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Okay, so I'm trying to get on track and do it right.<br><br>
Now, last year I had my metabolism tested. I'm about the same size now as then, so I'm sure it's in the same general arena.<br><br>
It came up 1685 Calories a day/RMR. (Perfectly normal)<br><br>
Now, I just need to guess how much I burn lifestyle (A good amount of sitting, but not exclusively. I'm walking around a lot too.) and exercise.... My estimate on the metabolism sheet says probably 504 Calories a day in lifestyle, but that seems high to me... ??<br><br>
So I can figure out how many Calories I should be eating.<br><br>
My attempts in the past at going low Cal have not ended well (which might be because it says on my metabolism printout that I was in the "medically supervised zone" and I sure as h3ll didn't have medical supervision.)<br><br>
I have 20 lb of fat to lose.<br><br>
Any comments, opinions, sage advice?
 

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then weight watchers would be perfect for you! you could track your points and activity points. It will keep you from your pitfalls of starving yourself.
 

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i thought about doing WW but according to my current weight, i was only allowed 20pts/day. i know that veggies are free and the point is to get me to eat more veggies, but i would get bored with that SO fast. and i watched matts mom do WW for years and while she was happy with the weight loss, she always seemed fairly miserable when meal time came since she had to watch her points. i also am aware of the activity points, but i really dont think that i would do well on WW.<br><br>
maybe i just need to try harder...i know lots of people who were successful on WW...somehow, i just dont think thats the plan for me.
 

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I did WW for a long time and really enjoyed it. I never really felt deprived or hungry. I ate a lot of vegetables <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> But i also ate a lot of other things too.
 

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I lost a lot of weight on WW. But I've really struggled with it since I started running. I can't seem to find the balance between activity and eating with WW now that I'm active.
 

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I never liked WW......I always thought it made me more obsessed with food since you had to count points and log everything and stuff. I did well on South Beach but I think that would be harder to do if you are vegetarian. Make sure you are getting enough calories, Heather, if you aren't that will stall your metabolism also.
 

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QN: I know you spend a lot of time working out, but do you do it all at a comfortable pace or do you do any speed work? Speed work can really burn the cals compared to just general running. Plus it has the side benefit of making you faster. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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I do a nice mixup of speed and comfortable pace.<br><br>
Not too much speed because 1) I'm just recovering from stress fracture 2) too much intensity work is what gave me the stress fracture to begin with. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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a lot of things can cause a stress fracture. I had one in 2000 and i think it was from poor diet (not very nutritious, poor student diet) and being overweight. I take a calcium supplement and eat a very well rounded diet and do not eat too little. Not eating enough will surely cause issues with your bones and lead to a stress fracture. This is why i think you need a structured plan, because according to you, you have issues eating enough calories.
 

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I second what Meri says about stress fractures being caused by other things. Overtraining in general can cause stress fractures, which was my case last November. Probably didn't help that I was carrying some extra weight and wasn't eating enough of all the things I should be. My Orthopod actually suggested that I put some speedwork into my plan, to break-up all the long runs I do while training for Ultras. He alos suggested taking a day off every Three days, instead of working out 6 days in a row, to help with microfracture recovery brought on by the everyday running/weightlifting stress.<br><br>
As for the original question, I find that by eating on somewhat of a structured plan has helped me. I think WW is a great idea and I have heard nothing by good things about it. You could always keep track of your calories seperate from the points.
 

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I record all my food-- in a program that tracks my nutrition. My calcium (and other stuff) is great. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
I think it was th speed work because I was regularly doing 40-50 miles a week, felt fine, then added speed work and reduced mileage-- soon after, Ouch.
 
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