It is SO hard to stay under 1300 calories! And I am only eating a minimum amount of very health food!!! Yikes - being 5'2" I will probably never be able to eat much more, and I guess since it is so little I will always have to track. On the good side - I am doing it and losing, on the difficult side, there are few days I don't go over by at least 50 calories...
Yes it is! I am supposed to stay under 1200! But I found that eating healthier foods helps.
Also, I redid the section where it calculated what is SHOULD weigh, because I thought that I was petite - small boned (5ft and had always been skinny). CC told me I should be 102 lbs!!! That means losing about 1/3 of my current body, which I admit is a little chubby but REALLY 102??? I hadn't weighed 102 since high school and I looked anorexic then. Anyway, there is a place link which tells you to measure your wrist and it from the measurement it determines if you are small - medium - large boned. I found out that I was actually large boned, which made my ultimate target weight higher.
It didn't change the amount I need to stay under every day, however, it was nice to see that it I was going have to shed so much.
I have also found that eating heathier food helps.
I also had to redo the calculations. First I was surprised to find that I was "small" boned... always thought I was medium or large. The the program said that I should weight 120 lbs. I've always looked (and felt) better at 125 so I changed it.
Now I'm also considering changing the goal date. I needed to lose 31 lbs at the beginning (this is my second week) and my goal date was set to January 2013. The recommemded rate is 2 lbs a week so that's only 15 1/2 weeks which would make it mid June this year.
Thanks for both your replies. I will try the measure feature. I thought I was medium, but now I am not sure.
You are probably ready to leave this topic, but I thought I would add just a little 'food for thought'. I also changed my target weight to what I weighed when I got married. According to every measure known to man, I should be too heavy at that weight, but I felt good and LOOKED good at that weight! So that's what I am doing. Will, rethink that idea once I reach it and see what I think then.
I am only 5 foot, or 5 foot one inch depending on who measures... so my calorie limit is set at 1200. I actually set mine at 1250 since the slightly higher number actually keeps me more motivated to eat less... go figure!
Nutritionists do not recommend that anyone go below 1200. It has long been considered to be the minimum safe level for a healthy weight reduction diet. In my little world, that means I have to increase exercise to speed weight loss.
Take Care and best wishes!
Thanks - I did find the place where you can adjust goals and target calories. There are so many cool features on this site - still learning. I just figured out how to add and then find recipes I create. I like that it can be analyzed for nutritional value! Sounds like you have similar concerns with being short and intake. I agree that as I get closer to what I perceive as my goal, I will have to reevaluate. Thanks everyone for your messages of encouragement!
Calories are kind of like LDL (not exactly though) there are some that are better for you than others. Feed the muscle and starve the fat. Those of us who have been Fat for long periods have to re-do our taste buds, detox from sugar and so many carbs and learn to like salad. I found I like it much more when I add portabella mushrooms (Which I LOVE) dices on top.
Remember 1300 is for loosing weight. IF you increase your activity you can have more calories. The idea is to get healthy for life and stay that way. Speed is not the name of this game. It's about making changes, getting rid of things we don't need (Like McDonalds) one or two at the time until we forget all about em-just like high school boyfriends old what's his name has no influence on me at all now and at one time i spent days picking out and trying on outfits for him.
So if you only go over by 50 or so you'll still loose just slower, but soon you'll use the lemon wedge and drop the dessing, just hang a bit. Takes 21 days to make something a habit-that's consecutive days..You got that long don't you?
I stumbled into this just to see how others are copping, I have to be honest I have always been one of those lucky people others talked about. weight never stuck to me, I struggled all my life to keep pounds on. ! yeah, my mothers words haunt me, " young lady that will change as Mid life comes creeping round the corner" I recall laughing and saying Not me mum!
Ha! well she was right, who knew, having never needing to watch what I ate, came as a very rude shock. 25lbs later. Here I am, that said its been harder to move than I would have thought. Humbling experience. Your all probably smiling at that comment. Truth is, writing what I consume is helping. Its the small things I am finding hard, and I realise the goal I will loose the pounds, but clearly way more slowly than I believed was possible. Reason, I am working out more. The muscle weighs more. The head knows but boy I still hate those scales. Result I threw the scales out! I won, it lost. I fell in love with the tape measure, its my new best friend. And stangely a bunch of people I will never meet who share the same goals. To feel better about ourselves. As I raise my 4th or is it 5th Glass os water for the day I toast those that knew before me what I find out today. Its about the commaradary of the effort, I guess I kind of like this challenge, and with our collective help we all win. ! to hell with what I weighed at 25, who wants to be that again, ( slap me) I like the age I am now. I just want to fit my clothes better, I still got sass. You still got sass, we don't need to be our kids, but we do want to be around them.. one muchie at a time less!! My taste buds as enjoying the old new food, the stuff my grandmother told me many years ago to eat.... who knew. What wise women they all were. :)