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Something to Aim For

Sunday, August 19, 2012

So, I was reading through a thread on the message boards about "starvation mode". Spark Coach Dean had an excellent, very long and informative response. Basically, what I took away from his response was that I should figure out what some my age, height, goal weight, and activity level I can live with long term, would burn and eat that many calories, or slightly less.
Goal Weight:140 pounds
Activity Level:1.55 { Moderately active (moderate exercise 3-5 days/week)}
1466 X 1.55 = 2272 calories/day

YIKES!! That seems really high!

If I changed my activity level to sedentary (1.2) my daily calorie allowance comes out to 1750/day. That still seems high. While I may not be quite at "moderately active", I am definitely not at "sedentary". However, Spark Coach Dean did say that if you are close to your goal weight you may have to eat a bit less than your desired weight maintenance calories than if you had a lot to lose (75+ pounds). I have to lose about 40, so I guess I'm somewhat close.

Basically I figured out that I'm eating a good amount. LOL. I tend to eat between 1300 and 1400 calories and have only recently (in the past couple weeks) been consistent with exercise.

I don't know why the scale isn't moving. I've kept records of my food intake for the month of August so far, and it's been great. Between 1200 and 1700 calories (normally about 1350) of high nutrient density food, mostly vegan/vegetarian, very little empty calories, and SOME exercise. And I've lost maybe a pound in three weeks. This is so frustrating and really making me see my lack of patience when it comes to the scale!! But what is there to do? Keep eating well, keep tracking, keep exercising. If I don't, I will go backwards, and I'd rather stay still than go backwards. I want to lose more weight, yes. But, I HAVE lost 22 pounds. My clothes DO fit better. My stomach IS smaller. I AM much healthier. All is not lost because the scale isn't moving.
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    Your BMR + activity modifier is actually the amount you'll maintain at, not lose at. Look up the calorie 101 article on the search... that will explain how the numbers are calculated!
    2074 days ago
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