Calorie Counters - Anyone else just getting started?
01-15-2010, 11:18 PM
Hi, guys! I am jumping back on the calorie counting bandwagon and was looking for other people that have just started or will be starting soon. I was kind of hoping that maybe we could turn this into a chat/support thread for each other.
I have no support in real life so I will visit this board frequently. I tried to do this back in the summer and failed bad. But, I am commited this time.
01-15-2010, 11:48 PM
I just started about four days ago so I'm a newbie! :) I did link my fitday to my 3FC account, but I click ont he link and it doesn't work....so I don't know what's going on.
01-16-2010, 12:01 AM
I'm a total newbie here too! I'm wondering if I can ever reach my goal weight, and worried that I will lose resolve or something, but right now I am determined to make healthy food choices each day and exercise each day and post here, and I'll see where that will take me. Hopefully we all will be successful in the end! This seems like a great board and there seems to be so much support and encouragement and knowledge here.
01-16-2010, 12:05 AM
I am new too! New to calorie counting as well as to this site. There is great support here and lots of helpful information. We can do this!
01-16-2010, 04:42 AM
I started 2 weeks ago! I am happy to join you. I have a very, very good feeling. This time I will do it!
01-16-2010, 09:07 AM
I am happy to join you too! I started counting Monday and journalling in my notebook. I like to write things done instead of using the internet. That's just me. SO far this week it has been going good. Now it is the weekend, I need to stay strong. Weekends are hard.
01-16-2010, 10:04 AM
I started on jan 14th, so hopefully ill reach my goal! Its so easy to jump on the bangwagon but always a struggle to STAY ON IT! Good luck guys!
01-16-2010, 01:31 PM
Yay, I am so glad that others will join me! I know that we can do it! Things are always easier when you have others cheering you on. I feel really good about this time. I am going to just take it one day at a time.
01-16-2010, 03:01 PM
count me in too, i joined a year ago but after two months lost resolve
i will NOT let this happen again!
we can do this! stay strong
01-16-2010, 03:24 PM
I know we are going to meet our goals and have a healthier us in 2010!
We'll just take it one day at a time and support one another!
Sending good healthy vibes to all the wonderful people here!
01-16-2010, 03:57 PM
New- or rather restarting! I am doing a 2 day water fast before I start my real diet and exercise program (chose to do the fast on the weekend so not to be too cranky at work during the week).
The worst part of dieting is hearing from the doctor that if i just drank some water before eating that it would be relatively easy for me. I HATE water. *crinkles nose* So, I am gonna just need to suck it up and drink some water. I am hoping the two day water fast will not only clean me out of all the nasty toxin, but get me more comfortable with drinking it regularly.
Calorie counting is the best way for me to go because it allows me some structure and accountability without forcing me to eat things I don't much care for like many other diet programs. Plus, for me it allows me to manage a realistic plan to continue life long once I do lose the weight.
01-16-2010, 04:08 PM
I am here right along with you.I am a newbie here to the site. I started South beach about 7 days ago. But that don't matter. We are all here together got one reason. That is support and great friends. I am sure you will be successful. Good Luck. Talk to ya soon
01-16-2010, 06:05 PM
Hi everybody, I am just starting again too. I lost 60 pounds 2 years ago on Nutrisystem and was married last April and gained half of it back. I am going to try and do this by calorie counting and staying away from refined sugar. It is great to see so many others out there who understand what everyone is going through. Good look everyone!
01-16-2010, 07:04 PM
I will definitely join you! I lost 25 pounds and was at my goal weight this spring, summer, and into fall, but then I hit seasonal depression time and have gained some back. I never did reach the new goal I had set for myself, but I am determined to do it before spring/summer hits again! Calorie counting is the only way I have lost weight before. I will be using livestrong.com to track my calories while I am travelling for work, but I love pen and paper for times when I don't have access to the internet.
01-16-2010, 08:33 PM
Count me in! I started on New Years Day and have lost 9 lbs so far; but have a very long way to go. I have been journalling everything I eat, going to WW for support, but counting calories instead of using their pesky points. I do try to follow their suggestions for filling foods because I think they're just healthier in general. I also downloaded a bunch of their recipes to try and cook a little bit healthier and get out of my rut of eating the same old (fattening) things.
01-16-2010, 10:11 PM
I'm not brand new, but haven't been at this too long either (well, at least THIS time!). I began on 11/2, lost 10 lbs in Nov and Dec, and now have lost just 1.5 lbs since 1/1. ugh! I have done well sticking to my plan and just try to have faith that the scale will reflect that at some point HOPEFULLY SOON!!!!
01-17-2010, 08:54 PM
Hi girls I am a newbie to so looking as much support as possible. I'm a bit confused with counting the calories so was wondering how many you are allowing yourselves a day? I have around 50lbs to loose around 3 stone I'm starting tomorrow 18/01/2010 so am having my last treat though have found out something great that coming on here and typing I haven't reached for the treat yet wooooo a little bit of progress!! I am kelly by the way.
01-18-2010, 01:30 AM
Ok, I haven't done so great this weekend. Not terrible, just not great. We had to stay at my parents this weekend and they have NO healthy food in their house.
So, tomorrow it is back to the game full force.
01-18-2010, 10:12 AM
I'm starting! This is probably the first time I've ever counted calories, and so many things are just....amazing to me. I checked out the box of Mac n Cheese I was making for hubby and DD as part of their dinner - HOLY COW! No wonder I couldn't lose weight even by following portions, when one serving was 400 calories!
I picked up a bunch of food yesterday, and stuck to my plan and felt pretty darn good!
01-18-2010, 11:06 AM
I am on week 2. I have been doing this for 2 weeks and have lost NOTHING! Although I did start a kettlebell workout @ the same time and definately feel muscles where there were none before. So I am going to continue @ 1500 calories for 1 more week and if still no loss, I guess I need to figure out what to do next.
01-18-2010, 11:29 AM
I weighed in this morning and lost .6 pounds. HaHa! I am not upset though since I know that I didn't eat right most of the weekend. I am just happy that I didn't gain anything.
01-19-2010, 08:35 PM
For those of you that are exercising a good bit along with the calorie counter I would suggest ignoring the scale most of the time. I actually threw mine out completely because it would get me discouraged. I found that using a tape measure around my tummy made me feel worlds better since muscle weighs more than fat. Now I just weigh in once a month at my doctor's office when I go for my asthma refills. *crinkles nose* And I measure myself every two weeks.
01-19-2010, 10:09 PM
I want in on this too! :D
I started last Monday. I know I'm supposed to stay around 1200, but most of last week I was below (between 800-1000). The first couple of days weren't so hard, but after that I was just like "what the **** can I eat now" because I was tired of eating like a rabbit. I'll have to find some tasty recipes to try out.
01-19-2010, 10:09 PM
I would like to join! I'm no new to the site, I lost 12 pounds doing WW last year but didn't continue with it. I love their recipes so I'm planning on counting calories and use the WW recipes since I can feed my family as well and they are so good that my husband likes them hehe.
I'm planning on 1,500 calories a day since I'm doing exercise 5-6 times a week, let's see how that works. I signed on Fit Day as well.
Let's do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
01-20-2010, 01:12 PM
I too am new this year, I started at the beginning of Jan. I am ready to loose my @ss and everything that does with it. ;) So far so good :)
01-20-2010, 06:10 PM
Just checking in today. Calorie counting is going great! I have planned my eating all week. I am eat a good breakfast (wheat toast, 1 tb nutella, scrambled egg and juice) that is about 400 calories. I use to only eat about 150 to 200 calories but the increase in morning calories has kept the hunger at bay. I use to be so hungry around 10 am. Now, 12 comes around and I can wait. It seems I have been able to skip snacks too and not miss them. Woo hoo!
01-20-2010, 06:20 PM
Hello, I'm new to this too. I'm not new to dieting of course though. Can't remember what day I joined up. I hadn't logged back in really, had gotten discouraged. Partly because I fell off my strict exercise schedule, partly because my new scale is a bummer. I went to digital, and it turns out I'm 250lbs still by it's measures!! I miss my old school scale! Eh... back to the drawing board. Today it is a strict calorie limitation...makes me cranky :(
01-22-2010, 08:09 AM
Just starting AGAIN!!! My husband does WW so I do WW and calorie counting. It really is the same. Every night I check points and calories...every point is approx. 57 calories so ...DH doesn't know I'm keeping track of calories. I will say that I think WW had me at far too high calories...I was supposed to be at 31 points (plus 35 flex weekly) and I wasn't losing. So after I ran some numbers...that's about 1767 daily calories a day...plus veggies count as 0 on WW but in Calorie counting world, they count, of course so add another 200 or so to that daily number and I was looking at 1967. Then of course the 35 weeklys (35x57/7) that's an average of 287 calories per day on top of that so....2254 was my approximate caloire level while on WW. So, I dropped to 28 average points (for my husbands sake) and that is about 1596 calories per day. Some days I'll go higher, others lower but that's the average. I am going to try this for a month and see if it's not better. I'm not sure why I keep falling off the wagon so early in my weight loss....I got down to 147 in 2005 and 2006 and quickly gained it back in 2007 and 2008. UGH!! It is helping to have my husband also eating healthy.
03-28-2011, 06:02 PM
Hey I'm restarting...I got down from 256 to about 235 and then life hit me. Hard. But my "tests" are over and I am ready to start exercising my "willpower muscle" again. I LOVE calorie counting, it allows me to eat the things I love, in moderation, and make plans and life changes that I can stick with. I also lost the most weight with calorie counting, and I am so ready to start feeling good again.
03-31-2011, 01:18 AM
I'm definitely in. Started working in January, and since then I gained about 6 pounds, so I'm @ 161.
I force myself to keep my ticker where it's at so that I'm motivated to lose. It's also very hard to keep to a healthy diet when I'm living with family who are well...'normal' weight. :(
I'm glad to be a part of this community though. It really keeps my mind focused on my goals :) we can do this! :carrot:
04-01-2011, 01:58 PM
Count me in! I just started calorie counting in the last few weeks but I live overseas so it has been a real challenge! I'm determined to do the best I can and get the weight off this time. I think this thread is a great idea!
04-02-2011, 12:42 PM
I am starting to do calorie counting for the first time. I am going to do the zig zag method and see how that works. I also have my Buddy Bug on and doing 30 min on a treadmill and 3 days a week weight lifting. I hope to start Zumba soon. I have tried everything and it still boils down to what ever you do calories in calories out. I am also a type II diabetic. It just has to work.
04-04-2011, 11:54 AM
I'm starting today! I'll be tracking my calories on My Plate. I have been following the Weight Watchers plan but have decided to give calorie counting a try. I will also be working out 4-5 times a week.
04-04-2011, 07:28 PM
I'm also starting counting calories today. I've been on WW online, but this constant conversion of nutritional values into points was just too time consuming for me. I find it so much easier to just count calories. Also, I want to see exactly how much fat, protein, fiber and other nutrients I've consumed at the end of the day, and not have to deal with the "secret" formula that just gives me points. I have 25 lbs to lose, and will try calorie counting. Hope it works.