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January 15, 2013 10:40 AM
My personal opinion is that logging food preparation or doing dishes as exercise is only fooling yourself! I mean I'm pretty sure we all did those things anyway prior to starting MFP. I'm on my feet 8-9 hours a day in work 5 days a week and constantly moving around but I don't log this as exercise because I was doing it anyway before getting started on here! I basically only add in anything that I would not normally have done like going to the gym or going for a walk or my C25K. If I want to succeed I have to be honest with myself so doing dishes or any household activities does not count for me!
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January 15, 2013 10:40 AM
I log my register job as it is literally me standing for 4-8 hours with no breaks and I log my walks, but unless I am, say, in the kitchen or cleaning for an extended period of time, I won't log that. I also always log my random dance sprees I like to have, just because I always do sweat a little...and they tend to occur quite frequently. But it's a personal choice.
January 15, 2013 10:40 AM
This is similar to not logging your food intake until you hit the bathroom and #2 .... Doesn't matter what goes in or what workout you do... It all counts for something! Daily activity such as walking to your car or cleaning your house are more than likely included in your normal intake ... Just log what you feel is necessary. But just because you don't break a sweat doesn't mean you didn't burn any calories in the process.0
January 15, 2013 10:41 AM
Just my opinion, but everyone needs to decide what seems to work - for instance, if you're a daily house cleaner (you do some amount of activities daily) and you're trying to lose weight, I'd say don't count that. You've been doing that and you're the weight you are, so it seems logical to me that activity isn't helping with the loss. Personally, I log exercise classes and if I go for an exercise walk (walking briskly; two miles or more). Otherwise, my activities weren't enough to keep the weight off in the first place. I also don't want those added calories to tempt my eating. Sticking to my calorie count helps and I take the earned calories as hopefully bonus pounds off (not that I won't enjoy them on occasion - but that's the key). Someone wrote that they perceived some folks not being successful to always allowing themselves to eat whatever calorie they burned, and that's what I think too. I've done this before and allowed the weight to creep back on (shame on me!), so I know what works for me and I know it's not an overnight process. Good luck to all!
January 15, 2013 10:42 AM
I only count activities that are outside of daily life. I won't count house cleaning, laundry, dishes etc. But I would count raking my 1/2 acre yard because I don't do it that often and it's a freaking hellish chore. Anything else logged has to be actual excersize to me; running, gym workouts, weight lifting etc.)
January 15, 2013 10:44 AM
You and I were typing the exact same thought at the same time :-)

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My personal opinion is that logging food preparation or doing dishes as exercise is only fooling yourself! I mean I'm pretty sure we all did those things anyway prior to starting MFP. I'm on my feet 8-9 hours a day in work 5 days a week and constantly moving around but I don't log this as exercise because I was doing it anyway before getting started on here! I basically only add in anything that I would not normally have done like going to the gym or going for a walk or my C25K. If I want to succeed I have to be honest with myself so doing dishes or any household activities does not count for me!
January 15, 2013 11:25 AM
Haha great minds think alike...no point in lying to ourselves though, we'll be the only losers if we do and I don't mean losers of weight!

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You and I were typing the exact same thought at the same time :-)

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My personal opinion is that logging food preparation or doing dishes as exercise is only fooling yourself! I mean I'm pretty sure we all did those things anyway prior to starting MFP. I'm on my feet 8-9 hours a day in work 5 days a week and constantly moving around but I don't log this as exercise because I was doing it anyway before getting started on here! I basically only add in anything that I would not normally have done like going to the gym or going for a walk or my C25K. If I want to succeed I have to be honest with myself so doing dishes or any household activities does not count for me!

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January 16, 2013 7:42 AM
Wrong in my opinion. I will throw on my HRM if i take the kids sledding, snowblow/shovel the driveway, heavy cleaning days, or going for walks. I don't bust out in a sweat with those, but i burn far more calories doing those things than i do with my day to day desk job. If I burn 600 calories from taking the kids sledding, i feel like i should log that so i eat back some of those calories to keep my metabolism up and running.
January 16, 2013 7:48 AM
I only log in my heavy cleaning days as exercise. I can spend a good three hours at once cleaning and scrubbing the bathroom and kitchen, vacuuming and mopping. I don't count three hours of it and it's my every other week serious cleaning. The maintenance cleaning I don't count. I don't count walking the dog either, although I did at first. Then I realized how stupid it was to log that since I have been walking him for almost 12 years now and don't consider that any extra exercise.

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