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10/4/13 5:41 P

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I vary my food and also my intake. I am still under my goal weight. Linda from bean town

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10/3/13 6:57 P

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I tend to be fairly consistent with my calories five or six days a week and have one or two where I'm high. Perhaps it's done something to increase my metabolism, but I think that weight training and the type of cardio exercise I do has had a more significant effect, even if I'm on the younger end of the spectrum among the maintainers here. I try to maximize my time in the gym by focusing mostly on HIIT for my cardio and taking minimal rest breaks between my sets when lifting. This approach is said to increase the calorie burn for longer post workout than endurance cardio and weight training with longer breaks between sets. I'm also trying to build and preserve as much muscle as possible not only for the metabolic benefits, but also for vanity's sake. It's helped a lot with my loose skin, cellulite and allows me to maintain at a higher weight, consuming more calories while looking smaller. For example, when I was 16, I weighed a good ten to fifteen pounds less than I do now, but I wear the same size and, comparing pictures, look pretty much the same.

My name's Tina. I lost more than 90 pounds between March 2010 and March 2012 and have been keeping if off ever since.

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10/3/13 6:37 P

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I try to keep my calorie range about the same everyday. If I do go up one day I will try to do a lower number the next few days. Also, I look at what went up in the graph at the bottom of the nutrition tracker. It helped me to see that I was eating too many Fat calories and so now I try to think about how much I have each day. It is so easy to eat a few nuts, have a piece of cheese, a little peanut butter on a cracker and 4 oz of chicken with dinner and a TBS of salad dressing on my lettuce. The number of calories added up so now I think about my snacks a little more. Also, I am watching my cholesterol and so I try to keep that number low, I really read labels on crackers and granola. My real demon is carbs so if I have spaghetti one day, I really load up on vegetables the next day. So although I don't do the WENDY as a program, I do try to do an average over the week.

Still thinking about getting a Fitbit type device, to help keep the moving number up as the winter comes on. I find myself snuggling in when it gets dark.

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10/3/13 6:16 P

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I detest it when something happens to the fitbit. I love having the activity goals

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10/3/13 4:23 P
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Well, I'm in trouble today because my battery for my Fitbit died half way through the day (granted I was in class and hadn't done much walking). So I started over again with new battery and have no idea what I've done today. And, of course, will be at a meeting tonight so there will be little or no walking for me today. But I AM tracking my food at least. We'll see what tomorrow brings.

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10/3/13 3:08 P

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I sometime vary my days especially if I ve had a full day of exercise and know i have room for a few extra calories.

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10/3/13 11:30 A

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Although I don't 'officially' do that, I kind of do. Part of my Poundage Plan, in fact the basis of it,. is to listen to my body. I came to the understanding that some days I will be under my calorie range, others over it. The daily calories don't matter as long as you are in a calorie deficit over a period of time."Normal" people eat more some days and less on others. If we want to be a "normal" weight, we need to eat like the people at a healthy weight eat.

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10/3/13 9:52 A

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I have not heard of a "Wendy" but I've heard of many strategies for both weight loss and maintenance that involve varying caloric intake.

See, for example, Leigh Peele's excellent discussion about how and when to build diet breaks into a weight loss plan:
www.leighpeele.com/diet-break-plan

And her suggestions for building in a lighter calorie day into a maintenance plan:
www.leighpeele.com/a-lesson-in-the-a
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Intermittent Fasting (IF) can also be viewed as a form of controlling metabolism by varying caloric input.
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intermittent_f
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In the end I suspect weight lifting contributes the most to maintaining a higher metabolism. Muscles are the engines that burn the calories, after all.

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10/3/13 9:08 A

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It is actually not that hard when I am putting the food in to the Spark tracker, and if I Don't put it in, I gain, so I put it in. :). Then it is just a matter of paying attention and making sure I get days where I am very low. The high ones kind of take care of themselves? I think part of the challenge of keeping the weight off of Me in particular is how much of it is off :) When I am maintaining the weight I am at right now, I am always vigorously hungry 2 hours after a meal, and mildly hungry at bedtime. Always. I have of course made friends with this and reframed that feeling as "healthy" "alive" "awake" things like that. I am friends with hungry unless I am very very tired

Edited by: LESLIE871948 at: 10/3/2013 (09:21)
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10/3/13 8:50 A
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YIKES! I just watch the scale and try to average out the calories over the course of a week. I don't think I'd have the patience to figure all this out. I go up and down about 2 pounds - never more either way.

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10/3/13 7:24 A

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So the featured blog this week talks about the number of calories needed to maintain on a *snort* more mature person's body, well I am even More mature than the poster and it got me to thinking again of how I seem to be able to eat more than other people my size while losing weight. Then I set back up the calorie consumed, average calories columns in my excel spreadsheet that I had not had going since last year. (little sabbatical from June - August caused a slight weight gain, then an epiphany)
Anyway, back to the topic ADHD girl. Does anyone do the *Wendy* i.e. a range of points (WW) or calories (lots of people), for the week, and variations from day to day in intake. When I learned about this it made sense because a higher calorie intake stimulates a higher metabolic rate (in a very small, but maybe significant over time way). People that I have seen struggling over the years who eat the same lower calorie plan day after day seem to tend to lose slower than I do, and maintain at a lower calorie range than I do. I lose when my average over the week is between 1700 and 1900. I stay the same at the 1900 if it is consistent for a while, and I will start a slow gain if I eat an average of 1950 - 2100 or so, or maybe above if not tracking. I lift weights. I put my high calorie days into the times that I lift heavy weight. My low days I try to do some sprint type aerobics, plus long and slower walks. The weeks that I lose, look like 1500 something one or two days, 1700 something one to three days and 2000 something for two days. What thoughts?

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