Hi there and you're not the only one who is confused by those calculations that the goal setter will do for you. My main exercise is walking. I do about two miles a day. That takes 40 minutes. But if I put the daily 40 minutes into my goals for the week, SP will assume that I am... oh I don't know... carrying my grandmother around on my back as I'm walking.... or maybe uprooting trees with my bare hands as I go down the road...
It calculates that 40 minutes exercise 6 times per week will burn 1730 calories. But actually, if I track 6 x 40 minutes walking at my speed it will show I've burned 1070 calories. So I would never meet my goal, and it sounds like that might be what's happening to you. I think the goal setter assumes a calorie-burning rate that is higher than I am actually working at.
What I've found is that you can either
1) put fewer minutes into your goal setting calculations (for me about 25 minutes is about right) so that the SP estimate of how many calories you will burn through exercise is correct.
2) work out how many calories you burn doing the amount of exercise you're doing - 1070 in my example - and put that number manually into the goal setting calcs. (The page I mean is called "Program Setup : Edit Fitness Goals")
This is SO much easier to show than to explain in writing - my hands are sort of flying around in the air as I'm trying to think of the words to use!
Hope it helps though.
PS Don't forget that, at the end of the day, it's the fact you're doing exercise that matters, that's the thing to be proud of!
Edited by: JURASSICSUE at: 11/29/2012 (12:20)