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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I'm just not feeling limiting my food right now. It's not even like I'm eating unhealthily, it's just lately I'm telling myself I'd rather not be hungry and having to resist food that I want to eat. Especially after losing 55 lbs from when I started, I feel like I'm frustrated with having to keep up with my strict meal plans and lately I've been feeling like maintaining it would be okay if I could eat more. But I still want to lose weight.

So today I was working out for 70 minutes and it didn't seem to bad and I was shocked at the amount of calories it burns to be on a 5% incline at 3mph for 60 mins (with a 5 minute 3mph no incline warmup and cool down and stretching after, it burns about 581 calories for me). And I was like, what if I just did this more?

If I get more serious about working out, I can definitely eat a little more. I set my goal a little lower than what I'm planning to do, but I think I could realistically burn at least 2500 calories a week. Before I was aiming for 1400, especially when I was feeling depressed.

Working out to me seems much easier to do right now than managing my food, but I definitely am not planning on totally slacking with that. And I have managed my food well before, so it's not like I don't know if I'd ever be capable of doing it. It's just, with my birthday and the holidays and cold weather coming up, I'm going to do much better I think with this plan.

Exercise also helps me with my moods, especially if I'm in a good enough mood that I don't have to give myself the extra push to exercise. I know I'll have to give myself an extra push probably a lot, but now that I have a plan and know I can eat a little more and still lose weight, that provides me with more motivation to actually do it.

PS: I'm also considering switching my sparkpeople account to be the new way of calculating things that they released after I had signed up, but I'm afraid to use it because what if it doesn't work as well? Or I'm not as successful with it? Is anyone here familiar with switching from the old sparkpeople tracker for fitness and food to the new one? Definitely let me know what you think if you've made the switch.
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    In addition to increasing your cardio, look into strength training! The calorie burn isn't huge during the workout but it boosts your metabolism in the long run and more muscle burns more fat. I've had good success since my personal trainer switched my focus to strength training [plus, I FEEL stronger and more accomplished].
    1651 days ago
    I made the switch to the new tracker, it's great in terms of making me exercise more. As soon as i input my exercise it adjusts the calories I can eat for that day. For me it's a great incentive to work out, even if I don't feel like doing a big workout, it makes me do something...which in turn quite often leads me to do a big workout...

    I also agree with the comments about maintainance. Giving yourself a little break and keeping things even for a while might be just what you need. So many people have said that maintainance is the tricky part, so why not give it a go?
    1651 days ago
    it's good to take a break and go into 'maintenance mode' every once in a while. It will help you when you have reached your goal, AND give you a break from being so strict.

    it's also good to keep your body guessing - change it up and you're not as likely to have those frustrating, long lasting plateaus

    I haven't made the switch to the new tracker yet either. When it first came out, you couldn't change back if you didn't like it - I think I read that they had fixed that so you CAN go back to the old way.
    1651 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    lately it seems no matter how much i try to limit my food intake, i just cant stay under my calories.
    but unlike you, i havent had much exercise to burn off the calories the last week.
    i am hoping to catch up on it this weekend.
    but, i know what you mean, i have lost 57 lbs, and its just so hard to stay in that calorie range all the time.
    my problem is, i either have to get my motivation back to work out and burn those extra calories or stop eating them.
    im thinking your way sounds better.
    good luck. emoticon
    1651 days ago
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