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Changing Systems

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Since I began triathlon training, I've been using another app for training and to track exercise. That was a pretty easy move because in the past, I used excel spreadsheet calendars to create training plans and track exercise, so the app is much easier. However, once I did that, I missed being able to easily compare calories consumed vs. calories burned, and Spark doesn't sync with this app. So I decided to use a different app that syncs with my training app to track calories as well. And that, my friends, was a tough move. Not so much because of the mechanics of the data entry - the interface is different but the basics are the same. No, it was difficult because I've been logging in almost daily on and off for more than 7 years, and was afraid I would stop logging in regularly and would miss the support of the community. And I didn't want to do that- you all are a huge source of encouragement and ideas for me!  After almost a week, I am feeling more comfortable with this change. I've logged in every day and I feel like I'm staying in touch. I know what everyone is up to (after I found my friend feed on the new design) and I've heard from my Sparkling friends about what's happening in their lives, and sharing my thoughts. For me, you all are the most irreplaceable part of the Spark experience and I thank you for being here!  At this point, my tri training is going really well, but my weight loss is trailing behind. I've lost 7 pounds in 5 months, and I would like to speed it up. So maybe some system change is in order there, too. I've been playing with the idea of trying to reduce fat in my diet, upping the percentage of carbs and protein. I've always been very resistant to the idea that fat is automatically bad, at least in part  I have family member who is rabidly and, I think, irrationally anti-fat. But maybe I need to do some reading and possibly think about making some changes to my consumption. I have a good book about endurance training and looking forward to the chapter on nutrition.  I've also gained additional and specific motivation to lose weight from reading about endurance training. Estimates are that every additional pound  a person carries adds two seconds per mile to pace. So, if I lose a total of 25 pounds (my goal), that's 50 seconds per mile I could drop my pace, and approximately 150 seconds - 2.5 minutes - from a 5k race. So, from my current pace of 12:10 mile (I am not fast!), I could conceivably bring it down to a 9:40 mile. Which would be a PR for me, given that my current PR from about 6 years ago is 29:45. Now THAT is motivating for me!  So, wishing everyone good health and strong motivation to achieve your goals today and every day!   
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    I can relate to using other apps and the fear of leaving this site, but emoticon for the same reason you do - the community. I no longer use the nutrition or exercise tracker here (replaced with MyFitnessPal and Apple watch), but still stay in touch with Spark friends.
    Re: your low-fat diet - have you considered a Mediterranean style approach? I actually am consuming more fat than I ever did before, but in the form of nuts, avocados, EVVO, etc. I'm also maintaining as opposed to losing weight, but love how much better my skin looks and I feel.
    Good luck with whatever you try and emoticon
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    Good luck!
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