If the phone app is more of a burden than you can handle, tracking the food and quantity on paper for entry later is perfectly valid. You may not know how many calories you have left throughout the day, but you'll be able to account for all the ingredients in your sandwich (and not forgetting any!), that one square of chocolate, measurements of everything.
I managed to get overweight on mostly healthy foods, because it was all portion sizes that got me. So those "helpful tips" of "drink less soda!" or "don't eat fast food!" didn't help me, because I wasn't doing those things! It was a huge wakeup call when I learned what an ACTUAL serving size of meat, rice, pasta, fish looked like - in many cases I was doubling and even tripling a portion size thinking it was "one portion". Starting out, you really have to relearn everything, and that means weighing and measuring. Don't say you don't have time - it takes a few seconds and will save you so many calories.
YOU CAN DO THIS. It's a slow process, but that means we have time to slowly make changes and slowly add in good behaviors. You're making time to exercise and cook healthy foods - take the 5 extra minutes to record accurately and measure everything. If you eat a lot of the same foods, you can even save them to favorites and save time - but literally, tracking takes 5 minutes a day. You're already doing the hard stuff! But those little details are really important too.
Do something everyday that your future self will thank you for.
| current weight: 176.0