I think people who have been here longer will have wiser things to say... but at age 50 your metabolism is going to be lower. Did CK set your 1,700 calorie goal? I am 52 and weigh 192 now, and my RMR (resting metabolic rate) is 1448 calories. That means that if I don't exercise, 1448 calories just MAINTAINS my weight. Anything above that begets the slow weight gain I have experienced for the last 11 years. I know that just living life and the minimal movement I do at the office bumps my RMR up a little higher than 1448. But still.... I can't eat what I used to eat, and that's largely because of my age. Sad, but true. Even more depressing, I'll get to eat less and less as I get older. So the time to learn how to make low calorie food interesting and tasty is now!
My CK calorie goal is 1200. When I exercise (3-4 days per week now), I get to eat more. I've been spending a lot of time in the produce and seasonings section. I enter my anticipated calories every morning and tweak it as I go. For example, I just took off a slice of bread from my dinner sandwich, because I had a cup of coffee (I get a Venti/really big cup filled 2/3 of the way with coffee, with about 3/4 cup of nonfat milk). That milk shot was 68 calories. I usually go over 1200, but I also usually get a green check so it's not alarmingly over budget. I started out at 1350 calories, and then CK bumped it down to 1200 based on my RMR. So now my first week or so shows all red (over calorie budget).
What I hear is that my best way to lose more weight is to exercise daily, and then eat many of those exercise calories (% is hotly contested) above the 1200. That way I may even get to eat 1700 calories, but not if I don't do 500 calories of exercise.
I don't know if any of this applies to you but it was helpful for me to write it!
Highest weight, back in the 80s... unknown but somewhere above 225.
Maybe a lot above. It's all a dreadful fog.
HW (this century): 213
Last Edited: 12:36pm PDT, March 22nd 2010