100 lb. Club - So, I'm getting into this calorie counting, and it's kinda fun!




Smiling_Sara
04-03-2008, 10:11 AM
I started the weight loss journey in Sept, just starting to watch what I ate, but not tracking anything really. I started tracking on Monday, and, as crazy as it may sound, I have lost 4 lbs since Monday. I don't know if it's bc I have excersized every day this week, along with the calorie counting or what, but I'm pretty excited about it. Now, I jsut hope I continue to maintain or even go down a bit more by Mon ( Official weigh in day )


rockinrobin
04-03-2008, 10:19 AM
Yay for the 4 lbs lost and for discovering calorie counting.

I don't know, but for me "watching" what I ate never, ever worked. Actually counting my calories is what it took to get the job done. It's the accountability that I need. The brutal honesty. And the portion control (limits) that it demands. For me, it is the ONLY way.

Keep it up!!! Just keep going. It's soo exciting and so very worth it.

GirlyGirlSebas
04-03-2008, 10:49 AM
I did Southbeach all of last year...and I love it! The recipes are awesome and I really learned how to eat healthy foods. However, I also learned that it is very easy for me to overeat on healthy foods and stall my weight loss. Combining my newfound healthy eating with calorie counting works well (when I'm committed to staying on-plan!)


Lyn2007
04-03-2008, 11:10 AM
Another vote here for calorie counting. It is a great way to stay accountable and has stopped me from eating things sometimes just because "I don't want to go over my calories." When you don't count, you forget things you ate and then it adds up to too much.

Jen415
04-03-2008, 11:12 AM
Good on ya! I'm finding tracking really makes all the difference!

Taylor86
04-03-2008, 11:15 AM
I like calorie counting, but do not ever count veggies

fiberlover
04-03-2008, 11:35 AM
I like calorie counting, but do not ever count veggies

I count my veggies and fruits. It's probably pretty hard to get fat on veggies - but calories do add up. I like a complete tally for each day.

rockinrobin
04-03-2008, 11:38 AM
I also count my veggies. I figure if I am indeed counting the calories that I'm consuming, I should count ALL of them. I eat an enormous amount of veggies every day. Really, really a LOT. If I didn't count them, then I would without a doubt every single day be over my calorie allotment, by a large amount. Although I do count them, I don't agonize if I've eaten 1 cup of cauliflower or 1 and 1/4 cups.

sweettart08
04-03-2008, 11:39 AM
I am totally with ya! I LOVE calorie counting!! Because I have found that I can eat so much more just by chosing healthy things, I am having so much fun looking for ways to incorporate the different food groups into my day! And I had no idea that there were so many delicious options out there!!

Not to mention, it feels so good to sit down to dinner with less than half of what my hubby has on his plate, and feel FULL when I'm done eating. I never realized how much my stomach had stretched which in turn had me convinced that I needed the same portions as my hubby who has an over-active metabolism that burns the calories as he puts them in his mouth ;)

Anyways, good luck...and have fun with it!!!!! :carrot:

sweettart08
04-03-2008, 11:42 AM
I also count my veggies. I figure if I am indeed counting the calories that I'm consuming, I should count ALL of them. I eat an enormous amount of veggies every day. Really, really a LOT. If I didn't count them, then I would without a doubt every single day be over my calorie allotment, by a large amount. Although I do count them, I don't agonize if I've eaten 1 cup of cauliflower or 1 and 1/4 cups.

Me too!!! I think I eat somewhere around 200 calories in fruits/veggies each day (on average)...that would put me WAY over my limit!! Plus, if I count everything I put in my mouth, I can still have a treat most days and stay on plan :D

Hot Harmony
04-03-2008, 11:48 AM
I have to count everything or it doesn't work for me, also counting vegies and fruit help me to make sure I'm getting my 5-8 servings a day!

bigtxmomma
04-03-2008, 12:01 PM
Ok, quick question. How do you count calories for dishes you make? Like casseroles, soups, etc, with several ingredients?

findingfawn
04-03-2008, 12:02 PM
You are doing great! I too count everything.. even the 5 calorie sticks of gum I chew once in a while. The only thing I dont count is like today I was making a big bowl of salad and popped a single slice of radish in my mouth.. lol

findingfawn
04-03-2008, 12:04 PM
I add up the single ingredients.. total for the whole dish.. then divide that total by how much of it I'm going to eat. Example.. say I make something that the whole recipe adds up to 800 calories. I'm gonna eat about 1/4 of it so I divide it by 4... I'm eating 200 calories. I used to dish out the kids food first.. now I dish mine first, it helps when I'm dividing a recipe like that.

ThatsSpify
04-03-2008, 12:17 PM
Hi there.
I really do love to calorie count as well. It seems it is working for me. My only issue was when I make dinner seeing how much I eat. Thanks fawn for your example. My only concern is that fitday isnt accurate?? Hmmmmm

findingfawn
04-03-2008, 01:13 PM
I don't use fitday's numbers for anything... except like meat & fresh veggies/fruit which has no nutritional info on the package. If I take it out of a package the numbers on that package is what I use. 99.9% of the things on my fitday are custom foods.

Gela
04-03-2008, 01:19 PM
I'm also a calorie counter. I find it to encourage accountablity while also being flexible (I can't do diets that restrict carbs, etc). Counting has also taught me what normal portions look like. It has also taught me to plan, which I truly believe is critical for success. Congratulations to you!

rockinrobin
04-03-2008, 01:24 PM
Ok, quick question. How do you count calories for dishes you make? Like casseroles, soups, etc, with several ingredients?

calorie-count.com has a great feature called "recipe analyzer". Punch in your ingredients and the amount of servings and it will figure it all out for you.

Smiling_Sara
04-03-2008, 01:24 PM
Thanks all. It's seriously amazing. When I jumped on the scale this am and it read 239.6 Seeing what I can eat and how much more I can eat when I excersize makes me WANT to excersize. I still don't like it, but I see how benificial it is and know that I can have a decent dinner when I do excersize bc I can allow more calories. I have it set for 1349 calories a day, and shooting for 3lbs a week to lose. I'd love to lose another 30 lbs before my sisters wedding, which is July 5th. It's hard to imagine that when I was fitted for the dress back in Aug they told me that the size only went up to 28 and they may have to add fabric. I cried once I got to the car bc of that. Nobody should have to go through that. And now I have to have the dress taken in. I have tears in my eyes now, just sharing that! Thanks to all the members here. You are all so inspirational, and it proves to me that I and anyone can do this!!

findingfawn
04-03-2008, 01:33 PM
What a wonderful accomplishment.. you sure showed them at that dress shop didn't you! Good Job!!!

Darkblue
04-03-2008, 08:10 PM
I also count calories, as well as fat and fiber grams. I do the same method for casseroles, salads, etc. It may not be perfectly accurate, but it probably comes pretty close.

BorntoFly, that rocks--great job on the weight loss!

LaurieDawn
04-04-2008, 12:45 AM
I like calorie counting, but do not ever count veggies

I found it was especially important for me to count the starchy veggies. I used to love to eat sweet corn and think it was low-cal, but it really isn't. It was really good for me to see the figure in black-and-white when I entered it in FitDay, though I wasn't happy on that day!

Lunalore
04-04-2008, 07:42 AM
My basic "diet" plan has been counting calories and writing down everything I eat (and exercising too, of course). It's the only plan that's worked for me - I can't do low-carb or anything like that. Counting calories is just the simplest thing, and it really works for me.

LaurieDawn, I'm with you on the starchy veggies. I love them, especially corn and potatoes, but they're so easy to overeat.