Sounds like, if you decrease your exercise and increase your calories, you'll be "changing it up", which is a good strategy. Then, you can go back to your regular routine, and might begin to lose again.
I read your blog. Your BMR is the number of calories that you need to maintain your weight. Perhaps the 1320-1670 calories that SparkPeople tells you is the number of calories that you need to lose weight? That would explain the difference. At any rate, if your BMR is 1695 to 1995 calories per day, I'd suggest, in order to lose that your weight-loss calorie range should be about 1200-1495 calories per day. That's decreasing calories by about 500 per day (and not going below 1200 per day). At that rate (500 calories x 7 days), you'd lose 3500 calories in a week, and, 3500 calories = one pound.
Eating too little is certainly a possibility to consider. If you go below 1200 calories, be sure that, at least once every 2-3 days, you eat at least 1200 calories. This "tricks" your metabolism into not believing that you are starving your body, and it will not likely go into "starvation mode" and hang on to fat, calories and weight. In fact, calorie cycling can be a good strategy. Eat less on some days, and more on others. Being careful to eat "enough" at least once every 3-4 days (twice a week minimum).
If you haven't read our "Stickies", be sure to check them out for additional tips. Let us know how things go, OK?
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2005-2009: 185 lbs. Some minor yo-yo-ing. 2010/Sept: 180 lbs; Waist 46" 2011/Jan 1: 160 lbs; May 22: 133 lbs for DD's wedding 2012/Jan 1: 119.8 lbs; May 1 117.2 lbs 2013/Jan 1 - 121.2 lbs Monthly wt is in my SP intro
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I just posted a long blog about my current month-plus plateau, so I won't make it so long here. I'm just hoping to find some people who have been at this point and have found a way through it.
Just this week I've decided to lay off a bit on my exercise and increase my calories for a week to see if the scale changes at all, up OR down at this point, I just want to see a change, see that what I do actually has an affect!
I just feel like I've been working so hard I just want to see some of that fat go AWAY and make it all worth it!
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