The recommendation to go and see your doctor and a dietitian is a good one --- I have a couple of friends with Lupus who have had a lot of success with working with a dietitian to figure out a diet that works specifically for them, and we've noted that their "foods that work for me" lists are very different.
As for the calorie levels, I have the same situation where there are days (or weeks) where exercise just is not going to happen. What has worked for me is to not look at single days, but to look at the month as a whole. For example, if you found during the last month that you were able to exercise a total of 2400 calories worth, then divide that by 4 and assume that your average weekly workout is 600 calories. Put that in to your Spark info along with your starting info and goals and go with the range that they calculate for you. Some weeks you might be at 100 calories of exercise and other weeks at 1500, but over the course of the month it will all work out. I never worry about an individual day, just that my averages work out over time.
You also will want to keep in mind that your body will be using calories fighting with itself, so you may want to consider keeping your goal to losing 1/2lb to 1lb per week max. This will keep your ranges a bit higher to allow you to intake enough nutrition to cover what the lupus is using up.
It is especially important to work with a dietitian who is familiar with both lupus and whatever treatment you are on. Prednisone and Rituximab both pose different challenges when it comes to nutrition, and I'm sure other treatments do, too.
Kudos to you for your success so far, and good luck with continuing to figure out what works best for you!
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
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