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Calorie Frustration

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Does anyone else get frustrated while watching/tracking calories that you eat? I am usually great and have no problems tracking calories. But on days like today, it was tough.

Well, anywho, I have a daily calorie goal range of 1200-1550. That sounds like a lot of calories, but it really adds up fast.

Well, it's very hard in situations when friends want to go out to dinner. For instance, my family came into town today and wanted to go to a burger place. Well, beforehand, I googled the nutrition information and mostly EVERYTHING was high calories. I was googling the nutrition facts on an empty stomach too so it was just frustrating having to cut some things out and I got overwhelmed by the fact that I couldn't really "enjoy" or indulge myself. I realize this is only my problem though.....I can eat at these places, but I can choose to cut the burger in half and save the rest for another day. But my eyes are always so big. I WANT TO EAT THE WHOLE BURGER! My eyes are literally bigger than my stomach! I am one hungry gal.

I just had to vent a bit. I'm just frustrated but I know that I need to continue tracking my calories. I just have to make better choices. After today's burger lunch, and cutting out some things, I only have about 300 calories left for dinner and it bums me out.

As Thanksgiving approaches, I'm sort of starting to freak out. I am used to eating piles of food and I really cannot do that this year with tracking calories. I need a way to feel full or satisfied without going overboard. Maybe it's a mind thing.

It's just always so hard when your family wants to go out to eat and you want to indulge with them but you can't.

Does anyone have any words of wisdom on how to deal with this?

Also, I need to stop thinking about food all of the time. Why am I so hungry?

1200-1550 calories is what sparkpeople recommended and I am sticking to it. I can do it.

My stomach will eventually shrink won't it? Because right now, I feel like I could always eat huge amounts of food forever. I wish I didn't love food so much.
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LOVELYBANDIT 11/14/2013 11:50AM

    I agree with all the other comments! Maybe you gotta get in 'the zone' for thanksgiving. PLAN on eating only a palm sized portion of meat and a big ol salad! Another loophole that works for me is MAKE something from sparkrecipes that is seasonal but also you know the calories of. It makes you a great guest for bringing something and you get the benefit of knowing what's in it. Works great for the sweet stuff (the apple pie tartlets on SPR are wonderful for doing that. a bite sized portion and you know the calories). Definitely lots of water.

I feel you, dude. My husband and I are trying to pay back loans and our friends ask us out with them all the time! It's a wonderful gesture, but we can't afford $20 bucks here and there; it adds up! Plus add me with trying to lose weight and trying to avoid eating food I didn't make/pre count. It's really hard! Socially, food is gathering time. We split the difference. IF--and only IF--it fits in our budget we will go out, we eat beforehand and split an appetizer or something small. Otherwise we say we will gladly meet up after :)

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AGGIEKBEAR03 11/11/2013 6:13PM

    I feel your frustration. When you find yourself in that situation (only 300 for dinner), try bulking up your dinner with tons of veggies to go with some protein. Drink lots of water as well. If you do find yourself going over a little, try getting in some extra movement for the day to help. Keep moving forward, you can do it!!!

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READYRACHEL 11/11/2013 12:17PM

    Your stomach will shrink. When I first started trying to eat better I felt hungry most of the time because I was eating normal portion sizes instead of supersized portions. Eventually your stomach gets smaller and you won't feel so hungry all the time. It just takes patience. Stick with it and you will get there. Good luck!

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VKKESU 11/11/2013 7:47AM

    I feel ya ! It does get frustrating at times and I had the same situation last week. I had metobolic testing done and my maintenance range is 1269-1660 . For myself to lose I have to maintain 1050-1190 .

Every bite counts and I just have to remember that. I track everything before I eat it. There are days that I will eat into maintenance but I also know I can't expect to lose weight that week. I've realized I'm ok with this because this is a life long journey I'm on. It's also good for the body to mix it up once in a while.

Keep at it, it does get easier but here are those times that I also struggle with those choices. I just know to not keep junk in the house and never to take leftovers home from holidays. (Otherwise I'll have sweet potatoes and dressing for breakfast, lunch and dinner) ;)

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KAYOTIC 11/10/2013 8:07PM

    1200-1550 is not really that many calories, and as you noticed, they can go quickly especially when you eat out.

For Thanksgiving, you could go for the higher end, or even eat at your maintenance caloires for that one day, (say it would take 2000 calories to maintain your current weight for example, you could eat that amount for that day, and then go back to your deficit calories the next day). It's a good idea to break from the deficit every so often anyway, just to give your body a break and keep your metabolism/hormones etc humming along normally.

I think part of making a healthy lifestyle change is learning how to eat out with your family and friends, and learning to make better choices most of the time, but also you can allow yourself a treat now and again. Just make it one that is worth it to you! Most restaurants have salads and leaner options available, you can get the dressing on the side, have them leave off some of the more calorie dense toppings (say leave off the cheese or croutons if you don't think they'll fit into your calorie allotment) or go for a grilled chicken or fish option with veggies on the side. It may not be a "yummy" as what others are getting, but it will also not make you feel sluggish and have an upset stomach afterward, as so many greasy and fried foods can do.



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ALL_IS_AMAZING 11/10/2013 6:22PM

    I find I am always a lot hungrier if I don't have enough protein so I try to make sure I am within protein ranges and lots of veggies - it always surprises me how many veggies I can eat and the calories don't add up fast at all - plus they also help keep me full :) emoticon You can do it!

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