Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have tracked my food all but maybe 10 days since December 1, 2008. I used to track with Weight Watcher paper journals. Now usually I track online @ SparkPeople. For a while I did both. When I go visit my mom in S Dakota (her summer home) in July, I'll probably use paper trackers .Some days I'm fanatic about measuring portions and sometimes I just guess.
I usually track perfectly (or close enough) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning &/or afternoon snacks. I often, though, don't bother to track after supper. If I'm going to have a problem that is when it happens. This week I went over my calorie range twice and I didn't track all of it either time.
However, I suspect my SparkPeople calorie range for maintenance may be too low. Or else I'm underestimating my exercise (calories burned) or overestimating my portions (calories eaten). I say that because I have just realized that I am maintaining or even sometimes losing when according to SparkPeople I shouldn't be. Despite eating over my range twice this week, I had my lowest weigh in yet.
If I would get a heart rate monitor to track my calories burned and track 100% of my food I might be better able to figure out my correct calorie target. However, I haven't had a month yet that I have not exceeded my calorie target range at some point. I've had weeks, but not a whole month. So it is probably better if I aim low. Yet, even thought I am still a healthy weight for my height, if I keep losing I could go under. (My BMI of 20.2 is within WW's healthy range of 20-25. SparkPeople, though, lists 18.5-24.9 as the healthy range. But I feel thin enough now.)
Anyway, tracking does help me stay on track. But perhaps I could be doing it better.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
I had a minor injury and had to cut back my exercise to allow my hip to heal. So I had to cut back my calorie range target in order to maintain my weight. My hip is now healed and I have added the calories back in.
I know without I doubt that I much prefer to eat at the 1500-1850 calories per day range than the 1330-1680 calorie range. In order to eat that much I need to burn 1910 calories per week. As long as I'm feeling good, that is undoubtedly my best option for feeling good, strong, and satisfied. -Marsha
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I attended a buffet today. Several people commented that it was a difficult place to eat wisely. Not for me.
I passed up the plain white dinner rolls. As far as I'm concerned they are nothing special. And then I didn't need the butter. So two down.
The deserts were cupcakes and other assorted pastries. There would have been a time I would have wanted one of everything - and might actually have had two and a bite of someone's third one. But didn't really look tempting today. Three down.
There was a salad of baby greens and assorted lettuces. I filled my bowl. The cucumbers and tomatoes were on the side and I got my share. Skipped the croutons. No low fat dressing, but I took about one tablespoon of the Italian dressing. It tasted good. Feeling positive.
The main dish was meatloaf. I took about two ounces. I'm pretty good at guessing measurements now. It tasted supper salty to me so I didn't want a second serving, either. I've really reduced my sodium and I'm used to it now. Doing okay.
There were fresh green beans. I filled half my plate with green beans. Nobody looked at me funny. There were plenty. I could taste a little salt on them, but if there was butter or fat I couldn't taste it. They were yummy. Very good choice.
I took about 1/3 cup of mashed potatoes. I didn't need anything on them. They tasted heavenly to me, even the couple of lumps in them so you know they are real. Fine.
And they had sweet and unsweet tea. I asked the server for tap water instead. I'd already had coffee and didn't want to overdo the caffeine. Plus I needed more water. Another good choice.
But I did have to have an indulgence. On the table as part of the centerpieces there were Dove promise chocolate candies. I had one to finish my meal - 42 calories, I think, and well worth it.
So I feel very good about my buffet today. Definitely did not feel deprived. I enjoyed every bite, the program, and the company. I'm glad I went.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
The new Secrets to Success section of SparkPeople has become a real favorite of mine. I love reading what other people have found helpful. One thing I didn't figure out until today, though, is how to find the Secrets to Success that a specific SparkFriend has posted. Just find the following URL, and type in the person's screenname after the equal sign:
So, should you be looking for my Secrets to Success, you would find it at:
Happy Sparking! -Marsha
Monday, May 17, 2010
This week I joined the SparkPeople Community Team, which I think is a sign that I am entering a new phase. (I'm convinced there are phases of maintenance, but I've yet to identify them in predictable order. See previous blogs if curious.) I am feeling less need to proclaim my experience to others and impart my "wisdom" learned. (Despite the fact that I now have -- count them -- 41 Secrets to Success posted.) I am feeling more like "listening" (reading, actually, with my mind's ear) to other people's situations to see if I have some relevant information to share or support to give.
For those of you who don't know, you can sign up for the SP Community Team if you agree to do the following:
1. Start your own blog on your SparkPage and post in it at least once a week, updating people on your progress.
2. Post a comment on someone else's SparkPage blog at least twice a week.
3. Leave a comment on someone else's SparkPage at least twice a week.
4. Welcome at least 3 new people in the “Introduce Yourself” forum on the Message Boards each week.
5. Make at least 2 other posts on the Message Boards (in any forum except the Game Room) or on SparkTeams each week.
Items 1, 2, and 5 I do anyway. 3 & 4 I do sometimes. Thoughtfully remembering to add those two should not be any problem. The SP Community Team is suppose to be supportive, so I wonder if there would ever be a situation where I would choose to be less blunt because I have the Community Team logo by my name? I don't think so.
I might refrain from mentioning Weight Watchers as much as I have in the past. Don't get me wrong. I have two loves: SparkPeople and Weight Watchers. I just want to keep them separate. On the WW boards I'll talk about points and on the SP boards I'll talk about calorie range and I can count it either way. In fact, I do. Really, they both compliment each other. Nothing contradictory.
So I can enter my SP Community Team with no feelings of split loyalties. I'm loyal to both. It won't take much additional time to complete the SP Community Team commitments, nor constrain me from saying what I'd say anyway. The SP Community Team is just right for my new phase of maintenance. I may blog a little less and "listen" a little more.. -Marsha
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