I think 5,500 is ok, it's only meant to be for a few weeks until my metabolism speeds up then I'll move up to 6,300.
I decided that I can't be super duper rigid, i just need to be smart, I do want this to be sustainable (the healthy not the 5.5k). So I have allowed myself a few little things. such as cashews with my salad at lunch, and a piece of bread at dinner.
Tonight I learnt the hard way that I had made my stomach smaller. I ate a footlong. I used to be able to eat this before without issue. Not anymore! I feel like I totally pigged out and normally I get him to put about 5 times more lettuce in there than there was tonight (he calls that "salad"? pfft)....
Anywho, I think that 5.5 for a few days was a good idea to kick start and still not a bad idea but I need to realise when my body requires more food. I read somewhere in the forum that somone only has carbs before 1pm and I think I will adopt that it seems a great idea.
Also I'll need to modify my meals now as I start at the gym next week.
5,5 for me is sustainable, but not realistic over the long term (I live a sedentary life, which is becoming more active and my job is as an phone consultant, so I don't get to move around much).
I don't want to eat carbs with dinner though but I don't know much about foods-that-arent-carbs as I basically grew up on pasta :S So if you have any good ideas let me know!
*~*~* BMR: 8,155 *~*~* 5,500kj Food Plan *~*~* Aim: 70kg *~*~*
Starting Weight: 117.6kg
Weekly Weigh-in: Monday 2/5: 117.6; Monday 9/5: 116.6