You would probably be in the 1200-1550 cal range but I'm just guessing here, it would be more the more calories you burn through exercise. I started at around the same weight as you but I also exercised and I believe my range started at around 1300-1600 cals (goal setup to lose 1-2 lb/week).
If you enter your information correctly into your Spark account, they'll take the guess work out. They're very accurate here as long as the information you entered is correct. Make sure you've entered a realistic goal date (no more than 1-2 lbs per week) and go to your Fitness Tracker and then "fitness setup", scroll to the bottom of the page and enter manually approximately how many cals you burn per week through exercise. Spark already factors in light activity; running errands, cooking dinner, showering, light house duties, etc. when computing your calorie range. They add this to your BMR. This would also include calories burned while at work. Unless you work as a hard labourer there is no reason to add that when determining your calorie range. Our bodes are very adaptable and will burn less calories for our regular activities and Spark already accounts for those as "light activity".
Basically though, if you eat any amount under your estimated maintenance calorie needs you are creating a calorie deficit. If you consistently create a deficit you'll lose weight (it's just a matter of how quickly/slowly). Most women require around 2000 cals to maintain their current weight.
Sparkpeople has a high rate of success for members who follow their program. They are very realistic in their calculations and estimates. I find most other sites tend to over exaggerate how many calories you're actually burning.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/11/2013 (07:56)
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"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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