I have managed to eat 2100 calories most days except for one when I ate 2600, I know that is still kind of high but I was eating waymore than this before I started this accountable eating. I feel better physically because Im eating about the same amount of food daily and a lower fat intake. Im buying a scale this weekend and I will see if i have lost any weight. I intend on decreasing calories even more but slowly, easy does it. Before I would just go down to 1500 cals a day right away and I would be in starvation mode. So at least this way I can gradually cut down and not feel so deprived. Thats how I quit smoking too.
Honestly you can easily lose weight on 2100 calories a day at your weight. Don't go down until you have to! I am very proud that you have managed to keep your calories under control and that you realize that even though you had a day at 2600 that it's just a blip. It's under your maintenance level so you're all good!
On my own personal journey I started on September 27, 2008
Starting weight 377, Weight in spring of 2010 198, Weight in August 2011? In the 240's.
Still plugging along on this weight loss highway!
Some diet/nutrition people actually recommending doing a zig-zag method where you up your calories from your regular weight loss amount every 3rd or 4th day. The increase still has to come from healthy calories but the theory is it keeps your body 'guessing' and out of starvation mode. So, by some experts recommendations, your 2,600 calorie day was a good thing so long as they were still healthy calories.
1st goal- ONEDERLAND! Check!
2nd goal- Less than 194 (a number I've been stuck at before) CHECK!
3rd goal- Reach the 180's- haven't been there since 1999. CHECK!
4th goal- 180 which means hitting the 50 lbs. lost mark! Check!
5th goal- Switching to size goals now more than pounds goals. Goal is to make it to size 12, at whatever weight that happens. CHECK!
6th goal- Size 10! (can't even believe this is possible!)
7th goal- Size 8 and MAINTAIN!
Congratulations, you should be proud. I took the same approach when I first started this journey. I gave myself a calorie range that I thought that I could handle and then lowered it later. You will figure out what calorie range you need to be in to lose weight.
Persistence is more important than Perfection
Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential. - Winston Churchill