Hi - it sounds like you could do with a little help.
The first thing you need to take on board is that this isn't a diet. It is merely a healthy lifestyle. Nothing is off limits, but it is a case of being wise with your choices of food (and portions) MOST of the time.
1200 calories is generally for an average weight woman who is sedentary. Make sure that you don't short-change yourself. When you do a lot of exercise, it is likely that you will need more calories. I know that sounds counter-productive, but it isn't. Be guided by the range SP has set for you, but make sure that you have entered all your details, like current weight, what you want to get down to, when you want to be at your goal, and your activities.
Be guided by the carbs/fats/protein recommendations, too.
Don't aim for the weight-loss to be 'yesterday' - quick losses aren't healthy, and generally go back on when you have reached your goal, too.
Be sure to make good use of the Nutrition Tracker, and I strongly suggest weighing all of your food for increased accuracy.
I am a bit taller than you - just under 5' 6" and my starting weight was quite a bit higher than you are now. My Dietitian put me on 1400 calories - no range. I started losing on that .... slow and steady. I am aware of members on here who eat a bit more, and are shorter and much lighter, but they are also more active than me, too.
Where it comes to a healthy breakfast, are you able to pop a couple pieces of good wholegrain bread in the toaster while you are getting dressed? If so, putting some peanut butter or cottage cheese and couple slices of tomato are great. Take a banana, or apple to eat as you go. Have some pre-packed little bags of nuts and dried fruit to nibble on. The nuts are a great source of healthy fats and also have protein fibre. The dried fruits are good energy burst, with fibre.
Another breakfast you might like is to have some smoothies made up the night before. Put in some Greek Yoghurt, fruit (think bananas, berries [frozen is o.k.] wheat-germ/oat bran or Almond Meal and give it a good blitz. If you want more protein, add some milk to it.
You might like to have some hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. Grab a couple and a piece of fruit.
Make sure that you eat ALL of your meals. Don't be tempted to skip any. Some find it helpful to have a couple snacks in the day, too. I normally have between 2-4 and they are accounted for in my day.
I keep a daily spreadsheet of my calories, fat, fibre (I have to track that), exercise which is split into two - one column for walks and another for other exercise - and then general comments. I also have a column for my weight WHEN I weigh, which isn't very often. The general comments column I include things like pain, if I haven't slept much, if I have been out, or have craved something. It has helped me and my Dietitian to resolve some of the hiccups which have come along. Every now and again I average my calories. Because of that I have found what calories I maintain (for me 1600) what calories I gain, and what causes me to lose over a period of time. I find this very easy because I am an obsessive document-er - LOL! I also find it saves a lot of angst, too!
Why is it that you want/need to lose the weight by February? Just remember, the closer a person is to their goal weight, the harder it is to lose the weight.
As far as supplements are concerned, considering you have been considerably under-eating, I would suggest that you make an appointment with your Dr and tell him/her what you have been doing and what your plans are, and asked for some bloods to check that everything is as it should be. If it isn't, then he/she will be able to advise you on your best course of action.
Good luck with your journey.
Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 11/13/2013 (03:12)
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