As part of my insurance's weight management program that I'm now participating in, I get consultations with a registered dietitian every 3 months. Last night was my first one and she confirmed what I've been thinking - I'm not eating enough!
Weight Watchers gives me 29 points, which is roughly 1450 calories (give or take due to the calculation of points). Then I also earn extra points for exercise. As I've mentioned before, I've been working on eating back at least my exercise points and maybe even a little more.
The dietitian recommends that I eat between 1800 and 2000, but definitely no less than 1800 a day. She doesn't think I should adjust my intake based on my activity - this is just what I shoot for every day. I know that she knows what she's talking about, but I'm still having a hard time wrapping my brain around it because I've been so successful with weight watchers as it's laid out and I can be really stubborn about change once I'm in a groove and it's working.
She also gave me goals to shoot for in each food category. I do well in fruits and grains. I'm okay in veggies, but could always add more. I'm really lacking in my the meat/protein department and need to work on increasing my protein intake. I have kind of known that, but haven't really had the push to change it.
I'm still pretty attached to my points, so I'm most likely going to continue logging things based on points. I will try to focus on meeting my goals in each food category each day also and I'm going to add back in more points and try to keep it stable throughout the week. To get 1800-2000 calories, I'll have to go back up to about 36-40 points/day - When I first started this whole thing, I had 40 points/day and I was over 300lbs! I'll try it this way for a couple weeks and see how it goes, then adjust to what works best for me.