

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TXTOAD9970 9/28/2012 7:59AM

    Thank God your daughter was OK. I walk the dog around my fairly dark neighborhood at 5:30 each morning. Hardly anybody's out so I am super vigilant. What a great reminder for all of us. Thanks and keep sparkin'!

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AJB121299 9/28/2012 7:55AM

    very true, thankfully when my wife goes out early in the morning walking, she does not have any headphones in her ears and she is very aware of what is going on.

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“Very well developed quadriceps” said Dr. H.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

This ends my 3 day ‘trilogy’ on self image and comments made on my body parts.
The first was from my teenage son, the second from a rude stranger and finally from a medical professional.

Was my doctor using a nice euphemism for ‘thunder thighs’? Well, no, but he did observe what I was always aware of. While no way overweight back then, I certainly put the ham in hamstring. No bird legs here.

There was a positive side to this growing up. I could ride a bike, far and fast and I was a kickball star, usually chosen before most of the boys when sides were chosen. However, the low waist, hip hugger, tight thigh, bell bottoms of my youth were a problem and it was obvious that modeling would never be a career option.

Science has begun to research difference body types. So if you’re in my category, you may be interested in this article. It addresses women as well as men.

I sure liked the title

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SUZYMOBILE 9/27/2012 9:02AM

    I didn't read the article, but it sounds as if it's about the body shape research. Yep, our "pear shape" is the optimum for health. You don't want to be an apple.

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MAHGRET 9/27/2012 8:57AM

    We always used thunder thighs to describe an athletic body with large thighs, so it would have been a good thing. Legs of power!

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That’s a great suit for someone small on top

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

When I wore my new bathing suit to the pool for the first time, that’s the comment I got from one of the regulars. And I was only halfway to my weight loss goal at that point.

Yesterday, I wrote about my son’s comment which made me laugh and think. There’s a difference though between an honest observation from a kid who loves you and this double edged compliment open to interpretation. After all, she could have said “that’s a great suit” PERIOD.

Women deal with so many body image issues. As we strive to reach a healthy weight, the one place we want to keep or add weight is in our boobs. Breast enhancement is ever more popular.

Fortunately, after realizing in my teens that efforts to increase my bust size were futile, I discovered padded bras and forgot about it.
There are positives too.
I can sleep on my stomach comfortably.
Running has always been very comfortable. No need to “double bag” here.
My running bras last a very long time because of the lack of stress put on them. LOL

If I want to look more womanly, I grab my wonder-bra. Thank you Victoria’s Secret.

We all come in different sizes and shapes even when we reach our healthy weight goal. I hope women can encourage each other to be the best they can be and not frustrate themselves seeking some media invented ideal.

Just for the record: While I could have responded, “Isn’t fashion great? That blouson top hides your belly so well”. I just smiled and in my best Miss Manners voice replied, Thank you for noticing.” PERIOD!

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Sometimes "taking the high road", as I like to call it can be frustrating.
But whenever I try to get revenge or make a smart come back, it never really works out and I regret it. Some people are just rude and thoughtless and we just have to let it go. But, at the extreme, we shouldn't have to be verbally abused or mistreated.

Even fit and healthy people come in different shapes and sizes.
I like the idea of accepting that shape and using a little temporary padding in strategic places every now and then. I have always found the idea of fitness experts getting implants to be so contradictory and hypocritical.

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TANYAP71 9/26/2012 11:17AM

    Even the idea that it was the suit that was great bugs me. 'You look great!' would be, IMO, the best compliment of all :-)

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/26/2012 8:51AM

    I love this blog!! It made me laugh but it is so true. I have always been small on top, too. Fine with me--a little fiberfill in the bra and I'm good to go!!! Love your "thought" response and admire your restraint with a gracious response!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/26/2012 8:50AM

    I am a proud member of the "small on top" group. I don't even wear a bra, and few would notice if I strode around topless. (Well, not quite.) I like myself just fine this way. In fact, I dislike it ifmy boobs inflate when I gain a few pounds.

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62NVON 9/26/2012 8:24AM

    I loved your original thought for a response... but good for you for being gracious!

I am like you and CELIAMINER... thank goodness for supportive and shaping bras for us members of the IBTC.

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CELIAMINER 9/26/2012 8:04AM

    OMG, tears of laughter! I've always been "small on top" except when I was at my heaviest. Now, the "girls" have shrunk and headed south, so a good bra is a MUST.

I commend your restraint, because I would have likely responded in the negative, though not nearly as creatively as your non-stated comment. Something like that would have surfaced 10 minutes later as one of those "what I should have said" remarks.

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JAYEBEAN 9/26/2012 8:02AM

    As someone who is, as they say, "well endowed," I can tell you that it wouldn't have mattered if you had a larger chest. A rude person is going to find a way to be rude. In my case, the comment would have been opposite like, "big up top."

You were nicer than me. I'm quick to lash back because I believe if someone is that bold that they think it's okay to say something that stupid, then they just extended an invitation for me to hit harder.

Good for you for not letting that person get to you.

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AZMOMXTWO 9/26/2012 8:00AM

  and to much is just as difficult to live with
great way to see things

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“Maybe you just lowered your standards”

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

That was the reply of my 14 yr old son in 1989 as we ran around the track at the gym. I had mentioned that I weighed 20 lbs more than in college and I thought I looked pretty good.

I laughed and thanked him for his honest opinion, but I still thought I was fine. Because I was active and fit, I always got positive comments. I kept this good opinion of myself for another 20 years as more pounds piled on. My son went away to college, married and moved far away. No more honest opinions from him.

So, I am the oddball here. No yo-yo dieting. No negative body image. Just blissful, ignorant complacency until 2008-2009 (explained in earlier blogs).

Negative comments can be hurtful and usually they are meant to be, no matter how thinly veiled. But false praise is detrimental too, no matter how well intentioned, especially when it’s something we want to hear.

May we all have family and friends who support us and give positive encouragement, but also love us enough to tell us the truth.

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CELIAMINER 9/25/2012 8:44AM

    I'm not sure I really wanted my husband to be honest, but I expected my doctor to be, and he never mentioned my weight till I lost it. THEN he commented. I wonder if I would have started earlier if he had given me a wake-up call. Just some Monday morning quarterbacking.

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KANOE10 9/25/2012 8:08AM

    Great blog. Family support is the best.


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