In celebration of this milestone, I updated my settings on My Fitness Pal to reflect that I wish to maintain my weight as opposed to losing (or gaining). MFP celebrated with me by adding a few calories to my suggested daily allowance. At my "losing" allowance, I was honestly satisfied most of the time. I was rarely hungry between meals, and my meals were always filling at the time I ate them. Some meals didn't last as long as others, so I had to make adjustments as necessary to make sure that my meals were lasting long enough so that I didn't resort to unprepared snacking.
Knowing my current low, rare levels of hunger at 1200 calories, I figured that MFP would allow me an additional 300 calories or so. I would be able to increase my breakfast a bit and guarantee an afternoon snack or post dinner treat (or both). I was looking forward to my Kashi bar or glass of wine with great anticipation!
Imagine my shock and surprise when MFP recalculated my calories to 1970. An increase of 770 calories. Per. Day. To my eyes, that is quite a lot! I know that there are several poor choices I could make to fill those calories daily, but I didn't lose weight just for a number on a scale! I want to be healthier. I rediscovered that salad isn't a punishment! Orange bell peppers are one of my favorite foods.
A typical "losing" day for me:
Today (normally I have coffee, but not today):
I realize that this is a good problem to have. Does this post count as complaining? I am not complaining; I just honestly don't know how to fill an additional 770 calories with good choices daily. OH - salad dressings can be different! I do love balsamic vinaigrette, but it had grown a little boring for me. I can change up my dressings a little. I am a ranch girl from way back. And I can go back to loving guacamole (I never gave up chips; I just ate fewer).
Any suggestions out there for me to increase my calories in healthy ways?