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Newbie trying to get to maintenance
08-11-2016, 11:42 AM
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Newbie trying to get to maintenance
Hi, I am one of the many mfp forum members who has decided to move over to this EM2WL forum instead (same Mfp username - please feel free to add me)

I am currently working my way up to maintenance - for now I have cut down from running 5K twice a week and 10K once a week to just walk/running 10K once a week. 3 days a week I also follow a weighted circuit programme.

The problem I have is that this means I have 1 really high calorie burn day of between 3200-3800. The rest of my week is between 2300 (rest days) and 2700 (work out days).

My average TDEE without my run is 2500 but with my run is 2600.

I am worried about going up to 2600 - cause what if I decide to sleep in and miss my run?Undecided (although I haven't yet).

I have instead being eating at 2500 on 6 days then up to 3200 on the run day. I am not sure if this is the right way to go though as it means I am almost building a junk/binge day into my week (I do end up filling the cals with chocolate or biscuits or ice-cream - I'm sure if I could eat that many calories in a day otherwise).

Please could you advise on the best way to share out the calories? I don't want to give up the weekend run and I might even add 1 of my 5k runs back but not for at least a couple of weeks. My first love will always be running!

Thank you. x
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08-11-2016, 06:46 PM
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RE: Newbie trying to get to maintenance
I would eat the average. It seems like you truly love to run and if you miss it it's out of the norm. I think it's important to not build in a "binge" day, nor to think if you go run you get to stuff your face (that's what always led me down the "well, I am going to do that every day" route.)

Plus, sometimes it's the day after a big run that brings big hunger.

Sorry for typos- on mobile!

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08-11-2016, 07:58 PM
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RE: Newbie trying to get to maintenance
First of all, welcome! So glad to see you over here!

Like Jc_wt said, I would just spread those calories out over the week. Take your average, including those runs, and just eat consistently to that number. Probably better than planning a binge-type of day. Certainly, if the running increases your hunger, don't worry about adding s few extra calories that day. A couple hundred calories once or twice a week won't make or break anything ...

Again, welcome and please make sure to keep us updated.

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08-12-2016, 05:42 AM
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RE: Newbie trying to get to maintenance
Thanks for the welcome Anitra and Jc_wt - I will have a go at spreading the calories over the week.

I can't believe I have got up to 2500 cals, when I was freaking out about eating over 2000!

I will definitely be hanging out on the forums and I might even start a journal - I like having somewhere to talk about what i am going through where other people are also going through the same thing. My RL friends are all on pretty low cals so I haven't even mentioned that I am doing a reset - they would think I am crazy.
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08-12-2016, 06:32 AM
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RE: Newbie trying to get to maintenance
Sounds great! Yea, you need to figure out what works best for you. I think 2 or 300 extra calories on a big burn day is absolutely fine, but don't set yourself up for a junk food binge fest, as surely no good will come from that LOL.

Definitely start a journal over here - it's a great place to not only track your progress, but also to interact with others going through the exact same thing. It is also a safe place to chat with like-minded people... So glad to have you here!

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08-12-2016, 04:57 PM
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RE: Newbie trying to get to maintenance
well fingers crossed we will see how tomorrow goes. Giving myself a 250 calories extra buffer so if I am really hungry after my run I can eat a bit more.

Thanks for the advise!
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