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3/5/10 12:13 P

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Thanks for all the help! I think I'll do like someone mentioned, and et a little higher on my calorie range the days I have a hard workout, and a little lower on the days I don't.

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3/4/10 2:33 P

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I had the same problem....I ended up manually changing it as others suggested, but it really didn't change my calorie range very much if at all. On the days I work out harder, I might eat closer to the upper range, while on more sedentary days, I stay closer to the bottom of the range. I had to manually change it recently because of foot surgery as I could only do LIMITED exercise and had to stay off of the foot for two whole weeks, and limit activity for a week after that. I am getting back to normal now finally...hoping to get the green light from the doc to start running in a few weeks.



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3/4/10 2:23 P

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ikwym! I prefer to set goals and exceed them than risk falling short. It's a mind game I play with myself, and I fall for it every time! :p

That being said, I do want my program to be accurate so I set the number of calories I plan to expend in a week and pay closer attention to that than to the minutes I do. I get that number by looking back at my 'ideal' week - and then I round it up juuuuuust a little, to keep myself motivated.

Also, if I do find I'm going over for more than a week or two, I bump up my planned minutes. Like Nancy said, food is fuel - you need to feed the machine! Frankly, it hasn't ever made that big a difference. 50 calories, give or take. Not a huge deal!

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3/4/10 2:18 P

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WOW!! 40 minutes 5x a week...you must be SuperWoman! LOL

I kinda know what you're talking about though. I started out small, I think I set it at 30 min 4x/wk but I found that I have been pushing myself to do at least 45-60 or more minutes each time I do my cardio stuff. I'm a bit hesitant about resetting my time because I don't want to be overzealous and then find myself unable to meet my minimum.

Well, maybe you should just keep it as is. The only drawback to that is then if you're excercising more than you calorie needs are for your original setting, then you'll get that little red message at the bottom of your logged in time. I've had it happen a few times.

Let me know what you decide...I'm in a very similar boat.

Keep up the great work though!!!!!
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3/4/10 12:08 P

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I had the same problem last month. I just decided to up the minutes. If you don't, you're not eating enough calories anyway! I figure if I miss a day, I will drop the amount I eat for a couple of days! I TOTALLY understand your frustration...I was wavering too!

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3/4/10 11:59 A

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Just,

If you are consistently expending more calories than the My Goals section on your start page has set for you, you will want to go in and manually change that number to reflect a more accurate expenditure.

The reason, your calorie range may increase and since food is fuel for the body, you want to make sure you are getting in the amount your body requires in order to keep your energy levels high as well as your running performance.

HAPPY SPARK RUNNING!
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3/4/10 11:47 A

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I told my fitness thing that I would do 40 minutes five times a week. The problem is, I usually end up doing more than that in a week. I don't want to tell it I'll do more, becaue I don't want to feel like I have to work out for 2 hours if I miss a day. What do you all do?

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