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7/18/11 9:56 P

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Sounds like it's working! Great to hear!

I may have to get back on the tracking wagon sometime soon....but with the move and all, I'm just fine doing what I can to stay where I am (which is a few lbs over the top of my range, but stable).

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7/18/11 1:37 P

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I have been very happy with the setting that SP gave me now that I inched up my expected cardio and reset my goal to my current weight. That gave me a 1850-2150 calorie range, and I'm finding that if I shoot for 2000 per day it works out about right.

I'm in at least my third week at 145 which is where I want to be.

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6/27/11 10:31 P

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I've picked my own range at maintenance too, I'm not sure why the Spark range didn't really work for me either, but it does work for a lot of folks, since I see them posting about it.

I think the program allows for that flexibility too, so that's a nice aspect of the tracking tool, you can adjust the numbers if you need to.

I think you just need to see how it goes, and monitor at this point. If you are following a certain calorie range and still losing, you can add in a couple hundred calories a day for a week or two and see if that allows you to maintain. Conversely, you can lower it back down if you see you are starting to gain on that increase.

It's great that you have been so successful! And it really is a mind set change (or it was for me) to stop "dieting" and make a permanent lifestyle change. I don't really have "off limit" foods, but I really try to make the best (meaning healthiest) choices I can under any give circumstance.

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6/27/11 7:05 P

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Congrats on meeting goal! I think any tracking is good and admire you for not getting on the computer when you get home! I have found SP's calorie range for tracking after meeting goal not as robust as it could be. Then again, I gained a few pounds back, so I'm not exactly in maintenance at this point... but hopefully when I get there, I'll have figured out what to set the maintenance range at.

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6/27/11 2:20 P

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I am in the process of trying to find my maintenance "sweet spot." I hit goal a few weeks ago, but it was an arbitrary number that I picked--I since lowered it by 5 lbs and hit that, too.

I track my eating everyday, but I often track only breakfast, lunch and snacks. I'm terrible about getting on the computer after I get home from work. I exercise everyday, and I feel like now I am eating like a pig! Lots of food, but I'm still burning it off. I can't really get Sparkpeople to give me a calorie range that makes sense, so I've just manually adjusted it so far.

The hardest thing is my mind-set: I've been trying to lose weight, needing to diet, about to diet, etc. my whole life. Now that I am at goal, it is hard not to keep wanting the scale to go down. Anybody else have that problem?

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6/25/11 1:03 P

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one pound over three weeks really sounds like maintaining, so great job, it sounds like you've hit the "sweet spot" with your range and nutrition. As far as the macronutrients go, I think if you are close to the range it's fine, I don't get crazy over exact percentages, and those will change everyday, unless you are eating exactly the same thing daily, and that would be boring!

I'm not sure how it works when you let spark pick the calorie range, you'd think the amount of macronutrients would automatically adjust, but I know when I picked my own calorie range, they did not, but I could adjust myself.

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6/24/11 4:28 P

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So, I shifted the number of calories I want to burn each week up. It has worked out well because I'm preparing to run a 10K on 7/16 so I have been doing plenty of running.

SP automatically shifted my calorie range (though the carb and fat ranges are somewhat ridiculous but that is another story) up about 200-300 points. I have done a good job of falling into the middle to upper half of that range. Psychologically, I feel gluttonous when I have eaten more than 2000 cal even if that is well within my range.

The results have been good. I feel like I'm fit. My weight is down 1 pound over three weeks. That indicates that I have still some room to wiggle up a little more. I'm trying to figure out what feels best for me (and what will help me run best because that is my primary goal now).

I will continue tracking my food with more of an eye on calories rather than the other stuff now that I have a general feel for what I should be eating. Of course, the changes I made in what I was eating have all been maintained.

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6/8/11 10:57 A

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Sounds like your off to a good start!

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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6/7/11 8:42 A

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I changed my goals for the number of calories I'm going to be burning, and my calorie range shifted up. I'm working to keep a handle on my calorie intake even as it is less restricted, I guess, than before.

The next test will be to see where my weight is at the end of the month. It has been holding steady so far.

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5/30/11 9:57 A

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So you adjusted on Spark, and they didn't adjust it in your tracker numbers?

I think that's why I had to do my adjustment manually, I couldn't get the Spark numbers to look right to me. Not sure what that's about, but I think the program is set up for folks starting out, who are less active and perhaps not burning so many calories. I wonder too, if they have set up a buffer, knowing that many people will under report their intake and over report their calorie burn. This doesn't help if one is fairly accurate with both (as I would imagine us folks who have been doing this for a while are)

In any case, good luck to you! I'm refocusing too after a week of overindulging.....too much celebrating of my upcoming job move, I think, along with some inclement weather (so not so much activity) is showing on my scale!

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5/29/11 7:07 P

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I'm back to trying to lose as I've gained a couple of pounds, but I've noticed that as my exercise increases, as it does when it gets warmer, the calorie range did not adjust and it usually does, even if it's just 50 calories higher. So, I'm trying to figure out if I'm eating the wrong stuff during the week and it leaves me hungry, if I need more due to the exercise, if it's stress eating or a combination of all.

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5/29/11 11:19 A

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Keep us posted! It all adds up, and the more stories out there the better for those who follow us.

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5/28/11 11:24 P

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Thanks Kayotic! That makes a lot of sense. I'm going to be watching things in June and try to adjust accordingly.
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5/28/11 10:04 P

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I actually had to up mine manually, because Spark is a weight loss plan, they really don't have the adjustment for maintenance (so far as I can tell)

A lot folks will start maintenance by adding 100 calories a day for a week and see how that goes. If you continue to lose, up it by another 100 until you level off. Then you'll have your maintenance calorie goal. I try to stay under 2000 cals a day, I'll go higher though if I'm particularly active, and since I only track during the week, I really don't know exactly how much I'm taking in on the weekend, but I'm guessing it's around the same, as I still have similar meals and snacks as I do during the week.

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New goal: more practical new goal, 129, update ticker to reflect that goal.

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"Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants" Michael Pollan



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5/27/11 12:36 P

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As I near what was my original goal for losing weight, I'm wondering if I need to change my calorie range? SP once adjusted it up for a brief moment, but after that it has given me the same range for the last few months. Should I try to recalculate things now that I think of myself as a "maintainer" rather than a "loser"?

Are you on a higher calorie goal now?

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5/11/11 8:05 P

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I admire the planning! I'm good with breakfast and mostly lunch, but I get sidetracked sometimes with snacks as I need to revaluate my other foods (I get hungry). So, I guess I kind of do it backwards from you, but I do find tracking a great help.

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5/11/11 7:35 P

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hi all, the advice and hints here is great. I find that tracking most of the time works for me but my saving grace is planning and more planning. So on Sunday night I open the cabinets and fridge and make out a eating plan for the week usually only planning for breakfast, 1snack and dinner the if I track those calories I know how many calories I can spare for lunch and one more snack. That works for me so far. I tried to go off that plan and was all over the place, so structure is the key for me at least for a while longer, afterall that's how I got where I am so if it's not broke don't fix it, right?
Keep up the good work everyone..and keep encouraging etch other
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3/21/11 11:09 A

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Yes, everyone has to find what works for them. But for me, if I don't track at least most days, and don't get on the scale at least once a week, I gain weight.

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2/26/11 11:08 A

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It really is about finding something that works for you as an individual. We all have different needs and time constraints at different times. I find it harder to stay on track during the work week at times, but at others it's no problem at all. Some vacations are easy for me to be really active and eat rationally, some not....it's all about balance and figuring out a plan that will keep us on track.

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2/23/11 6:54 P

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That's exactly what I have found. I agee too, that tracking for just those 4 days (more if I can) helps me keep things in mind on the days that I don't.

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2/22/11 10:32 P

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It never hurts to try something for a month to see if it works for you. I'm making it work lately w/ the 4 days tracking, 3 days not, and I'm active enough on the weekend to make it work. And when I don't track during the week, I find myself sneaking those nibbles and treats here and there. When I'm tracking, I may go over my range, but not usually by much (more often it helps me plan better and stick to the range) and I don't feel so uncertain about the amount and quality of my food.

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2/22/11 6:24 P

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The responses have been really helpful. I'm aiming for tracking at least 4 days a week, but am also hoping to cut down on my take-out, which isn't much to begin with, but I can do some of favs for about 1/2 or 1/3 of the calories, which will make it worth it.

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2/22/11 10:47 A

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I track everything, every day - It keeps me honest. I kept a journal once before and lost 40 pounds, then stopped and gained it back. I started again last June and have lost 50 pounds and have been maintaining the last 2 months. I try to stay between 1800 and 2100 calories per day. I check calories at lunch to plan dinner and go from there. I almost always end up between 2000 and 2100 each day.

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1/16/11 3:43 P

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I decided to track again for the month of November, and it was not as bad as I thought it would be, time-wise, but did bring out some of my "control" issues. So I'm now tracking during the week, and not on weekends, and that's been going really well. I feel like I have some information on my nutrition and nutrient balances, but also the freedom to just eat (in moderation) what I please without worrying how I'm going to "track" it.

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1/15/11 2:27 P

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I have been tracking my calorie intake for about a month now non stop. Somedays I do good,Somedays o go over alittle bit. But if I don't track,I do really bad. So I just keep tracking and trying to stay in range so the scale won't budge..lol

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track my food always-
weigh myself in the morning to know if I can afford to eat maintaince calories- if you don't your working in the dark..
if I am over I hold back and on heavy work days and body building workout days I can see when I have to eat more..
the more I body build the cleaner the calories I use have to be- to keep my muscle mass fuelled without huge weight swings and spiking my blood sugar too. All my extras are milk, complex carbs and extra protein.. Junkfood leaves me feeling like a dead battery there is not substainable in it, so have to eat double the amount..
Been sugar free 3 months now and don't miss it- can really feel how junk choices zap me...
On my heavy work load days I am eating 2300+ calories and move only 3oo-500 grams within a whole week on the scales....

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4/27/10 10:16 P

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I'm the opposite of Deni, since I quit tracking a couple of years ago. Can't say I've always been right on top of it, but for the most part I'm within range. I still weigh frequently, but when I stopped tracking, I still continued to eat as if I were tracking, and I think that was the key for me.

I still measure and weigh some foods (mostly dairy and cereal) and eyeball others (protein, fruit) and just let it go on others (well, veggies really...) I don't drink calories for the most part, but really never did, so that wasn't an adjustment.

When I see the scale creeping out of my comfort zone, I cut back on the snacks or portions, and up the workouts. I can usually tell by how the clothes are fitting, and how I feel physically, lean and energetic, or sluggish and lumpy...

Congrats and good luck!

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I track all the time! It keeps me from slipping back to the chicken wings, fries, and beer diet that got me in trouble in the first place.

I am usually right at the top of or slightly over my calorie range. When the scale moves up or my clothes feel more snug, I shoot for the lower to middle range of the scale for a day or so.

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4/25/10 6:32 P

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Hi. I met my goal about 6 months ago and have since see-sawed back and forth with about 3 pounds give or take. I'm tracking food, at least 4-5 days a week.

Last week was just plain crappy and I knew I was going to over my calorie limit on a couple of days. I was just plain hungry, which I knew was partly related to stress, which wasn't helped by knowing I was going to go over my calorie range.

Today I looked up the range for me to maintain at say my current weight or a pound below. I'm not changing anything in SP, but this will be the number I keep in mind when I tip over my range.

The jist of this post is: do you track your food? If so, what is the range you work with or that you find "allowable" when you exceed your calorie range? Have you made any adjustments to this if you're in "maintenance" mode?

Thanks!

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