Today I was thinking about what calorie level I need to be eating to lose weight. Back when I was losing those first 60 pounds by calorie counting and exercise, I had regular losses most weeks until I got down to 214 pounds, which is very close to where I am now. I was losing on 1500 calories a day while biking 20-30 minutes a day, six days a week. Then the weight loss stopped, and I stalled on that calorie level at right about this weight.
So... maybe that is part of the key. I have mentioned it before, but it got lost in the low carb focus on fat/carbs. If 1500 was maintenance at this weight back then, obviously four years later my maintenance level would be 1500 or less (probably less due to aging/metabolic slowdown), plus I am sure my strength training doesn't burn half the calories of the daily biking I was doing back then. So maybe this week's maintain at 1350 isn't all that different from my body's metabolism of four years ago.
I have not eaten my dinner but have it calculated plus my evening snack is already chosen and accounted for. So here are today's stats:
53 g carbs (16%)
101 g protein (31%)
76 g fat (53%)
I was aiming for slightly less fat and calories and more lean protein and that's what I got. I also feel really good today, the PMS is 90% gone even though I *should* still be having it for a few more days, and my energy is good. I have a feeling these are the kind of stats that WILL get me weight loss.