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How I ate 77,000 calories!

Monday, October 19, 2009

RAYLINSTEPHENS is relieved - the Nutrition Tracker said 77,000 calories!! Oops on me!!

Imagine my surprise when I logged my lunch and dessert only to find I had eaten more than 77,000 calories and no dinner yet!!

I have some ground beef that we have made up into sausage burgers and it is in my "group foods" as a 4 oz burger. Well, I only had 1.5 oz so I meant to type .325 but put in 325 I guess - I think I was down for eating the whole calf!

That is my biggest oops to date. Previously I posted 1 Cup Peanut Butter instead of 1 Tbl, lol, but that was a measly 1500 calories, not 70,000

BTW, my day is 1700 so far.
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**I ended the day with 2186 calories, just under my range but on target for my limited Cardio yesterday. I ate 5 more calories than I burned. WooHoo!!
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FUNINFLIPFLOPS 11/2/2009 7:55AM

    Love this blog! I have made boo-boos like that when entering. At times I wish I could just scan the food and it would enter itself. Sometimes it gets to be a guessing game. lol. This was a great read for a Monday morning! Thanks for the chuckle! : )

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GONE2BEACH101 10/25/2009 8:56AM

    Rofl...Yep, done similar things...just print STUPID on my forehead...I blame it on age....That is the ONE good thing about getting older...we have something to blame our 'faults and mistakes' on...

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/22/2009 1:42PM

    WOW!!! I was wondering what you could possibly have eaten that would add up to that many calories! LOL! Glad it wasn't real!!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 10/20/2009 12:34PM

    Wow! 70,000 calories! You had me laughing so hard when you said they must have had you down for the whole calf! I had an image of a little calf
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FINDINGREALME 10/20/2009 9:28AM

    OMG I bet the SP server was just smoking after that one! LOL

I have done that myself but not to that degree!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 10/20/2009 8:46AM

    LOl I keep mistyping when I put in my weight, I keep typing a 1 instead of a 2 makes a great weight loss but it is an oops.

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GINILEE4 10/20/2009 8:37AM

    Whoops!!! That would give you quite a start! LOL

Linda how far are you walking these days, and inside or out or both? I have just decided to start walking again and I am only doing 3 10 minute walks a day so far. You have to start at the beginning. Keep up your great work,

Gini

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NANNER2121 10/20/2009 8:35AM

    Been there, done that. I call it the happy fiunger syndrome.

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PERKYDEBI 10/20/2009 7:10AM

    How funny! Though I think there's been days that I felt I had that many!! emoticon

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_VALEO_ 10/20/2009 2:55AM

    This entry would send you right in the Guiness World Records book!
You'd better not mess with the food tracker if you have a heart condition! emoticon

It happens to me too, as I sometimes hit the "cup" thing instead of grams... and 100 cups of the most healthy food give quite a lot of calories, I can tell you!


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DAISES2 10/20/2009 2:26AM

    i'm doing things like all the time,it's a good job that we can go back and change things.whoops i've done it again emoticon

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SCORPION1352 10/19/2009 10:16PM

   
emoticon Been there did that more then once. It's an eye opener isn't it.

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SUPREME5 10/19/2009 9:41PM

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ADHARVEY 10/19/2009 9:30PM

    I've done that, it scared the bejezzus out of me. Now I triple check everything...

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/19/2009 8:59PM

    That's pretty funny. I have noticed sometimes that user entered items are sometimes off. Usually it is not in the calories but rather in the protein/fat/carb breakdown. I've had to delete some entries when that happens.

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MEADSBAY 10/19/2009 8:56PM

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I've done that PB thing before-
also, 2 cups of eggs instead of 2 eggs-
I'm always double and triple checking everything.
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MARTY19 10/19/2009 8:00PM

    That might have given me a heart attack. Good thing you have a sense of humor.

Marty

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MSLZZY 10/19/2009 7:49PM

    What a shocker! Glad you figured out where the ooops came in LOL!

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MYGEORGE 10/19/2009 7:46PM

    LOL! I've done the same thing and can imagine your surprise as I remember my face and thinking what the...

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EMMABE1 10/19/2009 7:23PM

    Oh!! - and I thought you had been hungry!!
Its an easy mistake to make though - I've done similar but easy to spot too!!
Ann

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DAMOTIVATION 10/19/2009 7:18PM

    I bet the adrenaline rush you got after seeing that # burned 5,000 calories.

I've done something similar in the past. Not good for the blood pressure, but good for a chuckle.

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JUDY1676 10/19/2009 7:10PM

    What a way to get so many calories! Amazing how important a . point can be!
Enjoy your dinner!

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MICHAELA2780 10/19/2009 7:08PM

    Wow! I think I would have peed in my pants if I had seen a number like that! Thankfully typos can be corrected...

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Why I continue to use the Nutrition Tracker

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I continue to use the Nutrition Tracker daily because this way I know I am on track no matter what the scale says.

Sometimes I find I am short on my calories and need to eat more to stay on track.

Sometimes I must readjust my day when a meal costs more calories than I have to spend.

There are too many reasons why the scale will fluctuate - by tracking I can remove the obvious and deal with the impossible emoticon
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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/19/2009 7:57AM

    I couldn't agree with you more. That's why I recommend to all newbies to use the food tracker. It's an invaluable tool and has helped me get to where I am today.

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LINDA! 10/18/2009 10:22PM

    I agree. No matter what I eat...I like to use the food tracker.

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JIM*S_QUEENIE 10/18/2009 10:14PM

    Dear Linda,
You are truly correct in all that you stated above about the nutrition tracker.
I did much better when I used it and I need to get back and do it again-------it just took so much more of my time and my DH thinks I am on here too much as it is!! Balance. I need to write shorter messages to people and to stop reading so many SparkPages!! They become chapters in a novel and I am interested in the lives here.
I better start paying attention to my own right now and get back in the reason I joined Spark----to get myself healthy, too.

Thanks for reminding me of what I need to do.

Peace and blessings,
Vicki

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GINILEE4 10/17/2009 8:26PM

    Linda, you make such a good argument. I always say I don't have time to track but you and I have the same 24 hrs a day. If you and so many good losers track and find success, I think I need to make time for this. I will begin tomorrow.

Monday is weighin day and because I ahven't tracked, I have no idea what to expect. Track I will,

Gini

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MEADSBAY 10/17/2009 2:55PM

    I have learned so much from you, my friend,
and number one is
ALWAYS TRACK EVERY BITE!
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MRS.DOYLE 10/17/2009 2:18PM

    Great minds think alike. I have just blogged about food tracking as well. Great, isn't it?

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MARTY19 10/17/2009 1:26PM

    While I don't feel the scale is my friend, I still use. it. I love the nutrition tracker because I am more accountable for my eating. I cannot imagine not doing it.

Hugs,
Marty

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FINDINGREALME 10/17/2009 1:07PM

    It is too easy to forget about that handful of this or nibble of that if we don't track!

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 10/17/2009 11:43AM

    I am a HUGE fan of tracking! It has been the key for me to reach my goals.
It is also now invaluable in tracking all of my nutritional intake. I never realized, for example, that my potassium intake was low until I started tracking it. It was easy to add some cantaloupe, sweet potato, etc. to bring it up to recommended levels but I never would know without the tracking.

When I do not have computer access I have to guess at portion size and nutrient composition but I am testing myself when at home and have gotten pretty good at it. I always know that when I return to my computer I can fine tune everything again!

Great Blog!

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JERSEYGIRL24 10/17/2009 9:19AM

    You were always the biggest advocate of tracking, as in "if you bite it, write it!". So I understand why you continue to use the trackers. I would be very surprised if you said that you don't feel you need to do this anymore.

I agree, it can be a pain at times, but it is certainly necessary (this is coming from someone who has slacked off on this LOL). Also, if you track your information, you can always come back to analyze it if necessary. It is all too easy to get lax and gain back the weight.

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GOIN4GR8 10/17/2009 8:20AM

    You're so right. When I track and know I've stayed within my ranges, I don't beat myself up if I don't lose, whereas I'm prone to doing that (beating myself up and feeling "bad") if I had NOT tracked.

Plus if you keep tracking and hit a plateau, you have something to tweak, whereas if you don't, you have nothing to work from.

Thanks for your wisdom. :-)




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_VALEO_ 10/17/2009 8:08AM

    My food tracking has been hectic the last couple of months, and I couldn't weigh myself nor my food: I ended up with some extra pounds.
Been back to strict tracking (I always eyeball it to see if I'm good at guessing -I notice that I'm rarely right so the only way I know is weighing my food on my scale to stay on track.), and I've begun to lose again.

You're so right to keep on tracking your food to stay accountable.

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MSLZZY 10/17/2009 7:52AM

    I feel like I've missed a lot if I don't track daily. It keeps me accountable. If I go over occasionally, I know that the next day I have to get back on track!

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MESSENE 10/17/2009 7:43AM

    A few Triscuits will add those extra calories, plus there good in fiber. Tracking food will be most likely what I'll do, later on as well. You look great! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Maintaining with Calorie Banking aka Calorie Deficit

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Maintaining your Weight Loss with Calorie Banking aka Calorie Deficit

Calorie Banking helped me and takes away the "will I lose" and changes it to I know I am going to lose the weight. Now I am using it to Maintain my Weight Loss.

I am going to put the links here but if you should have trouble with them, go to the very top of the spark page where you see a box and search and type in calorie deficit and it will bring up many pages including www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/search_r
esults .asp
and www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_th
e_expe rts.asp?q=27


Basically you must find your BMR www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/ and multiply it by 1.2 to get the number of calories your body will burn just by being alive and breathing. You next take your total calories eaten for the day and subtract this from the other number. Then you find how many calories you burned from your fitness page Cardio exercises and add the number to the other one. The resulting number is the number of calories you are "banking" . The goal is to have 500 or more deficit calories per day which will give you 1 pound loss a week. 1000 per day will net 2 pounds loss per week. *A zero calorie deficit should maintain your weight.*

Since I first wrote this I now have an activity level of moderate so my multiplier is 1.55 X BMR.
In SparkPeople articles this is called my TDEE (Total Daily Energy Expenditure) and my TDEE for 120 lbs is 1847 when my BMR is multiplied by 1.55

This now becomes my daily Calorie Goal to maintain my weight. However, as Moderately Active, I do still burn calories and I maintain a certain number of fitness minutes. I use SparkPeople Trackers exclusively and try to keep them as accurate as possible. My average fitness minutes is 200 daily and I add them up weekly to make sure I am still on track. This gives me a calorie range of 2200-2550 calories to eat daily as long as I maintain my Activity level.

If you join the Spark Team of By The Numbers you can request a chart that runs in Excel (or FreeOffice) that does the basic computing for you. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_i
ndividual.asp?gid=26785
This chart was designed by MEGSAMAMA and I use mine on a daily basis. Takes all the guesswork out of knowing I am still on track.

While SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker gives me my calorie range, Meg's chart tells me if I am on track, over or under for the day. I do fluctuate but I try to keep it within 100 calories of my calories burned whenever possible. Basically I am simply adding to my 1847 whatever calories I have burned for the day.

SparkPeople tells us we will fluctuate in our weight so we should have a maintenance range of 5 lbs. At the moment I relax anywhere that my weight is 120 (120-120.9) and eat less when I reach 121.9 to bring it back down.

Yes, this is compulsive-obsessive behavior. However, people that never allow themselves to gain more than 3 lbs generally never reach 210 lbs either. I used to laugh at people saying they were fat or overweight by 3 lbs - not so funny now since I got obese but they didn't.

I am still learning with SparkPeople and look forward to getting and reading The Spark to see if I have missed any vital information in my journey.

I have now maintained since July 23, 2009 - almost 3 months!!
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GLOBALKEEWEE 10/19/2009 10:24PM

    I appreciate your explanation of the tools you use to capture and track this information.
My sincere hope is that SparkPeople will incorporate this in to the program options, as the data is already being captured! Other online trackers I have used and seen have at least an elementary deficit tracking function, which I do think is very helpful if you are precise about the inputs.
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BOOKWORM100 10/16/2009 9:49AM

    Very well described, Linda! I hope this will spark some interest in others to use it. The spreadsheet has been an amazing tool for me. Great job on maintaining your goal weight!!!

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MARTY19 10/14/2009 6:26PM

    As hard as I try, this isn't something that I can calculate every day. But you are living proof that this works and works well for those committed to making it work. emoticon my friend.

Love you,
Marty

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EMMABE1 10/14/2009 5:29PM

    Sounds interesting, for when I eventually reach goal - like in about 2 years!!
Ann

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JAZZYJUDE 10/14/2009 4:12PM

    GREAT blog, with great info! I definitely need to learn more about this and when the time comes, I will need to know how to manage properly.

Thank you for sharing this!
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JERSEYGIRL24 10/14/2009 4:10PM

    Good for you, Linda!!! This is not a static journey but rather a work in progress. Obviously you have been able to embrace it and get positive results.

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/14/2009 3:08PM

    I LOVE that chart!!!

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Am I the *only* weird one?

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Am I the *only* weird one?

I don't think of myself as an emotional eater - but lately I seem to become depressed and munchy if my walk is threatened by inclement weather!

The old me would have just happily played on the computer - but this new me gets really stressed if one of my walks becomes *iffy* for any reason.

Thankfully Ray decided he too wanted a pedometer and at any time during the day he just ups and goes for a one mile walk - happily he loves for me to tag along, so long as I don't hurry him!

My beautiful Ray turned 88 last month and he's concerned about his knees buckling but his orthopedic surgeon assured us his knees are in great condition so I think he just needs to build up the knee muscles.

At 88 the muscles tend to atrophy at the drop of his butt, into his chair, lol. Just another cruel trick of nature and old age. It gives me new enthusiasm to keep on keeping on.

  
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JIM*S_QUEENIE 10/18/2009 10:22PM

    Getting old causes those knees to buckle?
Ack!! Is "59" old? I think my muscles have left me, also. I am having a difficult time with steps---my DH has had to push me and it just happened on this trip. Go figure!!
I thought my knee muscles were one of the few things that were okay with me!!
I hope both you and your husband are doing well and that the weather is cooperating so that you are both able to walk in comfort.
My DH loves to go for walks and I should do that with him more often!! Good bonding time, too!!
Peace and blessings,
Vicki

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 10/15/2009 5:50AM

    Weird, not a chance!

Glad the two of you can find ways to spend time together even if you have to slow your walking pace down a tad.

Keep up your great efforts
Have a great and FUN day

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NITA-BERRY 10/13/2009 10:26PM

    Not weird at all...I find I get kinda grumpy when I can't get my workout routine going first thing in the morn. I must admit, I've gotten better at adapting through the day if the "day doesn't start right". Hang in there. You're just like the rest of us!
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BLUESKY104 10/13/2009 8:31PM

    Not wierd at all -- I too get like that when my walking plans are disrupted -- makes me think now that it is time to come up with "Plan B" just in case emoticon

Cathy

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QUILTINGB52 10/13/2009 6:14PM

    You aren't weird....heck,I go visit chocolate & munchies at the store...then stand there & tell them, "I would love to eat you, but I chose not to" and come home without them!

Wonderful that you have a walking buddy! My walking buddy has 4 legs & he is often standing behind me, leaning into my legs to get my to "go faster". I have 2-speeds.....S-l-o-w and stop! LOL

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SUPREME5 10/13/2009 4:54PM

    trust me i will use my tread mill as i do walks outside as much as i would love to so do it when you can girl
dorene

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GINILEE4 10/13/2009 1:21PM

    I firmly believe that we will never lose that bored or upsetting eating demon in us. I think that while you can learn to recognize and control it, it luurks beneath our surface and it will always take our vigilance to keep it at bay. Work against it Linda. You are so strong, you need to relace that feeling with another action if walking isn't a choice. Find your outlet, quickly,

Gini

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FINDINGREALME 10/13/2009 12:40PM

    No, you are not weird...well, no more than the rest of us:-)

I also get agitated when something gets in the way of my workout. This is a good thing...not weird at all!!

Hugs,
Beth

B
TW If I am still kicking at 88, I will be happy. If I am taking walks with a buddy at 88, excellent! That is so cool -- you two are amazing!!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/13/2009 9:55AM

    I'm feeling the seasonal change in many different ways myself!

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AUTUTMNLYNN2 10/13/2009 9:38AM

    NO you are not alone! I admit it...makes me feel like I am in AAA..LOL
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CATHEITE 10/13/2009 8:58AM

    The shift in seasons is affecting me as well. Congratulations on WANTING to take your walks. When I have a plan and routine, I don't like it being messed with either.


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LADY_DONKEY 10/13/2009 8:37AM

    Yes, you are weird. (No, no, just kidding...) (And even if you were, so what? celebrate that!) :-)

I think it's the change in season, personally. It usually takes me a few weeks to make the adjustment. You're doing great!

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MARTY19 10/13/2009 7:17AM

    You are so lucky to have a buddy to walk with. Especially one who thinks he has a new wife. LOL! It is harder to keep motivated when you go it alone.

Marty

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SHEL151 10/13/2009 7:03AM

    Munchies have been horrible for me lately. Think its because we are heading into winter and my body wants to put its winter coat on! Trying to get back on track again. As far as walking, I am blessed to be able to go to the gym. I've been training to run a 1/2 marathon on Halloween and the gym has been a lifesaver with the weather. Keep on walking!!

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MSLZZY 10/13/2009 7:00AM

    You have become a creature of the exercise habit. I'm with you there. Now since the gardening is basically done, I have to find more ways to stay active. I still walk but miss the
busyness of harvesting and canning. So, now I am rearranging my whole basement to fill
the void of outside activity with inside activity. That should keep the munchies at bay.
I hope I'm still walking at 88!

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GONE2BEACH101 10/13/2009 6:42AM

    Nope, not weird at all...I know I am not looking forward to having to don warm clothes, shoes and socks to go for my beach walks!! Yeah...what's with the munchy thing??? I had ONE cookie last night!! Really unusual for me...I am not a sweets eater!!

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_VALEO_ 10/13/2009 6:29AM

    I have all kind of eccentricities, but sadly not this weirdness (yet!)

That's good news that Ray has a pedometer too and great knees to walk -is he very competitive?

I just bought the DS Game "Walk with me!", and I intend to challenge my DH so we see who will get the greatest number of steps at the end of the day.

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ELLENIRENE 10/13/2009 6:28AM

    Face it: you love to walk. It is a great feeling --and no, you're not weird. Walking is a great sport.

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Now that summer is coming to an end, are there any changes you'll be making to your diet and exerci

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Prompt For Sep 6 - Sep 12
Now that summer is coming to an end, are there any changes you'll be making to your diet and exercise routine?

Yes, now that the days are getting shorter and colder, I can see my morning walks becoming shorter too. So instead of burning 500 calories in the morning I will be lucky to burn 300 now.

As part of my lifestyle changes, this means that I must either increase my calorie burn later in the day or reduce my calorie intake by at least 200 calories daily.

Since this is my first winter in Weight Maintenance I am not sure what will happen but I do know that I will be ever vigilant in watching my numbers.

**edit: For the Sparkers living 'down under', when the seasons change, I try to adapt. I will be walking more in the afternoons and when really too cold outside I will do the treadmill again. I check my calories in vs. calories out on a daily basis so I should be able to maintain without stressing.

  
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MRS.DOYLE 10/12/2009 5:20PM

    I do much less gardening and more indoor exercise. It will probably be like this until Spring. I tend to crave stodge more in cold weather, so I will have to watch myself.

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GRALLEN 10/12/2009 4:26PM

    I'll still try to get outside as much as possible for walks but I do have my stat bike and lots of dvds so I don't get bored.

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IVMAR1 10/12/2009 3:36PM

    Thanks for sharing this great info!! Good luck with your maintenance!! I always wish you the best.

Ivmaris

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GONE2BEACH101 10/12/2009 11:24AM

    Yep, I'll be wearing a jacket, shoes and sock to go my walks on the beach...no more shorts and barefoot!!

Also switch to winter 'comfort foods' adapted of course, lower in fat...

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JCARDINAL 10/12/2009 9:42AM

    I will be doing more inside. Treadmill, classes, ect. it gets to cold in Chicago to do much outside. Good Luck with your maintenance!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/12/2009 9:09AM

    I dread the seasonal changes coming. The time change will be a buggar for me. Right now I try to get up and walk/run at 5:30 am. It'll be harder when we "fall back" an hour. Ugh!

Linda, I'm sure with a little trial and error you'll find your happy medium. Just allow yourself time to adjust.

Have a GREAT Monday!
Laurie

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MARTY19 10/12/2009 8:15AM

    I'm not sure what changes I'l make. I have been walking in the afternoon but as it gets darker earlier that might have to go.

Marty

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MONGO2TEN 10/12/2009 5:59AM

    As it gets cooler and stays darker longer, I use the treadmill more. I also will do some mall walking. I prefer outdoor running and walking, and do that when I can, but I do appreciate my trusty treadmill when I need it. I'll also be putting up the bike:( I'll miss that.

I will be doing some deep cleaning in my house to substitute for my gardening. Until January, I should stay pretty busy.

~Nancy

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GINILEE4 10/12/2009 5:39AM

    Hi Linda, I like you will see a change in my activity but mine will include more outdoors. I love the cool weather and don't mind most winter days. I't's only on the windy days that I don't go outside. A good pair of winter hiking boots make the Artic terrain walkable and boy do you ever use some different muscles to walk on the ice. LOL Keep going my firend . yYou have come so far.

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_VALEO_ 10/12/2009 2:43AM

    I'm sure you will do fine. Can you switch your morning walks to lunch walks?
You can also march in front of your TV during each commercial break -although I know it is not like your usual workouts.

Best of luck with your winter weight maintenance. I bet you'll find other alternatives to keep up the good work.

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EMMABE1 10/11/2009 8:38PM

    Ofcourse some of us are coming into summer - swimming, beaches, lighter foods etc - but I doubt I will make any exercise changes because of season change.
Ann

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