Friday, May 13, 2011

I may have just posted this because I'm looking less funky then I was the other day. emoticon
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    Thanks everyone! I appreciate the comments. I think for me I have to enjoy or indulge from time to time in the foods that I love even if the calories are a little high because it is a lifestyle, BUT I should always balance that out with exercise and remember that it is an indulgence and not an everyday occurrence. I've seen some images on here of woman who have lose 140-160 lbs. It's a bit sad to me that I've lost soo much 125lbs and could still stand to lose probably another 80, But seeing that others have managed to lose that much really motivates me.
    2321 days ago
    the range for sparkpeople actually reminds me of zig zag calorie cycling..no one usually eats the same amount of calories every single day...a lil less some times...a lil more some days...i think not depriving yourself is the best way of not going crazy...some people eat really well knowing they will have a day where they can relax about their eating...but that doesn't work for other people...because that one day may turn into 2 or 3...and then you realize you are simply off plan...and like you said it's hard to get back on...i say listen to your body...eat when it's true hungry (not thirsty or bored)

    2322 days ago
    Can't splurge points be considered like a cheat day, or, as you say, a day when you just want to indulge a little bit? I think aloowing yourself to deviate now and again is important to break up the monotony, reward yourself for your hard work and to jazz you up for getting back to working hard to be able to appreciate indulging again when the time comes. Good thoughts.
    2322 days ago
    I don't know if this is going to be any help to you at all. When Spark gave me my initial calorie range it was whatever range it was, I can't remember, but anyway I would track my exercise and that, then I noticed that when I would work out and burn a bunch of calories each week, Spark would up my calories to accomodate that, then if I lowered that, Spark would lower my calories as well. I think it gives us the range so that we can choose for ourselves to stay in the low end on slow days or the high end on active days.

    I hope that helps at least a little. And I didn't think you looked funky in the other one either, I think you're beautiful either way.
    2322 days ago
    I liked the splurge points aspect of WW but I found I'd just go too crazy with it one day and then would be hard to get back on. Plus... calories are just easier to figure then points if you ask me. I mean it's right on the label. Going to a restaurant or fast food website and having to input all the protein, fat, and carbs of the food is too time consuming for lazy me. lol But I do find that I need at least one meal a week that I can enjoy and not thing calories. It needs to be a livable plan because it is a lifestyle not a diet.

    It's ok emoticon I will put your 5 cents in my mental piggy bank. Thanks for the info it really helps me navigate.
    2323 days ago
  • SBEAR5
    I didn't think you looked funky in your first one, but I certainly understand... :)

    Re the logistics... there are a few things and some of the other leaders have A LOT more info on this... but, I'm here, so I'll put in my 2 cents. I also tried WW and it just wasn't for me. I KNOW it works for A LOT of people, though. Anyways, try to think of the calories spark gives you as points and so days when you don't exercise, you eat at the bottom range and days you do, eat at the top... does that make sense? I never did like the extra points, because it seemed a little pointless to me. Why eat more because I exercised? Didn't that defeat the purpose? But, maybe that's just me. HOWEVER... I certainly understand some days I barely eat in my range and other days I feel HUNGRY! Something else to consider, is giving yourself a day "off" Not to eat everthing in sight of course, but if you're going to go out to eat or a special event, things you mentioned in your blog. I know some people also eat on the low side of their range most days, but eat on the high end once a week.

    We'd LOVE to see you at the 5K's! :)

    ok, that was probably more like 5 cents worth of info... LOL
    2323 days ago
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