Counting Calories

I’ve really been struggling with my weight and my weight loss goals.  In the past, I’ve been the most successful on Weight Watchers but haven’t wanted to go back to the membership cost and counting points.  I know they are both excuses, but I’ve thought “I’ve got to be able to do this on my own!”.  I’ve read of so many people losing weight on their own and being extremely successful.  I know I can do it… I’ve just got to find the motivation.  It’s always “tomorrow”, but the weeks fly by and I still haven’t lost any weight.  Last fall I lost about 15 pounds but haven’t lost any weight since the holidays.  I did join a gym and have been really good about working out 4-6 times a week.  I really enjoy working out, that has never been my struggle.  My battle is food.  I love it.  I love the taste, smell, and the satisfaction I get from eating.

Over the past few weeks I have read a number of blogs, magazine articles, and have had two friends share with me about counting calories.  Now a days there are so many websites with free calorie counters:  FitDay, Livestrong, and Daily Burn to name a few.  There are so many free tools out there… I’ve just got to find the willpower and the daily strength to stay committed to losing weight.  Sometimes I just forget and halfway into a cookie I’m like “CRAP!  I’m watching what I’m eating”.  I’m just so far from where I want to be, but I have to remember that it’s one step at a time.

In the May 2011 issue of Prevention Magazine, they encourage readers looking to slim down to track calories and to shoot for the following:

Breakfast: 300 calories

Snack: 200 calories

Lunch: 450 calories

Snack: 200 calories

Dinner: 450 calories

Total: 1,600 calories daily

Over the next three weeks I really want to strive to count my calories daily and to stick to 1600-1800 calories daily.  I know that I can do this and that it will begin to teach me about portion sizes.  I want to create habit that will last a lifetime!

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