Well, first of all, I'll report my calorie intake since the 22nd.
I decided to revisit my calorie goals for losing 1-2 pounds per week, which is HEALTHY.
From my initial fitness test at the gym, this is the information I came up with:
11389 = Weekly calories needed to lose 1 lb per week (1627/day)
7889 = Weekly calories needed to lose 2 lbs per week (1127/day)
Livestrong.com was telling me that my recommended intake to lose 2 lbs per week was 1700/day. That's just too high. So, I'm going to see if I can take it down another 500 per day and make my daily goal 1200 calories. That's higher than the 1127/day above, but it's a nice round number. I have also read in many places and it seems to be the general consensus that consuming 1200 calories each day has been shown to be nutritious, yet allows for the calorie deficit most people require for losing weight. Standard diet programs recommended by medical professionals and nutritionists use 1200 calories as a foundation for developing meal plans.
SO! I have changed my calorie goal on livestrong.com to reflect the 1200/day and we'll see how it goes from here. I know what foods keep me feeling fuller and craving food less, and I really feel that when I have too much flexibility I tend to justify calories I don't need. :)~
I have to make sure that I continue to strive for accurate calorie recording. I found this on thedietchannel.com.
Here's what 1200 calories looks like in real food:
* 1-pint container of premium/gourmet ice cream
* 120 large potato chips
* 4 plain bagels (no cream cheese or butter)
* 30 cups frozen broccoli (plain, no sauce)
* 3 cups regular granola
* Eight 12-ounce cans regular soda pop
* 11 large apples
So, here's some encouragement to show the world's healthiest foods. :)
We'll see how it goes!