I have been getting questions lately about my calorie intake.
I will be eating 1400-1500 calories 5 days a week.
On Wednesdays I eat 1600 and Saturdays I will eat 1800 calories.
People wanted to know how I could eat 'so many calories' and still lose weight.
These calories are actually lower than recommended.
I am still in weight loss calorie range here.
Maybe I should explain a bit about my weight loss philosphy.
I have no intention of starving to lose weight.
There is no reason to.
One person expressed concern over losing 'only' 1 or 2 lbs a week.
I don't mean to pick, I can see how 1 or 2 pounds might seem 'slow'.
It's a healthy weight loss.
It is EXACTLY the amount I am looking to lose per week.
4-5 lbs a month is what I am shooting for.
I exercise 6 days a week...
6 days of cardio and toning.
I burn 500-700 calories at a time.
On days when I eat 1400-1500 I am at a 600 to 700 calorie deficit
When I eat 1600 I am at a 500 calorie deficit.
At 1800 I am at around a 300 calorie surplus unless I take a hike with my kids.
over all I will be around 3000-3500 calorie deficit per week...maybe more depending on how many 1400 calorie days I have and how hard I work out.
This isn't a race to the 'finish line' for me.
I get no awards for hitting 'goal' in record time.
On may 18th, it will be one year to the day that I weighed for the first time, I started losing weight by walking and capping my calories two weeks prior.
In that time I have lost around 106 pounds.
That averages out to 2 lbs a week.
In that time I have NEVER laid in bed starving.
I have never thought...I need to starve myself to lose weight.
You see, I used to do this.
I would eat 1200 calories or less.
I would starve, I would workout, starve some more..
I would last two or three weeks.
Then I would binge.
Then I would step on the scale and get upset cause I had 'only' lost a pound or two in two weeks.
All those calories count, whether they are planned for or whether they are not planned for.
If you eat so little that you snap and binge, feel guilty, starve some more, over exercise, get on the scale, get upset, starve, snap, binge, feel guilty, over exercise, then quit. Then regain what you've lost and then some.
You get nowhere.
For me, this is not an all or nothing proposition.
I am trying to live life.
I am not interested in getting 'there' as quickly as possible.
I am interested in learning how to live this way FOR.THE.REST.OF.MY.LIFE.
And quite frankly, if I thought I could only eat 1000 calories a day for the rest of my life...I'd still be fat.
That's the truth.
If that is all you can truly eat, then you should have your thyroid checked.
Average daily intake for a woman who is 128 lbs and exercises should be around 1700 calories a day.
If you can't lose on 1200-1400 calories a day...I would say your thyroid is hinky.
If you take my calories and add them and then divide them....it averages around 1523 calories a day.
My goal weight is 132 lbs. It takes around 1320 to maintain 132 lbs without exercise....If I burn 500 doing exercise, I should be able to eat 1820 calories a day.
I have been spot on with this all the way from 262 to my current weight of 157 lbs.
So the calories I am eating still aren't maintenance for my goal weight, but I am shifting in that direction.
I am looking to hit 132 somewhere around december of this year.
I used to head on down to the binge and starve once a year.
Every year I would give up and feel frustrated, like a loser.
I wasn't a loser, I was just off kilter.
I wasn't making this a part of my life.
It was an abberation, a thing I could stop doing once I reached some magical weight.
It can't be that.
It has to become as unconcious, as natural as being fat was.
That takes time, and planning, and deliberate decisions about what I do.
I hope this answers some questions about my weight loss...
I would like to leave a few questions.
What are you trying to accomplish by losing weight?
What is it you are shooting for?
It's not a number...that I know.
Hope everyone has a great sunday.
I have to get ready for the gym.