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Calories Burned and Getting Credit on Your Fitness Tracker


Sunday, January 27, 2013

It took me 20 min. to walk 1.08 miles not carrying anything and I burned 100 calories with my weight of 175.4.

Then it took me 21 min. to walk 1.08 miles carrying 1.5 lbs. of stuff and that burned 105 calories.

When I returned to the apartment, after a shower, I weighed 0.5 lbs. less.

SparkPeople gave me credit for the final weight of 175 lbs. only thus less calories burned are shown only according to the last set of numbers. What I did to figure this out is:


--Entered my minutes and walking speed for the weight of 175.4 and that burned 100 calories.

--Changed my weight to 186.8 lbs. adding what I carried home, entered the minutes and walking speed and burned 105 calories.

--Changed the weight again after I shower and I had lost 0.5 lbs. and the calories burned were 97 and 93 respectively.


I learned that SparkPeople will only keep the last set of numbers (the combination of weight and time spent walking) and not as individually entered for any one particular day. I entered each set of minutes and weights individually but when I put my final weight, all the calorie numbers went back to the 175 lbs. point.

I have learned, then, that I will not get credit on SparkPeople for when I carry things, which I do a lot because I take the bus everywhere and have a backpack. So, I decided that that has to be okay since at the end of it all what matters is that I am losing weight and getting in shape, and I will not pay a lot of attention to the calories burned from now on since those numbers will not be accurate for me on days when I carry things which is 98% of the time.

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope it has helped you in some way with your own goals.

P.S. My friend HIKETOHEIGHTS recommended that I try "hiking" to see if that would help me find a more accurate calorie count. If I cut the walking time in half, I got more calories and calorie-wise, it was more accurate but then, I had less minutes for credit since the hiking only includes hills with the 10-lb. weight that I carried. So, I decided to keep the minutes accurate and forgo the calorie count for now. Maybe some day Hiking will be included with the 10-lb. weight without hills. Wouldn't that be nice. emoticon
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KENWANNE2013 2/17/2013 7:46PM

    I don't look at the calories burnt. As someoone with a mobility impairment, I don't think the way I adapt the exercises gives an accurate reading. I focus mainly on how much effort I'm putting in and the time I spend exercising.

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KATWELL88 1/29/2013 11:21AM

    Okkk ... The way I know is my fitness is working is by my sense -- my legs are they smoother and stronger today? If not get back to walking again ... And that without using calories guide on SP! emoticon
hmm I have to try walk on a semi flat trail one of these days! emoticon

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TRESSWANN 1/27/2013 6:14PM

    Inever look at the calorie count!

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ASOBFALLS 1/27/2013 3:54PM

    Yeah...I get fewer 'steps' when I jog rather than walk! What is a gal to do emoticon

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KSCHRAUT 1/27/2013 2:30PM

    Yes, interesting, and just means you are burning more calories than Spark says you are. Just remember to not get that idea stuck in your mind, that oh, I actually burned more, so I can do this (eat something different, not exercise, etc). Stay true to yourself and everything will work out wonderfully! :)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/27/2013 12:23PM

    Interesting observations! Now when we enter our fitness for hiking it does ask how many pounds we carry. Is it possible for you to enter your walking in as hiking to get credit for your back pack?

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