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Counting Calories

by Megan
That’s about as detailed as my eating plan is…counting calories. I want to eat between 1200-1500 calories a day. Since I’m nursing, it would probably be best to shoot for closer to 1500 (not that I think that will be a problem!).

Health issues aside, it’s pretty simple math to figure out how to lose weight…burn more calories than you consume. We all burn a certain number of calories each day without any effort, and then whatever we do during the day burns more on top of that.

My BMR is 1589 (that’s how many calories I would burn in 24 hours if I lay in bed all day), and considering myself to be at least a little active each day, my daily caloric burn is about 2200, without any extra exercise. And that means that as long as I eat fewer than 2200 calories each day, I will lose weight. And if I eat about 1500 calories a day, and burn about 300 calories extra each day, through exercising, I should be able to lose 2 pounds a week.

So I’m trying to give myself a little structure while keeping it as easy for me to succeed as possible. I actually had a little more detailed exercise plan, with a short list of workouts to do on MWF, and a different list for TR, and then a long run planned for Saturdays, but I think that I’m just going to stick with my plan to “first, workout” and just hold myself to doing something 6 days a week, for at least 30 minutes. That way I can choose a workout each day depending on my mood and place and free time, and I can fulfill my plan and burn calories. There should be no excuses!

Same thing with food- I’m counting calories, drinking at least 60 ounces of water a day, and that’s it. Now, I realize that means that I could have a few slices of chocolate cake and not eat anything else all day, and still fulfill my eating plan. I’m going to do my best to make better food choices without holding myself to anything more specific than that. I am well aware of the fact that I feel better, look better, and perform daily tasks better when I eat right! Also, the healthier (low calorie) the foods I eat, the more I can eat of them! So I’m not structuring it any more than that, to avoid not fulfilling my plan and giving up altogether. This should be a very easy way to succeed!

So here is my entire plan summarized:

*Work out Monday-Saturday, at least 30 minutes, and fit it in as early in the day as possible
*Eat 1500 calories a day, as healthfully as possible
*Drink at least 60 ounces of water every day

You can’t go wrong with the basics, and this is an excuse-proof plan! So check up on me and make sure I’m doing it!

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