A balance of Mind-Body-Spirit

Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Running the Numbers

Spurred by Leonie's question about if my caloric intake was high enough, I decided to run my numbers today. First I weighed myself. Then I did my WW calculations. To lose weight as an exclusively breastfeeding mom I need 31 points per day which is approx equal to 1550 calories. Wow! Really? (EDIT Actually, not really. I forgot about the discretionary points which, if you divide them evenly across the week, would add approx 250 cal a day. ) This reminded me of Elizabeth's blog comment that most dieters are eating less than people in concentation camps did. I'd like to know what that number is guessed to be, but I can't find it online. Now, I'm not trying to lose weight, but I'm also not exclusively breastfeeding, so I'm hoping the WW numbers average out.

Next I checked out what a nursing mother needs to maintain a healthy milk supply. I found that nursing only 2 or 3 times a day means only about 100 extra calories.

Then I calculated my BMI. 22! I was pretty impressed, but also sad that I can feel a bit squashy and not be totally satisfied with my weight when I weigh less than 78% of American women my age. Of course, I really have to compare me to me. Am I where I need to be? That's an ongoing question....

OK, then I calculated my caloric needs here 2121. Whoa! And I need to add 100 cal or so because of the nursing. That means WW is shorting me 700 cal a day. I'm going to call them to check my math. Also, I need to go back and calculate what I am actually eating per day. I'll be back with more numbers.


Leonie said...

Wow - all those numbers!!

I think I'd concentrate on fitness not weight - your BMI is great, maybe you are being too self critical? Maybe weights are what you need to feel fitter/more toned?

My BMI is 25 and I'd like it to be lower...

Rachel May said...

I totally agree, Leonie. I need to put the scale-focus behind me since I'm at the weight I want to be. Yoga, core strengthening, weights really need to be my focus. Back in high school Niamh first pointed out "upperarm flab" to me (although not on me). I had it then and I have it now, hmmm, 15 years later. Time to turn my mind to other things.

Leonie said...

Yep - progression not perfection.

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