Weight Loss Support - Should I get some scales and calorie count?




librakitten
06-22-2009, 11:34 AM
Hey guys. I really need to get fit and lose weight, however I don't want to become obsessive. I'm not bothered about my weight as such, more my fitness levels and the way I look and feel.

So, should I get some scales? It seems irrelevant in a way as I want to be toned rather than thin. But on the other hand I want to be able to share my success with people - and know myself if I have lost weight.

I also don't know if I should calorie count because I don't want to be a boring dieter who can't go out for a meal or round to a friends house withouh counting all the time! :dizzy:

Thanks guys xx


Wannabeskinny
06-22-2009, 11:43 AM
Hey guys. I really need to get fit and lose weight, however I don't want to become obsessive. I'm not bothered about my weight as such, more my fitness levels and the way I look and feel.

So, should I get some scales? It seems irrelevant in a way as I want to be toned rather than thin. But on the other hand I want to be able to share my success with people - and know myself if I have lost weight.

I also don't know if I should calorie count because I don't want to be a boring dieter who can't go out for a meal or round to a friends house withouh counting all the time! :dizzy:

Thanks guys xx

Here's the thing, your'e either going to do it or you're not. I won't lie to you, at first it is obssessive because you have to really take stock of what you're doing and evaluate and anlyze everything. If you don't do this for yourself then nobody will.

- you have to write down everything you eat and look up the calories for a week or so. That should be long enough for you to realize that you're taking in more calories than you should.
- after that you have to start cutting calories here and there wherever you can.
- you have to exercise
- you have to say no to a lot of desserts
- you have to cut your portions down

Your post is rather confusing. First you say you don't care about your weight, then you say you want to share with other people that you lost weight. But then you say you want to be able to go out with your friends without being a "boring" dieter. Believe me, since I've started a new lifestyle of eating my life is anything but boring. It doesn't sound like you're ready to make a change but if you're here for support then we're glad to give it. But please don't call us "boring dieters who can't go out without counting."

librakitten
06-22-2009, 11:48 AM
It probably sounds confusing cos I don't really know how to do this. No offence intended. I was talking about me, no-one else, I'm here for help not to annoy people. :?:

Anyhoo - anyone got suggestions where I can look up calories etc then?

Thank you!

xxx


StringBean
06-22-2009, 11:52 AM
I calorie count and this is a good website (I think) for finding out how many calories are in different foods:

www.healthyweightforum.org

Good luck!

Mrs Snark
06-22-2009, 11:53 AM
I use the Daily Plate (www.thedailyplate.com/) to track calories. I'm a big fan of weighing every day and calorie counting. It may seem like alot of effort at first but once you're familiar with the counts on the foods you eat often it is really easy...

As far as the scale goes, I like weighing but it hard to say what will work for you. I'd say give it a try! Good luck!

librakitten
06-22-2009, 11:54 AM
Thank you! I'll have a look at that now. Also, how do you get those things to go at the bottom of your posts showing how far you are to your target weight?

Thanks :p

librakitten
06-22-2009, 11:57 AM
Thanks to you Tyler too. Replied to stringbean's answer before I saw yours. I'll have a look at both websites and see which one I like. Am gonna order some scales, I would like to keep track of things.:flow1:

Niecy
06-22-2009, 11:59 AM
Well, if you NEED to lose weight, scales wouldn't hurt. You don't have to jump on them every single day. Maybe log your progress once every week or so. Even a tape measure might help you gauge the direction you are going.

If you want to lose weight by counting calories, the only way to do that is to count calories. You need to be committed and mindful of what you are eating. If this sounds obsessive to you, maybe you are just not ready. And that is fine. We all start at different points/weights in our lives.

IMO, if you plan to veer off some days and not count at all, it might take you a good while to get where you are wanting to go body-wise. You may find yourself always one step behind.

Counting calories does not mean banning all restaurant eating or never enjoying a couple of drinks. It just means you need to ask for a nutritional menu to make sure you keep everything in check and be willing to stay within the boundaries. There is no eyeballing, no willy-nilly, no wishy-washy. This doesn't mean you cannot make mistakes. Mistakes do not mean failure. But intentionally sabotaging what efforts you may make in one week for the sake of knocking back a few or doubling up on every portion at every meal and not counting them in will put you on the road to yo-yoing.

With all of this said, it sounds to me like you might benefit more from the zig-zag approach. What this means is, yes, somedays you are going to have to eat lower cal than others (never below 1200). But on other days, you will feel that you just cannot take one more bite. Maybe try to fit this type of calorie schedule in with your current lifestyle needs.

Your "diet" is what you make it. There are thousands of food choices out there. Not to mention the tons and tons of seasonings to spice everything up. I am not sure if this equates to boring. Hasn't been boring for me thus far.

librakitten
06-22-2009, 12:05 PM
Thanks Niecy. Is a nutritional menu something I can ask for in restaurants? Don't know if they have them in the UK (sorry if I'm being thick).

bargoo
06-22-2009, 12:06 PM
I am a calorie counter , too. I assure my life is not boring as a calorie counter and that is much preferable to having to buy clothes in the extra large sizes. I have been at goal for 18 months and am happy about it. I still count calories and I guarantee my friends don't even know it. I use the Calorie King Fat and Carbohydrate counter a small pocket size book with calorie counts as well as calorie counts for Fast Food and Restaurants. Tons of other information, too. You can usually find it in pharmacies, I got mine at my HMO Pharmacy. You can also go online to www.CalorieKing.com (http://www.CalorieKing.com)
There are also manyother sites on the internet with calorie counts.

srmb60
06-22-2009, 12:11 PM
I'm going back to daily weighing and calorie counting.

However, I have lost 15 lbs by guessing and just getting more active. I just don't seem to be able to move along from here. So if what you're doing is not working, what do you do? change something. And I am.

There are more ways to monitor your progress. The fit of clothing, body fat measuring, endurance ... It would help me to help you if I knew how much we're talking about here. Do you mind telling us how much you weigh and how tall you are?

HollyA
06-22-2009, 12:12 PM
Knowledge is power.... I had no idea the amount of calories I was putting into my body until I did the research, It was a major wake up call for me and helps me make better choices ....Good luck

librakitten
06-22-2009, 12:15 PM
I am 5' 4". I weigh about 12 stone. This is why I need to get some scales as I don't know exactly how much I weigh. I weighed myself the other day though on someone else's scales and it was about that. I will get some scales and post my weight on here as soon as I know :dizzy:

librakitten
06-22-2009, 12:16 PM
Knowledge is power.... I had no idea the amount of calories I was putting into my body until I did the research, It was a major wake up call for me and helps me make better choices ....Good luck

Thanks HollyA. Good luck to you too! :D

librakitten
06-22-2009, 12:21 PM
I am a calorie counter , too. I assure my life is not boring as a calorie counter and that is much preferable to having to buy clothes in the extra large sizes. I have been at goal for 18 months and am happy about it. I still count calories and I guarantee my friends don't even know it. I use the Calorie King Fat and Carbohydrate counter a small pocket size book with calorie counts as well as calorie counts for Fast Food and Restaurants. Tons of other information, too. You can usually find it in pharmacies, I got mine at my HMO Pharmacy. You can also go online to
There are also manyother sites on the internet with calorie counts.

Thanks. I want one of those books. Will try find one in UK.:^:

Niecy
06-22-2009, 12:22 PM
Oh, you are in the UK. You might wanna go to the UK thread at the home forum page and they can probably put you on the right track as far as getting nutritional content. I am not sure how much the US guidelines differ from the UK. Someone from the UK may also see this thread and help, as we all tend to jump around gathering info.

But yes, here in the US, we just go to the counter/hostess and ask for the nutritional menu or look it up on the internet before even going. This helps when you don't necessarily want others prying into "why are you doing this? and making "oh, I feel sorry for you, just enjoy your meal" type comments. There are a couple of pocket books out there also that list popular restaurant entrees.

librakitten
06-22-2009, 12:24 PM
Oh, you are in the UK. You might wanna go to the UK thread at the home forum page and they can probably put you on the right track as far as getting nutritional content. I am not sure how much the US guidelines differ from the UK. Someone from the UK may also see this thread and help, as we all tend to jump around gathering info.

But yes, here in the US, we just go to the counter/hostess and ask for the nutritional menu or look it up on the internet before even going. This helps when you don't necessarily want others prying into "why are you doing this? and making "oh, I feel sorry for you, just enjoy your meal" type comments. There are a couple of pocket books out there also that list popular restaurant entrees.

Thank you, I will ask about this in the UK thread too :smug:

srmb60
06-22-2009, 12:31 PM
IMHO ;) Yup, get a scale, measuring spoons and cups and count calories for a while. Even two weeks will give you some idea of how you like it and what your progress is like.

If you don't like it ... try something else.

I guarantee 3FC will be here to support whatever you come up with.

librakitten
06-22-2009, 12:34 PM
Thankyou, I've ordered a calorie counting book so fingers crossed!

Wannabeskinny
06-22-2009, 01:18 PM
I didn't mean to imply that you were annoying just like you didn't mean to imply that all people who count calories are boring.

You may want to do this secretely at first and that's fine, whatever works for you is best. What I was trying to imply is that you should be aware of everything that you eat. Think of it as border control - if you're traveling no country will allow you to enter their border without making sure you're not carrying harmful things and I like to think of it the same way as my body. I need to know what goes in... and once you know then you can change.

Don't be discouraged, it is hard at first but it is worth every drop of sweat. Chain restaurants in the US are required to have nutrition guides printed in all the menus. If you like to go to little independent restaurants like we do it's a bit more tricky but it's all doable.

librakitten
06-22-2009, 01:21 PM
I've signed up to Dailyplate which looks really helpful :D Here goes!

Niecy
06-22-2009, 01:23 PM
GOOD for you and good luck! You are on your way :)

librakitten
06-22-2009, 02:56 PM
GOOD for you and good luck! You are on your way :)

Thank you! PS - How do you get the scale for your signature showing how far you've come?

Niecy
06-22-2009, 03:02 PM
I went to tickerfactory.com. I think you can also get one here from the 3fatchicks site. You can keep up with it and edit it along the way for now, but in order to actually post it here, you have to be a member for 20 days I believe. You will see an option for it pop up in your profile editing tools when your 20 days has arrived.

katiecron
06-22-2009, 03:10 PM
calorie counting is the only thing that works for me. in fact, i felt less boring being in control of the number of calories i CHOSE to eat from various foods. if i was PMSing and really craved the sweet stuff, i could go for it, just in moderation (and sometimes at the expense of more healthy choices...)but CHOICES and accountability are key ingredients to my lifestyle.

librakitten
06-22-2009, 03:12 PM
I went to tickerfactory.com. I think you can also get one here from the 3fatchicks site. You can keep up with it and edit it along the way for now, but in order to actually post it here, you have to be a member for 20 days I believe. You will see an option for it pop up in your profile editing tools when your 20 days has arrived.

aw 20 days seems so long! :cry: thanks tho!

librakitten
06-22-2009, 03:13 PM
thanks katie too - i do think being in control is going to be liberating if anything :)