The calorie cycling tactic worked! I was getting so disappointed from seeing that scale fluctuate between 163 and 164, sometimes even up to 166 depending on what I ate, despite giving it my all on both the stationary bike and treadmill, not to mention all this tedious calorie counting. I decided 1200 cals a day is a bit extreme considering I only have 33 lbs to lose and staying at that calorie level would give me no future leverage to really take those last 5-10 lbs off.
I went up to 1700 on Sunday and Monday was 1900. I went back down to 1400 yesterday and this morning the scale reads 161!!!!!!
I am now going to stick to a cycling plan that allows me on a weekly average about 1471 cals per day. From the freedieting.com site, I didn't want to do the extreme fat loss which is your current weight X's 8, but I didn't want to go as high as the regular one either. So I took those numbers and am doing an in-between one of my own.
So I guess my mini-goal over the next two weeks is to bring my weight down into the 150's, something I think is highly doable. My ultimate goal is to look like Jillian. Probably not so attainable, HAHA. But hey, she has thyroid problems too, so you never know what is possible.
I just wanted to share this with everyone in case anyone else out there is stuck and has been sticking to the same calorie level day after day. Don't be afraid to eat a little and keep that metabolism guessing but more importantly, working.