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January 14, 2013 7:26 AM
Nope, for those of us who have weight to lose (myself included), the day-to-day activities have clearly been insufficient to counter the food consumption so far, so why would I start logging it now? :)
It's already incoroporated within the minimum calorie requirements afaiac.
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January 14, 2013 7:28 AM
I feel like some people really reach for the extra calories burned, but I count them the same way as you! You certainly aren't going to lapse into "starvation mode" because you deep cleaned your house and burned some extra calories one week.
January 14, 2013 7:38 AM
I typically don't log cleaning, but a couple weeks ago, I logged doing the laundry because I had to do it the old fashioned way with a scrub board. Lol. I was exhausted. Our machines at my apartment complex weren't working and I had to get it done. Other than that though, I typically only log planned exercise.
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January 14, 2013 7:41 AM
If I know I am going to spend a straight hour or two of hard core cleaning like moving all the furniture to vaccuum and cleaning windows or walls, then I will put on my HRM and calculate those calories if there is no rest in between the cleaning. But, I also have myself listed as sedentary, so I feel this would be above my normal daily activity just like my workouts would be. I think if you have your activity increased on MFP, then logging these calories burned probably wouldn't be necessary.
January 14, 2013 7:55 AM
I don't log my cleaning rituals unless they result in me breaking a sweat. Doing the dishes, the laundry and taking out the tash DON"T COUNT.
But moving furniture to vacume, packing up or unpacking holiday decorations, washing floors by hand etc. These are things that are not done on a daily basis. Perhaps a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis.
So in my opinion, yes they count
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January 14, 2013 7:59 AM
I agree. I don't even log (or get a stripe) if I don't feel like I've worked hard enough in taekwondo. I think it's all individual preference.
January 14, 2013 8:04 AM
I only log intentional exercise. ADLs (activities of daily life) are figured in when you put your activity level in set up.
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January 14, 2013 8:34 AM
I generally log housework if its above and beyond my daily routine. So with laundry, it has to be a consistent folding, putting away etc. Not just a load or two a day -- I consider that my daily routine. I never even thought to log dishes because I have to do them each day. I do log my "get into crevaces" and "deep cleaning" because I don't do it. Picking up after my husband and two kids is an every day activity, but I don't scrub down my bathroom from top to bottom every day. Or recently, I spent an entire afternoon working in my kitchen taking everything out of my cabinets, washing them down and reorganizing them -- I logged that.
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January 14, 2013 8:42 AM
I log any extra walking I do that is with the intent of trying to do extra....I do log cleaning sometimes but NOT daily cleaning...I only log cleaning when I go on a "let's move the fridge and stove and hand scrub the floor" type cleaning....bc maybe once every 2 or 3 weeks I go on a major cleaning overload...I pick aup and do normal stuff daily but every once and a while I go way overboard shampooing carpets with one of those big rental carpet cleaners and if u have ever used one of these u know it IS work lol...or as I said I hand scrub floors...tubs...and so on...heavy cleaning is a way to deal with stress for me but isn't something I do everyvday.

So I guess if I feel its outside of my daily...and my body feels worked more than normal then yes I log it. Then again I dont really exercise...I just chase a 2 year old lol
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January 14, 2013 8:43 AM
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I typically don't log cleaning, but a couple weeks ago, I logged doing the laundry because I had to do it the old fashioned way with a scrub board. Lol. I was exhausted. Our machines at my apartment complex weren't working and I had to get it done. Other than that though, I typically only log planned exercise.


YIKES....YES THAT IS WORK!!!!!
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January 14, 2013 8:45 AM
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I generally log housework if its above and beyond my daily routine. So with laundry, it has to be a consistent folding, putting away etc. Not just a load or two a day -- I consider that my daily routine. I never even thought to log dishes because I have to do them each day. I do log my "get into crevaces" and "deep cleaning" because I don't do it. Picking up after my husband and two kids is an every day activity, but I don't scrub down my bathroom from top to bottom every day. Or recently, I spent an entire afternoon working in my kitchen taking everything out of my cabinets, washing them down and reorganizing them -- I logged that.


I agree....if its above ur daily norm its ok to log bc u are burning more...and honestly I dont always eat back the extra caories anyway...so I think deep cleaning is ok to log too

What I think is if you are loosing weight then obviously whatever system ur using is working. Now if I wasn't loosing weight I may re evaluate.
Edited by jennalee1312 On January 14, 2013 8:48 AM
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January 14, 2013 8:45 AM
I am not sure on this one either.. I never sweat even after a tough cardio workout that even takes my breath. On the other hand I know people who sweat for no reason and without doing anything so I don't think that is a good indicator but just use things like dishes, cleaning and stretcing as a bonus burn that is not logged!
January 14, 2013 9:08 AM
I'm pretty new to this, but I've been doing a lot of reading, asking and listening to others more knowledgeable than me this month. The problem is that when answering questions most people assume the questioner is exactly like them, and is doing things exactly the same way. Couldn't be further from the truth, of course.

From what I have learned to date, coupled with a hefty dose of common sense, it depends how you figured your baseline activity levels. If you figured in doing all your housework, etc... when you set your baseline, then it shouldn't be logged since you already consumed the Calories for it.

On the other hand, if you figured a completely sedentary lifestyle, then I'd definitely add in pretty much all activity of any kind. I'd say this is particularly important if you let MFP manage your caloric allowance, and you choose 'sedentary'. From what I can tell, MFP gives you a coma patient's nutrition (i.e. BMR). You're more active than a coma patient, right?

Many people probably have the same issue I do. Bar my work outs, I am almost completely sedentary Monday to Friday because I work a desk job. At the weekend, however, I am constantly active. I do a lot of heavy DIY, chores around the house, playing with my daughter, etc... It doesn't make sense for me to eat my M-F calories at the weekend, because I'd be severely under-fueled. I know, I tried it once and frankly felt light-headed and sick by the end of the day and nearly had a severe accident with a framing nailer. Not smart.

So now I have my TDEE worked out based on an average weekday, with a 20% deficit. At the weekend I log activity that is over and above what I do during the week, in order to buy me some more Calories without the demotivator of seeing all those red numbers.

So the answer is to add in calories for anything over and above your baseline activity level. If you are going with a fixed Calorie deficit, then log all the burned Calories. If you are on a percentage deficit, then multiply by 1-deficit and log that number of kCals (i.e. if you are on a 20% deficit from TDEE, add 80% of the calories burned in any exercise you did not factor into your baseline TDEE).
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January 14, 2013 9:09 AM
I'll log anything out of my normal day to day activity. Example- painting a friends house and helping her move in... I logged that. HOWEVER I don't use it as an excuse to eat extra calories. I also log when I take the dog for a walk because I consider that activity.

Washing dishes, vacuuming, mopping, sweeping, etc... those are routine and probably burn SOME calories.. but I'm not that detailed. :)

As others have said, what you log is your business however I do agree that some people who log EVERYTHING they do are overestimating the calories burned thus having the potential for stalled weight loss or different results than expected.
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January 14, 2013 9:17 AM
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Nope, for those of us who have weight to lose (myself included), the day-to-day activities have clearly been insufficient to counter the food consumption so far, so why would I start logging it now? :)
It's already incoroporated within the minimum calorie requirements afaiac.


^^ this, although I do log stuff like walking the dog which is extra to my daily activities, I don't include the walk to and from work as I have been doing that on a daily basis. However, I totally understand logging everything, especially if you're trying to get a realistic idea of how many calories you need on a daily basis. Whatever works for the individual is the way to go.
January 14, 2013 9:25 AM
I log weight training as exercise even if I dont sweat nearly at all. I know I worked out because my muscles are on fire by the end. I just dont sweat very much. I usually only sweat during an intense cardio workout.
January 14, 2013 9:27 AM
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I don't care what others log. I stay in my own lane and do what works for me.


Yep
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January 14, 2013 9:28 AM
That's up to you.... But since I have mine set to sedentary, I log ev.er.y.thing.... because I sure as heck don't sit on my arse all day.... but I want to make sure that the days that I do... because I do have those... I'm not over eating.
January 14, 2013 9:32 AM
I've set MFP as "lightly active" and I think that reflects my normal daily activity like vacuuming, dishes, picking up toys, laundry, breastfeeding. So, I only log my planned exercise for the day. (meaning exercise that gets me at my target heart rate.) That is a personal choice for me, and certainly not the only "right" way to do it.

I think you should do what keeps you motivated. =)
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January 15, 2013 10:24 AM
I used "sedentary" to calculate what my goal calorie intake should be, so I have been tracking cleaning that took over an hour. I think I only do that once a week anyways, and I only count it if I feel like I am exerting myself.

I think it's a personal preference. If it happens to work in your weight loss do it. If not, don't.

If you have your calorie intake at a really low level, and are marking yourself at sedentary, then I would imagine a health professional wouldn't want you to under eat, when you are extering more than just sedentary throughout your day.
January 15, 2013 10:26 AM
i think I need to move my daily activity to lightly active as well. Sedentary may have been a major under estimation of my daily exertion. In that case, I would stick to only adding activity that was outside of my "normal" life, or a planned exercise.
January 15, 2013 10:27 AM
personally i only log activities if it is a concerted effort by me to burn calories (if i go to the gym or for a run or a long bike ride or a really long walk).
January 15, 2013 10:32 AM
do what works for you
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January 15, 2013 10:32 AM
I log things like cleaning when I'm doing stuff like brushing and vacuuming the couches (we have 3 cats) and scrubbing the bathroom with a scrubbrush. I don't log picking up pieces of trash or anything like that. Some do, and if they're still losing weight? More power to them. The idea is to lose weight at the goal you've set for yourself. Whatever anyone else does to get there? As long as they're not hurting themselves, it works for me.
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January 15, 2013 10:32 AM
I live a sedentary lifestyle so I only count activities over and above what I was doing in the normal course of running my life. I won't count shopping/walking around the mall or grocery store but I will count walking when I go out for the express purpose of doing it for exercise.

I agree with douglanglois's post about baseline activities not counting, only activity you've started since starting this weight loss plan.
Edited by pikachuFL On January 15, 2013 10:34 AM
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