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Have Only Been Maintaining - Bonus! A Cool Tool

Monday, September 07, 2015

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.


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. emoticon

Check out that calculator and tell me what you think!

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    BEATLETOT, you sound motivated! A camping trip with very fit friends sounds like a good way to get some focus. (By the way, I've never even been camping and wonder what y'all eat on those trips. I love food cooked over a fire, so if it was that, I imagine it was tasty and fun to prepare.)

    It's great that you have found a way that works for you! I'm doing my own thing, too, using my past dieting experience as a vague guideline but trying not to obsess, and so far it's working very well. Everybody's different, and I'm so glad to hear you're making progress! Success leads to more success!
    1623 days ago
    Going to play around with this tool! I haven't weighed myself in a few weeks. Need to check in but don't wanna. Miss you :)
    1630 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I was surprised that the tool said that I needed to eat more calores. H'mmmmm
    1631 days ago
  • CHERYLA2012
    Sounds like you got a plan! You got this - you know what to do - now just do it!

    1632 days ago
    I try to look at SP's Calorie Differential Report at the end of each day to see how I have done and it has helped a LOT! But, I love new tools that can help me along my journey, so now I am off to check out this cool new calculator you have discovered...


    1633 days ago
    Very cool!
    Wonderful tool that will get you on your way!
    1633 days ago
  • L*I*T*A*
    great plan....................

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    1633 days ago
    Understanding is the start to changing. Good luck and you will reach your goals.
    1633 days ago
    Sounds like all good plans. To be honest as a binge eater, I admire you for being able to maintain.
    The tool indeed is very interesting! Thank you for sharing!
    1633 days ago
    Thank you for that calorie calculator tool! I haven't seen something like that before. I've done it on paper myself, but it's not perfect. This you can easily adjust to your changing needs too. I know my BMI and where I want to be. I also know my BMR, but I really like this ongoing count down as you head towards the goal!

    It sounds like you have it all figured out and on the right track. So keep us updated with how it's working out!

    Barbara emoticon

    1633 days ago
    That is fascinating! I learned that just a few hundred calories a day will make a huge difference! Thank you.

    1633 days ago
    You got this!! That tracker is a nifty analyzing mine whenever I get into a snafu. Make good choices and it's all good! And that includes fitting in your beer !! emoticon
    1633 days ago
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