Monday, 27 February 2012


When I got to my most recent breaking point with my weight one of the things I really didn't want to do was track my food. But I think I so strongly didn't want to do it because I knew I had to.

I told myself that all I needed to do was track my food. I didn't have to try to change anything, just keep a track of it and that that would help steer me in a better direction.

So I've been using a food tracking app on my phone for just over a month now. And it's been fine.

I set up the app to guide me towards losing a pound a month, but the number of calories it suggested I aim for seemed low and when I talked to some friends at work, they told me it seemed low to them as well so I aimed for just under 2000 calories a day, and I tracked.

I did pretty well, hitting my goal most days, and noticing I needed more protein and less sugar.

But a month in, I'm the same weight I was, so I did some more research and it turns out that I will need to further reduce my calories.

In other words, I need to eat less if I want to actually lose weight.

So I'm going to try.

The app I'm using is really helping and I'm hoping that knocking off a few hundred calories from my daily intake is going to be manageable.

My plan is to eat more filling foods, and more protein, and more vegetables. And? I need to cut back on my snacks and sweets. But I'm not going to push that one too hard. Not yet, anyway.

This last month has made me more aware of what I'm eating, and I haven't been very aware of my food since the whole Celiac/stomach pain thing started. (And yes, I have been with Weight Watchers in the past, and yes, I'd recommend them.)

And yesterday, I used Captain Google and I went and bought some lean ground beef, and I added a few spices and garlic and I cooked me up some taco salad beef! Me! I cooked it! And it was super easy!

So while I may balk at change and dislike it, when I take the pressure off myself, and ease into things that need to happen, I manage.

Here's hoping the next month is as easy and positive as this last month and that I come out of it a little bit lighter in pounds.


Just Sayin... said...

You can do it!!! woot woot!

Just a Girl said...

Sugar is the biggest problem for a lot of people and most of the time if you can cut out any excess intake (ie. cookies, candy, sodas, etc) for a month, your body tends to stop craving it so much. So think short term and maybe it will be easier. GOOD LUCK! :)

Victoria said...

Thanks JS :)

I don't think I'd survive a month Candy! I tried to give up chocolate for Lent a few years ago. It was ugly! ;) But yeah, something to think about

Artful Dater said...

I totally feel your struggle. It's so hard for me to not eat chocolate when my brain is telling me that I NEED IT. Why is that feeling so urgent? Food tracking is a great idea and I know it helps break the auto-pilot.... think I might start doing that again too. Thanks for the inspiration and best of luck to you.

Also, great blog-- keep up the posts!


Victoria said...

Good luck to you too! And thanks :)

Anonymous said...

Be sure to be patient and make slow changes that you can keep forever...don't want to get into the yo yo dieting habit...slippery slope!

Victoria said...

Thanks, I will!