Do you know why I haven't really been losing anything, just sticking with the same three or so pounds the last little while? Hormones? Genetics?
Nope. Check this out:
And there's the answer. I've been eating at maintenance. Not cool for someone trying to lose weight.
I just got back from a camping trip with my really fit friends. It's always a little embarrassing, because I've gained 40 pounds since I left our home state, and "it isn't coming off." That is, I am not working hard enough to take it off.
The next trip is in May, for Memorial Day. I'd like to be at a healthy BMI by then. Is it possible?
I found out it is. I was directed to this nifty tool here:
It will tell you at what weight you should be at when! By playing with it, I found I can be at a healthy BMI provided I eat on average 1280 calories per day.
THAT IS DOABLE.
I won't starve. I'm 4'10". 1200-1300 calories is really enough. I'd say more than enough for someone my height.
I'm really good about logging my food. I don't typically snack. I weigh and measure most of the time. I do drink too much alcohol from a calories standpoint, and sometimes I overindulge, but I can stop that. I KNOW I can.
Today, I got takeout for myself, my husband, sister and BIL. They saw what I ordered, and they all said, "That's pretty small," but it was ENOUGH.
So, the big thing I have to start doing is logging my food before I eat is, so I know I'm below my 1280. Each meal needs to be less than 426 calories. I will have to really cut down on alcohol (try to fit in one glass of beer a week), and I need to find more meals that are less calorie-dense.
I figure I can also bank my leftover calories, calculating at the end of each week, in case I'm in a social situation or mess up along the way, because, really, I'm not perfect, and because it's hard to fit pizza, ice cream, Cheetos, yeast rolls and cake into a 1280 calorie limit. And I'm not giving those up completely. I'm committed, but not crazy.
Check out that calculator and tell me what you think!