1200 calories is only appropriate for sedentary people close to their goal weights. An active athlete in training needs substantially more; I'd even go so far as to say not less than 1500. Depending on how much, you may even need more than that.
What you need to do is enter your information here on Spark, including your activity level (include accurate calorie counts in your fitness settings) and see what range is generated for you.
At your weight, a good goal would be 1/2 to 1 lb a week, max. More than that isn't possible. You're not fat enough! one good guidelines is about 3% of your total remaining weight loss per week. Going by your ticker, that would be around .5 to .75 lbs per week. With training for an athletic event, I would consider dropping that to no more than 1/2 pound so that your calorie deficits are not too large.
Here's how Sparkpeople calculates its ranges: www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calorie_calcu
You said already that you're burning 600-800 calories per day. That's a weekly calorie burn goal of 3,000 to 4,000 per week (assuming a 5 day workout.) That's what you'd put in your calorie goal. What's really important is that weekly weight loss goal; too high of a goal (say ,2 lbs) and your calories will fall into impossible to reach levels, because it can't calculate that properly and will drop you into the minimum safety range of 1200-1550.
Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 9/11/2013 (12:52)
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