I ran across this article: 1200 Calories by Sophia Herbst and found it really interesting. I have also been guilty of this magic 1200 calories idea. When I first started losing weight in my low 20s, I ran across this information on the internet and decided I would never eat below 1200 calories but would try to eat as close to that as possible (usually hitting closer to 1400 because 1200 is NOT a lot of food, even bulked out with veggies).
It's interesting to me NOW, after almost a decade of learning about my body and about better nutrition, that I never eat below 1500 calories (and often closer to 1800). And I still can lose weight eating like this. I had a lot of things wrong early on - I definitely was starving myself early on, in retrospect, and that led to crazy binges because my body was so freaking hungry.
I just threw that article out there, just so everyone can start thinking about WHY they believe what they do about food/calories/nutrition and if that comes from a credible source or not!
A decade ago, I never really checked my sources or the science behind things. I always DOUBLE check, now. :D
In other news - things are going well. I weighed in back in my acceptable range today (122.8) after being up a few pounds from eating non-paleo during the weekend.
Still not tracking though.
Starting to think I perhaps will not go back to it unless something changes.
I really, really like not tracking. A decade of recording almost every bite of food that has gone in my mouth. Definitely time for a change, for me personally. I was.... tired. Frustrated.
I am still eating the foods I normally would. Eating them in the same portions I would when I tracked.
Tomorrow, I think I will try and discuss some things I am picking up from the book of "Normal Eating" I am reading. Some things I LOVE, some things have opened my eyes, and some things I don't like or don't apply to me. But that is for a day when I have more time - running out of the house after I hit publish here!