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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Have a question about calories. I don't think I have hit my target one day yet. Today was a good day at 1207. I know though numbers are not exact but I'm not close to the 1500 - 1800 they reco.mmend. I am full after eating and don't feel I should eat just to get there. What are your thoughts? I usually hit my carbs, fat, and protien

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GOGETUMX2 4/26/2012 2:39PM

    I think they advize way too many cals.

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CAMAEL100 4/26/2012 6:13AM

    Like somebody else said - not much advice - just admiration! It is hard to think of adding calories when you are doing so well. But I do think that with all the exercise you are doing, 1,200 seems very low. You don't want to risk burnout. Maybe add some nuts or something. Very few nuts would make up the deficit and they are very good for you. Be sure to weigh them as the calories on them add up quickly.

Best of luck - you are doing great so far!

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WUBBY82 4/25/2012 11:10PM

    I rarely meet the calories goals that SP recommends for me. When I'm full, I'm full. If you're feeling good, I think you should keep doing what you're doing, Doug!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/25/2012 9:32PM

    How is your weight?
taying steady?
With all the working out you are doing, you are probably burning over 1500 calories a day....

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CARDAMOMMA 4/25/2012 8:33PM

    No advice, just admiration!

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MEXGAL1 4/25/2012 8:09PM

    My opinon is that you eat when you are hungry only to retrain your thinking and body. I say as long as you are getting your vitamins and nutrients you are good to go.
My problem is that I aways want more food. Just fight the urge all day. I watch the clock for my "feeding" times and that helps as I know when my next meal is scheduled and what I will have. So as long as you feel good, don't worry.
Best to you.

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MKRUSE34 4/25/2012 7:49PM

    Are you having trouble with losing weight, too? If so, maybe you do need to try and eat a few more calories. If you don't eat enough, your body will start storing the food that you do eat as fat.

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LITTLEBO 4/25/2012 7:00PM

    I have sort of the same problem. I should be eating more for maintenance. I am not sure what type of plan you are following, but it might be a matter of choosing higher calorie versions of what you are eating now. For instance, I am lactose intolerant so I drink almond milk. I usually get the 40 calorie version, but I think I should buy the 90 calorie version. I could do the same with my 60 calorie high fiber cereal. Or add one more piece of fruit or a couple of ounces of protien or a fatty fish portion.

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Need help

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Need recommendations for a good book on running. Looker for one that covers the basics of running and diet for running. Any suggestions? Would rather have your suggestions as to researching for a week.

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JENNIFERLYNN76 5/1/2012 8:50PM

    A friend of mine recommends "Born to Run." I have not read it yet, (it is on my list to read). He actually read and it started to run. He never ran before that, so I guess it is inspiring :)

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MEXGAL1 4/23/2012 8:08PM

    So sorry...can't help you here. I would like to be a runner but just not possible here in the Mexican village I live in. Too many cobblestone streets that I have to be very careful not to twist my ankle or fall down just power walking.
But good for you. Hope it works for you.

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MAGPIE17 4/23/2012 9:35AM

    I haven't read any books, but I'm currently 2/3 of the way through the Couch to 5K running's great! You can download free podcasts for the runs on iTunes.

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JSALERNO 4/23/2012 6:14AM


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CARDAMOMMA 4/23/2012 1:35AM

    I use the Cool Runnings website heavily. It is full of articles on just about everything. I found it very helpful for all the articles on injury prevention. They also have a number of training plans.

I love the Rookie Running Group here on SP.

I have a copy of Hal Higdon's beginning running booklet, but I never use it.

Good luck finding resources for running, and let me know if you find something that you like which I haven't mentioned.

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Welcome back old friend

Saturday, April 21, 2012

This week, thanks to Chef Meg, me and an old friend were reunited. One of the hardest things for me to give up was biscuits and gravy. I gave them up because there were just so many calories. This week though I found Chef Meg's not so southern sausage gravy. Tried it on a piece of low calorie toast instead of a biscuits with a scrambled egg white and half a red potato. Made it for Tuesday night supper. Boy was it good and came in around 250 -260 calories compared to my old 700 - 800 calorie biscuit and gravy with eggs and hashbrowns. Next time I make it I will add just a little sausage to it, but still will not effect the calories that bad.

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ANNAMARIE1958 4/22/2012 6:52PM

    Great ...see we can still have our favorite dishes with out all the calories. I make taco salad with ground much better....

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SALGUOD2 4/22/2012 6:18PM

    Thanks for all the comments. Made it this morning with a sausage patty. Only added 25 calories and 2g of fat. Also added a pinch of salt. YUM YUM!!!!!

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GOLFGMA 4/22/2012 3:58PM

    Everyone has been talking about those biscuits! I am gonna have to try them. Biscuits and gravy are my DH's favorite breakfast, but, lately he goes to a restaruant near us to have his favorite while I stay home (in pj's) and enjoy my lower calorie breakfast.

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GOGETUMX2 4/22/2012 7:27AM

    sounds great!!

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NOTHIN2IT 4/21/2012 10:29PM

    Awesome! I'm so glad you were able to find an alternative!

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CAMAEL100 4/21/2012 1:41PM

    It is great to find an alternative to things we liked. Especially when it tasted good!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/21/2012 11:11AM

Glad you found something you like!
I agree with some of the other suggestions. Turkey sausage is good and I really like the Morning Star Farms vegetarian sausage. Has a good flavor and low in fat and calories.

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JSALERNO 4/21/2012 10:53AM


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MEXGAL1 4/21/2012 10:41AM

    Hey, good for you to opt for the newer healthier version. So happy to hear that it was good and satisfying!
have a great week end.

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WSHAYES1 4/21/2012 10:23AM

    Try using a small amount of Turkey or Chicken Sausage. They both have a lot less fat.

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Weekly Update

Friday, April 20, 2012

Kind of a crazy week. First week of camping went great. Had a great time running and walking while there. Food was great and stayed where I needed to be. (Thanks meal planning) All meals were already planned out so all went well. Alcohol consumption UUGGHH better than last year but still needs work. 8 beers all weekend, not bad but could be better.
First week on quitting chewing. Only 1 can this week. Down 1 1/2 cans, but felt really sluggish. postponed workout this week to adjust. Only done walking this week. Today felt like I had my energy back so was happy. This weeks goal is to get down to 1/2 can this week. Want to be tobacco free by my anniversary the end of May. I figure that is a pretty good present to give my wife for starters. She has wanted me to quit for so many years. She has only been putting up with it for 22 years now. I think it is time to grant her wish!!!
So now I wait to Sunday for weigh in. Feel pretty good though. Workout not what I would have liked but food stayed in check so hopefully the scale will be nice.

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CARDAMOMMA 4/21/2012 3:00AM


I love that one thing motivating you is your wife.

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MKRUSE34 4/20/2012 9:10PM

    You can do it!! I bet your wife will be tickled pink with you quitting chewing. I am sure it will save you a little money, too. You can spend the money on good healthy food instead of tobacco. I know it isn't cheap. lol I think you will feel better, too.

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EGRAMMY 4/20/2012 8:57PM

    News today said the best way to stop smoking is doing exercise...interesting...

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CAMAEL100 4/20/2012 6:59PM

    Is it chewing gum or tobacco?? Being Irish we don't use those expressions. It is either smoking or chewing gum.

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LITTLEBO 4/20/2012 6:52PM

    A BIG WOOOOHOOOO!!!! on cutting down on the chew! You can do it!!!! I don't have to tell you the health benefits....but, makin your wife happy is pretty darn important, too!!! emoticon

So, um, just curious....isn't it too cold to camp yet? emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/20/2012 6:52:48 PM

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JSALERNO 4/20/2012 6:38PM


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Fitness minutes

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Does anyone know why it doesn't track all your fitness minutes. I had 3 1'2 hours on wednesday. It gave me credit for 120 minutes. Anything over 2 hours isn't counted toward my minutes. I have to track my minutes for work and noticed the difference. I currently have 1858 minutes but only show 1656. That is 202 minutes so for that don't show up. So if anybody knows why I would appreciate knowing why.

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EGRAMMY 4/17/2012 8:53PM

    Spark rules....

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LITTLEBO 4/15/2012 6:47PM

    I had assumed it was just because SparkPeople wants everyone to earn points in other ways, , too and doesn't want to encourage people to over excercise...that can be detrimental, too. So two hours is probably some experts limit.

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MEXGAL1 4/15/2012 12:42PM

    no idea, hey, but awesome minutes!
Woo hoo!

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RUN_BAKE_BLOG 4/15/2012 12:26PM

    Way to go! And yeah...there is a ceiling on Fitness Minutes.
@Cardamomma...Strength does not count towards 'cardio minutes' which is how it is divided up on the tracker. The heart rate is not elevated to a point of cardio. HTH


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PCOLAGATOR 4/15/2012 12:00PM

    You will receive credit for all your fitness minutes in your overall fitness points (located on your SparkPage), HOWEVER you are capped at 120 minutes for the SparkAmerica Fitness minutes.

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CARDAMOMMA 4/15/2012 11:56AM

    I noticed that my strength training doesn't add minutes to the tracker, either. No clue why.
But wow, way to go on the 3.5 hours on Wednesday!

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