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  • What I've done in the past was use MapMyWalk (or something else similar that you are used to) to best estimate the distance I've walked/jogged/run; use a watch to measure the time and use whichever heart rate monitor/calorie burned fitness device to determine calories burned. In the cardio section of MFP's exercise, I…
  • Your calorie intake doesn't truly change until you stop the weight-loss portion of your plan and move into the maintenance phase. You are meant to eat back the calories you exercised because you are already creating a calorie deficit before you add exercise to the equation. It seems, with this weight loss since January,…
  • With utmost respect, I wouldn't trust the Fitbit in this instance. I took my daughters to Disney last spring break and will again this spring break. SOOOOO many of my steps were waiting in line.... not actually a calorie-burning activity. Your average pace was probably far less than 2.0 mph, meaning your body did "work",…
  • Three ounces?!?!?!? You're complaining about three ounces!?!??! In two days?!?!? Do you think you might have three ounces more of water in you in two days? Do you think that your soreness has caused some inflammation and, thus, you have three ounces more of fluid trying to heal the inflammation in your screaming legs? I…
  • I find that I can stomach a protein shake, but made with just water and protein powder, while I exercise. It's enough to keep calories dribbling in, without making me feel sleepy from digesting. I don't prefer to eat bars while exercising (I mostly walk/jog/run.).
  • A huge round of applause for what you have accomplished. I ask you to not lose sight of that when you become frustrated with your next goal(s). I agree with the above posters about weighing your food and actually tracking calories. Plateaus can be frustrating -- I've been there. First, I suggest you take a measuring tape…
  • Your HRM, assuming that is not only incorporates the personal information of you (gender, height, weight, age...), but also constantly monitors your heart rate during your entire exercise period, likely has the best calculation of the two options. All cardio machines are programmed for an average person of some certain…
  • 48, no hysterectomy, but learning to live with hot flashes, mood swings and a changing metabolism that doesn't act/react as it once used to, requiring me to unpuzzle my body all over again. I log daily and have for the past 4 plus years. Initial weight loss was much easier than maintenance when peri-menopause arrived. All…
  • I have a Charge HR and am happy with it, too. None are truly perfect -- it gives me steps I didn't take and misses some steps I have taken.... ALL HRM give an estimate (as is weighing your food). So, in the world of best estimates, this one works well for me.
    in Fitbit Comment by olong July 2016
  • My first suggestion (you haven't mentioned whether you have sought advice elsewhere) is to talk with your doctor and to talk with a personal trainer. Both have the expertise which may start you off better than strangers not knowing your personal health history. Beyond that, at first glance and knowing what worked for me, I…
  • I do. Please know, though, that no device is perfect. I settled on this version because of the constant heart rate monitoring and constant calories burned calculations. Plus, it is soooo much more comfortable to wear than a HRM with chest strap. Feel free to PM me or friend me if you have more questions.
  • I am 48... am in year 5 and have a dickens of a time learning how to "maintain"... I've creeped up and am working on "creeping" back down. Please add me!!!
  • 162 lbs
  • Good Mornin' everyone. I am in year Five. For me, maintenance is more difficult than the initial weight loss -- my weight has crept up about 7 pounds in the past 8 or so months. I'm using this challenge to "get back" to basics!!!
    in Introductions~ Comment by olong May 2016
  • Most definitely what I need. I've become lax and need to get back to it!!!!
  • You're asking for advice, but it is up to you. Honestly? Just get up on that scale! Knowledge is power. If you would find it helpful weigh everyday, then just do it (thank you Nike). Remember that our weight fluctuates many times in a day, so, if you're going to go this route, keep weighing everyday for, say, a month or…
  • It's great you and your hubby are in this together; that makes it truly helpful to have a buddy going through this with you, on the good days as well as the tougher ones! This is a long road, even after you meet your goal. I, for one, am having a challenge with maintenance!
  • This, too! Women, particularly runners, with developed hams, too.
  • I can appreciate a firm looking butt -- a man's or a woman's -- assuming their clothing allows. I am more drawn to appreciate shoulders and arms -- both men's and women's. IMHO defined, toned shoulders and arms are amazing. But butts are good, too!
  • I'm learning how to maintain right now. When I was in weight loss mode, I would take a tape measure to myself the first week of every month. There were times the scale didn't move for a weeks but up and down the same two pounds. My measurements, though, were noticeably decreasing! Even if you haven't been measuring until…
  • Awesome list of don'ts. I cannot think of a don't that isn't already listed.
  • I started running by walking. Then, I would set up little goals.... run to X spot or Y minutes, then walk, then repeat. Eventually, my goals became farther/longer. Soon, I found I could sustain a run, though my pace was a 13.5 minute mile, which eventually became an 11 minute mile, which remains my most comfortable pace,…
  • Yes. This discrepancy happens on the treadmill, too. Think about it. Your warm-up and cool-down strides are shorter than your full-out strides. Your uphill strides and your downhill strides also vary. Your Fitbit settings, though, do not distinguish between these strides, but apply one of two stride-lengths to each step…
    in Fit Bit Q Comment by olong February 2016
  • With all due respect, and knowing that you are asking out of curiosity, don't worry about the next person. Gauge yourself first on what feels challenging while letting you go as far as you plan, then challenge yourself on another day. Own your accomplishment as your own, without regard to how it matches against another's…
  • I think I'm going to give this a shot. I'm on day 1500 today. I lost 35 pounds in my first 5-6 months (I lost a bit more, but couldn't maintain 143 pounds for my 47 yo 5'8" body, so, chose 150-152 lbs as my maintenance goal). I've creeped up and am trying to re-lose 7 pounds. It's tougher, in my mind, to maintain a weight…
  • How much are you leaving behind? 100 or 500? Do you exercise on the weekends? Look at your diary over an entire week -- are you still leaving much behind when you combine 7 days of exercise and eating? I do not exercise everyday, usually 3-4 days a week, 5 on a very good week, and when I roughly tally up my calories on the…
  • Great job! Congratulations on your success!!!
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