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There's something to this EATING MORE stuff.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

On the 6th, my husband gave me a Body Media Fit for St. Nick's Day. It was originally meant to be a Christmas gift, but he knew how badly I wanted it, so it swapped it out. Best. Husband. Ever. So I started wearing the BMF, and it confirmed a few things for me right away:

1. I burn a lot of calories every day (full 24-hrs), anywhere from 2200 on sedentary days to 2600+ on exercise days. I also walk a lot of steps, averaging around 13000 a day. I even get in 10000 on sedentary days. Apparently, I move around a LOT, and my metabolism is pretty good.

2. I do not eat nearly enough. I've been doing that whole Points Plus Weight Watchers thing on and off since June, and on it, I eat around 1300-1500 calories a day. Do the math - most days my calorie differential is greater than 1000 calories. Oops. Especially oops since my body doesn't like to have more than a 500 calorie differential in a day.

3. Certain kinds of exercise is better for me and burn more calories (dancing, walking, running, even jogging in place) and certain kinds don't burn a whole lot OR boost my resting metabolism despite their claims (weight lifting interval training, elliptical). I burn as many calories doing Coach Nicole's 10-minute Crunchless Abs video as I do in 10 minutes panting away on my elliptical. Yeah.

After a week with the BMF, something broke and it would not communicate with my computer anymore. I had to send it back under warranty, and I will be getting a new one at some point. This is why I haven't done a full review - I want more than a week's worth of information before I can fully review it. But in the last two weeks, I have acted on what my limited data has told me, particularly on the fact that I need to eat more.

There's so much pressure in the weight loss world to eat less. I have seriously had people come by my blogs here on Spark and tell me that the reason I'm having trouble losing is because I'm eating too much. This happens more often than I can count, and it's ridiculous. Obviously, eating my 1300-1500 calories a day is NOT helping me. The first week I was using the BMF, I bumped my calories up to a 1700-1900 range. It was hard to eat that much! But in that week, I didn't gain an ounce, and I lost some of the swelling around my abdomen. I also felt less cranky, and had far more energy.

This week, I've bumped my calories up to 2000+, with some days going up to 2600 calories. And what happened? I lost weight for the first time in three weeks. It was only half a pound, down to 159.5, and I haven't updated my ticker yet, but I FINALLY lost weight. Not only did I lose it, but I lost it on a week when I was swelling up because of girl stuff. I also lost a quarter inch on my lower waist - despite the swelling - and I lost a quarter inch in my arm in a single week, which is the first I've lost on my arm since MAY. I sleep better at night, and when I do wake up and stay awake (insomnia does still trouble me), I do not get hungry. I feel better, so much better.

For the last 15 months, I have been eating far less than I should. I've mostly kept my calories under 1700, and often much lower than that. No wonder I've been unable to lose more than 2-3 lbs a month all that time. I need to stop listening to all the pressure to eat less, and do what my body - and now my mind - knows I ought to do, and eat MORE.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NILLAPEPSI 12/20/2012 9:09AM

    Huh. I wonder if this is why I've been stuck on several plateaus over the last few months. I am pretty active, too -- 10,000 to 13,000 steps a day. I'll have to give this a try.

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YULLABELLE 12/20/2012 9:00AM

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82719541 12/20/2012 8:35AM

    Great info I was just heehawing around and wondering if this new gadget was worth the $100.00. After reading this blog it made up my mind to go buy one. That will be my christmas gift to myself. Thanks again for the review they are always easier to believe when written by someone who's in the same situation that you are in

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JANEMARIE77 12/20/2012 8:00AM

    those last pounds are so hard best of luck

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MIMIDOT 12/20/2012 7:32AM

    Good for you! Live and learn. You're doing a good job.

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SUNSHINEGB 12/20/2012 7:22AM

    I'm hoping to get a Fitbit after the holidays, I don't think Santa is going to bring me one.

You're doing great, hope you receive your new BMF soon!

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BESSHAILE 12/20/2012 6:47AM

    I have my weight watcher's fit bit thingy too and I'm wondering if I'm not eating enough too - and if that's why I'm futzing around so much with these last 2 lbs.

or if that is just my excuse to eat more Christmas goodies. emoticon

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DIXIECAP79 12/20/2012 5:41AM


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TRYINGHARD54 12/20/2012 5:29AM

    thank you for the info.

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GRAMPIAN 12/20/2012 4:39AM

  Interesting, Thank you.

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NCSUE0514 12/20/2012 3:30AM

    I may have to try it. Cutting way back ain't workin'!

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HDHAWK 12/19/2012 7:57PM

    I have a BMF and love it. You do need more calories if you're working out that much. Bump them up 100 at a time and then you'll find the best number for you.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 12/19/2012 4:54PM


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KARENLEIGH32 12/19/2012 4:30PM

    I was told a long time ago, you have to eat in order to loss!

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CHANGINGSAM 12/19/2012 4:02PM

    First off, thanks for sharing your partial review.

Secondly, I definitely think I might look into this because I find that I swell around my abdomen a lot. I'm not sure why, but I'm always bloated after I eat lunch. Plus, sometimes, I find myself cranky, and I am not sure if it's because I am not eating enough or if I am truly tired. I've really been giving some thought into getting a FitBit. Is this product similar to that? How much did this cost?

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 12/19/2012 1:48PM

    Thank you for putting this out there!! I really need to get one of these types of little contraptions. I haven't lost a pound since APRIL. Only up and down, never a new spot. This may be very helpful info to me!!

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C8TSON 12/19/2012 12:35PM

  I'm so glad you shared this information! This is great!!!! And it makes perfect sense the more I think about it. I remember hearing stories of how my grandfather who grew up working on a farm from sun up to sun down would eat these ridiculously enormous breakfasts--I'm talking eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, fried potatoes, biscuits and gravy and would never gain a pound. But, even though no one would ever need to eat THAT much in this day and age, it makes sense in theory as applicable to today. Our bodies were made to run on fuel and it's what we need to keep going. Most people don't fill their gas tanks 1/4 full--they fill it up all the way so they don't have to stop at the gas station every 3 days! Thanks for giving us this knowledge! emoticon

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LORILEEPAGE 12/19/2012 10:58AM

    That's awesome, Amanda! I will have to get one of those BodyMediaFit devices!

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INSPIREBYNATURE 12/19/2012 10:15AM

    woooo woooo!!! This makes me so happy!

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SKINNIESOMEDAY 12/19/2012 9:43AM

    I learned years and years ago... that what works for one does not mean it works for all....... good for you for listening to your body !! And a big


on all those calories burned and your high metabolism..... mine is just the opposite.....LOL.... see...... we ARE ALL different !!

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ZENNITH 12/19/2012 9:39AM

    I'm glad you're finding out what works for you, I remember you saying that when you were younger you pretty much ate what you wanted within a reasonable amount. I don't remember exactly what you said so apologies if I've got it wrong. Maybe you need more than the average person does to lose weight because you haven't spent time messing up your metabolism with all the crazy diets out there.

I love the sound of the body fit media and I'd love to get one one day but they are far too expensive for me at the moment, maybe in a while I can get one :-) Thanks for reviewing your experiences with it.

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TANYA602 12/19/2012 9:27AM

    I can't wait to read more of your review of the BMR. Does it sync to SP? I use a FitBit but it doesn't seem to give me all the details that your gadget does. How did it malfunction?
I think that we are all different and half the fun of what we are doing with SP - reading the articles, tracking, learning from our friends - comes in learning more about who we are. I actually lose weight if I have a good dose of pasta once a week. But then I am good about having a hard-boiled egg and an apple every day somewhere as a part of my snack. The workout shake-up also works for me and I do well to add one Jillian Michaels workout into my week.
Keep sharing! I learn so much from you!!
I hope your new BMR comes soon!

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ANDSHEEWAS 12/19/2012 9:26AM

    I am envious that you are so in tune with your body and its habits. I'm glad you have been able to note trends and find what works for you. That's the important thing. There is no one-size-fits-all solution for weight management. Keep on keeping on!

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AMSPARKER 12/19/2012 9:19AM

    One more thing...I just was telling my husband, it is HARD to eat 2,000 calories of good quality food. You will totally just get full, full, full. However, eating any portion of those calories in junky food will be remarkably easy, you will not feel that stuffed....I try really hard to make sure my calories are nourshing food, although some days have had 300-400 calories of cookies, cake, etc...still working on that one!

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MOMMACASSEY 12/19/2012 9:18AM

    It all comes out to SP's mantra that deprivation won't get us there--no matter what anyone tells us. I can't imagine eating 1500 calories and feeling good, even if I weren't so overweight. Limiting like that might be right for people in maintenance who want to slack off on working out, but from everything I've seen, you are definitely no slacker.


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AMSPARKER 12/19/2012 9:14AM

    TOTALLY CORRECT! Go to and listen to one of their podcasts. they say exactly the same thing, if you eat below your basal metobolic rate and exercise most days of the week, you are STARVING your body, it will NOT give up the weight. I now try to eat around 2000 calories a day, sometimes 2100-2200.

the hosts of the radio show say that if you have deprived your body in a starvation diet, up your calorie intake so your body has time to recover, and bump up your metabolism, do this for a month and then start restricting your calories again, but never below your BMR.

here is the link the BMR calculator:

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/19/2012 9:08AM

    You are totally right. You need to do what works for YOU! This whole thing is just trial and error. Eat more, lose weight, just do it! I'm glad you're figuring it out. *HUGS*

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