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JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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2/6/14 5:35 A

I work an active job (I do stock in a factory and get around 12-14k while at work and do a lot of lifting and am a mom so I get more at home). Yesterday for example, I did 16 500 steps and I didn't workout, it was my rest day. I also have a Fitbit and according to it, I seem to fall in the recommended calorie range for SP's Active setting and the higher end of that range.

I would say at around 10k steps that would put you in the lightly active range. You can always eat near the lower end of your range and keep track of your weight to see if you should increase or decrease your calories. If you want you can eat a few hundred cals less on your days off or just aim for a slightly lower average for week. Up to you.

My Fitbit was worth the investment for me. I had no clue how much I should be eating and was scared to eat in SP's range for active. My fitbit gave me the extra confidence to up my calorie intake. I would recommend some sort of activity tracker for anyone who doesn't fall in the sedentary range because activity calories burned does make a difference in how much you should be eating. I discovered I was way under eating by about 500 cals/day. My weight loss/management lines up flawlessly with what my Fitbit estimates I burn in a day.

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2/5/14 3:37 P

My mom works with 3 and 4 year olds and I'm not sure that I would classify her job as physically active or physically demanding. Yes, she moves around a lot but it's not as much as you might think. Personally, I wouldn't pick active unless you are going to be exercising on a regular basis. I have a hard time considering anything that a person does for a living exercise unless they are a fitness instructor or professional athlete. If you aren't going to be doing any exercise (other than actively moving around the classroom), I'd think that your calorie range would probably be closer to 1400 to 1500 (but no less than 1200). I don't think that you can eat over 2,000 calories and lose weight unless you are burning "a lot" of calories each day.

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2/5/14 12:17 P

I am one of two people up for a position at a daycare center/preschool (after being unemployed for nearly a year). One of the things the job will bring is a more active lifestyle.

I'm just not sure what activity level to put if I get this job. I had a job at a preschool in the past, and I was constantly moving. Jumping, running, lifting, bending, twisting. I easily exceeded my 10,000 step goal.

A lot of trackers put "teacher" under lightly active, so should I go with that, or should I go with a more active setting since there is a difference between a high school teacher who just stands at a blackboard and a preschool teacher who is actively moving?

And, suppose I pick active. That will give me up to 1,700+ calories per day to lose 2 pounds per week. That seems kinda high, and that's not including extra exercise. The idea that I can eat over 2,000 calories and lose weight is a little baffling.

And what about weekends when I'm not-so active? Should I change my goals for those days?

Or should I just stick with "lightly active" since it looks like my goals are the same for sedentary and lightly active?

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