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11/2/10 8:28 A

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I am a member of weight watchers. I just started going back a week (and one day) ago. I followed the points they suggest I eat, plus I added extra points for the exercise I put in. still I feel very hungry. I will be adding more points while I try and figure this out.

the reason I am follow weight watchers and not charting on sparks is because my sister has no internet and joined weight watchers. I am a lifetime member so I decided to go back with her for support (plus I had gained 13 pounds this summer).

No matter what plan you follow, my experience is that most do not have the perfect plan for really active people. At the meeting yesterday the leading was try to convince members to exercise 30 minutes 3 times a week. Obviously if the majority of members are not even exercising 3 times a week there isn't a huge need to address members what were running marathon, cycling centuries, or swimming the English Channel. :-)

You really needs to make a program work for yourself even if it doesn't look exactly right on paper.

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11/1/10 11:13 A

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Thanks, RHYNIC...I see by your Spark Page that you have been tracking what you call Running Fuel. I have created an item called Workout Drinks and am tracking it there. Down here in SW Florida, I can bonk pretty bad without adequate gels, goo or other concoction. I am hoping that if I keep my Calories burned higher than my intake, I will see some weight loss results(current goal to lose 22-25). Tired of lugging that extra up the hills on my local MTB trail! Plus, my primary care Doc would be happy, too!
Thanks all for your comments!

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11/1/10 10:03 A

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I think we just have to use common sense in our intake/output. A couple hour easy ride can be done without all of the extra calories, but an all day tour or a pounding training ride require more. I think as long as your calories out are greater than your calories in, you should be fine.

Years ago, I had a friend who was using Weight Watchers. When she wasn't working, she was on her bike. She said at her meetings, they would give her a hard time about going over her points. She told me, "They just don't get it. I need more points while pedaling over 60 miles per day. It's not like an hour aerobics class like the other ladies do."

I guess finding the balance is our challenge as cyclist.

...and then in the middle of everything, you realize you're alive right now, and the time to live is right now!


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RHYNIC's Photo RHYNIC Posts: 19,646
11/1/10 6:21 A

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As awesome as Sparkpeople is the nutrition tracker doesn't always work the way we need it too. Keep in mind that sparkpeople give you a general guide which works well for most (or the average) people. Do what you need to do to ensure your are working out at your best, you are getting the nutrition you need to maintain a healthy body but still loose a bit of weight if you need too. If your numbers don't agree with Sparkpeople don't worry about it.

gail

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10/31/10 11:34 P

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This is a tough question and I could write a book on it. Are you looking for performance or trying to lose weight? I alter my intake. If I want to lose weight I don't take in any sugar or energy drinks. If I want to perform at a high level I will use some but carefully.

I worked on getting my numbers to match calories burned vs actual. I looked at my BMR and calculated every hour to get my intake just right.

Good Luck



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10/31/10 11:30 P

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Yes, since a lot of SparkPeople concepts are about goals, I have not been able to stay within my total calorie count for the days where I ride hard and consume 2-3 hammer gels & a high-energy protein drink, as well as the suggested post workout drink of some sort. If I look at a report for the week, I am burning a lot more than I am consuming, but when I look at my daily nutrition report, I have gone over on two or three categories.


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10/31/10 11:17 P

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I have had the same problem, but since I'm overweight and trying to lose and not succeeding, I go ahead and count it accurately on my tracker. Sometimes it does throw my numbers off.

If you are losing though, then I wouldn't worry about those extra calories.

“The only way to keep your health is to eat what you don't want, drink what you don't like, and do what you'd rather not.”
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10/31/10 11:09 P

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good post I would be interested too. The tracker does't seem to allow for variety.

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10/31/10 10:58 P

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Can anyone tell me how to deal with the fact that I generally consume high calorie energy drinks(hammer gel,etc) while getting a 1500-2000 calorie workout on the bike, then enter the data into the Nutrition Tracker, which in turn throws my numbers way off. Is there some way to compensate for this? I apologize if this is not an appropriate post for this Team Forum...point mi in the right direction, please!
Thanks!

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