Yeah, it takes some time to learn your way around this site. Some things people don't realize when setting up your account is that the goal date you enter will effect your calorie range (you'll find this on your Start Page, in the left hand side there will be an orange box; it will say how many pounds you've lost and there will be an option to "change goal". Scroll to the bottom of that page where it says: "set your weight loss goal". Use the option under "need help?" that says "Enter Target Weight to See How Long it Will Take". From there, enter a loss of 2 lbs/week. This is a realistic and *healthy* weight loss goal to ensure you are not being too aggressive.
Then you're going to want to go to "My Trackers" and "My Fitness". Once on the fitness page you should see a button that says; "fitness setup". Once on that page, scroll all the way to the bottom and there should be a question that will ask you how many calories you burn per week. Enter the approximate amount of calories you burn through exercise per week.
This will adjust your calorie range to one that is more accurate. If you increase the amount of calories you burn per week you can go back and update it.
It is also possible that as a busy mom, you're not exactly sedentary (which Spark automatically assumes that you are). I'm a mom as well and we don't exactly sit on our butts all day. ;) So you probably burn a little extra calories through your daily activity. I've personally always found that my sweet spot for weight loss is around the top of my range.
I know it seems like such a slow process and it is but it's slow and steady that wins the race. Trying to reach your goal too quickly has it's reprocussions both motivationally, physically and health wise. I recommend reading the link I have near my ticker about the "Marshmallow test", great metaphor. I've been with this site for awhile now and you don't know how many people I've seen eating their bare minimum (or even lower) calorie intake and then become confused when they stall out "but I'm only eating 1200 cals a day, why have I stopped losing weight?" Your body adapts to this low calorie intake and tries to compensate because eventually, it thinks it's starving. It preserves fat, burns muscle and tissue and shuts down what it views as non-vital bodily functions... so you wind up burning less calories overall.
If you are having difficulty eating more than 1200 cals, this is a sure sign that your metabolism has slowed down. One of the first signs of many. Later symptoms are; low RHR, feeling cold all the time particularly after eating, amenorrhea, eventually food obsession and binge eating as your body tries to force you to eat something. Been there myself.
I would suggest you begin upping your calories slowly but surely. You can add calories that will not make you overly full... such as your healthy fats. An extra tablespoon of peanut butter (100 cals), some nuts, cook with olive oil, a glass of milk. This will help speed your metabolism back up.
For the ticker; go to your "Start Page" and then at the top left hand corner "Account Preferences", click the "Community" tab and click the button that says "Signature & Ticker". Voila!
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 9/18/2013 (08:15)
Take your focus off the Marshmallow. www.leangains.com/2010/01/marshmallo
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. If you don't want to get bulky, lift heavy!
I can bench Nicole Richie, eat more than she does in a day before noon, I have a good 20 lbs on her but could still wear her pants.
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