It's okay, Lisa! There's a learning curve to this; it's a habit that sometimes takes a while to establish. Here's what I do. My computer's close to the kitchen, so I weigh my food and track things as I'm preparing them. At first, this whole process seemed cumbersome and impossible, but I just stuck with it (at first, begrudgingly, I'll admit!). Now, it would feel very awkward not to track what I eat right before I have it.
It's been my experience that the more accurately I track, the more certain my success is. At this point, I'm maintaining - but having been a binge-eater for decades (really since childhood), it's the one thing that's enabling me to maintain my weight, even through the holiday season.
All the best to you, and I promise that if you keep working with this, you'll be successful.
Try reviewing what youre eating...if one particular thing is killing your tracker everyday, eliminate it or find a healthier swap
Fitness Minutes: (6,837)
905 11/29/13 3:36 P
Sounds like we're all on the same page. I plan my full day of eating before I got to bed. That way I know if I follow it then everything will work out perfectly. I keep everything to the lower portion of my calorie range in case I feel like something else and I always use things I know I'll eat and that I enjoy. It works so well for me and keep me on track.
You'll never learn how to eat for "you" if you don't take some time to plan ahead and figure out what does and doesn't work for you.
You can do this! Good luck.
Fitness Minutes: (88,756)
11,821 11/26/13 8:14 A
I do the same, I plan my days meals first thing in the morning. I can remove a piece of fruit or a glass of milk if I have gone over. I refer to my plan all day and if at 5 o'clock I change my mind about what I want to eat I make a substitute of similar amount of calories. I added two categories to my food tracker, snacks and coffee. This helps me keep track of everything.
I think BUNNYKICKS has the right idea. I do the same. I plan out my meals seven days in advance. That way you know what you will be eating NEXT week, and can make a grocery list of what you need to make your meals. This way, there is no extra food in your home, so no cheats, unless you go out.
Then all you have to do is click on your tracker, and prepare your meals. Eat them, and no extra calories. You did all the math on one day of the week, instead of trying to make decisions at mealtimes.
On days that are hard for me, I do what Bunnykicks recommends.
I keep a faithful running tab as the day goes, to see how much I have left to play with. This way, at 5:00 p.m. for example, and I see that I have 550 calories left, I can determine to eat a lower calorie dinner. I do this with carbs, too, as keeping to lower carbs is important for me.
I also pretty much try to keep to the same foods; I've a go-to list of lunch items and snack items, and know pretty much how many calories, carbs and fat I am getting, even mixing and matching - so for me it's just my dinner numbers that I need to fit in.
I hope this helps.
Fitness Minutes: (110,961)
13,491 11/25/13 12:22 P
also, since you keep going over, then if you eat the same meal, see where you can cut a few calories here and there. You are probably tracking correctly, just move to the next step, where you make changes!
try journalling it as you are preparing it but BEFORE you eat it.
That way you can make simple adjustments to your recipes/meals ("oh boy, if i use all the oil this recipe calls for, it'll double the calories of this meal... i'll try using 1tsp instead" or "oh boy, this sandwich is adding up to quite a lot, and I really wanted a yogurt and apple to go with it. Maybe I should just make a half-sandwich... or ditch the yogurt..."
Do the math first. No surprises later.
Edited by: BUNNYKICKS at: 11/25/2013 (12:18)
Fitness Minutes: (433)
15 11/24/13 11:22 P
Keep going over in calories!!!!!! Arggghhhhh. Not journaling properly I guess:/
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