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AMANDA.RENEE's Photo AMANDA.RENEE Posts: 119
1/6/09 11:45 A

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Hey guys! Thanks for all the advice. It seems like I've got it worked out now.

Mini Goals & Rewards:

5lbs lost: Dye my hair
10lbs lost: 1 hr massage
15lbs lost: New swimsuit
20lbs: New cocktail dress


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1/6/09 11:42 A

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Realize that starting a work out routine will initially increase muscle mass and, therefore, could increase your weight--in the first few weeks. So, replacing fat with muscle will actually make you gain weight initially. BUT after the initial gain, you will lose and will have the added benefit of more muscle mass which will, in turn, burn more calories--even when you aren't exercising! Just be sure to stay within your calorie range--even if you eat just 100 calories extra a day, that means 700 per week and that could negate any weight loss you might have had.

Karen

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1/3/09 9:01 A

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I entered my own calorie and carb goals based on my Dr.s recommendations and have gotten good results. If I were to use the goals Spark set for me I would not be losing any weight and my blood sugars would not be under control. I basically use this program as a visual motivation tool.

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12/9/08 8:49 A

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I was gonna save you a piece...but I ate it.


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AMANDA.RENEE's Photo AMANDA.RENEE Posts: 119
12/8/08 6:02 P

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Thanks for the help guys. Kashmir, that's a really great idea. I think I'm going to start plugging in my incidental walks to work and such and just kind of assume that standing all day won't burn too many more calories than sitting all day would.

Jour01, I definitely try to!! I've been working out regularly for years because of ADD issues, but I've still been gaining weight because I'm an emotional & impulsive eater. So when I kicked it up after joining the site, I didn't realize how much more I was burning than the site thought I was. And thankfully I have been using the measuring tape and there have been results in that area.

Mini Goals & Rewards:

5lbs lost: Dye my hair
10lbs lost: 1 hr massage
15lbs lost: New swimsuit
20lbs: New cocktail dress


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12/8/08 5:26 P

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Sounds like you have some pretty awesome workouts. Did you take any tape measurements in the beginning? You could have replaced fat with muscle. emoticon

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12/8/08 3:24 P

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Amanda Renee, When you go to your start page, what does it show for Calories Burned per week under your Goals? Bump it up to what you think should be a more realistic burn for you for a week and it should recalculate your calorie range for you nutrition.

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12/8/08 1:08 P

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I really do not know the answer to that one. Except for to maybe take the calories that you used to eat and cut it in half. That is the only advice that I could give to you at this point and time.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/caloie_
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lculation101.asp


I fixed the link to make it easier to get to.

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Blessings come from sharing HAPPINESS.

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AMANDA.RENEE's Photo AMANDA.RENEE Posts: 119
12/8/08 12:25 P

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So, I've been working out consistently for three weeks now (4 days/wk, 60-90 min/session), staying at least close to my calorie goals, and I'm at the exact same weight that I started at.

I found the article describing how SparkPeople calculates the calories a person needs and stumbled on what I think could be a problem for me. When calculating the number of calories needed in a day, SP assumes that I live a mostly sedentary lifestyle.

My job keeps me on my feet for 8 hours/day, approximately 32 hours/wk. I walk roughly 30-40 minutes/workday getting to my job and back. Does that still count as sedentary? If not, how can I recalculate my calorie needs? I don't have the money for an HRM, much less a bodybugg, and I'm worried I've thrown myself into famine mode.

ETA: In case anyone else is interested, here's the article I'm talking about: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calori
e_calculation101.asp

Edited by: AMANDA.RENEE at: 12/8/2008 (12:32)
Mini Goals & Rewards:

5lbs lost: Dye my hair
10lbs lost: 1 hr massage
15lbs lost: New swimsuit
20lbs: New cocktail dress


 current weight: 142.0 
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