I need your help. But first let me explain my situation.
I work. A lot. Okay, okay, I know other people work 40 hours a week, but some days I feel like I am sitting all day long. Here is my schedule:
- 5 a.m. wake up (most days) /coffee time
- 6 a.m. exercise
- 7 a.m. get ready for work
- 8 a.m. leave for work
- 12-1 ish lunch break reserved for blogging or reading
- 6 or 7 p.m. (2 long days and two shorter days) return home from work / cook dinner
- 8 p.m. blog/comment on blogs
- 9 p.m. ready for bed
- 10 p.m. bed
This schedule excludes Friday as I get off at 3:30.
So what I need help with is your exercise expertise. According to SparkPeople I should be burning 288 calories per day and eating between 1200-1550 a day.
Below is my calories burned and calories consumed for this past week. I haven’t had a chance to enter my projected calories consumed for Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You can click those for a larger picture.
Calories eaten are in blue, calories burned in green are exercise and the calories burned in orange is my BMR.
SparkPeople has my BMR at 1,926. However, I used two different BMR calculators which stated that my BMR is 1,604. Which mean I would need to burn far more calories. I am concerned that with my sedentary lifestyle (apart from exercise), following SparkPeople’s recommendation is not quite right for me.
My questions to you:
1.) Do you have a good resource for figuring out BMR?
2.) Do you have any suggestions for adapting my schedule to help fit in more exercise time?
3.) Do you have a 40 hour per week desk job where you sit all day long? If so how do you cope and stay fit?
Thank you all in advance for your awesome and most appreciated help!
P.S. I am going to have to catch up on blog reading Saturday! Sorry Gals. I am having 20 people over at my house tomorrow night! Yikes!
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Today’s Meal Plan
Thursday (approx 1495 cal. and 58 grams of fat):
Breakfast: 2 eggs , tomato and spinach sandwich, 1 serv. fruit, 1 c. milk and coffee
Snack: 1 serv. fruit
Lunch: Left over Greek Salad
Snack: Tuna stuffed green pepper (1/2 green pepper stuffed with ½ can tuna and 1 tbsp light may with olive oil, topped with 1 oz cheese)
Dinner: Tacos w/ 2 hard taco shells, ½ c. black beans, 1/4 avocado, 1 c. romaine, ¼ c. diced tomatoes, 2 tbsp. sour cream, and ¼ c. salsa.
Dessert: Ghirardelli dark chocolate square (50 calories)
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‘Cause life isn’t perfect, but with a little planning and preparation, you can almost come close!