I've been food journaling.
Here is the damage.
That's about 1500 - 1700 calories a day, with nearly everything in my apathy diet included.
I am remaining in the 170 - 173 pound spot. Obviously, this calorie range keeps me squarely in this weight range. (I have been here for a year and a half?)
I go from 170 to 175. I get excited to see 1-6-9, and then, poof, right back into 170's. I have always shared (in my BBGC support group) that I believe in 10 - 12 calories per pound maintains my size.
Which also means, if I am EVER going to shake off this excess, I must drop back the calories OR ramp up my daily activity by at least 500 - 700 calories per day.
HUGE APATHETIC SIGH FILLED WITH TOAST. "BUT I DON'T WANNNNNNAAAAAA EAT LESS." I have become way too comfortable with over-eating. I can eat me some 1700 calories with ease. I can polish off a bowl of Anycarbs! like nobodies business. Hand me Anycarbs! (...except cereal and milk, gag) and I'll overeat it for you!
What made me realize this? One of my daughters decided to start looking at portions. She pulled out the measuring cups. And DOG KNOWS I AM A PROFESSIONAL MEASURER OF ALL THINGS NUTRITIVE and I can tell you how many calories are in all the things -- but -- do I bother measuring my own foods?
Nah. scoop scoop scoop
When I looked at her wee bowl of pasta and realized (for the millionth time) that 1/2 cup of pasta is only > this < much? And I have been serving myself with > this < much stomach + THIS MUCH + just because it's there? Thud.
Last night while watching My 600 LB Life -- I noted that Dr. Now puts all the patients on a 1200 calorie diet. It works. What I am doing, is not working. It's maintaining my obesity. What does this mean for me? I am going to make a conscious effort to aim for 1200 calories. I know that my aiming for that I may or may not - but it's not a huge deal. If I can hit it some days, I'll make progress. My goal is 150 pounds, so a loss of 20 pounds. To do that, I'll need to CUT THE CARBS back. I may need to cut out a meal or snack or three. Add shakes in? Maybe. I haven't "dieted" in so very long it's hard to even consider? I see lots of my online friends having great success with super low carb plans, some even KETO, but, I need something that is very flexible - even - ready to go - with no planning. I'm just ... chaotic. But I'll follow anything and be likely to succeed if I can get with it, you know?
Are you following any plans right now? Do you have excess weight to lose?