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AKOLL09
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1/22/13 7:38 A

Thanks for the replies! I reset my timeframe, but it didn't change my calories. I will push it back even further and see how it adjusts. I'm definitely going to eat on the higher end of my range and not worry if I go over a few days a week.



KRISTEN_SAYS
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1/21/13 4:48 P

It does sound like you're not giving yourself enough to time to lose weight thus making your calorie range too little. If you're going to bed hungry and waking up starving, you probably are not eating enough. Since the number on the scale isn't as important to you (which is great!), I suggest that you push your date back so that you can get away with eating a little more.



NIRERIN
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1/21/13 4:17 P

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
lation101.asp
this is how spark calculates your ranges. as long as you are entering in an accurate calories burned goal and you aren't trying to lose more than about 1% of your bodyweight per week, you should have a good place to start.
be aware that setting unless you're about 5' tall, 2lbs per week is not a realistic loss goal for someone who is 150lbs. and if you set your goal too aggressively, it can dump you in the lowest ranges and it will take thousands of calories burned to get you out of that range.



AKOLL09
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1/21/13 3:42 P

Zumba, stationary bike and jumping rope. I wear a HR rater monitor and generally burn 300-500 calories per session, higher on days that I combine 2. I put 3000 calories as my goal burn for the week and am confident I can meet that regularly. I guess I just feel like I'm not consuming enough calories, I'm always going to bed hungry and waking up starving. No notifications have come up, I just wasn't sure how spark people calculated the correct intake and if I should really follow it to a T. When I did p90x last year, I was eating closer to 2000 and losing consistently (I was only 10-15lbs heavier than I am now.) Hope that info helps....

Scale numbers are not important but I set a goal weight of 140 losing the max allowed each week (so I think it's set for sometime in early March?) I'm more concerned with the inches coming off :)

Edited by: AKOLL09 at: 1/21/2013 (15:44)


DRAGONCHILDE
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1/21/13 3:32 P

What do you have your weekly weight loss goal set to? What's your target date for reaching your weight loss goals?



KRISTEN_SAYS
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1/21/13 3:23 P

What kind of cardio are you doing for 30-45 minutes 5 days a week on top of your brisk walking? Are you getting a message in your fitness tracker that says you need to adjust your goals? Are you just using SparkPeople's estimates for your cardio or do you have a device, for example a heart rate monitor, that will give a more accurate estimate for calories burned?



AKOLL09
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1/21/13 2:12 P

I feel like my spark people calorie goal may not be enough for my activity level and am worried that may inhibit my ability to reach my goals. I am not looking for an exact answer, just a little advice. I have only been back into a consistent routine for 3 weeks, so I know it will take some time...just want to make sure I'm on the right track!

I do 30-45 minutes of cardio 5 days a week plus 2-3 miles of brisk walking 7 days a week. I will probably stick with strength training 3 days a week. I have really tightened up my eating habits, consuming mainly veggies, fruits and proteins. I have cut out sweets completely and really watch my bread consumption (I am not anti-carbs...I just prefer to get them from other sources). I would love to lose 15 pounds, but am way more focused on the inches. I can tell my clothes are starting to fit better already, but I'm not sure if 1200-1500 calories a day is enough (I'm 5'8/153lbs). Thanks in advance to any of you who take the time to offer some advice!!



 
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