Day 7: Count The Calories That Really Count | 30-Day Weight Loss-athon

Day-7

Time for Day 7 of the 30-Day Weight Loss-athon. Today’s 10 minutes could pay enormous diet dividends.

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Read the steps below first, then take 10 minutes to complete them.

Move fast, act quickly and stop over-thinking. Ready?

What You Need:

  • Paper
  • Pen
  • Calorie counter book, website or app.

Step 1

Calorie counts – useful info, or source of major [cue Psycho shower-scene music] obsessiveness? Depends on how you use them.

One of the reasons my programs works so well for people is that they’re strategic. You make small sacrifices for large benefits.

An excellent way to identify such power-packed mini-sacrifices is to find out what your everyday food costs in calories. You may find there are things you care little for that contain 74 fatillion calories. You’d probably want to know what they are, right?

I’m not going to ask you to count calories, which many people find time-consuming, boring, and obsessive. But I will ask you to learn the rough calorie value of only certain foods – those foods you eat regularly.

Let’s start by making a list of the foods you usually eat. Include your usual breakfasts, lunches, dinners snacks and drinks. No need to be exhaustive – just list the items that come to mind.

Step 2

Next, use an online calorie counter, app or calorie book to look up the calorie values of your main foods. (If you have a favorite calorie counter, feel free to share it in your comment on this post.)

Make a note of the calorie value beside each item on your list from Step 1.

This exercise is very useful – it gives you a good sense of the relative calorie values of certain foods. Knowledge is power! But we have to act on that knowledge, right?

Step 3

What are we going to do with what we’ve learned about the calorie values of your food?

We’re going to look for smart ways you can eat fewer calories without feeling deprived.

For instance:

  • Surprised that mud cake contains many more calories than other desserts you enjoy as much or more? Then you might decide to swap your slice for a lower-calorie alternative.
  • Surprised that vegetables contain so few calories? Then you may choose to add more of them to your lunchtime sandwiches and evening meals so you feel more full.

Whatever you learned, look for ways to tweak your eating regime so you get calorie benefits without depriving yourself of the foods you most love.

Step 4

Update your diet tweaks from Day 4, as well as any post-its or reminders you’ve created to help you.

Check in!

And you’re done!

Be sure to leave your comment below to check in and stay accountable. If you’re reading this by email or in a reader then please click here to leave your comment.

See you tomorrow!

Michele Connolly

Michele Connolly helps people move from procrastination to action. She believes that taking action on your priorities makes you a happier person. Michele is the founder of Get Organized Wizard and creator of tools for business, home, and personal organization. Her programs are used by tens of thousands of people worldwide.

  • I have been using the application My Fitness Pal now for 55 days now and enjoy it very much. I realize that some of the meals I loved a lot were not worth it to eat again cause the amount of calories were quite high. I am making wiser choices and finding new favorite foods that are still good but lower in calories:) My 24 year old daughter has been helping me by coming with me at the gym with me and holding me accountable for my eating habits and gym activity. She is one of my main goal to lose the weight. I need to fit in a special dress for her graduation on June 7. She will be graduating as an aerospace engineer:) What a proud mama I am:)

  • I have been using the application My Fitness Pal now for 55 days now and enjoy it very much. I realize that some of the meals I loved a lot were not worth it to eat again cause the amount of calories were quite high. I am making wiser choices and finding new favorite foods that are still good but lower in calories:) My 24 year old daughter has been helping me by coming with me at the gym with me and holding me accountable for my eating habits and gym activity. She is one of my main goal to lose the weight. I need to fit in a special dress for her graduation on June 7. She will be graduating as an aerospace engineer:) What a proud mama I am:)

  • I have been using the application My Fitness Pal now for 55 days now and enjoy it very much. I realize that some of the meals I loved a lot were not worth it to eat again cause the amount of calories were quite high. I am making wiser choices and finding new favorite foods that are still good but lower in calories:) My 24 year old daughter has been helping me by coming with me at the gym with me and holding me accountable for my eating habits and gym activity. She is one of my main goal to lose the weight. I need to fit in a special dress for her graduation on June 7. She will be graduating as an aerospace engineer:) What a proud mama I am:)

  • Did you know: Dunkin Donuts iced coffee with milk and sugar is about 400 calories less than McDonalds iced coffee with vanilla — guess where I’m getting my coffee treat from now on! I’m also making changes to my bottled tea consumption: Arizona Sweet Tea is 10 calories more than Tradewinds Sweet Tea which is the same as Lipton Green Tea with citrus. The best is my favorite Arizona Green Tea with ginseng and honey, which is 10 to 20 calories below the others. Apparently, I have been drinking A LOT of calories!
    A couple other things that really stood out in this exercise were some of the snacks I’ve been eating lately – without realizing it I’ve actually been doing really well – almost everything 100 calories or less!
    My biggest change is definitely going to be what I am drinking — especially more zero calorie herbal teas and water!

  • Did you know: Dunkin Donuts iced coffee with milk and sugar is about 400 calories less than McDonalds iced coffee with vanilla — guess where I’m getting my coffee treat from now on! I’m also making changes to my bottled tea consumption: Arizona Sweet Tea is 10 calories more than Tradewinds Sweet Tea which is the same as Lipton Green Tea with citrus. The best is my favorite Arizona Green Tea with ginseng and honey, which is 10 to 20 calories below the others. Apparently, I have been drinking A LOT of calories!
    A couple other things that really stood out in this exercise were some of the snacks I’ve been eating lately – without realizing it I’ve actually been doing really well – almost everything 100 calories or less!
    My biggest change is definitely going to be what I am drinking — especially more zero calorie herbal teas and water!

  • I signed up with My Fitness Pal last night. I am surprised by how easy it is to use. Other websites I have tried before have been cumbersome to enter meals. So far so good. I also appreciate that it shows the progress on fat, carbs and proteins as well. Today I am just logging and see what happens at the end of the day. I had made an appt to exercise this a.m., but an early morning dog issue (I was up from 3-5 this a.m.) kept me in bed longer than normal. I will pick up tomorrow. UGH

  • I signed up with My Fitness Pal last night. I am surprised by how easy it is to use. Other websites I have tried before have been cumbersome to enter meals. So far so good. I also appreciate that it shows the progress on fat, carbs and proteins as well. Today I am just logging and see what happens at the end of the day. I had made an appt to exercise this a.m., but an early morning dog issue (I was up from 3-5 this a.m.) kept me in bed longer than normal. I will pick up tomorrow. UGH

  • I absolutely adore the My Fitness Pal app for my IPhone! It is so easy to input my meals as I eat them and to hold myself accountable for everything that I eat. I have added in supplements that I haven’t used before after watching Dr. Oz so I’m looking forward to see how those work out. 🙂 I’m down 25 pounds so far, and I can’t wait to get the rest outta here! 🙂

  • I absolutely adore the My Fitness Pal app for my IPhone! It is so easy to input my meals as I eat them and to hold myself accountable for everything that I eat. I have added in supplements that I haven’t used before after watching Dr. Oz so I’m looking forward to see how those work out. 🙂 I’m down 25 pounds so far, and I can’t wait to get the rest outta here! 🙂

  • I am usually pretty careful with my calorie intake. I had been doing a previous diet where we consumed 1200 calories a day which roughly worked out if you used 300 calories for each 3 meal plus 300 inclusive for your morning and afternoon snack. I have been trying to stick to eating what I know is 300 calorie meals. As I have mentioned before it is those pesky emotional eating bad choice foods that kill me. I have done my 3 x 30 mins exercise for this week and drinking my 2 litres per day and so far since Sunday I have lost 600 grams so I am pretty happy with myself. I have been a little bit bad with the choccy over easter but I am not going to beat myself up about it. I have enjoyed it and I won’t not go overboard but come next week I am back into it big time.

  • I am usually pretty careful with my calorie intake. I had been doing a previous diet where we consumed 1200 calories a day which roughly worked out if you used 300 calories for each 3 meal plus 300 inclusive for your morning and afternoon snack. I have been trying to stick to eating what I know is 300 calorie meals. As I have mentioned before it is those pesky emotional eating bad choice foods that kill me. I have done my 3 x 30 mins exercise for this week and drinking my 2 litres per day and so far since Sunday I have lost 600 grams so I am pretty happy with myself. I have been a little bit bad with the choccy over easter but I am not going to beat myself up about it. I have enjoyed it and I won’t not go overboard but come next week I am back into it big time.

  • I am usually pretty careful with my calorie intake. I had been doing a previous diet where we consumed 1200 calories a day which roughly worked out if you used 300 calories for each 3 meal plus 300 inclusive for your morning and afternoon snack. I have been trying to stick to eating what I know is 300 calorie meals. As I have mentioned before it is those pesky emotional eating bad choice foods that kill me. I have done my 3 x 30 mins exercise for this week and drinking my 2 litres per day and so far since Sunday I have lost 600 grams so I am pretty happy with myself. I have been a little bit bad with the choccy over easter but I am not going to beat myself up about it. I have enjoyed it and I won’t not go overboard but come next week I am back into it big time.

  • I looked at what I ate usually and I noticed my choices are not bad, I just need to eat less. I truly had only one vice…. Tea/coffee. Because I knew it was just better to cut them out, I have. It was an intital challenge, but I got through it.

  • My Fitness Pal is a great tool to track calories consumed and burned. It also helps keep track of things like water intake. I can get to it from my phone, my tablet or my desktop so it’s convenient to record things on the spot instead of trying to recall them later. It also has a barcode reader so you can scan a food package right to the tracker. Great tool.

  • My Fitness Pal is a great tool to track calories consumed and burned. It also helps keep track of things like water intake. I can get to it from my phone, my tablet or my desktop so it’s convenient to record things on the spot instead of trying to recall them later. It also has a barcode reader so you can scan a food package right to the tracker. Great tool.

  • My Fitness Pal is a great tool to track calories consumed and burned. It also helps keep track of things like water intake. I can get to it from my phone, my tablet or my desktop so it’s convenient to record things on the spot instead of trying to recall them later. It also has a barcode reader so you can scan a food package right to the tracker. Great tool.

  • I’ve been using Spark People for over 5 years, so I definitely know the calorie count of things I eat….its actually making the choice to stop eating them or substituting them with something healthier that’s the hard part! Now that I’ve started making a lot of my food from scratch, its really hard to keep track of the nutrition facts as well. At least I know its better for me than pre-packaged things with scary ingredients! 🙂

  • I’ve been using http://www.Sparkpeople.com for the past six weeks just to get an idea of the calories I consume each day and to see my eating habits. It is amazing the foods I eat that have way too many calories when I rather eat something else.

  • I’ve been using http://www.Sparkpeople.com for the past six weeks just to get an idea of the calories I consume each day and to see my eating habits. It is amazing the foods I eat that have way too many calories when I rather eat something else.

  • I’ve been using http://www.Sparkpeople.com for the past six weeks just to get an idea of the calories I consume each day and to see my eating habits. It is amazing the foods I eat that have way too many calories when I rather eat something else.

  • I have heard the phrase “Bite it…write it!” Journaling is the best! plus it makes you so aware of what you put in your mouth and how many cal/fat/carbs there are in food!
    calorieking.com

  • I have heard the phrase “Bite it…write it!” Journaling is the best! plus it makes you so aware of what you put in your mouth and how many cal/fat/carbs there are in food!
    calorieking.com

  • I have heard the phrase “Bite it…write it!” Journaling is the best! plus it makes you so aware of what you put in your mouth and how many cal/fat/carbs there are in food!
    calorieking.com

  • This seems easy enough if I know it costs a lot I probably will not eat it

  • From the commnets listed I think I will try sparkspeople and my fitness pal.

  • From the commnets listed I think I will try sparkspeople and my fitness pal.

  • From the commnets listed I think I will try sparkspeople and my fitness pal.

  • I added MFP app to my ipad after all the posive comments I heard. I enjoy checking out whuich food are good choices and which are bad choices.

  • I added MFP app to my ipad after all the posive comments I heard. I enjoy checking out whuich food are good choices and which are bad choices.

  • I had actually been counting my calories, even breaking them down into fats, carbs and proteins, but I have gotten away from this. I’ll think I’ll break out my old calorie journal and re visit that habit. It really does hold you accountable for what you put into your body all day.

  • I added MFP app to my ipad after all the posive comments I heard. I enjoy checking out whuich food are good choices and which are bad choices.

  • Both sparkpeople.com and the lose it app are my go-to calorie counters! Lose it is nice when I’m away from the computer (plus you can scan anything with a bar code). I sat down yesterday and planned out both my meals and snacks for the week. Every meal and snack has a fruit and/or vegetable in it for low calories and to help with satiety! My plan is to stick with that plan. I’m giving myself to mix and match the days if I like but there is plenty of variety and options. Also giving myself permission that if I’m feeling hungry, to add an additional fruit or veggie to that day.

  • Both sparkpeople.com and the lose it app are my go-to calorie counters! Lose it is nice when I’m away from the computer (plus you can scan anything with a bar code). I sat down yesterday and planned out both my meals and snacks for the week. Every meal and snack has a fruit and/or vegetable in it for low calories and to help with satiety! My plan is to stick with that plan. I’m giving myself to mix and match the days if I like but there is plenty of variety and options. Also giving myself permission that if I’m feeling hungry, to add an additional fruit or veggie to that day.

  • I am downloading My Fitness Pal again, I used to have it but deleted it along the way. I do really enjoy this app, especially because it reads barcodes :). I wont bother to add up all the calories from passover last because I know its awful! On the plus side, I did make sure I only took one serving spoon or scoop of anything I had. I was full at the end but not stuffed. I know tonight will be even easier and for Easter I have made quite a few things “lighter”, so I have better choices throughout the day!

  • I am downloading My Fitness Pal again, I used to have it but deleted it along the way. I do really enjoy this app, especially because it reads barcodes :). I wont bother to add up all the calories from passover last because I know its awful! On the plus side, I did make sure I only took one serving spoon or scoop of anything I had. I was full at the end but not stuffed. I know tonight will be even easier and for Easter I have made quite a few things “lighter”, so I have better choices throughout the day!

  • Been using the My Fitness Pal app and website since mid-February…. helped me lose 17 lbs in a month bringing the 12-month total loss to 44 lbs. Some foods were surprises as far as calories, carbs, fiber, fat, and protein are concerned. Using the tools, I can adjust recipes or change my meal plans to make better choices BEFORE I eat and suffer the consequences.

  • Been using the My Fitness Pal app and website since mid-February…. helped me lose 17 lbs in a month bringing the 12-month total loss to 44 lbs. Some foods were surprises as far as calories, carbs, fiber, fat, and protein are concerned. Using the tools, I can adjust recipes or change my meal plans to make better choices BEFORE I eat and suffer the consequences.

  • Done. I realized my smoothie for breakfast while full of good stuff really adds up in calories. I’ve reworked it to be be 100 calories less than it was. Also, my favorite Greek yogurt is higher in calories than I realized so instead of eating 1/2 the container I’ll stick with the suggested serving size. I’m also going to limit my coffee to just one in the morning. (my “one” is actually the equivalent of 2, but I usually do this more than once a day).

  • Done. I realized my smoothie for breakfast while full of good stuff really adds up in calories. I’ve reworked it to be be 100 calories less than it was. Also, my favorite Greek yogurt is higher in calories than I realized so instead of eating 1/2 the container I’ll stick with the suggested serving size. I’m also going to limit my coffee to just one in the morning. (my “one” is actually the equivalent of 2, but I usually do this more than once a day).

  • Drank 2 glasses of water before each meal, walked approx 2 mi with 2 2lb hand weights, cooked a fresh healthy lunch (from scratch) and logged back onto my online calorie count…www.caloriecount.about.com is a free and easy way to log and covert everything I have consumed into numbers…and I need to cut down on white carbs-sigh!

  • Drank 2 glasses of water before each meal, walked approx 2 mi with 2 2lb hand weights, cooked a fresh healthy lunch (from scratch) and logged back onto my online calorie count…www.caloriecount.about.com is a free and easy way to log and covert everything I have consumed into numbers…and I need to cut down on white carbs-sigh!

  • I need to add Fitness Pal to my iPhone apps and make a list of my regular foods. I know one thing I am trying to do is cook my own meals and eat leftovers rather than buying “obentos” that often are filled with fried foods.

  • I need to add Fitness Pal to my iPhone apps and make a list of my regular foods. I know one thing I am trying to do is cook my own meals and eat leftovers rather than buying “obentos” that often are filled with fried foods.

  • I have always used Fitday but reading some of the others comments…Lose it might be better. pizza and soda are my calorie weaknesses :(. Haven’t counted calories in awhile so this should be enlightening.

  • I have always used Fitday but reading some of the others comments…Lose it might be better. pizza and soda are my calorie weaknesses :(. Haven’t counted calories in awhile so this should be enlightening.

  • I have always used Fitday but reading some of the others comments…Lose it might be better. pizza and soda are my calorie weaknesses :(. Haven’t counted calories in awhile so this should be enlightening.

  • Am going out to find a calorie counter book! Walked 40 minutes this AM– worked up a sweat but I recovered quickly. My brisk may be a little slower than those ladies 30-40 years younger, but am very happy that I did it! Spring in Kettering, Oh is beautiful.

  • Am going out to find a calorie counter book! Walked 40 minutes this AM– worked up a sweat but I recovered quickly. My brisk may be a little slower than those ladies 30-40 years younger, but am very happy that I did it! Spring in Kettering, Oh is beautiful.

  • Am going out to find a calorie counter book! Walked 40 minutes this AM– worked up a sweat but I recovered quickly. My brisk may be a little slower than those ladies 30-40 years younger, but am very happy that I did it! Spring in Kettering, Oh is beautiful.

  • I just started using MyFitnessPal. So far I really like it. It has a large library of foods and you can enter items by scanning the upcoming code. Ot also gives you an overview of your nutrition for the day. This is helpful for tracking sodium etc.

  • I just started using MyFitnessPal. So far I really like it. It has a large library of foods and you can enter items by scanning the upcoming code. Ot also gives you an overview of your nutrition for the day. This is helpful for tracking sodium etc.

  • Looks like I need to switch from fresh dates to air popped corn! I’m only short (160cm) so don’t have a huge calorie requirement. My main meals are good. I think it’s the mid-meal snacks that are doing the damage. Well, now I’m exercising every day I should start to see some changes soon, especially if I stick to conscious eating.

  • Looks like I need to switch from fresh dates to air popped corn! I’m only short (160cm) so don’t have a huge calorie requirement. My main meals are good. I think it’s the mid-meal snacks that are doing the damage. Well, now I’m exercising every day I should start to see some changes soon, especially if I stick to conscious eating.

  • I am following the weight watchers plan but am not an active member, tracking the food in a journal really helps me figure out how much of each food I can eat and keeps me accountable. I haven’t given up any foods but I have reduced the amount I eat of many foods after realizing how much calories/points they have. A bag of chips/crackers is not a serving 🙂

  • I am following the weight watchers plan but am not an active member, tracking the food in a journal really helps me figure out how much of each food I can eat and keeps me accountable. I haven’t given up any foods but I have reduced the amount I eat of many foods after realizing how much calories/points they have. A bag of chips/crackers is not a serving 🙂

  • I spent my 10 minutes researching apps! Decided on My Fitness Pal….looks like something I could easily use. Now, on to the calorie assessment…..toast with peanut butter vs bagel with hummus will be my first check.

  • I spent my 10 minutes researching apps! Decided on My Fitness Pal….looks like something I could easily use. Now, on to the calorie assessment…..toast with peanut butter vs bagel with hummus will be my first check.

  • Finally a diet that works and you see the results right away. I have been telling all my friends to join in. Can not thank you enough for giving me my clothes back.
    Thanks,
    Inez Foreman

  • Finally a diet that works and you see the results right away. I have been telling all my friends to join in. Can not thank you enough for giving me my clothes back.
    Thanks,
    Inez Foreman

  • I will do that. I was doing the weight watchers daily count, but haven’t been losing weight. I will definitely go now and find a calorie counter. I have a small book I can use for calories. I bought it for water intake and exercise, but can use it for calories also.

  • I will do that. I was doing the weight watchers daily count, but haven’t been losing weight. I will definitely go now and find a calorie counter. I have a small book I can use for calories. I bought it for water intake and exercise, but can use it for calories also.

  • I use sparkpeople.com to help track things. I am always shocked to find out the calorie count of restaurant food. Makes me think twice about eating out sometimes..

  • I use sparkpeople.com to help track things. I am always shocked to find out the calorie count of restaurant food. Makes me think twice about eating out sometimes..

  • I downloaded My Fitness Pal on my iPad so I plan on following what I eat better to see what my regular is and then I plan on tweaking, staying happy but healthier.

  • I downloaded My Fitness Pal on my iPad so I plan on following what I eat better to see what my regular is and then I plan on tweaking, staying happy but healthier.

  • This is a tough one former. I have never really counted calories, even when attending WW. I will pay attention to portion sizes and attempt to count calories.

  • This is a tough one former. I have never really counted calories, even when attending WW. I will pay attention to portion sizes and attempt to count calories.

  • This is a tough one former. I have never really counted calories, even when attending WW. I will pay attention to portion sizes and attempt to count calories.

  • Well, I find no problem in this area as I’m on a protein-vigs diet now.
    However, I did already replace/update a tweak in Day 4:
    – DON’T buy any chocolate 🙁 (as it is!)
    – Don’t “steal” bites from here and there! (NEW!)

  • Well, I find no problem in this area as I’m on a protein-vigs diet now.
    However, I did already replace/update a tweak in Day 4:
    – DON’T buy any chocolate 🙁 (as it is!)
    – Don’t “steal” bites from here and there! (NEW!)

  • That was quite the eye opener, I’ve never paid attention to the amount of calories in some of our favorite dishes!

  • That was quite the eye opener, I’ve never paid attention to the amount of calories in some of our favorite dishes!

  • When I don’t get a solid meal I tend to snack on the wrong (highly calorific) stuff. So now am looking at ways to eat less of the bad stuff 🙂

  • been a myfitnesspal food journaler for quite some time. knowledge IS power!

  • been a myfitnesspal food journaler for quite some time. knowledge IS power!

  • Omgosh. Who knew honey had so many calories in it. I think it’s time to give up coffee or try a sugar substitute.

  • Omgosh. Who knew honey had so many calories in it. I think it’s time to give up coffee or try a sugar substitute.

  • The “Calorie King” Books are my favorite. They are purse size and thre most complete of any I’ve used.

  • The “Calorie King” Books are my favorite. They are purse size and thre most complete of any I’ve used.

  • Writng down the calories helps to limit what I am eating. this is a good habit to get into.

  • Writng down the calories helps to limit what I am eating. this is a good habit to get into.

  • I have used several but the one that is the most user friendly is My fitness Pal! Love it

  • I have used several but the one that is the most user friendly is My fitness Pal! Love it

  • I love My Fitness Pal for tracking food and exercise. Sparkpeople is a good choice too.

  • I love My Fitness Pal for tracking food and exercise. Sparkpeople is a good choice too.

  • I need to search for a calorie counter then. Here I go.

  • I need to search for a calorie counter then. Here I go.

  • got it..veggies are my BEST FRIEND now!

  • I love My Fitness Pal. Got their app!

  • I love My Fitness Pal. Got their app!

  • I love My Fitness Pal. Got their app!

  • Ready to count!

  • I’ve learned a lot over the past few weeks about what foods are worth eating and which aren’t. I have discovered I love 5 c. of fat free microwave popcorn much more than say a granola bar. I enjoy the sheer volume of food and the satiety I experienceby eating the popcorn. I also love fruit as a snack. I am definitely not depriving myself. I splurge once in a while and on the other days I prioritize what oods make me feel full and happy rather than full and miserable.

  • I’ve learned a lot over the past few weeks about what foods are worth eating and which aren’t. I have discovered I love 5 c. of fat free microwave popcorn much more than say a granola bar. I enjoy the sheer volume of food and the satiety I experienceby eating the popcorn. I also love fruit as a snack. I am definitely not depriving myself. I splurge once in a while and on the other days I prioritize what oods make me feel full and happy rather than full and miserable.

  • I’ve learned a lot over the past few weeks about what foods are worth eating and which aren’t. I have discovered I love 5 c. of fat free microwave popcorn much more than say a granola bar. I enjoy the sheer volume of food and the satiety I experienceby eating the popcorn. I also love fruit as a snack. I am definitely not depriving myself. I splurge once in a while and on the other days I prioritize what oods make me feel full and happy rather than full and miserable.

  • Never found time to do this. I am very curious about the calorie count of some of the things that I eat.

  • Never found time to do this. I am very curious about the calorie count of some of the things that I eat.

  • I have found that when I keep track of my food, whether it’s Weight Watcher’s points, or on a website like Sparkpeople.com or even in a notebook, I do better at losing weight. I can roughly tell you the calories in about everything I eat, and I KNOW without a doubt what foods are really high and I should avoid…but I find it difficult unless I have to be accountable to write down what I eat. I look forward to a day when I can just eat what I need throughout the day and know when I’ve had enough. Can that happen?
    Sorry about the late post, I got behind with the Easter Holiday. Fortunately 2 of the days so far I handle pretty well ( exercise and water). This one however I will have to work on!

  • I have found that when I keep track of my food, whether it’s Weight Watcher’s points, or on a website like Sparkpeople.com or even in a notebook, I do better at losing weight. I can roughly tell you the calories in about everything I eat, and I KNOW without a doubt what foods are really high and I should avoid…but I find it difficult unless I have to be accountable to write down what I eat. I look forward to a day when I can just eat what I need throughout the day and know when I’ve had enough. Can that happen?
    Sorry about the late post, I got behind with the Easter Holiday. Fortunately 2 of the days so far I handle pretty well ( exercise and water). This one however I will have to work on!

  • My mornings and afternoons, I’m a pretty healthy eater. Then I get the snack attack, and all bets are off. My biggest calorie offender? I LOVE Nutella. I could smear it on anything and eat it. Bread, Wasa, apple slices, old shoe leather. Food to me has to have flavor, otherwise it’s not worth eating. So if I want sweet, it better be worth it taste-wise, not just sugary. If I want savory, I’m talking Indian food, or Greek food. Something REALLY worth eating because it tastes SO GOOD. Anyone have any thoughts on how to get a handle on this? I also have problems in the evenings because I am cooking for my family, and my husband and kids are just too picky. Whole what pasta? Forget it! Cheese-free meals? Yeah, right! But I hate cooking more than one thing. HELP!

  • My mornings and afternoons, I’m a pretty healthy eater. Then I get the snack attack, and all bets are off. My biggest calorie offender? I LOVE Nutella. I could smear it on anything and eat it. Bread, Wasa, apple slices, old shoe leather. Food to me has to have flavor, otherwise it’s not worth eating. So if I want sweet, it better be worth it taste-wise, not just sugary. If I want savory, I’m talking Indian food, or Greek food. Something REALLY worth eating because it tastes SO GOOD. Anyone have any thoughts on how to get a handle on this? I also have problems in the evenings because I am cooking for my family, and my husband and kids are just too picky. Whole what pasta? Forget it! Cheese-free meals? Yeah, right! But I hate cooking more than one thing. HELP!

  • Just downloaded My Fitness Pal, which I’ll work on another day (when I don’t have groceries to buy and put away and 2 meetings to attend). Don’t judge me for being behind after spring break with grandkids!

  • Just downloaded My Fitness Pal, which I’ll work on another day (when I don’t have groceries to buy and put away and 2 meetings to attend). Don’t judge me for being behind after spring break with grandkids!

  • Just downloaded My Fitness Pal, which I’ll work on another day (when I don’t have groceries to buy and put away and 2 meetings to attend). Don’t judge me for being behind after spring break with grandkids!

  • Wow! I was going to recommend myfitnesspal but I see it’s already being used. It really helps me understand the relation between exercise and calories. Have learned on a high activity date to leave at least half the calories ‘earned’ uneaten’ or it defeats the purpose, while eating some of those calories can be an incentive. The key I discovered is the program EXPECTS you to workout minimum amount… Another incentive.

  • Wow! I was going to recommend myfitnesspal but I see it’s already being used. It really helps me understand the relation between exercise and calories. Have learned on a high activity date to leave at least half the calories ‘earned’ uneaten’ or it defeats the purpose, while eating some of those calories can be an incentive. The key I discovered is the program EXPECTS you to workout minimum amount… Another incentive.

  • I’ve been using http://caloriecount.about.com since mid January. It allows you to track your daily calories, water intake and activity. It helps you to set and track goals for yourself, both long term and daily. Counting calories is definitely a good way to track what you eat and it works! I keep just below 1400 calories per day and I’m losing at least 1lb. per week which I’m happy with.

    I’m a vegetarian but since I’ve started counting calories I’ve noticed that much of the ‘meats’ that I eat for protein are very high in sodium and fat, which I really don’t like. I really found myself at a crossroads. So one day a week I allow myself a portion of extra lean chicken or turkey. At first I felt very guilty about this but right now my decision to lose weight must override my lifestyle choice to not eat animals…at least for now.

  • I’ve been using http://caloriecount.about.com since mid January. It allows you to track your daily calories, water intake and activity. It helps you to set and track goals for yourself, both long term and daily. Counting calories is definitely a good way to track what you eat and it works! I keep just below 1400 calories per day and I’m losing at least 1lb. per week which I’m happy with.

    I’m a vegetarian but since I’ve started counting calories I’ve noticed that much of the ‘meats’ that I eat for protein are very high in sodium and fat, which I really don’t like. I really found myself at a crossroads. So one day a week I allow myself a portion of extra lean chicken or turkey. At first I felt very guilty about this but right now my decision to lose weight must override my lifestyle choice to not eat animals…at least for now.

  • This is going to be a hard one for me but I will try it. I am going to try the My Fitness Pal ap and see if that helps me remember to count. I guess this is where I need to be more careful with portion sizes as well. Well here goes.

  • This is going to be a hard one for me but I will try it. I am going to try the My Fitness Pal ap and see if that helps me remember to count. I guess this is where I need to be more careful with portion sizes as well. Well here goes.

  • Swapping cheddar cheese for cottage cheese and Helgas bread for Helgas bread thins, wraps or cruskits. I will also be getting back on track and using Weight Watchers e-tools.

  • This one is hard as I too have trouble with portion control. Time to start cutting back and adding foods with less calories.

  • This one is hard as I too have trouble with portion control. Time to start cutting back and adding foods with less calories.

  • This one is hard as I too have trouble with portion control. Time to start cutting back and adding foods with less calories.

  • I have to check My Fitness Pal again, I registered ages ago as a friend recommended it to me, but actually I never use it, so…it is time to go back again and see how it works. Probably getting in the habit of writing absolutely everything you eat will put you off from eating too much (just because you will hate going again and again to your diary to write it down).

  • I have to check My Fitness Pal again, I registered ages ago as a friend recommended it to me, but actually I never use it, so…it is time to go back again and see how it works. Probably getting in the habit of writing absolutely everything you eat will put you off from eating too much (just because you will hate going again and again to your diary to write it down).

  • I like My Everyday Health for tracking calories. I am sporatic but I pretty much eat the same foods so I have a general idea for calories. Too bad this came the day after the Easter bunny arrived at our house. It’s going to be a struggle this week!

  • I like My Everyday Health for tracking calories. I am sporatic but I pretty much eat the same foods so I have a general idea for calories. Too bad this came the day after the Easter bunny arrived at our house. It’s going to be a struggle this week!

  • Since I have previously found a successful eating concept, I just need to get back to it. So I don’t have to concentrate on calorie counting, I follow Cynthia Sass’s 5 puzzle piece process. The 5 pieces to the puzzle are…produce, whole grain, protein, & fat. The 5th piece is using herbs and spices for taste…eliminating salt and sweetners. I also like that dark choc is a daily requirement and there is a built in splurge. I found that preparing proper meals around my work is my challenge. Lunch and snack splurges have gotten out of hand.

  • Since I have previously found a successful eating concept, I just need to get back to it. So I don’t have to concentrate on calorie counting, I follow Cynthia Sass’s 5 puzzle piece process. The 5 pieces to the puzzle are…produce, whole grain, protein, & fat. The 5th piece is using herbs and spices for taste…eliminating salt and sweetners. I also like that dark choc is a daily requirement and there is a built in splurge. I found that preparing proper meals around my work is my challenge. Lunch and snack splurges have gotten out of hand.

  • Downloaded the Lose it! app. Allowed about 1,500 cal/day to lose 2 lb/week! I’m ok during the week, I’m BAD on the weekends.

  • Downloaded the Lose it! app. Allowed about 1,500 cal/day to lose 2 lb/week! I’m ok during the week, I’m BAD on the weekends.

  • I am currently following the Weight watchers points system, – all fruit & veg (with the exception of corn, potato & avocado) are 0 points & therefore “free” foods!

  • I am currently following the Weight watchers points system, – all fruit & veg (with the exception of corn, potato & avocado) are 0 points & therefore “free” foods!

  • My Fitness Pal is an awesome app to keep track of counting calories! When I started my weightloss journey I started using that app and was losing weight. However, I wanted some group support and started doing WW. I am no longer a paid member but I know the program and have been using an app called The Ultimate Weight Watcher Diary. So far so good! What’s going to be hard is trying to get through this Easter holiday without eating lots of chocolate!

  • My Fitness Pal is an awesome app to keep track of counting calories! When I started my weightloss journey I started using that app and was losing weight. However, I wanted some group support and started doing WW. I am no longer a paid member but I know the program and have been using an app called The Ultimate Weight Watcher Diary. So far so good! What’s going to be hard is trying to get through this Easter holiday without eating lots of chocolate!

  • My Fitness Pal is an awesome app to keep track of counting calories! When I started my weightloss journey I started using that app and was losing weight. However, I wanted some group support and started doing WW. I am no longer a paid member but I know the program and have been using an app called The Ultimate Weight Watcher Diary. So far so good! What’s going to be hard is trying to get through this Easter holiday without eating lots of chocolate!

  • About 3 or maybe 4 years ago I tried Weight Watchers so I will there method by using the way they count the food a person would eat as points and that might help me to be more careful of the calories I consume.

  • About 3 or maybe 4 years ago I tried Weight Watchers so I will there method by using the way they count the food a person would eat as points and that might help me to be more careful of the calories I consume.

  • This was an eye opening challenge. I was not aware of how high some things were in calories. I use the Points Plus WW app. I have been on WW in the past, but couldn’t keep up with the high fees. The app is really good for keeping track of what I eat and my exercise. I can scan the packages of the food directly into the app. I also use the Noom app. It tracks my exercise by GPS so I know how far I have walked, driven, etc.

  • I already do this for breakfast and lunch. Dinner has been harder, since it is the big family meal every day. I’m trying to eat more fruit and veggies before eating anything else. Going to have to check out My Fitness Pal.

  • I already do this for breakfast and lunch. Dinner has been harder, since it is the big family meal every day. I’m trying to eat more fruit and veggies before eating anything else. Going to have to check out My Fitness Pal.

  • I actually make myself a weekly menu anyway at the moment, though that’s for budgeting and organisation purposes, so I will pick a couple of those and go through the calories. Can anyone recommend a decent site online to visit for this information?

  • I actually make myself a weekly menu anyway at the moment, though that’s for budgeting and organisation purposes, so I will pick a couple of those and go through the calories. Can anyone recommend a decent site online to visit for this information?

  • I use The WebMD Food & Fitness Planner. I working on this still just a little late in posting.

  • I use The WebMD Food & Fitness Planner. I working on this still just a little late in posting.

  • I use The WebMD Food & Fitness Planner. I working on this still just a little late in posting.

  • I’ll start tracking my food today… two eggs scrambled for breakfast, a chef salad (with only a little lite dressing) for lunch.. trying to get in more veggies with salads. I managed to do a 1 hr zumba workout at the gym today and I’ve only had water, no soda! I need to find a website that’s free to find out the calories for the foods I eat…

  • I use mynetdiary and really like it- it has lots of foods and you can scan the bar code too- I am scheduled for surgery in May and I’m not sure if losing weight is good for me, I need to check with the surgeon- I think it should be fine but I would rather be safe than sorry- funny to think that it wouldn’t be good for me to lose a few pounds before then 🙂 Cancer is a not so funny thing I guess-

  • I use mynetdiary and really like it- it has lots of foods and you can scan the bar code too- I am scheduled for surgery in May and I’m not sure if losing weight is good for me, I need to check with the surgeon- I think it should be fine but I would rather be safe than sorry- funny to think that it wouldn’t be good for me to lose a few pounds before then 🙂 Cancer is a not so funny thing I guess-

  • I use mynetdiary and really like it- it has lots of foods and you can scan the bar code too- I am scheduled for surgery in May and I’m not sure if losing weight is good for me, I need to check with the surgeon- I think it should be fine but I would rather be safe than sorry- funny to think that it wouldn’t be good for me to lose a few pounds before then 🙂 Cancer is a not so funny thing I guess-

  • So yesterday was a total bomb…about the only thing I did right was drink water! I didn’t leave the house, so I got no exercise. And when friends came over for cards they brought…CARAMEL CORN! UGH. It’s one of those things I can’t stop eating. And I payed for it later when my sugar crashed. I am determined today will be better! And I love my fitness pal.

  • So yesterday was a total bomb…about the only thing I did right was drink water! I didn’t leave the house, so I got no exercise. And when friends came over for cards they brought…CARAMEL CORN! UGH. It’s one of those things I can’t stop eating. And I payed for it later when my sugar crashed. I am determined today will be better! And I love my fitness pal.

  • I started using Supertracker on ChooseMyPlate.gov. Works pretty good, but time consuming. One of these days I’ll upgrade to a smartphone. 😉

  • I started using Supertracker on ChooseMyPlate.gov. Works pretty good, but time consuming. One of these days I’ll upgrade to a smartphone. 😉

  • One of my biggest issues is comfort foods. My significant other is away right now at more military training and my go to foods are not always the best choice. I put my food diary on the table as a constant reminder to watch the calories and types of food I eat (and how often).

  • One of my biggest issues is comfort foods. My significant other is away right now at more military training and my go to foods are not always the best choice. I put my food diary on the table as a constant reminder to watch the calories and types of food I eat (and how often).

  • Just downloaded My Fitness Pal. Thanks for the recommendations. I love nifty gadgets/apps. Hopefully this will set me on the right path.

  • I’ve doing ww for the past 14 months, but in the last 6 months Ive got bored, and seem to eat well for 3 or 4 days, then binge for the next 3 or 4 (good just before weighin). Have got to the stage of thinking food is bad, so stop eating healthier choices with higher ‘pps’! This week I cancelled my subscription, and will get back to eating sensibly and hopefully start losing weight again 🙂

  • I’ve doing ww for the past 14 months, but in the last 6 months Ive got bored, and seem to eat well for 3 or 4 days, then binge for the next 3 or 4 (good just before weighin). Have got to the stage of thinking food is bad, so stop eating healthier choices with higher ‘pps’! This week I cancelled my subscription, and will get back to eating sensibly and hopefully start losing weight again 🙂

  • I’ve doing ww for the past 14 months, but in the last 6 months Ive got bored, and seem to eat well for 3 or 4 days, then binge for the next 3 or 4 (good just before weighin). Have got to the stage of thinking food is bad, so stop eating healthier choices with higher ‘pps’! This week I cancelled my subscription, and will get back to eating sensibly and hopefully start losing weight again 🙂

  • The only meal I am bad with is breakfast, because I like to sleep in in the morning so I eat things as I’m getting ready or walking out the door. It’s not bad, but it could be healthier. All of my other meals I try to make 1 main item and then pick veggies or such to supplement the meal.

  • The only meal I am bad with is breakfast, because I like to sleep in in the morning so I eat things as I’m getting ready or walking out the door. It’s not bad, but it could be healthier. All of my other meals I try to make 1 main item and then pick veggies or such to supplement the meal.

  • THanks for the encouragement on my personal “brisk”. Hubby and I did a 20 minute brisk this AM- Mon.

  • THanks for the encouragement on my personal “brisk”. Hubby and I did a 20 minute brisk this AM- Mon.

  • THanks for the encouragement on my personal “brisk”. Hubby and I did a 20 minute brisk this AM- Mon.

  • I use a google document spreadsheet template, 60 day Calorie Counter. I added a sheet where I keep track of items I regularly eat the first time I used it. (This really has helped) calorieking.com has been a good place to find calorie counts.

  • I use a google document spreadsheet template, 60 day Calorie Counter. I added a sheet where I keep track of items I regularly eat the first time I used it. (This really has helped) calorieking.com has been a good place to find calorie counts.

  • Congratulations to everyone: You made it the first week. Yippee!
    I suggest you keep track of your food and calories for one week. This will give you a daily and weekly total of your calories. Keep up the good work and keep posting to be accountable. Good Luck!

  • Congratulations to everyone: You made it the first week. Yippee!
    I suggest you keep track of your food and calories for one week. This will give you a daily and weekly total of your calories. Keep up the good work and keep posting to be accountable. Good Luck!

  • working on counting those calories, Just got back from my third 30 min walk this week and I feel great and not interested at all at the 3kg chocolate egg in the lounge room. I do have a 12 year old who cant wait to get into it though bugging me every 2 mins.

  • working on counting those calories, Just got back from my third 30 min walk this week and I feel great and not interested at all at the 3kg chocolate egg in the lounge room. I do have a 12 year old who cant wait to get into it though bugging me every 2 mins.

  • I joined caloriecount.com a few months ago. It is free and not only can you count your calories with ease, you can see with your nutitional analysis is of what you ate. It even has suggestions on choices for the nutrients your lacking in your diet. It also has links to loads and loads of different exercises. I love it!

  • I joined caloriecount.com a few months ago. It is free and not only can you count your calories with ease, you can see with your nutitional analysis is of what you ate. It even has suggestions on choices for the nutrients your lacking in your diet. It also has links to loads and loads of different exercises. I love it!

  • counted calories and found a few substitutes. but also reminded myself that if I was really hungry for a certain item to eat 1 of it rather than 2 of a lighter item cause it might add up to the same calories as 1 of the regular item!

  • counted calories and found a few substitutes. but also reminded myself that if I was really hungry for a certain item to eat 1 of it rather than 2 of a lighter item cause it might add up to the same calories as 1 of the regular item!

  • I’ve been using Calorie Counter. The icon is a green apple on a cutting board. I have an iPad. It’s free and let’s you add your activity. Shows graphs on protein , carbs eaten. I have to eliminate some bread!

  • I’ve been using Calorie Counter. The icon is a green apple on a cutting board. I have an iPad. It’s free and let’s you add your activity. Shows graphs on protein , carbs eaten. I have to eliminate some bread!

  • I’ve been using Calorie Counter. The icon is a green apple on a cutting board. I have an iPad. It’s free and let’s you add your activity. Shows graphs on protein , carbs eaten. I have to eliminate some bread!

  • By cutting dairy, sugar, grains and legumes I am saving tons of empty calories and trading them for nutrient rich food. Because all calories are not created equal.

  • Keep track using online journal http://www.loseit.com.

  • Keep track using online journal http://www.loseit.com.

  • Keep track using online journal http://www.loseit.com.

  • I have been following along however I am frustrated and discouraged at the GREAT difficulty I am having checking in!!! Even posting this has been riddled with challenges. I am using my iPhone 4 and I can’t understand why this has been so hard!!! Anyone else having problems?

  • I’m not a fan of keeping track of calories, ive done weight watchers and didn’t work out, it worked for the first several months and lost 20-25 lbs but gained it all back, I hated tracking the points and then I stopped. I will try my best to do this.

  • I’m not a fan of keeping track of calories, ive done weight watchers and didn’t work out, it worked for the first several months and lost 20-25 lbs but gained it all back, I hated tracking the points and then I stopped. I will try my best to do this.

  • I’m not a fan of keeping track of calories, ive done weight watchers and didn’t work out, it worked for the first several months and lost 20-25 lbs but gained it all back, I hated tracking the points and then I stopped. I will try my best to do this.

  • Checking in. Haven’t completed yet because the stomach flu rocked our house, but will work on it today.

  • Checking in. Haven’t completed yet because the stomach flu rocked our house, but will work on it today.

  • No iphone so just used an online calorie list….more fruit and veg…..less fat and sweet things 🙂

  • No iphone so just used an online calorie list….more fruit and veg…..less fat and sweet things 🙂

  • Hmm, I use the Lose It! App but want to compare it to the mfp app…wonder if I can scan foods here in Japan! One of my favorite “fast foods” here in Japan is gyoza

  • Hmm, I use the Lose It! App but want to compare it to the mfp app…wonder if I can scan foods here in Japan! One of my favorite “fast foods” here in Japan is gyoza

  • Oh dear! This exercise is rather like the time I wrote down every cent I spent for a while. You very quickly realise that a “just a little bit” here and there soon adds up to a lot!

  • Oh dear! This exercise is rather like the time I wrote down every cent I spent for a while. You very quickly realise that a “just a little bit” here and there soon adds up to a lot!

  • This is difficult on a holiday weekend. One sticky bun 310 calories. Re-doubling efforts for tomorrow.

  • This is difficult on a holiday weekend. One sticky bun 310 calories. Re-doubling efforts for tomorrow.

  • I really like http://www.livestrong.com/myplate which might be the same as spark people. It’s free!

  • I really like http://www.livestrong.com/myplate which might be the same as spark people. It’s free!

  • I really like http://www.livestrong.com/myplate which might be the same as spark people. It’s free!

  • I am pretty good about knowing what the calorie count is, just not good and keeping it too a portion.

  • I am pretty good about knowing what the calorie count is, just not good and keeping it too a portion.

  • humpty dumpty fell down, didn’t break my crown but dr. said no exercises for 2 days. so will be looking forward for that. still drinking plenty of water though.

  • humpty dumpty fell down, didn’t break my crown but dr. said no exercises for 2 days. so will be looking forward for that. still drinking plenty of water though.

  • humpty dumpty fell down, didn’t break my crown but dr. said no exercises for 2 days. so will be looking forward for that. still drinking plenty of water though.

  • Just saw this because I am that far behind in emails! yikes! But, I currently use the LoseIt! app on my phone to count calories. Love it!

  • going to do this now 🙂

  • going to do this now 🙂

  • going to do this now 🙂

  • I track my calories in my fitness pal. My biggest tweak is fewer carbs and more veggies.

  • I track my calories in my fitness pal. My biggest tweak is fewer carbs and more veggies.

  • I’ve been using My Fitness Pal as well. Finding out the amount of calories I was devouring during one fast food meal was unbelievable.

  • I’ve been using My Fitness Pal as well. Finding out the amount of calories I was devouring during one fast food meal was unbelievable.

  • I’ve been using My Fitness Pal as well. Finding out the amount of calories I was devouring during one fast food meal was unbelievable.

  • Yay! Another one I already do! I have been using My Fitness Pal for about a year and half – Love it! It now sends the info to my Fitbit account as well.

  • Yay! Another one I already do! I have been using My Fitness Pal for about a year and half – Love it! It now sends the info to my Fitbit account as well.

  • Yay! Another one I already do! I have been using My Fitness Pal for about a year and half – Love it! It now sends the info to my Fitbit account as well.

  • OK, for this sensible way of counting calories. And Happy Easter!

  • OK, for this sensible way of counting calories. And Happy Easter!

  • Never looked at calorie counting from this perspective. This is a poweful tool! Thank you 🙂

  • Never looked at calorie counting from this perspective. This is a poweful tool! Thank you 🙂

  • Never looked at calorie counting from this perspective. This is a poweful tool! Thank you 🙂

  • just a little sore. nothing that heat can’t take care of. thank you all.

  • just a little sore. nothing that heat can’t take care of. thank you all.

  • I am going to check into My Fitness Pal as I am not familar with it.

  • I am going to check into My Fitness Pal as I am not familar with it.

  • I am going to check into My Fitness Pal as I am not familar with it.

  • I love My Fitness Pal. I try to use it every single day, but sometimes I forget 🙁

  • I love My Fitness Pal. I try to use it every single day, but sometimes I forget 🙁

  • App downloaded and ready to use

  • App downloaded and ready to use

  • Always a good reality check!

  • Always a good reality check!

  • Always a good reality check!

  • I like Sparkpeople. It is easy and an informative website.

  • I like Sparkpeople. It is easy and an informative website.

  • Okay, I guess I need to start doing!

  • Okay, I guess I need to start doing!

  • Okay, I guess I need to start doing!

  • excellent idea. more tweaking to do.

  • excellent idea. more tweaking to do.

  • excellent idea. more tweaking to do.

  • This sounds challenging! But I will do it

  • This sounds challenging! But I will do it

  • This sounds challenging! But I will do it

  • great tip to make a better choice.

  • great tip to make a better choice.

  • Going to look one up!

  • Going to look one up!

  • Going to look one up!

  • I use my fitness pal to help me.

  • I use my fitness pal to help me.

  • I do this daily.

  • I do this daily.

  • I do this daily.

  • I can do that! 🙂

  • I can do that! 🙂

  • check

  • check

  • check

  • I do keep track of my calorie intake. However I do not go crazy because I have this theory that if I starve myself out of any junk foods then I will binge on them later. It is like it builds up and then I over do it. I try very hard to keep my daily calorie intake under 1,200 a day. Also when I drink anything other than water, it is low calorie or no calorie. I would rather save my calories for a tasty treat when it is deserved rather than a sugary soda that will not crave a sweet tooth.

  • I do keep track of my calorie intake. However I do not go crazy because I have this theory that if I starve myself out of any junk foods then I will binge on them later. It is like it builds up and then I over do it. I try very hard to keep my daily calorie intake under 1,200 a day. Also when I drink anything other than water, it is low calorie or no calorie. I would rather save my calories for a tasty treat when it is deserved rather than a sugary soda that will not crave a sweet tooth.

  • I do keep track of my calorie intake. However I do not go crazy because I have this theory that if I starve myself out of any junk foods then I will binge on them later. It is like it builds up and then I over do it. I try very hard to keep my daily calorie intake under 1,200 a day. Also when I drink anything other than water, it is low calorie or no calorie. I would rather save my calories for a tasty treat when it is deserved rather than a sugary soda that will not crave a sweet tooth.

  • I like sparkpeople too! I’ve been counting calories on and off for years and have a pretty good idea of what’s high calorie and what is not. I love, love, love making food larger by adding veggies… a typical omelet or sandwich of mine will be stuffed with veggies…the more the better! 🙂

  • I have been using Lose it! for a few months. It’s an iphone app but I like it even for my ipad. I like being able to enter in my recipes and know what the calories are per serving.

  • I have been using Lose it! for a few months. It’s an iphone app but I like it even for my ipad. I like being able to enter in my recipes and know what the calories are per serving.

  • I have been using Lose it! for a few months. It’s an iphone app but I like it even for my ipad. I like being able to enter in my recipes and know what the calories are per serving.

  • Can you recommend an easy to follow calorie counter site? I don’t have the iphone, but I do have a droid if anyone can recommend an app for that.

  • Can you recommend an easy to follow calorie counter site? I don’t have the iphone, but I do have a droid if anyone can recommend an app for that.

  • I love the Calorie King books and know he has an app! I’ll be taking advantage of those tools especially when eating out.

  • I love the Calorie King books and know he has an app! I’ll be taking advantage of those tools especially when eating out.

  • I love the Calorie King books and know he has an app! I’ll be taking advantage of those tools especially when eating out.

  • We are accountable.

  • We are accountable.

  • We are accountable.

  • Thanks!

  • Thanks!

  • I will write everything I eat in a journal, I need to realize what I really eat and then calculate the calories.

  • I will write everything I eat in a journal, I need to realize what I really eat and then calculate the calories.

  • I will write everything I eat in a journal, I need to realize what I really eat and then calculate the calories.

  • I know the calories in what I eat – roughly – I changed foods, made better choices – but… there is much more potential…

  • I know the calories in what I eat – roughly – I changed foods, made better choices – but… there is much more potential…

  • Know an equal site like my fitness pal in Germany.

  • Know an equal site like my fitness pal in Germany.

  • Know an equal site like my fitness pal in Germany.

  • I’m used to counting. Not calories specifically but WW Points, so this part is not hard to me fortunately!

  • I’m used to counting. Not calories specifically but WW Points, so this part is not hard to me fortunately!

  • Done!

  • Done!

  • Done!

  • Not into counting – have counted so many times before and sort of “know” – to put it into practice is the difficult part… (and no iPhone… :)) But changing a few habits already 🙂

  • Not into counting – have counted so many times before and sort of “know” – to put it into practice is the difficult part… (and no iPhone… :)) But changing a few habits already 🙂