I took StarHalo’s advice and consulted the BMR calculator. The calories I’d burn if I stayed in bed all day is 2,041, so I’m confident (I train with kettlebells 5 days a week) I can lose weight if I can keep my calories under 2,200. (In the photo above, taken about 6 weeks ago, I'm about 8 pounds lighter than I am now.)
I looked at ways I can cut back on my calories based on my current habits:
- Only one snack a day, between lunch and dinner, yogurt and one, not several, medjool dates. And no sneaking in tortilla chips with guacamole and hummus. I can add guacamole and hummus to my lunch salad and that’s it.
- No more chocolate soy or almond milk in my coffee.
- Only one coffee in the morning. No more afternoon coffee.
- If I get hungry between breakfast and lunch, I can have an orange but no more handfuls of peanuts.
- No more protein bars at work. I’ll eat half a peanut butter sandwich on a high-protein spelt bread.
- No more “finishing” my daughters’ uneaten food on the table. I’ll throw it away or put it in the refrigerator.
- No more taking my daughters to smoothie bars because I end up sipping too much of the sugary drink.
- And the hardest one of all: I’ll try—and I repeat—I’ll try not to snack after dinner. I usually eat peanuts and yogurt with medjool dates.