I think 1200 is just a general number people throw out there and say that anything less is considered starvation, so that means 1200 should be a minimum amount of calories. If you are looking to lose weight, you can eat more calories, especially if you feel deprived (true hunger) and you can offset that by working out and keeping more active (take stairs instead of elevator, pace around your office, park further away, so that you're adding more activity into your day, aside your workout).
Here's what jumped out at me with your foods: sugar. The skinny cow ice cream sandwich may be low in calories, but it will often times cause people to have an increased appetite (making you think you have true hunger, but really, it's self inflicted hunger). When our bodies consume simple sugars, we tend to have a surge of insulin, and then a sudden fast drop of insulin, which makes our bodies crave more. It's more complex than that, but you get the picture. Instead of eating ice cream, eat some protein. Have a 100 calorie cottage cheese pack or some greek yogurt or string cheese or some salted pistachios with half an apple. You'll feel more satisfied. It's very hard to remove sugar from the diet as it is very addictive and readily available, but it's really bad. Please check the sugar grams in your oatmeal and see if you can have oatmeal that is sugar free (you can add some fresh berries to your oatmeal instead).
First goal: under 180:
Second goal: 175 or below:
Third goal: 168 (no longer overweight):
Fourth goal: 160 or below:
Final goal: 145-155 (not sure if this will ever happen):
Last edited by luckymommy : 03-03-2013 at 11:58 PM.