Post # 1
Hey bees – to go along with the 30 day shred accountability project (which is actually really helpful to me), anyone want to join me on a calorie counting accountability project? I’ll be completely honest with you (it helps me to get rid of the denial, even if no ones reading): I am now at 77.1kg (169lbs), 5’6″, and i’ve put on about 10kg (22lbs) since 2007. I have some time to get back down to my goal weight, 68kg (149lbs ish), but would like to do it before the wedding, Dec 17th.
I d/led MyNetDiary for the iphone, which is the best calorie counting software i’ve used. It tells me i need to keep my calories under 2000/day for the next year, and lose about 0.3kg a week. Its been going okay so far, but its only been about 4 weeks. I’ve lost about 1.5kg.
The PROBLEM is the weekends. I forget about calories, i don’t work out, and generally just undo all the work i do during the week. does anyway want to join me in a weekend accountability project? Every weekend we HAVE to state our calories to each other, or at least if we’ve been good or bad? Anyone? bueller? bueller?
Post # 4
I’ll join. I eat bad bad bad in general and am trying to use sparkpeople to help. I need all the help I can get right now (engagement pics in less than 2 months!)
EDIT: Case in point, right after I posted this, I enjoyed a delicious dinner of FRIED CHICKEN (not the norm) with my family, and am now following it up with four double stuff peppermint oroes (which sadly is the norm, it is totally my guilty pleasure)
Post # 5
Okay well now this thread is making a mockery of me.
I had my worst weekend yet!! 3 chrismtas parties = booze, chocolate & everything else is huge quantities!!!!
At least i did the 30 day shred this morning but i feel like its throwing a bucket of water on a forest fire!!
Post # 6
Yesterday we had our tasting, so that was a bust. I don’t even want to THINK about how many calories I consumed with that one.
I was a lot better today. Ending the day at 2,000 calories (I’m assuming dessert will be had tonight) but I did the “pure cardio” insanity video as well as walk/jogged around the lake (3.7 mi) so I’m hoping I kind of made up for yesterday. I burned about 800 calories through exercise (I want that ice cream dammit!)
Post # 7
I’ll join…but let me be honest with myself…I have 3 work parties and Christmas…it will not be easy
Post # 8
Actually I use the Nutrition Tracker at Spark People. It’s awesome!
Post # 9
I started using My Fitness Pal on my iPhone (it’s a free app) about 2.5 months ago and have lost 10 lbs! I will also say that I have barely exercised in that time, so it just goes to show how much your diet impacts your weight!
I have had a crappy week…I have been a few hundred calories over the last few days (my daily recommended intake is about 1350 calories)…and I was doing so good! Oh well. Time to get back on track! I have about 5 lbs to go and need to tone up!
Post # 10
I will try! I just baked sugar cookies though :/ and I ate over half of them! (So bad! They are SO good though!) Then I had pizza for dinner. Yikes!
Post # 11
@dance: 1350 seems really low! don’t you get hungry??
WHen i was doing really well before all this christmas nonsense, my allowance was about 2000 calories – i would often come under that, but if i came in under 1600 or so i’d be pretty ravenous. How do you deal with it?
Post # 12
Count me in! I wanna get down about 7 lbs down from where I am now.
Post # 13
My husband and I just started this. I am trying to stay around 1750-2000 calories per day and hopefully once I get used to tracking I can cut back to 1500 calories per day.
Here is what my diet usually is:
Breakfast – 2 hardboiled egg whites (no yolk) for breakfast with a tiny bit of salt sprinkled on top – about 35 calories for both
Snack – Wheat Thins (100 calories worth) and a 100 calorie pack of guacamole (Wholly brand).
Lunch – 300 calorie lean cuisine or other small meal. Today I have a chicken breast, half a can of green beans and a small roll.
Dinner – Larger meal with husband. I try to do my best but still usually around 500-700 calories.
1 other snack/drink – 200-300 calories (this is what I will hopefully cut out later).
Post # 14
@ScarletBegonia: I’m sorry – I should clarify! I agree that sounds low without knowing the reasons behind it. That is my calorie intake for losing 1 lb per week. I actually started off around 1500 calories (again, at losing 1 lb per week), which was when I was about 15 lbs heavier than I am now. I calculated that with my personal trainer at that time when we went through a nutrition plan for me.
In order to burn 1 lb per week, you need to burn 3500 more calories than your body uses. Over a week, that works out to about 500 calories a day, so I would actually be around 1850 calories a day if I wanted to maintain my current weight. That is net calories also – for example, if I exercise and burn 300 calories then I will eat 300 more calories that day. Does that make more sense?
In terms of being hungry – the first week was HARD (back when I was at 1500 calories a day). I was certainly hungry a lot during that time, but my body adjusted to it. Because I was used to eating so many more calories than my body needed, it took that first week to get used to eating less. Now I am not as hungry as I was and can eat less and feel better than I did before! It is a habit now, so most days I do good, but sometimes I treat myself and go over.