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  • Eat fewer calories than your BMR (basal metabolic rate), there are online calculators. Go outside for a 5km (3 miles) walk every day.
  • 1300 isn't a target for me it's just the number I usually end up at after eating 3 meals. I try not to eat back my calories, if the goal is to lose weight, what's the point. I usually run in the evening after my kids have gone to bed but I'm wondering if the time I'm exercising is reducing its effectiveness.
  • This time around I've been running for about 5 weeks now. I have been scrupulous about logging calories and that's the reason why there are a few days when I'm slightly over the 1500 calorie goal that MFP sets. Those rare occasions are the days when we eat out as a family or enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. I'm…
  • MFP set me a limit of 1500 calories per day and obviously you need to eat more than 1200 to complete your diary. I am logging everything exactly for breakfast and lunch. Dinner is a meal cooked for 2 adults and 2 small children and I log half of the total ingredients, so I'm probably slightly overestimating the calories…
  • I'm starting over again too. I'm trying to lose 50lb in 5 months. This app was super successful for me a few years ago and I want to get back to who I was back then.
  • I'm also returning after my partner had our second baby. My problem was hitting the sugary treats for a boost when I wasn't getting enough sleep. For me the best way to stay motivated is to "do the math". Use a BMR calculator online to find your Basal Metabolic Rate (that's a rough estimate of how many calories your body…
  • Getting out for a walk, no matter what the pace will improve your fitness. I started that way about a year ago. It was tough to fit it into my lunchtimes but made all the difference over a 6 month period.
  • Thanks for the words of encouragement. Got my running shoes today and going to start c25k on New year's Day.
  • I'm planning to start running in the new year. Going to buy shoes tomorrow and I've downloaded the c25k app. I'm an absolute beginner but after losing weight last year I want to improve my general fitness this year. There's a local 10k in August I was thinking of entering to motivate me to stick with it, is it realistic to…
  • I moved into maintenance a month ago and didn't want to fall back into bad habits. So I decided to keep eating the same foods as I was when losing weight but just eat more of it at each meal. That way I'm still eating healthily but also able to increase my calories gradually. I went from losing 10lbs per month to only…
  • I've been on maintenance for about 3 weeks now and I've been eating about 300 calories more a day. Mostly just eating bigger portions of the foods I was eating before.
  • My diary is open. Just finished weight loss, now on maintenance.
  • To begin I plan to just increase the portion sizes of the healthy foods I eat already and increasing the proportion of protein in my diet.
  • Managed to do 20 proper push-ups for the first time since I was a teenager tonight.
  • Had to buy a new suit yesterday and felt great when the salesman brought out 34 inch waisted trousers. I had a 40 inch waist when I started MFP back in February.
  • Thanks everyone. I really appreciate the advice.
  • Thanks that's what I was wanting to know.
  • The short answer is yes. I've been on MFP for 135 days now and walking has been my main form of exercise to back up my calorie monitoring. I usually walk 3 - 5 km per day (when I can) just by getting out of my workplace during my lunch break. I don't eat back the calories I burn and use the runtastic app to log my walks.…
  • Thanks for the replies. Am I overthinking this? Maybe obsessing a bit? Probably.
  • I've started using the UA results app for this very reason. Just like you, I find it hard to get the time to go to the gym because of my 2 year old. I have noticed an improvement by just doing push ups, tricep dips, sit ups, leg raises and planks.
  • Getting into 34 inch waist jeans for the first time in 20 years.
  • Great job. I'm about 11 lbs away from a healthy bmi and your spot on about people always banging on about bmi not being accurate for athletes and body builders. The thing that I always want to point out to them is I'm not an athlete or a body builder (and neither are they) so why bring it up?
  • Been on MFP for 117 days now. SW 16st 7lb CW 12st 11lb GW 12st
  • Thanks for the advice so far. I recently read on one of the blogs that you shouldn't go too hard and build in recovery time so that your body and your ability to lose weight actually benefit from the exercise. The only problem was it didn't mention how hard was too hard or how much recovery time you might need for varying…
  • I've lost 50 lbs in the last 15 weeks just counting calories and walking when I can instead of using the car.