So late last fall I starting counting calories to lose some weight, I had gained up to 138 when my normal weight in college was always 129/130. I lost 9lbs pretty steadily, eating around 1200 cals, not really working out.
I took about two months off, just maintenance, no idea how much I was eating because I wasn't counting. After the new year I decided that I'd like to go from 129 to 118 or so, but also wanted to start working out again to get fit.
So, it has been over two months, I've been eating around 1200 cals everyday, with a couple 1700-1800ish cheat days every few weeks. But, I've only lost 2lbs!
EDIT: About my diet, I do a lot of lean protein, love veggies, cook for myself a LOT, have cut sodium to 1400mg/day and try to stay around 80-100 net carbs a day.
I'm working out about 6 days a week for a little under 1.5 hours, doing my version of HIIT (warm up, eight intervals at 9/4 on the treadmill, cool down) weight training, and crunches/core. I try to switch it up, doing stationary bike every once and a while, or running for distance - though I'm only up to 3 miles. I went hiking for 7 miles last week and now that it is getting warmer I want to make that one of my weekend workouts.
Anyways... what do you guys think is the problem?
Have I slowed my metabolism, making 1200 basically maintenance (if so ... how to I reverse that)? Do I need to up my cals to like 1400? Should I accept that my body is stubborn and likes being 127?