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An Experiment in SparkPeople Meal Plans

Sunday, April 21, 2013

I've decided to try out the SP meal plans. I have never done this before, so I'm interested to see how this affects both weight loss and my energy level. I figure this is about the perfect time to try these out. I just finished my Half Marathon training (knocked 7 minutes off my PR in yesterdays race!) so I won't have such a rigorous workout schedule until August, when I train for my next half marathon.

Of course, I've made a few changes already:
Instead of wheat crackers I got "Seeded Multigrain" crackers.
Instead of Yoplait yogurt, I chose Icelandic "Skyr" yogurt (less sugar, more protein!)
Instead of wheat bread, I got some "Rosemary Sourdough" at Whole Foods.
All milk will be soy milk.
I've decided to forgo using "Cream of Wheat" or any kind of hot cereal, and instead have just cold cereal in addition to whatever else it calls for that morning.

I am very curious to see if I'm eating the right stuff (which presumably these plans consist of the 'right' stuff) if it will be enough for how much I work out. Even though I won't be training for a long race, I will still be running 3x a week, at least 30 minutes each time, and full body strength training 3x a week. I figure this first week will be a trial run. If I find out that I'm constantly hungry, with horrible headaches, then I know I will need to bump up my caloric intake for the following week.

Anyone else tried the SparkPeople meal plans? What has your experience been with them?
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    I've no interest in SP's meal plans (sorry!) but I'd love to more about your HM (Which HM was it?) and also how you handle nutrition requirements for your race and long runs. I'm always experimenting with food prior to my races and always learn something from other's experiences.
    1768 days ago
    Sounds like you are on a good roll to good health! I've looked through the SP meal plans, but have never followed them. I'm not one to follow recipes to a T and my Hubby hates knowing when I use any product that is labeled low- or no-fat! I don't tell him, but of course he sees them in the fridge. I try my best to cook healthfully.
    I am overweight due to a long period of inactivity due to severe sciatica. I was in a wheelchair for a period. I am now able to exercise and have been going to the gym on a regular basis. So I am on the road back to good health too.
    I wish you all the best in your journey! emoticon
    1769 days ago
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