I also loved my coffee this morning. It was a double with 2 tbsp. cream, which was 100 calories according to the package; 103 or 104, depending on the other two sources.
I plugged all of my information into two different tools to get an idea of what I'm looking at here. I should do this with the Wii too. I will tomorrow if I remember.
Anyway, I used one tool on the computer (an on-line resource) and one on my mobile (an app). I put my current weight (143-ish according to Wii) and my goal (121 by my birthday which is mid-April).
Both warned me that more than 2.5 lb. per week was an excessive goal and I should consult with a caregiver.
One told me my daily calorie goal was around 2,000 calories. The other told me my total calorie goal was about 800. There is a bit of a difference there. And while the difference in calories in my creamer was small, I feel here is a good time to point out these are just tools based on averages.
And I say this because there are clients who will say, 'In your handouts, you have chicken as this many calories, but I looked it up and my source says it's (some minuscule number of) calories less/more.' Uh huh. And the point is? Or they will be upset that the scale in my office is different than theirs at home...when they weigh nude first thing in the morning at home. Of course it is.
These are just tools based on averages. You can get on the scale 1/2 dozen times in a row and get widely divergent results. I know this because I've also had clients tell me they've done this...and then used the average weight. Personally, I think that's silly. It doesn't really matter what specifics the tool is providing! And I don't care if it's a several hundred (or thousand) dollar tool either. It's just a machine. It's giving you and idea of where you have been, where you are and where you might go. That's it. It gives you are reasonably close proximate idea of these things if it's the expensive tool. The free app on my iPad? Or online? Not so much.
That does not mean it's not useful. It is. It gives me an idea of what I might be shooting for. I might find that it's totally wrong for ME. That requires self-knowledge and common-damn-sense.
At this point, it would seem I need to eat somewhere between 800-2000 calories. Actually, I know from past experience that there is never a time in my life that I can eat 2000 calories and not gain weight, no matter how active I am. My personal parameters have been about 1400-1600 in the past. They may have changed. We'll see. I'll start with the 800 and work my way up. Or not. If I am reaching my goals at 800 and it's comfortable for me, I'll stick to it.
This is what a stabilization day looks like:
1/2 grapefruit for breakfast (after the coffee)
100 g. burger (plain, still)
12 spears asparagus (also plain)
A BLT salad with romaine, tomato, 1 slice bacon, 1 hard boiled egg, 100 g. chicken breast, 1 tbsp. onion and 1 tbsp. homemade blue cheese dressing. YUM! I am very full!
According to the app (that was easier to use than the website), it looks like I've consumed about 879 calories, although the 4 miles I walked on the treadmill at an incline starting at 12 and moving down over the course of an hour and a half, the app says I have a deficit and could eat 588 more calories. This app, BTW, is the tool that said I should eat around 800 calories. FitDay told me 2,000.
Now, considering there is no simple carbohydrate in my day, and there is a deficit, that SHOULD mean that I'll still drop at least a little tomorrow. Even if I decide to have a snack later, it would be a homemade stevia sweetened chocolate with coconut oil. The calories would still be in the hole and there would still be no sugar or starch.
I'm not counting the calories from my supplements because I'm taking the same stuff I did during protocol. I just assume I need to round up on everything to compensate.