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2/9/13 12:15 P

I read somewhere, "Three months from now you'll wish you had started today." It's true. Even three weeks can start making a difference in your health, your energy levels, and your overall outlook on life, not to mention your weight.

And counting calories becomes easier as you get used to it. You can create recipes and groups of food that make tracking much more simple. As time goes by, it just becomes second nature, it won't always feel like such a chore.

STARDUST2K4 Posts: 1,376
2/8/13 10:33 P

Getting started is definitely the hardest part.
I would agree with others who suggest starting by counting a typical day of food. You can do it! Just start small!
Track one day, and then make adjustments-slowly

NANCYPAT1 Posts: 51,350
2/8/13 9:48 P

Starting small - someone suggested breakfast for a good start - don't try to do EVERYTHING at once, you don't even HAVE to count calories if you don't choose. It WILL make it harder in the long run if you don't but it can be done if you HATE the idea of counting calories. Just start by making healthier food choices - don't count the calories if you choose not to, but you will still eat less if you simply make better choices more often than not. It doesn't take a calculator to figure out you are probably getting fewer calories when you have a bowl of fresh strawberries instead of an equally large bowl of ice ccream. It is much the same with exercise - no calculator necessary to figure out you burn more calories when you walk for a half an hour instead of 5 minutes. Eventually you might find yourself at the point where you want to tweak things more and that counting calories helps, but making better choices whether you know the exact numbers or not will surely result in a loss.

LYSADELL SparkPoints: (43,030)
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2/8/13 4:12 P

I'm starting back up to count and track calories, I'm sick of doing the WW Points and as science has dictated for so many years, calories in, calories burned. The SP app is great, I upgraded to the paid one and very happy with it.

DIDS70 Posts: 5,368
2/8/13 4:10 P

I agree with BUNNYKICKS. Get your baseline. I do it with exercise as well as food. Eat as you normally would. If you go out, do your best. If you snack a lot, track it. Don't make any changes this week. Just see where you are at.
Once you have one whole week tracked, come back to the message boards, make your tracker public and ask for some advice. You may see some things straight off that you need to fix, but others may be able to provide further assistance.
I have seen miracles on this site. I have seen people quit on themselves because they took on too much too fast.
So take a deep breath and make a decision as to why you want to do this. Why do you want to get healthy. my reason is to be the best and healthiest aunt to my nephews and nieces. Now think of yours.
Now start tracking. Don't worry if it is not the best choice. Don't worry if it is completely opposite of your weight loss goals.
At the end of the week after reviewing your trackers, you can start making small changes. maybe add an extra veggie to meals. Maybe instead of cookies for a snack you can do carrot sticks.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,423
2/8/13 3:19 P

"such a drag to count and measure"

Yes, well. But it's worth it. Remember it is something you are doing FOR YOU. It is not so much a chore, as a gift to yourself.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,423
2/8/13 3:16 P

Why don't you try "tracking" calories at first, rather than "counting" them. Eat as you normally would, and just track it.

This can be very enlightening (and sometimes very shocking!). Knowing how you eat NOW may help you to find some of the more "painless" ways of trimming out the excess calories. Look at your tracker and think, "What one item could i have eaten less of or done without yesterday, and how many calories would that have saved?" and then cut that item out from today.

You don't have to change overnight. Making little improvements over the course of a few days (or even weeks) will get you to the same place in the end, perhaps with less stress and anxiety than a "cold turkey" approach.

2/8/13 2:36 P

I see you have a :( face after the title of this thread. Knowing how much to eat will result in a :), I promise. Start somewhere. Start with just figuring out breakfast calories so you're not overwhelmed, maybe? As far as foods that you like and you're concerned you won't get enough, that's where portion control comes in. I never say "NO" to anything I like. I just say "only this much".

VERONICAS37 SparkPoints: (572)
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2/8/13 1:58 P

Cant get started counting the cals. Feel overwhelmed and have the notion that i will not get enough food and the ones i like. Feel like it is such a drag to count and measure and such...pls help

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