Yes, I’m trimming down right now, thus the 1,700 calories. That is 1,700 when I include my workout and am burning roughly 350 calories. If I didn’t work out, I would only be eating under 1,500 calories. Seriously, for me to lose weight (I’m going for a pound a week) it is low calorie-ville. When I maintain, I eat around 1,900 calories with no exercise, 2,100 -ish when I workout hard.
I must say this, however. Maintaining does not just happen for me. Are you like this too? There are some blessed/lucky/I-have-no-idea-gene-pool-they-came-from gals who just are thin, don’t really focus on their weight and they maintain their lovely figure indefinitely. I am not one of those people. My body LIKES to be a bit heavier, I’m convinced. I’m a gal who is 5’8 (OK, 5’7 1/2″, but does the DMV really check this stuff?). My body is soooo content and comfortable around 145 lbs. Guess what? I am soooo much happier at 133 – 138 lbs. I have a constant 5 lbs that fluctuate up and down — and it doesn’t bother me (that much). But once I break 138, it’s time to hunker down.
This is my much-to-philosophical-for-this-topic analogy:
I imagine myself swimming in a river. I think some women’s rivers don’t have strong currents. Mine does. In order to stay where I am I have to constantly be swimming upstream. Otherwise I get carried away with that weight gain current. I personally have to continually monitor what I am eating and watch my portions closely. Sounds exhausting? It isn’t. It’s just reality. I know that about myself. I accept it. I realized a long time ago that there many things in my life I cannot control; but my weight is not one of them. I made a decision I would never be a victim to it. Thus, I keep on swimming upstream. And overtime, my stroke has improved, I’ve gotten strong, and now I’m a pretty efficient swimmer.
So, bring on the 1700 calories per day.