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Playing with the Numbers

Sunday, May 05, 2013

Since the beginning of the year I've been working with a goal of being 130 pounds by August 31. That gives me 1290 to 1640 calories to play with, since I am moderately active.

SparkPeople tells me my basal metabolic rate (BMR) is currently 1627. But I think that's getting unrealistically low. Keep in mind that SparkPeople will adjust your calorie allowance based on activity level, but they don't turn around and adjust your BMR -- so you are eventually going to run into the situation where the BMR it says you have is lower than the top end of the calorie allowance it gives you. That's always fun when you try to run a calorie differential report! (Sigh.)

I went to another web site that calculates BMR then applies an adjustment for activity level. According to their criteria I am moderately active -- doing exercise or sports 3-5 times a week. (Okay, so I'm at the top end of "moderate", but still.) I entered my weight as 146, which is close to accurate, my height as 62 inches, and my age as 48, which is (unfortunately) accurate. When it did the calculation, on that web site my BMR is 2102.

My 1 year Sparkversary is coming up at the end of this month. I am stuck in a "tide pool" right now, at a time when I normally should be losing. I still want to get down another size, but it feels like that is not going to happen. I don't know whether to trust this feeling, or be suspicious of it.

Meanwhile, I just keep on doing what I'm doing. At this point, it's all I know how to do.
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