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The More You Burn, the More You Can Eat!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Yesterday I reset my nutrition tracker to be responsive on a daily basis, rather than weekly, to my exercise. This morning, after a 35 minute elliptical workout at the Y, it says "You have burned 251 calories today. The more you burn, the more you can eat."

I didn't know it is possible to earn more food with activity on a daily basis on SP. That feature of Weight Watcher tracking was a large part of the reason I switch back to WW tracking from time to time. At our last local SparkPeople team dinner Cyndi and Jane were talking about this SP option. (It is the default now on SP, but an option for those who aren't new.) When I finally saw the option here (Start Menu, Account Preferences), I jumped, even though it warned me that you can't go back. I think it will be really helpful to me on long run days. Tomorrow I'll be running 13 miles, the route of my upcoming half marathon on Nov 9th. I often had trouble sticking to my calorie range on long run day,s and I'd even been told I probably should not stick to my calorie range on such days, but always felt like I was cheating when I went over. So this should help me.

Because of my fall, I got put back to the slowest time improvement Galloway group. It will take us over 3 hours I'm sure tomorrow, starting at 5:30am. I probably will be frustrated with the slow speed, but I'll get in the miles and build back my confidence. I'm proud to report that I've had 6 days of amazing healing. I heal just as fast as my grandkids do. Neat! Left hand is still a bit sore and you could look and find other remnants of the fall, but most people wouldn't even notice now.

I wonder how I will do on the reduced calories on my rest days. May be just fine. Time will tell. If it's a problem I'll come up with a strategy.

Which option are you using? How do you like it? If you've used both, how do they compare?? Wishing you healthy, happy days!
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    If I can switch back to the old system I'm going to. The new system has my calorie count way too high for my age, small frame and slower metabolism. I even adjusted it down to a sedentary person , I can see it being helpful for runners though.
    1663 days ago
  • BLUESKY_321
    I switched to the responsive tracker about 6 weeks ago and am very happy with it. I have found that I don't always eat that much more on long run days, but often substantially more the following day. To compensate for my body's sometimes delayed refueling, I allow the extra calories to float to the following day if necessary. It has stopped the guilt and defeat that I often experienced when I over ate after a particularly hard training - even though I knew my body "needed" it, it put me over my goals.
    So glad to hear that you are healing well! Running 12 miles at any speed is impressive! emoticon
    1663 days ago
    I use a shorthand pencil and paper option and it's worked great for years. Smiles.
    1664 days ago
  • OWL_20
    I have an option to switch between the two type of calorie trackers, so if the thing doesn't work out I can always switch back. SP did say when it first came out that if you switched to the new tracker you could not switch back, but they fixed that (I 'm guessing that people complained?). Anyway, you don't need to make another account to experience it, just go into your account settings and the option is there. If you find it doesn't work out you can switch back.

    I'm on the new tracker and a little leery since my counts for daily calories zoom up for my activity needs. I kind of aim for a middle ground.
    1664 days ago
    Glad to hear you are recuping well..

    thanks for Heads Up on the fitness option, I tried to change mine last week, but I get frustrated and give up on things technical... must have another look.

    1664 days ago
    That is great and fall is beautiful time too. Wish we get it more here in Florida
    1664 days ago
    I'm so glad that you found that adjustment! CRITICAL for a distance runner!

    Munch out and restore those muscle fibers and glycogen stores!

    1664 days ago
    So glad you're closed to completely healed. Starting back slower makes good sense and it won't be for long.

    I'm still on the "old" nutrition tracker -- don't burn nearly as many calories as you do: but have to say, when I have a day basically sitting in court (today) I do eat less pretty much instinctively. I'm just not as hungry when I'm burning fewer calories most of the time . . .
    1664 days ago
    I tried what SP recommended...the calorie range was too high. It didn't work for me. Sometimes, I would stick to the recommended goal for the day and at the end of the day it would say I went over. I started tracking using another app that recommended less but still gives me more room to eat more on days I workout more. I like it. emoticon
    1664 days ago
    I am using the original option and am not sure if I
    want to switch or not. I may have to check it out again.
    1664 days ago
    I haven't tried the new option, but my brother MOBYCARP did. He blogged about his experience here:

    vidual.asp?blog_id=5417165 (sorry, can't make a link live in a comment)...

    The short summary: he tried it in a new account he created for the purpose, then decided it wasn't for him, and dropped the new account.

    I rather suspect that for you and I, the results might be better than for a 6 foot tall dude who underestimates his activity. So are you planning on creating a new account to give it a try? I'll be more interested in hearing how it works for you because you and I are closer "types" in body size and activity levels.

    1664 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    Makes sense to eat more on the days you expend more.
    1664 days ago
    I'm going to check this option out....thanks for sharing your experience!
    1664 days ago
    I agree. If you exercise more you should eat more.
    1664 days ago
  • _LINDA
    I switched immediately to the new tracking system. With my roller coaster health problems flaring all over the place, its the perfect thing for me. On the day I was able to do three fitness classes, my range shot up to 2600, but on the day my elbow was in screaming pain, I could not do anything except walk and it was down to 1500 max. Unfortunately, I am once again in standby mode as the elbow is bad again :(
    So glad to hear you are healing well! Its no doubt all the healthy lifestyle choices you have made..
    That is a shame you had to go back to the slower group, don't know why if you suffered no injury..
    Enjoy your run tomorrow!
    1664 days ago
    Thats really hard for me, my lowest on SP is like 1600
    after today they have my base over 2000/to 2400
    I am afraid to eat that much
    Mine is just a 3 miles walk and Yoga class, not a run.
    its very confusing to me.
    WW has a Point system for Exercise, same principal,
    more exercise More Points I can have in a day.
    my WW pts is 26 and I ate 33 yesterday, so that makes up for working out that day.
    1664 days ago
    I do the same thing, eat a little more on long run days. I hear my body screaming for food, and I think I can tell the difference between craving and hunger. Also when I'm eating on the *more* side, I make sure to eat good foods.
    I'm swimming now, too, and the program I am on also says to swim as slowly as I need to, as lone as I complete the distances required, before resting - as Galloway instructs.
    1664 days ago
    I eat more on long run days, less on rest days. Most trackers give you a range; I ate at the top on hard days, more towards the low end on easy days. At least that what I did when I was tracking every day. I did that by adding a recovery meal rather than changing my basic breakfast, lunch, dinner. I also honor my hunger. If I am hungry, I eat something nutritious. I don't wait until an "official" eating time.

    I stayed with the old tracker because I manually enter my macro and micro nutrient ranges. I don't want SP changing them. They are always too low for me. They assume everyone is trying to lose weight, or so it seems. I found other sources that enabled me to calculate better ranges for my particular needs.
    1664 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/27/2013 4:13:51 PM
    Jeff says you CANNOT do the long run too slowly.....don't worry about the speed....just enjoy yourself.
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