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Nutrition or calories???

Monday, April 29, 2013

What do you all do when you get to the end of the day and your nutrition is out of whack but you haven't got enough calories left to correct it?

For example:
I end the day with only 75 calories left but am short 20g protein,

Should I go over the calorie count to maintain the correct protein/carb/fat ratio SP recommends, or stay in calorie range at the expense of proper nutrition?

Which is more important?

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/25/2013 1:52PM

    If it's the end of the day I don't want to eat much anyway, so personally I would just make a smoothie with a huge pile of greens with a cup of unsweetened almond milk added to it. That's really a good way to end the day for weight loss to follow.

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LEANJEAN6 7/6/2013 5:14PM

    great advice above----so-------I won't add to it!-----I do try to stay within the calories---(sometimes on the ""Hope Diet""--LOL--I blow it tho)-------Yu know--the diet yu ""hope for the best and eat anything you want--I hope yer day went well! emoticon

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1EMMA2011 5/18/2013 10:39PM

    How do you feel? Go by how you feel...


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ROYADEDEAUX 5/5/2013 3:22AM

    I think it's helpful to think on a weekly scale too... stick within your range as best as possible, and if you notice that you are short on one thing for a day, make sure to get enough the next...

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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/30/2013 6:57PM

    I try to stick with the calorie range -- and I think of the nutrient goals as secondary goals. Most days I manage to get all of them lined up and in a row -- but some days, like yesterday for instance, I was way short on protein too. Since I wasn't starved at the end of the day, I just left it and went to bed.

I still buy into the whole calories in = calories out, but sometimes I think my body is using some sort of "new math" in that equation. So I try to stick with the calorie ranges.

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LINDA! 4/30/2013 6:17PM

    I agree with many of the others. If I am short, I don't eat over the calorie range. I try to do better the next day.

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BLITZEN40 4/30/2013 6:05PM

    If weight loss is your priority, I say stay in calorie range and just plan for a protein heavy tomorrow. I think we all wax and wane with getting all of our proper nutrients on a daily basis, and we all seem to go on living, just the same. Which brings up another question: Who decided the specifics on what exact amounts of protein (and other nutrients) we need each day and on what authority did they do that, how exactly did they arrive at those numbers, and is there actual evidence that proves a person really needs that much to maintain good health? (I guess that's like 4 questions, but seriously, I wanna know because I'm living proof that you can go on and be strong and healthy without everything they say you need. So you have to wonder.) On the other hand, if you are feeling negative effects of low protein at the end of the day, a really smart spark friend of mine turned me onto this Premier Protein drink from costco.. 160 cals for 30 gs of protein (remember?).. drink half of one for 15 gs, only be 5 calories over your limit and 5 gs of protein under. Those drinks have saved me a time or two at the end of a low protein day... It pays to have smart spark friends! emoticon

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SABLENESS 4/30/2013 12:55PM

    Are you genuinely hungry at the end of the day? Do you find that you consistently come up short on protein, or was that a blip in your routine?

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    It depends on how well I've eaten the rest of the week. If I have stayed in protein range, for example, for most days then I keep to the calorie range. We all eat so differently, having different tastes and foods available that it's really hard to compare apples and almonds. haha.

Tuna is my go-to protein booster. I've even learned to enjoy it right out of the can, plain, with a few saltines.

As long as you don't let it happen too often (consistently low on one nutrient all week) I think the calorie range is the go-to range to keep on track.

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NUTRON3 4/30/2013 8:15AM

    I have that problem but with fat, so I am going to add some nuts, but I won't go over the calories

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MACILINN 4/30/2013 1:47AM

    I always stay w/i cal range when I have a delima like that, and make sure and do it better the next day. When I feel like i had to much crap, I eat fruit! you can have an apple/orange/or a sm banana to add that many cals in if you are still hungry. Celery/carrots are almost cal free too! When I think about my cals that is a slippery slope when i start playing w/that.

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How to Burn 800 Calories in Just 30 Minutes

Wednesday, April 17, 2013







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    U funneeeeee!

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KARENE10 5/4/2013 8:44AM

    emoticon I loved it!

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LINDA! 4/30/2013 6:18PM


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    I fell for it. I guess hope springs eternal . . .

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 4/18/2013 3:13PM


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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/18/2013 2:26PM

    This is a riot! So true.

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CELEST 4/18/2013 12:41PM

    I've seen that before, but it never fails to make me laugh.

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NUTRON3 4/18/2013 7:06AM


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If only....

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BLITZEN40 4/17/2013 9:43PM

    Ha! I can do it faster than that! emoticon

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DAWNDMOORE40 4/17/2013 8:28PM

    emoticon I was laughing so hard I was crying! emoticon

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MJLUVSANIMALS 4/17/2013 8:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANASARI 4/17/2013 8:15PM

    LOL :)

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BEFIT014 4/17/2013 7:06PM

    emoticon Good one!

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1EMMA2011 4/17/2013 6:26PM

    emoticon Thanks!!

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MARTINIGAL413 4/17/2013 4:10PM

    Awesome. Loved this!

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JACKIE542 4/17/2013 3:43PM


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OBIESMOM2 4/17/2013 2:49PM

    I figured we see a pan of burnt cookies!!!


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    OMG - to think I have been doing much better than I thought.


Keep them coming.


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SP cracks me up!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Yesterday's SP fitness email was entitled something along the lines of "tone your triceps while watching TV", and this is the exercise they showed!

Ummmm.... yeah. I always watch TV with my face smashed into the floor.
Don't you?

And today's SP recipe email was "Breakfast Lentils".... heaven help us! emoticon

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LIVE_AMAZINGLY 7/25/2013 1:54PM

    Geez! I hate floor exercises anyway, so I'd really hate this!

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SABLENESS 4/21/2013 7:34PM

    LOL - my three cats think person-on-the-floor is there to entertain them; they're not far off!

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BLITZEN40 4/16/2013 7:44PM

    LOL! I did not notice that! Just goes to show ya how closely I look at exercise suggestions from SP these days. That would've been a good one to post for April Fools Day. I DID, however, notice the breakfast lentils (because if there's anything to eat, I'm always right on it), and yeah, uh NO! What I find funny about SP is that half the time the banner ad across the top of my screen is for, get this, CUPCAKES! Well, it's a picture of cupcakes anyway. Really. Probably be a better idea to have those breakfast lentils up there. ;) Thanks for the laugh!

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 4/16/2013 3:49PM

    ha ha ha ha Thanks for sharing, I needed something funny to laugh at!
You rock, I wish we lived close enough to meet up!

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ANASARI 4/16/2013 3:18PM


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    Maybe you are supposed to do that one while straddling your face on the tv? Seems like it would be painful - but you know what they say - no pain, no gain!


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    I'm so glad I wasn't the only one to think that was hilarious. I thought about contacting SP about it, but was in such a tizzy yesterday I figured it wasn't worth it. So, just shook my head and went on.
Thanks for the link to your recipes! I'll be checking those out later!

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HEALTHY-SPARK 4/16/2013 1:45PM

    HAh -- that's too funny. If I did that, my two cats would be walking all over me trying to figure out what they missed in the carpet that's worth sticking your nose in.

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CHRISTINASP 4/16/2013 1:09PM

    Glad to hear SP brings you laughter.

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OBIESMOM2 4/16/2013 11:59AM

    and as you're watching TV, you'll be thinking, "I really need to vacuum in here"

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CELEST 4/16/2013 11:38AM

    I cant believe you dont watch TV in that position...doesn't everybody emoticon emoticon

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How not to be a **** to your fat friends

Friday, February 22, 2013

I just read areally good blog that I want to share with you all because I think we all need to be kinder to ourselves and others in the language that we use. The writer makes some very good points.

NOTE: There is a little profanity, so click at your own risk.

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HEALTHY-SPARK 3/19/2013 5:20PM

    She's a funny blogging. That was a good one. Thanks for posting!

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NUTRON3 2/23/2013 6:33AM

    thanks for sharing

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RABBLERRABBIT 2/23/2013 12:54AM

    It was a fun read. When it comes right down to it, most people just can't deal with fat. Even other fat people. I love - in a real petty, vengeful way - to tell people that I run (which I do, very slowly, and I finished 4 5Ks last year, running all the way through) - and wait for them to formulate a reply that doesn't tip off the incredibly difficult time they're having reconciling my size with my ability to move. I appreciate people who just honestly blurt out, "You run?"

While I'm tired of being fat and the limitations that go with it, I'm also tired of being embarrassed about it. I'm working on it. I know "skinny" people who never work on it - and they're in terrible shape, too.

We all need a break from judging. We're all in this together whether we like it or not.

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/23/2013 12:24AM

    Ya know, I've noticed that I am a lot more comfortable with my weight than my friends are. And than most people are, like say, in Lane Bryants or wherever. I can say something like, "I'm too fat to sit there, it hurts my tummy to squeeze in there" and ppl get all upset and act like I'm dissing myself when actually I'm just saying, well, that I'm too fat and it hurts me to squeeze in there lol

But those skinny (well, not OBESE) ppl who say they feel fat, like in that article, well they prolly do feel fat. Our culture is so screwed up.

Anyway, thanks for sharing it, it was cool to read.

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Scars are beautiful too

Sunday, February 17, 2013

One of my friends has written a truly wonderful poem about scars and their unique message, and I would like to share it with my SparkFriends.

Poem- This You Will Remember

My scars are all memories
I touch them like a sacred time machine
This finger knows the boiling water
that shattered the glass in my hand
The one next to it remembers the fight
I had with my husband
while I was trimming back the mint

To read the rest, visit Crystal's blog "Crystal, clearly":

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BEAUTIFUL_REINA 2/18/2013 10:32AM

    Thanks for sharing it. My son writes poetry too. I don't, much, but I like to read it.

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    Thank you for sharing her poem link! Loved it.

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