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Evaluating my progress

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

So a while back I declared a commitment to honest calorie counting. I posted the counts for a few days, but then I thought maybe y'all didn't need to hear my same song 15th verse. At any rate, when I first started counting calories, I discovered, much to my horror, that I was consuming around 2500 calories daily. I've since brought it down to about 1800 on average. I've discovered I can make a decent fruit and veggie smoothie, and I've discovered that when I'm not absolutely starving, I can say "no" to processed foods. My clothes feel looser, but I am not seeing a ton of weight loss. That doesn't surprise me since I know I'm still eating too many calories, so that's a continuing battle. Another battle on the horizon is to develop a daily exercise routine that's sustainable. My pattern right now is to way over do on either exercise or physically demanding projects (like painting) and then be down for the count for a few days. I feel like I've done a lot of mental work, and I feel that's something a lot of diet plans/weight loss strategies/whatever you call them don't address adequately. So I know this is kind of a boring blog, but I needed to evaluate this journey "on paper" so that I can take stock and move forward. Thanks for listening.
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  • no profile photo CD15661269
    If tracking on Spark is an issue for you right now, try writing it in a "food journal". That made me a lot more aware of my choices for future reference. It made me decide if (whatever) was worth the calories/carbs/fat - my focus is always the bad carbs count.

    Same thing with your fitness, put pencil to paper and plan out a workable fitness schedule/routine that you will be able to accomplish. I try to do strength/cardio on M & W and jog/walk on TU & TH & Sat.
    1753 days ago
  • no profile photo CD9311604
    Calorie counting (or food tracking -- which I think makes it sound less diet-like and more lifestyle change) was definitely a huge eye opener for me in the beginning, too. It made me realize how uninformed I was about the nutrition content of the food I was consuming.

    I have been food tracking on & off for several years now and have learned two main things about myself. First, I am now much more educated about what a healthy meal is. That doesn't mean I always choose to eat a healthy meal, but I at least know when I am making bad choices vs. good choices. Second, I am successful when I diligently track. My off periods are when I fall off track completely and my weight loss progress either stops or reverses. Food tracking is a key component to my success, as when I'm not diligently tracking, I can easily consume several hundred extra calories a day in snacks or "extras."

    I'm also 100% with you on your starving comment. When I am not starving, I am able to make much better food choices than when I am stomach-growling hungry. In those moments, I can talk myself out of making good food choices for the sake of satiating my hunger quickly or responding to whatever craving I might be experiencing.

    This is a great blog, because it is so important to understand how this journey is working or not working for YOU. The awareness of that is key. :) You can do it!
    1753 days ago
  • SOFT_VAL67
    its really good, although sometimes overwhelming, to keep a food journal.
    to track every calorie, it gives perspective.
    for example, you may decide to eat something, then you will recall that had x number of calories, so you will decide to choose something else.
    it can get tedious keeping track of everything but in the long run, it helps keep us on point.
    you are doing good.
    wish i could cut about 200 more calories a day out of my diet.
    1753 days ago
    Sometimes it helps to think it through out loud or 'on paper' I do that a lot on my blog, lol. Your honest calorie counting has inspired me to do quite the same and track everything that I eat, no matter what. It's really helped me to take stock and see where I'm needing work. I discovered I don't eat enough protein! Could be why I'm so tired! And knowing I was going to have to put it all on the tracker kept me from eating sweets many a time.

    Keep going, you never know who you might inspire next! emoticon
    1754 days ago
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