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JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,622)
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7/20/12 1:19 A

Your math looks fairly accurate but just too aggressive to start with. Make sure you are getting your rest days and just focus more on nutrition until you get the swing of it and staying consistent with your exercises. Also, it is best to start off slow to condition your body to the exercises you are about to get into. As far as trying to keep a steady 1.6 lbs per week, don't be surprised if it fluctuates one week to the next. Just get started, stay focused and keep the faith.

7/19/12 11:26 P

Sounds like you are doing well just be careful too much too fast or too intense will result in some kind of injury most likely.

PANNSTRICK SparkPoints: (6,260)
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7/19/12 9:43 P

Keep on doing what you are doing the results will show up with your clothes and also you will feel better. I take the results it gives and I'm happy that today I moved more than I was doing a few months ago. You can do it!!!

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
7/19/12 3:37 P

Where you set the number of minutes per day you can also enter the number of calories per week. If your tracked calorie burn is much higher than the site estimates you would probably burn in the time you said you'd work out for ... then set the calorie burn manually.

I agree though that if you're new to exercise that is probably too ambitious! Also, rest days are important!

CARMENL12 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/19/12 2:03 P

Thats what I don't understand, when I put in that I did 30 min of stationary bike at 16-17mph it comes back at 690 calories burned, so for 6 days that would be 4140. Seems like a lot and way more than the 3540 that comes up on the calories to burn part on the start page. I break down the biking to 3 times a day for 10 min each so I dont over do it.

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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7/19/12 1:56 P

There is no "normal" when it comes to losing weight. Every person is individual, and your needs will depend on your desire and what you can maintain. Now, 3540 calories burn a week does seem awfully high to start out with... while it's good to burn regularly, starting out too intensely in the beginning is a recipe for burnout. It's best to start of slowly, and build up to it!

I started out by going to the gym for 30 minutes, 3 times per week, and after a while, started adding 1 hour classes until I was going 4-5 days a week.

It's also important to include rest days in there... it's the rest days where your body gets stronger! There's a point where if you're doing the same thing every day all the time, you overtrain, and start breaking the body down, rather than building up.

Otherwise, the numbers loook right to me; if that's the level of exercise you want to do, go for it, but I will warn you. I work out pretty intensely, for 1-2 hours a day, and am burning about 2,000 calories a week... it's harder to hit that goal than you may realize!

CARMENL12 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/19/12 1:19 P

So Im fairly new to sparkpeople and still trying to figure this out.
I weigh 260 and my goal is 199 by April 1, that has me losing 1.6 lbs a week. I set my fitness goals for 60 min cardio/day for 6 days a week- that is 30-40min stationary bike and 20 min cardio video. I also have 2 times a week 10 min strength. So according to all that I should be burning 3540 calories a week but when I log in the exercises it adds up to more than 3540 a week. My food ranges are1780-2130. So did I do all that right? Is that the normal for exercising and eating?

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