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12/23/13 10:24 A

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Well unfortunately I won't be doing that since it costs me an extra $30 in shipping/duties/taxes to have it shipped to Canada.


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12/23/13 9:16 A

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I had the fitbit flex and returned for that reason. I am using the one and it is very accurate

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Seeing how close you are to the next size down is a great motivator. Also, put on an article of clothing that you wore when you first started your weight loss journey and that will help you see how far you have come!


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12/23/13 8:17 A

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Thank you Coach Jen,

I'll probably need to lose a couple pounds after the holidays anyways so it shouldn't be a big deal if a lose a little more in the first 2 weeks or so of returning to work. Maybe I'll try aiming for around 1700-1800 cals to take those pounds off more slowly and I can get a bit closer to what it will take to maintain my weight. Then I can continue to raise my cals from there each week so I can ease my way into maintenance.

I just didn't want an abrupt transition while having no clue where I'd be maintaining at but having to stop weight loss suddenly before it got out of control. I imagine if I start at 1700-1800 cals after the holidays, I'll still be losing a few holiday pounds while getting closer to maintenance and I can just raise my cals by 100-200/day each week until I'm maintaining.

I'm just starting to look a little scrawny already and I tend to look way too skinny when I dip below 115 lbs. Kind of scared me when it snuck up on me so fast!

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/23/2013 (08:29)

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.


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12/23/13 6:08 A

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It can be difficult to figure out exactly how many calories you're burning, because at the end of the day, everything is based on estimates and we are each an experiment of one. It's hard to know how much of a difference the lifting would make on your expenditure. My advice would be to make adjustments to your intake based on your weight loss progress. Since you've been losing more quickly the past few weeks, try bumping up your calories a little more and hopefully that will slow things down. Based on your active job and how much you exercise, 1500 calories does sound a little low.

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12/22/13 6:59 P

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Yes, I have read it and my fitbit already accounts for my steps while at work and home and gives me a calorie burned for the day. I typically get around 10 000 steps on a work day (not incl. exercise), less on Sat/Sun but I'm wondering about the lifting?

I think I'm averaging around 1700-1800 cals burned (without exercise) for just my steps but how do I account for the lifting? And even when I'm not walking or lifting, I'm standing but according to my fitbit I might as well be laying on the couch, lol.

I lost a lot of weight these past 2 weeks, much faster than anticipated and all of a sudden I'm only a pound from my goal weight so I'm looking to apply the breaks on my weight loss... I'm sure Christmas will help but I don't want my loss to get too out of hand and kind of confused on how to approach maintenance again since it kind of snuck up on me so fast. With my new job, I'm not sure what a good intake for me would be to slow down and stop weight loss. I'm currently averaging around 1500-1600 cals.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/22/2013 (19:12)

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.


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12/22/13 2:19 P

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If you are on your feet doing labor-intensive activity for a lot of the day, then you will want to account for those extra calories burned. In case you haven't seen it yet, here's an Ask the Expert that explains how to estimate that:

www.sparkpeople.com/community/ask_the_expe
rts.asp?q=86


Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."


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12/22/13 9:29 A

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What about all the lifting I do at work? I know my fitbit doesn't account for the lifting and it's saying I burn about the same amount at work as I do when I'm at home. I doubt this is accurate. I'm wondering if I should award myself an extra 100-200 cals a day for work days by making an activity entry for "lifting" for about 40-60 mins during my shift.

Like... when I say I'm lifting... I'm lifting quite a bit. To the point I have coworkers commenting on it, saying "I can't believe they have *you* on stock!", "You should ask to be moved off of stock!", "You do a lot of lifting here!" I imagine most of these comments are due to my size. I'm very petite and lifting crates that weigh about 1/4 of my own body weight. 6 at a time to a dolly, then off the dolly to a conveyor and then off a conveyor to a skid, about 3-4x an hour. My back feels like it's going to snap in two at the end of my shift and this is coming from someone who deadlifts close to 200 lbs during my workouts. o_O


Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

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"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.


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12/21/13 8:08 P

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Hi Jenni

SP doesn't really have control over the calories reported to us by Fitbit. When you sync your SP account with your Fitbit, we assume their calorie estimations are correct when we upload their data. You miht consider using the old calorie calculation method that determines your calorie range based on your calories burned goal, not based on the fitness you've tracked. That's one way to avoid the problem you're experiencing.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call "failure" is not the falling down but the staying down." Mary Pickford

"No matter how slow you go, you are still lapping everybody on the couch."


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12/21/13 12:13 P

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Well, I started a new job a month ago that involves a lot of heavy lifting and walking, I'm also in maintenance. I've already lost 5 lbs in the past few weeks which I was *trying* to do but it was rather fast considering I was averaging about 1600 cals and most of it came off in the last week. Now I'm looking to maintain again so I'm trying to get a rough idea of how many calories I'm burning there. I'm wondering if I should make an entry of "lifting heavy objects" for a certain amount of time. I could try putting it on my dominant hand and see if that lines up with my old pedometer. I know my old pedometer is accurate because I've checked it. My fitbit seems to be missing steps.


Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
w-test.html


"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.


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12/21/13 10:27 A

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Do you have yours set for dominant hand? I was getting high step reads because it was counting things like dishes and hair styling as steps. Then I set it to dominant hand even though I don't wear it on that wrist and the step counter has gotten less sensitive. So, if you are having the opposite problem, maybe that is why.
I haven't had an issue with the burn inflation though, but I also haven't been paying super close attention to it. I still try to eat in my old ranges regardless of what either spark or fitbit says I still have.



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12/20/13 9:23 A

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Hi,

I'm a brand spanking new Fitbit user. Just got Force on Wednesday, love it! But how do you prevent it from inflating you Spark calorie range? I burned 2250 cals total yesterday according to my Fitbit but because Spark gives me extra calories for a sedentary lifestyle, when I sync Spark says I burned 2600 cals!

Another question... I work at an auto assembly plant doing light to moderate work. I noticed my fitbit does not count as many steps as my old pedometer. In fact, it seems off by a couple thousand. I do stock and am lifting 30 lb boxes (which I guess is considered light/moderate lifting but when you're 5'2 and 115 lbs it sure as heck isn't "light/moderate", lol), it's not continuous but I'd say a couple times an hour. Maybe all together 30-40 mins per shift. I'm wondering if I should put in an entry of "moderate lifting" for 30-40 minutes? I also do quit a bit of walking on the job (according to my old pedometer, around 10 000 steps/shift) but a lot of the time I'm carrying things or pulling a dolly, I'm wondering if this is what is affecting my fitbit reads. Does anyone have any ideas on how to get a more accurate step count/calories burned while at work?

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/20/2013 (09:28)

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
w-test.html


"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.


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