How do I get rid of that goal completely, since that's what seems to be causing the problems?
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Almost certainly, yes. It sounds like you've set a goal that's far too aggressive; when you set a goal that's too fast, Sparkpeople will generally plop you in the lowest range.
I would suggest eating at the top of that range; that's an average goal of 2.42 lbs per week, which may be hard; losing 1-2 lbs a week is far safer and more sustainable. While people with more to lose can indeed sometimes lose weight that quickly, it's hard to set as a goal... this isn't the Biggest Loser.
Perhaps try moving to no more than 2 lbs per week, and see if that helps. 1210 is far too low for most anyone, especially someone at your weight!
I updated my spark tracker with my weight and an updated goal yesterday.
Today, I notice that it has reduced my calories per day by about 200 in the top range. Is 1210 - 1570 calories a day too few? It seems like it might be. My goal is to lose 17 lbs in 7 weeks. Could that be driving the calories down?
If it's safe I can do it but I don't want to be too restrictive this early.
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