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Calorie Counting actually Works when You Do It!!!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


After SB Ph1, I transitioned over to my modified version of Phase 2.... You hard core Beachers probably don't like my method, but it seemed to work last time for me, so what they hey... I'm trying it again.

I basically follow some of the SB Phase 2 rules.... in the fact that I will only eat the whole grains (in moderation), whether it be brown rice, oats, breads (I do kind of cheat with the bread and eat the Sara Lee 45 calorie Delightful....Love it), wheat get the gist....

Fruits are in moderation as well... Oh... cheeses and nuts also in moderation. Veggies....I eat them, but rarely do I EVER get in 4 1/2 cups, which is a big South Beach NO NO!!!

And I count count count my calories!! If I have room for dessert (whatever it may be)...I eat it!! I always have a Hostess 100 Calorie Pack cakes for dessert after lunch, and that usually takes care of the sweets craving for the day. Rarely...rarely to I get a hankering for dessert at night.

The strawberry ones are my favs!!

I always try to stay within what Spark thinks my daily calories should be (1200-1550 per day). With the nutrition tracker here on Sparkpeople it makes it soooo easy to count. If it weren't for this feature I probably wouldn't do it. Some days I shoot for a higher calorie day, and then I will go on the low end a few days and hardly eat any grains..... this usually helps get the number down by "weigh day!!"

I am a weigh in junkie...I admit it.

I weigh in every morning. Sometimes it frustrates me, and sometimes it doesn't. Even when the number is higher than I think it should be....I am just amazed at how it is sooo different everyday! Take last week for instance... I had lost 4 lbs on Phase 1 (which brought me to 134).. on Saturday, Feb. 5th. So that number stayed steady for few days and then like on Wednesday the 9th...the scale said 137.8. I was like WTFaaaa!! So on my "official" weigh in day, I was at 133.6! AhhhMazing! That ladies and gentlemen, is why you don't weigh EVERY stinkin' day. To's fun, though! I look forward to my morning weigh in. Keeps me in line!!

So...speaking of my last weigh in.... the one where I was 133.6. I was really surprised and shocked at the number. I was having a rough start to the weekend...well, eating wise anyway. I had a sugar attack! Friday night, I chowed down a bunch of Sour Patch Kids (went over calories for the day). Saturday morning...munchies kicked in AGAIN.... I ate a huge bowl of oatmeal with sugar, if I may add (not Splenda)... Ilove the little grit that sugar gives...mmm! I was eating nuts and more Sour Patches....A grilled cheese for lunch... more nuts... 3 assorted chocolates from a Valentine my mom gave Trey. And we ate these yummy greasy hamburgers for dinner with cheddar cheese on toast. Was like a Patty Melt. ...stomach growls.... Did I mention that I didn't track for the day, but SURELY I went over calories! And then I get the bright idea that .... emoticon Oh, I forgot to weigh in.... why don't I go do it now, while I feel all fat and nasty.

And BAM...the scale said 133.6 AhhMAzing!! The body is such an amazing thing!

Anywho....I am hoping that was it for my crazy sugar binging for a while. That box of chocolates was staring me in the face entirely too long! After never know what you're gonna get!

So, as long as I keep track of what I am eating....and stay in my ranges, the number on my scale WILL go down. Even if it is only a teensy fraction of a pound....that's A-OK by me!

Have a Happy Tuesday Sparkies!!

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    You are still young enough to have a good metabolism that apparently works in your favor. I have to keep my calories and carbs in a narrow range to lose and not gain. I don't weigh every day. I eat very few grains as they trigger me. Moderate veggies and 2 to 3 fruits a day. The Hostess cakes would trigger me. You are lucky you can have them. I used to love those. It sounds like you have found the perfect plan that works for you and that's what it ultimately is about. What you can live with.
    2621 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Great blog! I can definitely relate! I weigh myself every day too, (against my better judgment sometimes), and it really keeps me in line. It used to be like pulling teeth for me to weigh myself and I think that's how I got so off track and overweight in the first place. Out of sight, out of mind kind of deal. Anyways, keep up the good work on counting your calories. I find it works great when you actually do it! lol emoticon
    2621 days ago
  • SHRINK71
    YAY you! Amazing numbers! I also weigh myself every day... the fact is, if your weigh in day just happened to be the one day that you w ere high, THAT would've stunk! When I weigh myself every day, I feel like I get an average, & I can usually tell why my weight is up or down.
    Sounds like a great plan. Try to get in those veggies though... Really important. I eat one huge salad every day OR a fritatta with mostly egg whites, a whole red pepper, a whole onion, & a HUGE hanful of spinach. It helps!
    2623 days ago
  • MELSY82
    The pictures you use in your blogs crackme up! Many days i feel like that elephant. I too am a weigh in junkie...when I don't I think about it wayy too much. Glad that you are consistent - 133.6 you go girl!!!
    2623 days ago
    Fun blog!
    2623 days ago
    Funny blog! I weigh myself everyday and am constantly amazed by the fluctuations. I was 157 on Wednesday and Thursday, 160 yesterday and 161 today. I deserved the 160 due to sodium but there is NO reason to have "gained" a pound overnight. I ate very well yesterday and drank a lot of water. Eh whatcha gonna do. It's a game for me every morning and the main source of my motivation!

    Congrats on sticking to the southbeach diet.
    2623 days ago
    Lol - you are too funny!! I can't believe you weighed in at the end of the day like that! You must have been like 130 first thing in the morning!

    Keep it up girl!
    2623 days ago
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