Tough Money Love was kind enough to stop by with a comment on my last post to tell me that I was making things too hard on myself.
He provided a lead to a guest post he did over at Lazy Man and Health. He lost 52 pounds in 136 days, and has kept them off for almost a year and a half. That's over 2 1/2 pounds per week for almost twenty weeks.
How did he do it? He limited himself to 1,500 calories a day by eating several smallish meals spread throughout the day, and did moderate exercise in the morning.
His free website of choice for calorie-counting and was FitDay.com. I went over there to sign up for an account, and by their calculations (using my height, weight, gender, and activity level) they said I was burning about 2,800 calories per day. Since my weight has been relatively constant over the past few months, one could assume that I'm taking in that amount per day.
Taking in only 1,500 calories per day would mean cutting my intake nearly in half, but I'd be losing weight at about the same rate that Mr. Tough Money Love did. These kinds of results would support the notion that the amount you eat is far more important than how much you exercise. It's hard to argue with the results it can bring.
It gives me hope that I can achieve my weight loss goal, and also that NCN can hit his, too.
(But I'll still keep exercising, though: I got my gold Wii Fit Bank for working out a total of 40 hours! 😉 )