COURTNEYANNEMT: The responses you've received so far are correct. Estimating calories may help for one meal, but it's not good for a whole day or week. There are hidden calories or sodium in everything we eat. Consistent tracking in a journal or on SP is very important. It may seem like "too much trouble" but think about it. Are YOU too much trouble? Are YOU worth the effort? You must be otherwise you wouldn't be trying. Let's say your best friend just told you her efforts to lose weight and her frustration because she isn't losing; what would you tell her? Now, think of yourself as being that best friend because you are your best friend. Follow the advice you would give your best friend.
Next, get out your journal diet scale, measuring soons, measuring cups and start tracking.
Second, stay off the scale and do NOT let it be the only thing that defines your success! The scale is like the measuring spoons and cups, it's a tool and only gives you a snapshot in time. Do not let the number on that scale define who you are. There is a fellow sparker who only gets on the scale maybe once in every 6 months or so and she's lost 70 pounds the last time I visited her page. She's doing it without the scale by focusing on tracking, journaling, blogging and exercising.
Finally, work hard to consistently exercise. Eating right is only one part of the equation. You must also exercise as well.
You can do this!!!
Edited by: HORSEWOMAN7407 at: 11/12/2012 (06:59)