I've started several different posts regarding some of my diet and fitness questions and some of you will no doubt recognize me. After reading everyone's answers I feel more confused than ever and not sure if I'm doing this right because some things don't seem to make sense. Here's the scoop, so you know all the info and then please feel free to look at my trackers, give me some advice and insight about my questions....I really appreciate it!!
I started spark the first of February. Since then I have worked up to being able to run a 5k in half an hour, and I enjoy doing this around 3 times a week. I also run other shorter runs throughout the week and do some strength training with resistance bands. I am a 26 year old female and I burn 1000 calories a week. Lots of times I go over this 1000 goal but probably nothing significant enough to change my calorie range...
I've posted a couple threads regarding questions on my calorie intake/fitness, and some members have stated that they believe I am not eating enough to fuel my new running habits. My current range with all updated info that I have just shared is 1500-1850. There are times (and lately several times) that I have been over that range. (Feel free to take a look at my shared trackers). So, here is what doesn't make sense:
All my information is correct, including calories burned and fitness, and this is the range that spark gave me according to that info. BUT some of the members think that it's really not enough, especially if there ARE times I go over that 1000 calories burned each week. So, where is the middle ground here? How then do I know what IS remaining in a good range that is not overeating and yet is still enough to fuel the exercise I am doing? And by the way, when I set my calorie burn goal to 1400, it raises my range up to 1910, but that's really only 60 calories more than before so it's not much of a difference.
My ultimate goal is to tone up, to increase my running speed, and to remain at a healthy weight. I am 5 feet 6 inches according to my latest measurement, and currently at 115-118 pounds depending on the day and water weight. I'm no longer trying to lose weight, I have my goals set to maintenance but that makes me a little nervous, because then I really am in danger of gaining weight if I am over that range, which, as I said, I have been quite often recently. So, my ultimate question here is, am I eating too much??? if the answer is simply YES I can fix that. But as some have had the concern that I wasn't eating enough for my runs,I wanted to clarify because now I'm confused about it. I have been quite hungry since doing so much running, but it's one of those things that I don't know if that makes it ok to eat more or if its just my body getting used to running. The last thing I want to do is gain weight from the running making me overly hungry and then I overcompensate. I just can't tell at this point what overcompensating would be as opposed to actually eating what the body needs....
THANK YOU immensely for reading and replying. Sorry to be so long winded. I just wanted to clarify my question and explain why I've become so confused about this. I really really appreciate anybody that took the time to read (because I know I made this one long) and hopefully responds with some good advice, insight, thoughts, etc. THANK YOU! I love spark!
Edited by: LOVEMOUSE82 at: 4/15/2013 (20:53)
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