I've been lurking around here for months as I try to slim down a bit for my October 2012 wedding. Reading about you all has been really inspiring!
That said, I think I'm screwing things up royally with my diet. I'm already in my "normal" weight range (5'7", 140 lbs) but I'm trying to lose about 10 pounds and shed some belly fat.
I've been tracking calories on Calorieking.com for over a year, I do cardio 4-5 times a week (45 min.) and strength training 3-4 times a week, but I've lost less than 5 pounds since last May.
I am embarrassed to admit I have a serious problem with overindulging on the weekends. I am really strict with myself during the week and I net about 900 calories on weekdays but then on the weekends I eat out with friends and family (eating delicious food is a HUGE thing for my family) and my daily net calories almost doubles. It's a terrible, terrible, bad habit.
I know I need to cut out this overeating on the weekends. But my question is, am I crazy to be eating so few calories during the week? It seems like 1,200 is the magic number for a lot of people. And at the end of my week, I usually average 1,200 calories... but I'm guessing that yo-yoing is what my body is rejecting.
What should my daily target be, do you think?