Monday, June 11, 2007

Oh me oh my. So one of my lovely fellow sparkers informed me that SparkPeople recommends re-calculating your calorie goals every 10 lbs lost. Obviously I haven't done it since I started, and considering I upped my cardio by 15 minutes at a certain point that probably helped compensate for the fact that I didn't change anything, and also I never really topped out my calorie range, I was gradually trying to get lower and lower. WELL. I finally actually recalculated it after hearing that news and it's just a LITTLE lower than I thought it would be, but I think I will be able to handle it pretty easily. I usually end up aiming around 1500 calories a day, and my max on the new calculation is 1650. It just means less margin of error for me really.

I would before occasionally be like, well actually I CAN eat such and such, it'll fit in my calories, but today I won't. Or I will. Depending on the day. Considering how much lower my max is now (from 1830 to 1650 = 180 cal), I probably was sometimes over what I really should have been eating on certain days.

I participated in a challenge on Tall Lady Sparkers to track calories for a week and find the average, and my average came out to like... 1529 or something? So I guess I'm already on track to meet my new ranges...

I'm just scared! It seems like so much less! Just the numbers... but I know it's really not. 180 calories is NOT that big a difference. I'm sure I will be able to adjust easily. I wonder what it would be like to try to maintain? I will have to go play in my dummy account out of curiosity.


Old Ranges:

1480-1830 calories
35-71 fat
166-297 carbs
??? protein (I never really looked at protein... I think the max was 160. Min ... ?

New Ranges:

1300-1650 calories
34-60 fat
174-252 carbs
60-136 protein

I wonder why the minimum carbs went up? Is it because I upped my excercise? Either way, I think it will be quite manageable and I'm excited. I'm really hoping that embracing this new range will help jumpstart my weight-loss back to bigger numbers.

This week I only went down .5lb and although I am very happy that I was able to show a loss at all, I want MORE. :D I'm just barely on track for my year end goal and I do not want to extend it if at all possible.

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  • GUGIE76
    i do wish you all the luck in the world - but you don't need luck - you're doing great with new found skill and attitude!! i totally understand the feelings your feeling about the calorie range changing - i recalculated mine last week and although it's much higher than yours i lost almost 100cals/day and that made me nervous - i thought - ok - i was doing this, bt had my hard days...what happends when i have a hard day and i have fewer calories??? it's ok though - cuz even now i'm adjusting to knowing my new limit - when you're living it i guess it happends fast..lol...but you are an inpiration to me and your comments always mean a lot - thank you so much!!!
    4565 days ago
    Way to keep on top of your plan! I didn't know you even could recalculate calories. What part of the webpage allows you to do that? Keep up your fabulous progress!!! :)
    4565 days ago
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