Hey guys! I have a question!

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Registered: 11-09-2001
Hey guys! I have a question!
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Tue, 10-09-2012 - 8:29pm
Hi guys, it's so nice that you're still here when I have a question. Lol. In an effort to keep my weight down and perhaps even lose a few pounds, I'm trying to zigzag my calories. When I was staying at a steady 1300 or so hundred calories a day, I actually gained 2 lbs. I don't know if that was a coincidence or due to all the hormone fluctuations of menopause. Anyway, this seems to be a good idea to me, especially for someone like my who has always worked out, etc. it's hard to break the rhythm of my metabolism. So my question is this. If I am burning an extra 350 to 500 calories a day working out, should I add those calories back in to my total? So today, I'm eating 1200 plus calories but I've burned 345 working out. Should I eat 1500 or so calories to keep the balance? Because if I don't, it's like I'm eating 900 or so calories, too low, right? Thanks! :smileyhappy:)

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Registered: 10-25-2012
Fri, 10-26-2012 - 12:11am

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Registered: 11-09-2001
Fri, 10-12-2012 - 9:47pm
That's funny! I just can't stand getting hurt anymore, from overuse or just moving wrong or working out too hard. So I'm babying myself now. Lol. Oh man, scar tissue in your ankle has to hurt. Well, you're braver than me. Have a good weekend! :smileyhappy: I'll let you know what happens when I weigh myself on Monday!
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-11-2012 - 7:29pm

"How can you work out so hard? Don't you hurt yourself?"

Haha, you've missed my injuries since you've been gone. Although, they're acute and not from overworking. Realistically, I'm probably too accident prone/uncoordinated to be doing some of the things I try.  The thing about getting older is that I can work out as hard but it takes longer for recovery.  I have nursed injuries in the past few years but the main one is pain in the ankle that I fractured close to 30 years ago.  I need to go see a massage specialist to take care of the scar tissue but haven't gotten my act together for it yet.






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Thu, 10-11-2012 - 7:03pm
Yes, FSN, I have been watching my glycemic index and limiting any sweets, basically to zero! Lol! I really have to. Like I mentioned to Jean, I can eat whatever I want for a couple of week's or so but then I really need to reign everything back in. It's really HARD to eat a lot of calories when you only eat healthy calories. I was trying to eat about 1800 calories yesterday and it took quite a bit of food. If I had just eaten an ice cream sundae with a brownie, I would have made it in no time. Lol I will try to stick around. There isn't anyone to talk about this stuff with here in the outside world. :smileywink:)
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Registered: 11-09-2001
Thu, 10-11-2012 - 6:58pm
Omg, Kathy Smith! She has a couple of new workouts out, for "older" people! Haha. I love Perricone's plan. It's a good one and I take parts of that into my own diet. I'm really trying to watch my carbs, the glycemic index, really, because it does make a big difference to me. I can go a week or so eating whatever I want but then I really need to get back into that kind of eating, watching the glycemic index of my foods. I've been doing that for almost 2 weeks now, and doing that "zig zag" thing, so I'm going to weigh myself again on Monday. If I'm still the same or higher, I'm just going to forget weighing myself. Lol! It's just not worth it. If I watch my eating and my workouts, I'll be fine. Fine enough, anyway. :smileyhappy: How can you work out so hard? Don't you hurt yourself? I'm serious. I would. I change up my workouts every few weeks but can't do anymore intensity. I'll end up hurting my shoulders or knees, or something!
Community Leader
Registered: 09-25-2003
Thu, 10-11-2012 - 9:20am
I'm in the same boat as you - age wise, menopause wise, blood sugar wise, etc. The body changes, and these standard calories are only an average. As Jean mentioned re: perricone, it could be as much the calories are coming from as it is number of calories. There is no one solution that works as I am sure you know. I think that any processed food (e.g.,breads) are worse for you than the same number of calories in a leafy green. You might try swapping out the starchy carbs and see if that has an effect, keeping calorie counts the same. I have come to the conclusion, over time, that white bread just doesn't work for me, nor does pasta. I just avoid those...they turn into sugars right away, are stored as fat, and give me an insulin overload that has a negative cascading effect on my entire body and psyche. It's good to see you back. I hope you stick around and let us know what works/doesn't work.
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Registered: 04-05-2002
Thu, 10-11-2012 - 7:24am

It's great seeing you here, too!  I know what you mean because I go through the same thing.  I have an upper limit I don't get past and I've been getting close to it.  Sadly, it's just part of menopause/perimenopause.  Have you thought of changing up activities?  I've been doing aerial silks and parkour.  I think it's good for us to shake up our bodies. The movements are so foreign that I feel like I'm working really hard, though I'm sure as I get used to it, it won't.  Are you a low carber? I don't normally recommend it but I do think it works for some peope, especially ones who have insulin type problems.  I know I lose weight immediately when I do Perricone (it's not even a weight loss diet).  When I need a jump start, I do that for three days and then hop into Kathy Smith's plan (blast from the past) of 4 meals, 2 that are protein/vegetables, 2 that are protein, vegetables, starch.  I think they're both healthy plans.  I've been reading more about nutrigenomics which is how we're all different on what will work for us or not. I think we all knew that, though!






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Wed, 10-10-2012 - 9:47pm
Well, the thing is, if I go up 5 lbs now, then in a few months or whenever, it's another 5, then another 5. I don't know if it's a combination of the time of life, thyroid stuff and the insulin resistance but if I don't keep things under control, I'll be put of shape and overweight in the blink of an eye. So I guess it's more of a maintainence thing rather than a "I have to look better than I've ever looked in my life" thing. The Zumba cardio DVDs are really challenging in the latest set. The weights, not so much but I can't do what I used to do with weights. It hurts my joints too much so I stay with light weights, high reps on upper body stuff, just to keep myself from getting jiggly all over. Lol! And it works for me. If you saw me, you'd say I looked great. And I do look great! :smileywink: that's kind of my point. I'm not freaking out over trying to lose weight or anything, I just want to make sure I stay in shape, lose a few pounds when I need to, challenge myself when I can. That's all. The calorie thing, it kind of makes sense to me. I'm 56. I've been working out regularly since I was 15. I'm not athletic or anything. I didnt play any sports but I've always worked out, cardio and weights, being active etc. and I bet I've always weighted more or less the same thing all my life although I probably never weighed myself at all in my 30's and most of 40's. And even with the thyroid thing and the insulin resistance, I take medication for it so maybe it's close to a level playing field with someone who doesn't have those things. So it makes sense to me that my metabolism just hums along no matter what I do, because everything I do is always within the same range. And really, at this point in my life, I'm not going to be making any big changes in my physical activities. So if it shakes my body up a bit to eat, say 1300 calories for 3 days, then 1500 the next, then 1800 the next, then back to 1300, it makes sense. It has to work a little harder to burn those extra calories. I appreciate being able to talk to you about it! Who else am I going to talk to?! Lol! I'm glad you're still here.
Community Leader
Registered: 04-05-2002
Wed, 10-10-2012 - 8:27pm

The details are always helpful. I'm honestly doubtful about the zigzagging calories, though I know people who've done it. I think it's more of a lifestyle tning for some people--they can be strict some of the time but not all of the time.  My biggest question would be, do you need to lose those 5 lbs. You are so disciplined and good about controlling what you eat but is it worth it?  I loved Nora Ephron's book, "My Neck and Other Things I'm Sorry about."  In it, she talked about how she allowed herself to go up a size or two as she got older and how nice it was.She was still healthy.

Anyway, enough proselytizing... I would not add the calories from working out. Theoretically, you need to burn about 500 calories more a day to lose weight.  Can you take up the workout?  Zumba is fun but not really enough, at least for me, to maintain the weight I want.  It's a rest day workout.  Strength training and HIIT is what really burns calories.  Sorry, I'm giving you all sorts of advice but probably not addressing your concerns.  Personally, I think I could be 5 lbs lighter but that's my ideal weight and I'm not willing to be 100% to be there,as long as I feel good and am healthy at my current weight.  I enjoy my treats too much.






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Wed, 10-10-2012 - 4:39pm
I'll reply to both of you here. I tried to write an abbreviated version of events so I could get my question out there but ....apparently, that just raised more questions! :smileyhappy: I have been menopausal for almost two years. After not having a period for a year and a half, I got it again twice over the summer. Up to that point, I looked great, felt great, everything was going well eating and exercise-wise. But that threw me back into the cycle of bloating and cravings that took forever to get through. So I started keeping track of my calories again and writing my food and exercise down in mynetdiary.com. I really like that app. Both my husband and I use it. I put in for a weight loss of about 5 pounds, the proverbial 5 lbs! I got my target calories for that, which was about 1500 a day. After a few weeks, I hadn't lost a pound. I started exploring changes in weight loss and metabolism, etc and came across an excellent article in Muscle & Fitness about when to eat, what to eat, etc. everything we all know but it was in a good, concise format. So I changed up some of my food, stopped eating 3 hours before bedtime, and got on the scale after a week and found I had gained 2 lbs! It was probably just a coincidence but still .... So I thought maybe I was eating too many calories for my age. Maybe at 56 I should eat fewer calories than at 46. I found a great site and the difference was about 100 calories a day. On that site, they talked about breaking plateaus, etc, and I saw the article on zig zagging calories. It's the same amount of calories over the course of the week, just broken up into mostly average days with 2 higher days in there. I started that this week and lost the 2 pounds. Coincidence? I have no idea! Lol. My BMR is around 1580. I had it tested when those first came out and I'm sure it's about the same. If anything, maybe it's off 100 calories due to aging but I don't know, I am still extremely active throughout the day. I work outside, wash my own car, walk the dog a couple of times, sometimes more, clean the house, do projects around the house, etc. On top of that, I work out 5 to 6 days a week, alternating an hour of Zumba, Zumba with weights, and a sort of Pilates workout with weights. My diet has been very clean the last 6 weeks or so. My weak spot is sweets but I haven't even been eating those the last few weeks. I have stuff in the house right now and I'm not even interested in eating it! So with all that said, it struck me that if I'm going to have days that average about 1200 to 1300 calories and 2 days that go between 1500 and 1800, should I be adding those workout caloires burned in on the high calorie days. If I don't, doesn't it just make it all low, then lower calorie days, defeating the whole purpose? The calories burned are estimates, I guess, on the site but they seem fairly reasonable. Some Zumba is about 350 calories and some is up to about 500 calories for an hour. Walking the dog is like 120 or so. Nothing that really jumps out as extreme. See, all this is what I was trying to save you from!!

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