Hello lovely MFP people, I am hoping someone lovely and patient is prepared to take pity on me.
I have a big issue with setting a realistic calorie goal.
I am quite fit and active, I've been a regular runner since 2010 (I did a marathon last year) and this year I'm focusing on road cycling rather than running, due to injury (currently at ~100/150 miles/week). I also do strength training at the gym.
I am 5'8 (170cm) and currently weigh 142lbs (64.5kg), I have coeliac disease and am largely veggie/vegan.
I have lost track of how many times I have tried to follow different calorie goals. I want to get my weight back down to around 137lbs, which is where I was a year ago. At the moment I am not logging food and have put weight on, which is making my clothes tight and uncomfortable. I tried at 1200 calories a day but couldn't sustain it. 1600 calories a day feels too much to lose weight. There are so many variations on the MFP settings I don't know which one to pick for my situation. I think I was on maybe 1600 cals per day during marathon training last year which felt fine, but I was running a lot of miles and 1600 feels too much based on my current activity.
I know I am obsessing about it a little bit. At the moment I am eating literally ALL the time and it feels out of control. I'm just really grateful for opinions and advice. It feels like I could just pick a figure out of the air, but I kind of want it to be more informed than that.
Thanks in advance