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4/28/14 1:22 A

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I just track my physical activity. The rest is daily living. emoticon

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4/27/14 5:44 P

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I don't track the activities that are required for my work. (I run a single-point welding machine, but due to medical restrictions from a back injury, I do this sitting down. However it does include quite a bit of upper body movement).

I do, however, track the walking that I do going to and from my work area. From the parking lot to my machine (and back at the end of the day) is about a half mile, and I make this walk at a brisk pace (as I am usually running a little behind schedule in the mornings, and can't wait to get the heck out of there in the evenings lol).

If I was still doing one of my pre-injury jobs, I think I would think about tracking it. It was a significant amount of steps for the machine I used to run, and also done at a very brisk pace.

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4/27/14 11:17 A

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No matter how much a challenge an activity is - whether showering, doing dishes, walking around the house - I don't count it as exercise. The only thing I count is when I'm doing exercise purposefully - such as my chair exercises. The rest I just consider as bonus burned calories.

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4/26/14 8:59 P

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I track exercise - but sometimes I do housework or something productive as exercise. Now we are not talking dishes - we are talking sweat producing cardio activities. I raked the yard not because it really needed it but to get a workout.

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4/26/14 8:53 P

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I would track household chores, but before I get lambasted, let me explain: I don't normally do them, so it is extra movement that my body is not used to doing and getting. I do change my bed and vacuum, but things like folding laundry and putting it away just doesn't normally happen, so I would count it--at least until I got used to doing it and then I'd quit counting it. I could so slam Lonnie right now, but I will be a nice girlfriend and leave him alone. Our bedroom is as clean as I keep it. At least he does his own laundry.

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4/26/14 6:39 P

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THOMS1, that is the reason why I track my household chores. It is really the only movement I get right now because of my back issues. I have been walking and doing a little bit of new stuff too but I figure I probably will not track things like cutting the grass and such when I can do more.

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4/26/14 4:49 P

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I think when people start to get "overly" obsessed with tracking, weighing, exercising it becomes a form of self sabotage. None of us can live up to being perfect, so of course we're going to fail. We set ourselves up for it.

Others get addicted to the "drama" of it all:)

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4/26/14 1:43 P

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When I first joined spark 5-6 years ago I did track my household chores etc because I was too heavy to get any other physical exercise but since losing weight with exercise I only count my exercise minutes.

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4/26/14 12:38 P

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Thanks for sharing your thoughts! It's interesting to see what perspectives from which we all approach this.

Dusty--Thank you for the link! That was very informative.

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4/26/14 11:54 A

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I don't. I only track the exercise I do. Any activity I wouldn't do on a normal, daily basis. I track dancing and yard work too.

Edited by: G33K10V3 at: 4/26/2014 (11:57)
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4/26/14 6:16 A

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You can't expect a loss when you are evening the playing field with calories in and out. Actually up until recently I didn't know you were suppose to take into account how much you worked out in your caloric intake. I still just would eat the same amount regardless if I worked out or not.

I agree with the sentiment that life fitness is a bonus and still only track when I set out to purposefully exercise or exert myself in another way. I had a friend that was OBSESSED with weight loss. She looked up her BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) and then went online to find out how many calories she lost sleeping, sitting up, walking and tons of other things. She made a chart and adjusted it anytime she would loss weight. I asked her if she planned to do it for the rest of her life and she said no, of course not.

That's when I let her know that it should be a lifestyle change not something temporary and that she was setting herself up for disappointment. Also that she shouldn't portion so much of her time to something so obsessively controlled. Of course she didn't listen but I did try. She lost weight but she seemed so drained most of the time. I was actually sad when she started and continued to gain her weight back. I REALLY wanted it to work for her because she tried so hard to do it.

So after seeing that I'm not really an advocate of extra tracking, when it's not really meant to be a workout but as mentioned I'm a bit biased because of experience though. I'm going out for a walk now. I'm going to try not to push myself too hard but I do want to try to speed walk there. My destination is about 4 miles away so hopefully it won't take to much out of me emoticon I'll probably post in the general chat how it went later tonight once I get home or during my break.

I want to have fun in life and I don't want to hold myself back from that so I'm making a change for the better ^-^

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4/26/14 1:32 A

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A pet peeve of mine is when I read (it's mostly blogs here) members who say I burned 2500 calories today. Then they figure they can eat 2500 extra calories.

These blogs are from members from our Team 300 so they of course (in general) weigh around that much. Then they wonder why they aren't losing weight!

Personally I've never been concerned with nor tracked how many calories I've burned. I stick to a range and adjust it when necessary and exercise. I use common sense.

It's not like any of us here are FedX, UPS, construction workers or play in the NFL, LOL!

I've posted this elsewhere but I'll post it again here. I've read over and over again how members have just ran a 3k or 5k or worked out with a few friends and then they all go out for pizza and beer! Really?

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Having said all that, people who weigh what we all do here are definitely going to burn more calories just going about normal daily stuff than someone at a more normal weight would and lose weight much faster especially at first.

I totally agree with you Meg that, "everyday life burn is just a bonus; I track only intentional exercise because I want to reinforce good habits". Well said!

I think we have to be careful of who we talk to so as not to get discouraged or feel like we aren't doing enough or feel bad about ourselves. Most who have never had a weight problem can't understand what it's like. They can't understand what's it's like to lug around 150-200 lbs. a day.

Great question!


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4/26/14 1:04 A

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SparkPeople's Help

Q: I'm on my feet doing a labor-intensive, active job most days of the week. Is the calorie range that provided to me accurate for my active lifestyle?

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4/26/14 12:30 A

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I track when I cut the grass and also when I do heavy house cleaning. Basic stuff such as folding clothes, dishes do not count but when I put the music on and start scrubbing stuff I absolutely track it.

The body achieves what the mind believes.

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4/26/14 12:15 A

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I was discussing SP with some coworkers and mentioned that I needed to go home and do at least 10 minutes of exercise to keep my streak going. One asked why I didn't just track the somewhat physically demanding work and call it a day. To me, 'everyday life' burn is just a bonus; I track only intentional exercise because I want to reinforce good habits. She thought I was nuts.

How about you? Do you track movements that are part of your basic life--your workday movements, everyday cleaning, everyday gardening, etc? Why or why not? How do you decide what to track?

None of my business, really, but I'm curious how others handle the issue since I found such a variety of opinions in my coworkers.

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