So, remember the numbers I posted about awhile back? Well, I've got a different perspective on those numbers now. I just got back from seeing my doctor and when I told him I was keeping a food journal, he directed me to My Fitness Pal to log what I eat and how much I work out.
Upon returning to my desk (armed with a salad for lunch, as much out of guilt as out of a desire to eat well) I signed up and got some different information.
To lose a pound a week, I have a daily limit of 1,520 calories. Much lower than the approximate 2,000 I was given before. I also have to work out five times a week for an hour to be able to eat that much; if I work out less, I eat less. This feels a little daunting but I'll see how it goes. The most important part is going to be seeing the calorie totals from what I eat. There's also a mobile app for my Blackberry, so even while I'm on vacation next week I'll be able to log what I eat. Next week could be scary.
BUT - if I keep at this and maintain these targets, I should be down 5 lb by the end of September, which would make me very happy!