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skelley331 12-27-2013 09:37 AM

Daily check in: were you under your calories today??
 
I tried to post but it said we exceeded the 500 post limit and to start a new thread! Hope everyone is okay that I started a new one.:carrot:

CalCounter1003 12-27-2013 10:09 AM

Thanks Skelley!
Just a few leftovers left at my house, but I think I'm done with eating them.
Yesterday we had a leftover dinner but I didn't eat to the point of misery, as I did on Christmas. But I still ate a lot. One interesting thing is I decided to try to put it in MFP. And although I was at approx 2000 calories it said in 5 weeks I would weigh 3 pounds less if I ate like this every day. This was a lesson for me because in the past I would just say to myself. Ok I blew it so just finish off all sweets in the house, and in fact buy more because the new diet will start in a few days. But this showed me I can eat a lot some days and it isn't going to ruin the diet. I have been exercising more, walking an extra mile, and just generally active. I'm off work next week so I will keep up the extra exercising next week as well!

SeeMyFeet 12-27-2013 11:40 AM

Awwwww...you'd think we could start a new thread on Jan 1! Oh well...

1382 cals yesterday. Late night cheese&grapes snack was not a good idea, since I wasn't that hungry anyway. 26day and 7day cal averages both around 1250.

...plugging along...

skinnyki 12-27-2013 01:35 PM

Hi all! Welcome back Skelley! Thanks for starting new thread...that was quick. Very proud of us the thread was only a couple of months old!..

Doing ok up a couple lbs I knw it is water weight due to Tom. .hated it!

Anyways back to the cal counting I didnt count yesterday either and I demolished the left overs I didnt give away..now they are all gone and I can start all over! Order Chinese food tonight but it will all be with in my calorie allotment.

Changergirl 12-27-2013 06:03 PM

Hey Everyone. Hope you all had a great holiday. Christmas is always a bit tough living in Korea and away from all my family and friends. I'm glad I've got my husband here. And chocolate, way too much chocolate. I was over Xmas Eve and Xmas but have done well since.

I'm excited because I got my Fitbit Force. It's quite depressing to see how little I move some days. It's definitely going to be a motivator to get me back exercising and finally lose these last 10 pounds, hopefully!

skelley331 12-27-2013 09:07 PM

Hello everyone!
Seemyfeet we could probably start a new thread on jan 1st if everyone wants too! I'm ready for jan 1st so I can really get serious and back on track, the holidays have totally screwed with me, I have been tracking calories but I've been way over and now at night it seems like all I want to do is binge! ice cream, chips, chocolate!! YIKES!

today has been good
Fitbit stats:
5,275 steps
2.33 miles
1,807 calories burned since midnight last night
1,182 calories eaten
67 oz water drank

I'm trying to do lower carbs, I think carbs are my trigger foods!

Changergirl 12-28-2013 09:18 PM

skelley331- I'm with you on the night eating. I do so well during the day, I plan everything out and pretty much eat it to a tee, then I get home and there's extra chocolate and snacks leftover from xmas and I can't help myself but eat some. It's worse on the weekend when I have access to them all day! Good for you on figuring out trigger foods. I try to pretend I don't have any, clearly a lie…it's all about chocolate. Up until a month ago I was fine with a proper serving of chocolate, 28 grams, now it's never enough and it causes me to go back for seconds and even thirds. Unfortunately my husband bought me a ton for xmas so there's lots of temptation.

My goal for the next bit is exercise. I really haven't done any set exercise since July which is terrible. However I now have no idea how much I should be eating. I think I'm going to take the next week or two to determine how much I should be eating. I was losing at 1570 doing no exercise at all. The last three days according to my new FitBit I've burned between 2100-2200 calories. On Xmas, when I never left the house it told me 1854. I'm not sure if this means I should be eating 200-300 more calories to account for exercise or if I should try to stick with 1570 but not beat myself up if I'm hungry and decide to eat more.

I'll still be checking in here, but I'm not sure if I'll be under my calories because I don't know what my calories are!!! Yesterday I was at 1652. It could have been lower since it included chocolate, wine and a hot chocolate.

CalCounter1003 12-28-2013 11:06 PM

ChangerGirl,
Hope you like your Fitbit! I got the fitbit one and am really loving it. I have my goal set at 10,000 steps and find myself walking more and exercising more with it. I haven't quite figured out how it works if you do something like spinning, but all I do are the Walk at Home DVDs which are basically steps anyway. I have to input the specific exercise I do in MFP with the calories I estimate which is way more than the fitbit says I did. Maybe I shouldn't input the exercise and calories. Idk! I am not eating the extra calories it says I burned by just sitting around.


Still lots of chocolate sitting around my house as well. I hit a new low this am and was shocked! Especially to have it happen after the extras I've been eating but as I learned earlier this month if I mix up my foods and calories my body responds.

skelley331 12-29-2013 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Changergirl (Post 4906190)
skelley331- I'm with you on the night eating. I do so well during the day, I plan everything out and pretty much eat it to a tee, then I get home and there's extra chocolate and snacks leftover from xmas and I can't help myself but eat some. It's worse on the weekend when I have access to them all day! Good for you on figuring out trigger foods. I try to pretend I don't have any, clearly a lie…it's all about chocolate. Up until a month ago I was fine with a proper serving of chocolate, 28 grams, now it's never enough and it causes me to go back for seconds and even thirds. Unfortunately my husband bought me a ton for xmas so there's lots of temptation.

My goal for the next bit is exercise. I really haven't done any set exercise since July which is terrible. However I now have no idea how much I should be eating. I think I'm going to take the next week or two to determine how much I should be eating. I was losing at 1570 doing no exercise at all. The last three days according to my new FitBit I've burned between 2100-2200 calories. On Xmas, when I never left the house it told me 1854. I'm not sure if this means I should be eating 200-300 more calories to account for exercise or if I should try to stick with 1570 but not beat myself up if I'm hungry and decide to eat more.

I'll still be checking in here, but I'm not sure if I'll be under my calories because I don't know what my calories are!!! Yesterday I was at 1652. It could have been lower since it included chocolate, wine and a hot chocolate.


Changergirl: I'm glad you accepted my invite on myfitnesspal, as far as the calories burned 1854 you said showed when you never left the house on xmas day, the fitbit flex band I wear 24/7 except when showering starts from midnight to midnight and it calculates the calories burned while resting and daily activities! I love how my flex band calculates my calories I can eat as the day goes on , I have it set for calories in calories out! I was doing so great before the holidays so my true goal is to start back on 1/1/14 and get these last 15 lbs off hopefully for good.:carrot:

skelley331 12-29-2013 11:44 AM

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Originally Posted by CalCounter1003 (Post 4906242)
ChangerGirl,
Hope you like your Fitbit! I got the fitbit one and am really loving it. I have my goal set at 10,000 steps and find myself walking more and exercising more with it. I haven't quite figured out how it works if you do something like spinning, but all I do are the Walk at Home DVDs which are basically steps anyway. I have to input the specific exercise I do in MFP with the calories I estimate which is way more than the fitbit says I did. Maybe I shouldn't input the exercise and calories. Idk! I am not eating the extra calories it says I burned by just sitting around.


Still lots of chocolate sitting around my house as well. I hit a new low this am and was shocked! Especially to have it happen after the extras I've been eating but as I learned earlier this month if I mix up my foods and calories my body responds.


can add me as a friend on fitbit: here is my user name http://www.fitbit.com/user/285HVL

SeeMyFeet 12-29-2013 01:18 PM

Morning all!

I've been hearing cardinals outside my window in the morning. Will Spring be here soon?

Way to go with the exercise ladies! I'm not there yet--I decided to forget about exercise until I lose some more lbs, and I'm focusing on diet to get me there. Doesn't keep me from lifting a dumbbell or two, doing planks and (attempting) the hula hoop. Hopefully, by Spring, I will have worked my way up to daily exercise.

...but that won't happen at the rate I'm going! Calories have been above 1300 the past 5 days. Ugh. I did so well over the holidays, don't know why I'm being so bad now. Average over the past 7 days is 1350--not too bad, but I don't lose when cals are this high. The bratty half of my brain seems to be winning these days. I'm eating healthy, but especially yesterday, more carbs than usual.

Time to put the brat in time-out! Let's plug along, ladies! Keep going!

Llilith 12-29-2013 03:37 PM

Hi everyone! A little bird told me this was an active thread! *waves to SeeMyFeet*

I aim for 1200 calories per day, and usually I come in a bit under. Yesterday was a challenging day - like most of this week has been. I was 550 calories over. :(

I think participating in this thread could help me stay accountable, so here I am!

What do you all use for tracking? I use the loseit app, which I love because of all the great features (even in the free version). Th recipe builder part is really good, and I love that it is seamless between my phone, ipad, and computer.

CalCounter1003 12-29-2013 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by skelley331 (Post 4906434)
can add me as a friend on fitbit: here is my user name http://www.fitbit.com/user/285HVL

Ok, just did it!

CalCounter1003 12-29-2013 06:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Llilith (Post 4906510)
Hi everyone! A little bird told me this was an active thread! *waves to SeeMyFeet*

I aim for 1200 calories per day, and usually I come in a bit under. Yesterday was a challenging day - like most of this week has been. I was 550 calories over. :(

I think participating in this thread could help me stay accountable, so here I am!

What do you all use for tracking? I use the loseit app, which I love because of all the great features (even in the free version). Th recipe builder part is really good, and I love that it is seamless between my phone, ipad, and computer.

Welcome Lilith!
I use MFP. I love it and use the free version too. That's cool about the recipe builder on loseIt. I don't know if MFP has that but I've done great with it so don't want to change now.

Changergirl 12-29-2013 11:30 PM

SeeMyFeet- I'd say what you're doing is exercising!! I know I'd count it as it at least. I definitely focused on dropping weight before exercising as well. I originally lost 40 pounds in 6 months on diet alone. I started exercising and lost nothing over the course of 2 months. It really discouraged me so I figured I'd go back to just diet until I was more comfortable at my weight and I am now so that's why I'm starting to exercise again.

Llilith- Hello and welcome! This group is definitely active and it helps me stay accountable. Like quite a few people on here I use MFP and have for just over a year now. I love it but I've heard great things about Loseit too. I think it's all about finding what works for you.

I want to thank everyone in here who have added me on MFP. I know it's going to make me much more accountable as you guys can actually see what I'm eating. I'm really liking the Fitbit and I know it'll take me a bit to get used to it.

CalCounter1003- what I've started doing is any exercise that the fitbit won't count, aka spinning I'll input into MFP. If it is a walking or running based activity I'll log it but put it in with 1 calorie so I can keep track of minutes but not have it count twice, once from FB and once from MFP. I don't know if that's how I'm supposed to do it but it makes sense to me. As I said it's going to take a bit to figure out all the kinks.

skelley331- what you said about fitbit makes sense. And I think taking off a couple days or even a week or two isn't going to ruin your diet. It took a lot longer than a week to gain all the weight originally right?

And for what I came here for...I ended yesterday at 1587. Which is great and I managed to avoid most of the sweets in the house which is even better.

Changergirl 12-29-2013 11:32 PM

Anyone else on here with a fitbit can add me too,

http://www.fitbit.com/user/296GV6

SeeMyFeet 12-30-2013 03:27 PM

Hey Lilleth...you found the thread! Glad you're here...I need help counting!

I haven't counted calories from yesterday...not sure I remember everything. Let's just say...not the best day for me. Not a Move-The-Comfy-Chair-In-Front-Of-The-Refrigerator Day, more like a nibble-too-much-and-not-move-around-enough day.

Buttttt....I will add it all up, take my lumps, smack myself on the cheeks a few times, and get back to work.

I don't use MFP, loseit, or fitbit (sounds like something you put in your horse's mouth to help it lose weight). I use an Excel spreadsheet and scribble things down on my Note during the day. Old fashioned, I guess.

I should look into MFP. Sounds like everyone can see your meal plans? I could use some more :kickbutt:

skelley331 12-30-2013 06:44 PM

Yesterday ended not so good:
2,066 steps
1,670 calories burned
1,469 calories eaten
299 calories over
only 16 oz water

But today I'm back on track for good, I'm even going to stay on track new years eve! I've got to make this my way of eating for life!!!

:carrot::carrot::carrot::carrot:

Bobbolink 12-30-2013 09:22 PM

What is MFP?

Changergirl 12-31-2013 12:03 AM

MFP is My Fitness Pal. It's a website that you can use to keep track of calories, like an online food diary. There's also a forum and challenges and similar stuff that you'll find here. A lot of people don't find it as supportive as 3FC is. I primarily use it to track calories but have started to sign up for challenges as I'm finding 3FC to be less active than it used to be.

SeeMyFeet- it's up to you whether your diary either food or exercise is open or not. You can set it to complete private so you're the only one who can see it, you can set it so that only your friends can see it or you can have it open so that anyone can see it. It's entirely up to you. I've got a bunch of excel files too, including one for my diet, however I like it because it's got a huge database of food. If you're not entirely sure of the calorie content of an item it likely has it. It even has a ton of the Korean food that I eat on a regular basis that I wouldn't be able to guess what the nutritional content was.

I finished yesterday at 1652 and according to fitbit I burned 2224. I'd like to keep my difference above 500 so I hit that goal. I'm going to try and stick to a healthy diet today however I know I'm going to have an extra drink or two tonight, hopefully I don't do too much damage!

Hope everyone has a great New Years Eve.

CalCounter1003 12-31-2013 12:14 AM

Changer girl, good idea on listing it with one calorie.
When I add the exercise and put the time I did it then it subtracts out the fitbit calories, which are always less. I'm still playing with it.

Been doing pretty well with sticking to calories. We are having a little get together for New Year's Eve so I'll be on my feet all night, and will have champagne and cheese, crackers, etc.

Happy New Year!

skelley331 12-31-2013 07:59 AM

Back on track yesterday!!! It paid off I lost 1.6 lbs :carrot:
Fitbit stats:
6,340 steps
2.8 miles
1,967 calories burned
961 calories eaten (did low carb all day yesterday)
67 oz water

SeeMyFeet 12-31-2013 09:39 AM

Congrats on the loss Skelley! woohoo!

My my...it's here...the last day of the year...how'd that happen?

Well it hasn't been the best week for me. Average of 1500cals for the past 7 days. ouch! But the 30day average is still in the 1200s. With rain in Philadelphia.

New Year's Resolution Day. I feel should make a looooong list. I will make time today for serious reflection on last year's resolutions and make some resolutions that I will be sure to keep. (I do have several unbroken from last year!)

skelley331 12-31-2013 03:31 PM

Thanks seemyfeet:
You are so right, another year almost gone!
So far today I'm doing great, saving up for my new years eve night out!
Nothing fancy just going to some friends house to celebrate their daughters 13th birthday! Hang with other friends! Plan to be good! tomorrow is my start day to finally get to my goal!

Be safe tonight Happy New Year!

CalCounter1003 12-31-2013 04:19 PM

Yay Skelley! :carrot:
You will be in the 160s next week!

Have a safe New Year's Eve everyone and Happy New Year! Maybe we will get some new calorie counters tomorrow!

skinnyki 01-01-2014 10:32 AM

Happy New Year everyone! Looking forward to losing in this new year and getting ready for Spring/Summer. Im glad and proud of myself for starting this journey in September 13. Now I have a slight advantage than the people who are just starting today. I feel blessed and excited to see what the new year will bring.

No weight loss or gain stead consistent thru the Holidays. So I really couldn't ask for anything more. I was able to indulge a little in the Holiday treats but just didnt go overboard. Is time now to add some exercising and weights into the mix now. Heres to a blessed and healthy year everyone. :carrot::carrot:

CalCounter1003 01-01-2014 11:48 AM

Went overboard last night with champagne, cheese, crackers, chips, brownies and more. I wasn't exactly sure how to even input into MFP, so I just put in some of it. I was up 1.5 lbs from yesterday but I know it's just a temporary gain because I didn't eat 4500 calories over! Feels good to realize that instead of getting mad and throwing in the towel.

SeeMyFeet 01-01-2014 12:20 PM

:newyear: WooHoo!! 2014, Babee!!

This will be the Best YEAR EVER for me!! Why? 'cause it's all up to me. How I feel about the upcoming year is all in my head--how I handle things, how I do things, how I react to things. It's all up to me. I'm not dependent on anyone for income, for career choice, for my cleanliness standards, for what I put in my mouth or how sedentary I am. It's all up to me. And I'ma gonna get *things* done!

(Hey....it's Jan 1.....gotta expect a little muscle flexing, especially on a site like this!)

Calories yesterday: 730. Yummy salads. (Obviously, I stayed away from the FireWater :carrot:) But feeling a bit of misery....tried adding psyllium.....major mistake....

:newyear: again! I'm so happy about the New Year--an umblemished page, a fresh start. Let's do good, ladees!

skelley331 01-01-2014 07:05 PM

Hey everyone! So relieved it's the new year and I have high hopes for myself! Looking forward to seeing all of our success together!
fitbit stats from new years eve:
5,012 steps
2.22 miles
1,921 calories burned
1,651 calories eaten
230 calories over (not too bad) still on track for the week though to get my 3500 deficit!

Llilith 01-02-2014 10:06 AM

942 calories yesterday. I aim for 1200 but I was trying to atone for my sins on NY Eve LOL.

kaarin 01-02-2014 10:14 AM

Returning to finish the job
 
Hello. I was on 3FC a couple of years ago and lost almost 50 lbs with the IP diet. Unfortunately (as happens so often) a lot of the weight has slowly returned. I have learned a lot about health, nutrition and the right way to it - now I just have to DO it (again). :) My plan is to count calories, but also focus on lower carbs and more protein - just not as drastic as on the IP diet. My biggest challenge is that I really enjoy relaxing after work with a glass of wine. So, for at least the month of January, NO wine. My daily calorie goal is 1200, though I'm aiming for lower at about 1000.
I came back to 3FC as i found it really helped me keep focused the last time I was on this journey. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you. Have a great day! :D

Naomi1 01-02-2014 11:50 AM

new here
 
Hi,

I'm new here. Starting calorie counting today. At 600 calories already and it's not even 11am. I almost said "screw it," but didn't. Figure I can have 400 for lunch and 500 for dinner. Trying to stick to 1500 a day. I'm also going to start a modern dance class on sunday to get my exercise in. The class is multiple times a week.

Naomi1 01-02-2014 11:53 AM

hi
 
Hi Kaarin, what is the IP diet? I can't eat less than 1500 or I feel like I'm starving. I tried 1200, but always end up eating more out of hunger.

SeeMyFeet 01-02-2014 12:27 PM

:welcome2: Naaomi1 and Kaarin! and HNY !!
(IP is ideal protein--there's a big thread devoted to it here on 3FC)

890 calories yesterday, but probably an overestimate because I fined myself too much for nibbling while cooking! I made The Best pork medallions with mustard sauce and capers yesterday, but limited myself to only one--and lots of veggies. I felt like the family dog...looking at and drooling over the mashed potatoes (I make the BEST mashed potatoes). I wanted to jump on the table. But I stayed strong!

32 day average around 1250. 7 day average 1300. And it's snowing in Chicago.

Love this guy-->:carrot:

CalCounter1003 01-02-2014 02:23 PM

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Originally Posted by Naomi1 (Post 4909084)
Hi,

I'm new here. Starting calorie counting today. At 600 calories already and it's not even 11am. I almost said "screw it," but didn't. Figure I can have 400 for lunch and 500 for dinner. Trying to stick to 1500 a day. I'm also going to start a modern dance class on sunday to get my exercise in. The class is multiple times a week.

Welcome! I'm glad you didn't give up! Even if you go over 1500 you can still lose!
I was amazed to see that on some days over Christmas holidays I had more than 2000 and when I input it in MFP, it said I would still weigh less in 5 weeks. It's just slower if you eat more, but you will still lose. That sounds great on taking a modern dance class.

skinnyki 01-02-2014 07:13 PM

Hello all welcome newcomers!
Struggling to stay within my cal range today been snacking more than normal but I will stay..baked tilapia and green beans for dinner.

Changergirl 01-02-2014 07:14 PM

I tried to post yesterday but the computer I was on kept freezing. Looks like we've got a couple new members since then which is awesome. More people=more accountability.

kaarin - good luck with the switch from IP to CC. I've heard great things about IP while you're on it, but I feel it's the same as any low carb diet, once you get off of it the weight seems to come back. I've seen it happen multiple times with my mom. That's why I like CC because it's more of a lifestyle change, something that I'll never get off so I don't have to worry about regaining as long as I stick to it.

Naomi1 - 1500 calories seems like a very reasonable goal. I've lost all my weight between 1550-1650. It's defintiely the slow and steady approach but I've never once been hungry and felt the need to cheat. Though I have gone over more times than I can count just not to the point that I need to binge like I used to when I tried lower calorie diets.

After consulting a couple TDEE calculators I think I'm going to up my goal to anywhere between 1599-1799 as long as I continue to exercise at the same rate that I have been. I've been burning between 2200 and 2350 this week so it's around a 500 calorie deficit. I'll see how it goes for the next little bit, though I only have a week before I go on vacation. I'm hoping that's enough time to see if it works for me.

I was at 1,693 Tuesday, 1792 Wednesday and 1585 yesterday.

kaarin 01-02-2014 09:20 PM

Hi Naomi1 - always nice to have someone else start the same time as you. :)
Thanks for the welcome SeeMyFeet, skinnyki and Changergirl. I agree, IP is just too extreme (and expensive) but I did learn a lot about protein vs carbs etc. I am a strong believer that it's NOT fat, but carbs, that is the true evil for healthy weight. Especially the highly processed stuff. Naomi, I also find that if you're eating more carbs, you get hungrier much faster.
I use My Fitness Pal - it's such a great app and easy to use. They have a huge data base of foods. But I think this forum is better for support and accountability.
Today I have 690 calories left for dinner, so I should be good! :carrot:

Paisleymama 01-03-2014 01:24 AM

Hi all, I'm back!
After a holiday season filled with goodies and taking a break I'm ready to get back into the routine and kick those lbs!
I'm not weighing in for a week or two, not sure yet. I know I must have gained some but I want to lose the water weight and get on track before I allow the scale to discourage me.

Logging in breakfast and lunch for now, trying to keep those as healthy as possible until I can get dinners sorted out, it's hard cooking 3 different meals and I've been slipping.

Loumomoffour 01-03-2014 09:18 AM

Good Morning,

I'm a calorie counter that never seems to get past lunch time. I use Mynetdiary on my phone which I like and I'm used to. I also have tried journaling (writing down what I eat and how I'm feeling) but again I don't seem to get past 3pm. I'm hoping that support from this forum will help. I've been trying to lose the same 10 lbs for years. I am a mild binge eater which drives me crazy. I am working on it and it seems to be getting better.
Here's to a full day of tracking my calories, I'm aiming for 1500.

Wishing you all a successful calorie counting day.

Lou


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