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# Stepped on the scale and a challenge addition

February 25th, 2008 at 01:10 pm

I got the glass grinder shipped today, so I'm adding \$75.57 to the challenge for a total of \$3,603.83.

I also weighed myself this morning as promised and was pleasantly surprised to find I weigh 145 pounds instead of the 150 I thought based on my last encounter with the scale.

The weight times 10 formula isn't going to work for me since I am fairly active, so I figured out my calorie requirements using an online calculator. This is what I came up with:

To maintain my weight, I need to consume: 1730 calories on sedentary days, 1799 on light activity days, 2076 on moderate activity days and 2352 for very active days.

To lose weight, the numbers are: 1230 calories for sedentary, 1299 for light activity, 1576 for moderate activity, 1,852 for very active days.

Now my problem is figuring out what qualifies as moderately active and very active. My guess is most days I fall in the moderately active category. I alternate running with swimming. And the duration varies from 3 to 6 miles on the running, and a half mile to 1 mile on the swimming. And, I'm not always consistent about working out every day. (Any trainers or dieticians out there want to chime in here, feel free....)

The good news is I'm never sedentary and only "lightly active" a couple times a week when I do little more than walk from here to the corner to meet the school bus.

Gosh, this weight management stuff is almost as confusing as financial matters....

### 4 Responses to “Stepped on the scale and a challenge addition”

1. ceejay74 Says:

If you are going to preplan your meals with specific calorie counts, one thing you could do is work on getting your 3 meals to equal 1300, and then on days when your exercise is moderate or very active, have ideas for snacks that equal the additional calories for those days (275 calories more or 550 calories more).

Good luck! Calorie counting works, but it takes a lot of concentration (and control over your food), so I've never been able to stick to it for really extended periods of time.

2. Aleta Says:

I would say this: Try her way to see if it works. If you're a more active person, you will probably by default lose the weight even faster. I think that adjusting the calories as you lose weight makes alot of sense. It seems to have worked for her. I'm going to try her way to see what happens for me.

3. reflectionite Says:

what website did you use for calculating the amounts to lose weight? i would like to see what i should be doing!

4. compulsive debtor Says:

This is the one I used:
http://www.wvda.org/calcs/fcals.htm

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