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Made Some Changes This Week

Friday, July 12, 2013

I've been wondering for a while if I am getting enough calories for the amount of activity that I do. I exercise quite a bit but generally eat the minimum calories. SP has been suggesting for a few months now that I recalculate my calories, but ever since I had surgery for acid reflux I just can't eat as much, so I knew it was pointless. But now it has been a few months and I can eat a bit more so I decided to make some changes. First I looked to see how many calories SP (in combination with my FitBit) says that I have been burning each week. It said that I burn quite a lot of calories, but I think that is overstated so I took half of that and entered it in. My calorie range is now higher. So, I am trying to eat more. I am a little nervous about it but I am going to try it out for three or four weeks and see how it goes. Today I really had a hard time eating enough but I think that as I get used to this, it will get better.

In addition, I have changed up my exercise routine a bit. I had been walking about three miles a day, sometimes more, and occasionally less, and I had been doing strength training videos at home. Sometimes I would do some other fitness videos. It has been pretty hot for walking lately so I joined the fitness center at work. I've been using the treadmill there and then doing some of the weight machines. I also have been riding my exercise bike at home at night, and I have been doing Jillian Michaels' 30 Day Shred every now and then. This is totally different from what I am used to but I feel the need to change things up a bit and challenge myself more. I think that I have gotten fewer minutes of exercise this week but some of it has been more intense. So, with the calorie changes and the exercise changes, I will see how it goes. I am only about ten pounds from my goal and only about six pounds away from the NORMAL weight range (YAY!) and my weight loss has slowed drastically. I hope that these changes help me rev things up and that I don't end up gaining! Today was my weigh day and I ended up losing about half a pound. But since I didn't start this all until Monday or Tuesday, I am not really going to be sure how things are going until my next weigh in.

Coincidentally, the day after I changed my calories to the higher level, SP announced the changes to the trackers whereby we can opt to let our activity levels determine the recommended caloric intake. I guess this little experiment will help me decide if I want to change to that method or not.
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  • LEMON2012
    You are doing GREAT! Those small changes add up, just continue to be patient because it takes time but you are well on your way!!!
    1744 days ago
    Let us know how it goes for you. I have a fitbit too- how do you like it?
    1746 days ago
    1746 days ago
    Keep up the great work and good luck with the changes you've made!

    1746 days ago
  • JULIA_211
    I've been debating the new tracker myself. Maybe tracking my food under a new account since you can't go back after switching.

    You are doing so great! So close to goal! emoticon
    I think it's a great idea to change things around, I need to do this myself.
    Wishing you the best always! emoticon
    1747 days ago
    Keep us posted. I think you made the right decision. emoticon
    1747 days ago
    Upping calories is a scary thing to do, but your body needs fuel. Stay off of the scale because you may gain a little at first, and that's hard to see. I'm glad you're giving it 'weeks'. Make sure you're getting GOOD calories. emoticon

    1747 days ago
    let use know how it works out for you
    1747 days ago
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