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3/25/09 12:01 A

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You can set up your nutritional tracker to track fiber. I like to make my meal for the week on Sunday. I was eating over 50 grams of fiber a week. I drank extra water, but there is such a thing of too much. Egads!

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3/24/09 8:11 P

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I've just returned from a short vacation and haven't logged in the last week. But from past trends I've seen...

I usually stay in the calorie range. But I'm almost always low in protein and fiber (which I track but isn't a default). Sometimes I'm even low in Fat but that tends to be on the days when I'm low on calories (or on the low side of my calorie range).

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3/19/09 7:56 P

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I go a tiny bit over my calorie burned goal per week, but some of that is daily walking and I count it for me.

If you consistently go over your calories burned goal, re-set it on your start page and see what happens to the calorie range goal.

I've learned that there is a variance of about 200 calories on either side of the Calories burned goal before it adjusts the calorie range, but it's interesting to see.

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3/18/09 10:49 A

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Just thought I'd check in with a little update!

Seems as if I don't have a problem staying within the calorie and fat ranges. But I seem to eat too many carbs and not get enough protein!

Also, when I exercise I burn OVER the recommended amt. of calories, but I'm not so great at getting in the 5 days a week that I'm aiming for......

How about everyone else? How are you doing?

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3/17/09 6:03 P

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I actually like that feature. Well, when I track.... which I'm better on some days than others.
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I'm a visual person (charts, lists, you know!) and so seeing something in more than one way really helps me.

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3/11/09 8:47 P

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Slotti - I believe that's it. I haven't tracked in a while. It's a recent feature that SP has added to give you tips on meeting the goals of the nutrition tracker.

Guess I'll have to track for a couple of days and check it out. emoticon

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3/11/09 4:16 P

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OK, I found it. It is interesting and it feels good to have someone, even the computer, telling you that you are on track.

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3/11/09 3:04 P

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I'm not certain what that is either. Is that the link on the bottom of the nutrition tracker to see your feedback from that day? And it brings up little charts?

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3/10/09 12:09 A

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What is the feedback feature?

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3/9/09 8:20 P

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I was wondering if anyone had received feedback. I know that's a new feature. I've not tracked in a couple of weeks; I try now to do it several times a month to make sure I'm not going overboard.

I take it you like the feedback feature?

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3/9/09 10:08 A

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I'm finding that the nutritional and fitness trackers help me stay on plan. It's nice to log on every day and see how many calories I need to burn when I workout. I also enjoy getting feedback on what I'm eating, not just calories but sodium, calcium, fiber, etc. I want to make sure I'm giving my body things it needs not just the right calories.


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3/4/09 8:06 P

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I'd never really tracked anything before SP. So, it was interesting for me to see the tie in between calories burned and how they set the calorie range. Esp after seeing all the talk when I first joined about how not eating enough could affect your weight.

I still track exercise, but I like see my Spark America minutes as well. The food I track occassionally just to make sure I'm on track.

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3/3/09 1:06 P

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Like Adlins said in her initial post, SP actually changes your calorie range based on how much exercise (or rather how many calories burned) you've said you're going to do.

There's a healthy level of how much less calories you eat when you're losing weight. You don't want to drop too fast, but you do want to drop. When you exercise, you can eat more because you're calories are dropping due to the exercise. The less exercise you do, the lower your calorie range.

I don't obsess over it. It's really nice at first to track everything because then you have a better idea of what you're intake is, etc. If you do it long enough, you'll be able to eyeball things better! Just don't make the mistake of estimating too high! (You estimate an actual 1 cup to be 3/4 cup, for example.)

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3/3/09 12:49 A

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I think the SP tools are great guidelines, but honestly I don't want to obsess over calories. I keep within my range and I try to do 30 minutes of exercise a day. Even if I don't always drop weight as fast as I might like, I know I'm taking a healthy approach.

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3/1/09 8:36 P

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According to most heart rate monitors, including those on the machines I am dead. My BP is low and the circulation in my hand is not all that great. I do use the fitness tracker on SP. I do like to have an idea.

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3/1/09 8:03 P

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Yes, it's always an estimate, however, SP does have the tools there to help out and part of the challenge is to use the tools if you haven't and to also see how calories burned affects your calorie range.

I use a heart rate monitor to gauge my calories burned, however, the fitness tracker does have a way to also help you estimate the calories you are burning - which is better than nothing. Many exercise machines will also help you with estimating calories burned.

Before I started SP, I'd never given much thought to calories burned and my calorie range. Or even set a calorie range for that matter, but that's a different subject. emoticon

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3/1/09 6:22 P

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Calories burned is always an estimate. It varies on your sex, age, weight and other factors. But I burn 200 calories in one day I do not eat an extra 200. That is how you loose weight. However, if you are losing weight, at a reasonable level, on your current calorie intake then you may want to eat a little more when you have a good work out. It is good to have protein after you work out. I like a protein shake.

Another to determine how many calories, take a Base Metabolism Rate (BMR) test. It cost me $50 at the gym. That is how many calories you need to consume to maintain your current weight if you spent all day sitting on the couch.

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3/1/09 5:53 P

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I'm starting out the year with fitness focused challenges because I know this time of year it's hard to focus on fitness at all. I'm also trying to focus on some of the tools that SP has.

Do you track your calories burned? Do you take this into account for your calorie range? SP sets a calories burned per week goal when you set up the Nutrition tracker, but it's very basic. In order to have an accurate calorie range, you need to have an idea of the calories burned each week.

This months challenge - track your exercise in the Fitness tracker for at least one week. Then, go to your Goals on your SP Start Page and check the Goal for Calories Burned per week. Are they close? If not, adjust this goal. Did it affect your calorie range?

There is no goal here to track your calories (if you aren't), but it helps to know what your range is and if you exercise a lot, it does raise the calorie range.

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