Scale victory and the new calorie tracking

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Today started well - the lowest number I've seen on a scale probably in this decade! I realized this is also tied for my lowest adult weight. Even though I am in maintenance and this morning's weight is in the realm of my maintenance range, I'd rather keep my weight on the low end of my maintenance range (which is still in the healthy BMI range).

I have been debating today about turning on the new SP feature with the daily calorie range adjustments. While most days I consistently burn 350-450 calories through exercise, I usually have 1-2 days a week outside of that range. Today is one of those days - I burned nearly 600 calories working out this morning and still have some yoga planned for tonight. However, I typically eat on the low end of my calorie range, which on days like this would give me a way bigger calorie deficit than I should have at maintenance. Part of me thinks that it all comes out in the wash with days where I burn fewer calories but eat the same amount, but the other part of me wonders if it might be better to eat a little less on those lower performance days and "have permission" to eat more when I have a big burn day. The only problem is that I can't track my gym nights in advance, since my gym buddies and I can be spontaneous about which machines we use, and how long we stay can fluctuate. I suppose I could plug in a minimum estimate as a placeholder, and then if I do more than that, I can add that in and have a slightly bigger snack when I come home. If anyone has tried the new system out, I'd love to hear some feedback.
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Anne brings up a good point - if you exercise in the morning, then you have a fairly accurate rang for the rest of the day. But if you wait to enter exercise until the evening, then you won't see the range adjust until then. Either way, as time goes by we all know when we can eat more and when we need to rein it in. ;)
    1744 days ago
  • JEP923
    Thanks for the feedback, both of you! I think I am going to test it out once they change the setting to allow you to turn it on or off.
    1745 days ago
  • ALMOM68
    I switched to the new calorie tracking and so far I like it. It makes sense to me that I would need to eat more on days when I run 7 miles than days when I don't exercise. Giving me a new calorie range that takes my exercise into account helps keep me accountable to that new range instead of justifying myself eating over my range. Also, it helps for me that most days my exercise is in the morning and I can track it before I track my food.
    You are doing great! emoticon
    1745 days ago
    Great job on the weight! I switched to the new calorie tracking. I just have to be careful of the mindset "I can eat this much more..." I have a fairly good sense of where I need to be to maintain though, so the switch isn't going to be a big deal for me, I think.
    1745 days ago
    Congrats on your lowest adult weight! Go you!
    1746 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.

More Blogs by JEP923