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7/13/14 1:36 P

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Thanks, Coach Jen. When anyone asks how I did it, I tell them about Sparkpeople. The educational tools here are invaluable. emoticon emoticon

First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00

10k PR- May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


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7/12/14 12:36 P

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"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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7/12/14 11:09 A

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Sounds like a good plan. Thank you.

I am so grateful to Sparkpeople! All you coaches are so helpful and encouraging. I never could have lost 100 pounds and become a runner without you!

First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00

10k PR- May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


 current weight: -4.0  under
 
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7/12/14 7:18 A

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Like I said, you'll want to experiment to find the right balance for you. So you might consider eating toward the top of your original range first (around 1800), see how that goes, and then you can add more if needed based on your progress and how you're feeling.

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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7/11/14 9:19 P

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Thanks, Coach Jen. I just tried that and it tells me to eat a minimum of 2100 today. Wow!!

Edited by: RAVELGIRLY at: 7/11/2014 (21:22)
First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00

10k PR- May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


 current weight: -4.0  under
 
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I think it can be good to connect them if you have a lot of variation in your calories burned from day to day (so running 11 miles one day and resting the next), but wouldn't really make a difference whether you're trying to lose or maintain your weight.

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"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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7/11/14 8:14 P

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Thanks, Coach Jen!
My nutrition and fitness trackers are not connected. I got the impression that connecting them was not a good idea for long term weight maintenance. Do you have an opinion on that?

First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00

10k PR- May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


 current weight: -4.0  under
 
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Are your fitness and nutrition trackers connected? If not, you might want to connect them (vs. basing your calories on a calories burned goal), since you've got bigger variations in how much you're exercising from day to day. I don't think you need to eat back all of your calories burned if you use that method, but you'll need to eat more than 1400 calories if you're running 11 miles (as you've found.)

If you don't want to connect your trackers, I would make sure your calories burned goal reflects how much exercise you're doing, and then eat at the top of your recommended range on long run days.

There's not going to be an easy answer because everyone is different. So you might just need to experiment to find the right calorie level that helps you maintain your weight while still having enough energy to train.

Good luck!

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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7/11/14 1:28 P

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I am training for my first half marathon and have no idea how much additional I should eat on long run days.

I usually eat around 1400 calories per day. I'm trying to maintain my weight now - my doctor said not to lose any more weight. I do a 55 min kettlebell class 2x/week and run 3x/week (30-45 min twice and 60-120 once). Spark says my calorie range to maintain is 1480-1830. I will only be running more than an hour once every two weeks.

I have consumed 200 calories in additional snacks (toast and jam pre run and Shot Bloks during) so far today.

Sparkpeople estimates my BMR at 1470. My Garmin says I burned 940 on today's 11 mile run. So how many calories should I consume today to keep my weight stable?

I'm scared that I will gain weight while training because I've heard lots of stories about that. But my last long run of 9.5 miles, I was exhausted for two days and my running friends said it was because I didn't eat enough to compensate.


ETA - posting here and in food because I wasn't sure which forum was the right one for this question,

Edited by: RAVELGIRLY at: 7/11/2014 (13:30)
First 5k -April 2013
First 10k - Sept 2013 1:23:00

10k PR- May 18, 2014, 1:00:26

Initial goal weight reached Dec 10, 2013 (80 pounds lost)
90 pounds lost as of Feb 18, 2014.
100 pounds lost as of May 2014


 current weight: -4.0  under
 
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