I'm going to do a bit of an experiment. I know, I'm always fiddling/tweaking/twerping around with things to no avail, aren't I? Ah well.
Spark says my approx. BMR is 2092. As a refresher, here's the Spark definition of BMR taken from the Daily Calorie Differential report page:
"BMR is your Basal Metabolic Rate, which is the number of calories your body burns on a daily basis to perform its basic tasks like breathing and pumping blood. The BMR calculation is based on your age and weight and accounts for a sedentary lifestyle. The BMR in the chart above has been multipled by 1.2 to account for the calories you need for both basal metabolic functions and light activity outside of exercise (such as light walking on the job, deskwork, and running errands.) Please note that BMR is not a perfect measure."
No, BMR is not a perfect measure, this is true! But, even on my not-so-very-active days, I burn quite a bit more than 2092. That being the case, I'm going to tweak my calories-to-burn settings a bit. I've entered that I'll burn 400 cals. above and beyond my BMR each day. Why 400?
On my laziest days, I've been known to burn no more than 1800. That's while being in a dark dismal funk and laying in bed watching repeats on Netflix and occasionally sobbing into my pillow. Thankfully, I haven't done that for quite some time.
My 'normal' low burn isn't far off from what Spark estimates - 2100 or so. That's a day where I go to work, but don't bother getting up once an hour to walk around the office.
The majority of the time I burn around 2500 on an average day.
When I get out and walk, run, ST, whatever.. the burn is a bit higher 2700.
Saturday and Sunday? I burned 3500 and 3200 respectively. Fortunately, I haven't been feeling particularly famished since then. This is a good thing. Of course, having said that, Saturday and Sunday I consumed approx. 2100 calories LOL
Anyway, if my base BMR is 2100, and I'm regularly burning 2500 at a minimum, then maybe I need to account for that with regard to my calorie intake. I've bumped up my calories to be burned number, which in turn bumped up my calories to consume number - 1790 - 2140.
We'll see what happens. I haven't weighed since .. well, hmm. It must have been the last week of February sometime. I'm not going to worry with it until right before I leave for JASR (March 30! 10 days!!) I expect to gain while I'm back home in W.Va. If it's less than 10 lbs, I'll be thrilled!
Am I off my rocker? Perhaps. Maybe I'm bending my efforts to match my results, rather than changing my efforts to produce different results. I've witnessed vastly different degrees of frustration and analysis from different Spark friends and family, and I'm right in the midst of them. I'm somewhat resigned to not losing much while I'm training this year for my Half marathons. I have two - one in late May and then one in early October.
So that's where I am. I'm not quite sparkling with my Spark, but it's not completely extinguished either. There's hope.