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4/11/12 10:46 P

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track, track, track! calories and fitness minutes so your range is correct

Bobby D - Ellwood City, PA

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4/10/12 12:53 P

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The best ONE tip I can give you is to start with ONE thing. If you can change just ONE thing at a time, then pretty soon you can change another and then another, and then you've changed your life, dropped 100+ pounds, and will be training for a half-marathon!

My first ONE thing was to start walking at break time. After a few weeks of that my ONE thing was to stop drinking sodas. I won't do the artificial sweetners so diet drinks are not an option, and I really love my sodas, but they do not help me, so I stopped drinking those.

My next ONE thing was to stop having seconds at supper.

Then I started tracking what I was eating, looking at first for how well I was balancing my nutrition (NOT well, it turned out!)

My next ONE thing was to start getting my protein levels up.
My next ONE thing was to eat within my guidelines for the weight I wanted to lose.
My next ONE thing was to start taking a workout class.
My next ONE thing was to start walking after work.
My next ONE thing was to start running, cuz, dang, walking got boring!

Sometimes there was only a day or two between adding the next ONE thing ; sometimes weeks and even months. But it is much easier to make ONE change in your life at a time (dabble in the shallows, discover you can float, start that doggie paddling, start to swim) than to jump into the deep end and THEN remember you don't know how to swim.

Good luck on your journey


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4/9/12 11:35 P

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Thanks, Nancy! I do have Nancy Clark's book. I just get so overwhelmed with it all. emoticon

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4/9/12 11:25 P

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I recently read that most people underestimate their calorie consumption by 30%, overestimate their calorie expenditure by 30% and the food manufacturers are allowed a 20% margin of error for estimating calorie content in their serving sizes, so you can only imagine the HUGE margin of error this creates for most of us.

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4/9/12 11:22 P

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Maddy, you bring up a good point. In physiology recently we read a paper that concluded that occasional binge eating can set back weight loss efforts significantly. That is, eating well and exercising regularly + way (and I do mean WAY) overeating can be a problem. I don't know if that's an issue for you - I think this is MY problem personally. Mind you, I don't get nearly the exercise you do. With your level of exercise, I'm surprised you aren't losing more too!

Consistency - look at JoPa and Rich this year. Now, granted they are male and therefore unfairly gifted in the weight loss department (I'M KIDDING!), but they both said they did the same exact thing.... and it definitely involved consistency.

You and me both, Maddy. I'm so frustrated I want to scream. Must... get... with... the... program....!

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4/9/12 10:45 P

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Hey Savannah,

Two of my all-time favorite books on running and nutrition are Nancy Clark's Sports Nutrition Guidebook and Suzanne Eberle's book, Endurance Sports Nutrition. They are well research, but more importantly easy for anyone to understand.

As for your question with SparkPeople and meals plans catered to runners...I don't see that. One reason is, the diet we offer is well-versed for runners (50-65% carbs) but most people people prefer to follow their own plans. In addition, the type of diet would vary according to the event the runner was training for. For those training for shorter events 10K and under they should be good to go, but once you start pushing that endurance envelope your diet will take a shift and so will your weight loss.

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4/9/12 6:19 P

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Yes I have the HR (love toys!!). I aim to burn 700-800 cals a day. I'm a numbers girl for a living, so it's funny I just can't get these numbers to add up!!

I did find it interesting. I was expecting one word to pop up .... consistency! I can do things for a few weeks, not get instant results and throw hands up in air (give up).

Got to love new beginnings (do-overs!). Here I go for real thus time.

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4/9/12 6:11 P

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Maddie- I don't think the BL contestants actually eat only 1200 calories. But remember that they have a team of docs, nutritionists, and trainers to work on what they should be eating. Also, SP cannot always calculate the calories you are burning so it might best to look at something more sophisiticated like a heartrate monitor so you know truly how hard you are working out. But yes, if you're only eating 1200-1500 calories and you're burning 2500-3000 you may need to eat more.

"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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4/9/12 5:13 P

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Thanks to those who replied and to the wonderful spark mail also!

It's obvious counting calories is what I need to be doing (hangs head in shame). The ole Aussie phrase "she'll be right mate" just doesn't cut it snymore!!

But what I'm really struggling to get ny head around, I may need to eat more ... Wow! I can spend two plus hours a day in exercise and yes I work hard, I'm not working out if I'm not sweating! "More is Less" is doing my head in. I need to eat more to weigh less??

I see shows like Biggest Loser and they eat 1200 cals a day and exercise for hours and lose heaps. But then I have only ten kilos to lose (only .. geez it feels at times impossible!).so maybe I need a dose of perspective. My rational of "if I work harder and eat less, I'll lose more weight" hasn't worked thus far!

Certainly food for thought ... and there's no calories in this lot!!

Thanks.

Edited by: MADDY65 at: 4/9/2012 (17:15)
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4/9/12 1:05 P

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This is a great topic!! I was in maintenence for a few years, then started a new job...and gained a few pounds so I'm back on the wagon, trying get back to where I was last year.

My main thing is finding the perfect balance between exercise and diet. I don't like to track my food daily, because I get obessive...I will occassionally for a reality check, but in general if I want to loose weight, I just work out more! Its kinda a win-win. You can eat a little more if you work out a lot, and you also tend to make healthier choices if you work out a lot!





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4/9/12 1:02 P

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I eat within my range set by SP. However, when the scale stopped moving, I was actually not consuming enough calories. While it is hard to grasp, and harder to do(!) I increased my calories and then the weight started to come off again.





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AZIMMER12 Posts: 2,958
4/9/12 10:48 A

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I'm with Jenny Maddie. You have to track those calories religiously and be honest. If necessary actually weight everything and look at the serving sizes. Try not to guess. You know how much I have been running the last three months and I have lost 2-4 pounds because I wasn't counting calroies. If I don't count calories it doesn't work.

Edited by: AZIMMER12 at: 4/9/2012 (10:48)
"When there's something you want fight for it. Don't give up-no matter how hopeless it seems, even when you've lost hope, cause years from now you're gonna look back and wish you gave it one more shot cause the best things in life don't come easy."

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4/9/12 10:23 A

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I'm with Savannah - count calories and track religiously. That's the only thing that seems to help me.

Also, make sure you're eating the right amount of calories for the exercise you're putting out. When I'm exercising a lot and my calories are too low, I actually GAIN weight instead of losing it. Good luck :)

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4/9/12 10:22 A

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Hi!
I know what you mean! I feel your frustration!

The thing that is working for me is 1200 calories a day. I remember Jillian, from the Biggest Loser saying " to lose weight, it's all about the calories". I am using a FREE app that calculates the calories and some nuitritional value. All I do is imput what I eat and the app does the rest. I have lost ten lbs. The weight is coming off slow but consistantly. I guess you would need to adjust calorie intake according to how much you exercise.

The app is called MyFitnessPal. There are several of them. I'm using the one with a blue back ground with a white figure doing an 'air split'. You can also google it and do it via your computer if you don't have a smart phone.

Hope this helps!

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4/9/12 10:09 A

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Maddie, I count calories. This helps me alot. I see exactly where the issue is.

Nancy, I am trying to look for more runner healthy foods. Are there some you'd suggest? Also, do you think in the future Sparkpeople will be able to offer meal plans catered towards runners? If not, I'd love to see an article that talks about what foods are good for runners. I cannot seem to figure it out.

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4/9/12 9:14 A

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Hi Maddy,

The number one tip I give anyone and that is to ditch the diets! Yep, diets leave us trapped in a diet mentality. For me running encourages me to eat healthy. Just like you do not put regular ol gas in a NASCAR, same is true for a runner's body. Runner's need the healthiest foods one can consume in order to promote help promote health and recovery. You can expect to be an efficient runner if you put junk in the trunk. HOWEVER, being a runner allows me a little extra leeway when I do have that occasional treat.

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4/9/12 8:20 A

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I'm intesterested to read the replies you get here, since I'm in the same boat as you are. I feel as though no matter how much or how little I eat, and the same for exercise, my weight stays within the same 5lb range.

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I love checking in on this group, to read daily life stories from around the world, the days challenges or just for a chuckle. There are people at various stages of their weight loss journey. There are those who have run their way into Maintenance Land, some on the Border between striving and achieving and others so focused and determined to get to their goal.

But I'm stuck in a rut. I've tried every food plan a girl can think of. The more I try, the larger thy butt does grow! I've eaten per my blood type, food combos and what not to combos, I've been vegan, fruit only, no carbs, low carbs, high protein, no sugar and it's all ended with chocolate!

Which leads to my question.... In your personal, own, individual, just for you experience, if you were asked what was the "one" thing that work/s/ed best for you to help reach your goal, what would it be?

Why do I ask? I'm tired of the endless merry-go-round and in desperate need of inspiration.

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