I clicked on my home page and found I've logged continuously for more than 2400 days. Every. Single. Meal. I've actually logged a few months longer - I traveled to South Africa for three weeks, logged everything, but didn't have internet access so it didn't 'count'.
Good thing is that - well, I lost the weight I wanted to and have kept it off. At this point, I sometimes wonder why I still log. It rarely changes anything I eat. My current focus is on macros - I am trying very hard to get my ever-low protein numbers up.
It takes me almost no time to do. I always look at my daily and weekly calories and goals. I make them 50 out of 52 weeks a year (Christmas and summer vacation are almost always over - most other weeks under).
I've learned two things:
1. Only eat what you're hungry for. The reason that I rarely have to limit myself is that I eat things I like, I don't eat things I don't, and I stop eating when I'm not hungry. For example, the other day I want to Paneras and had a delicious almond croissant. But it was 550 calories (bless them for posting that). I ate half - thoroughly enjoyed it - and give the rest to my son who also enjoyed his half. I now split almost all restaurant meals with my husband. When I don't, I bring half home. I feel crummy when I eat too much and now I know that.
2. If I eat too many carbs, calories don't matter. I'm not a low carb person - mine are usually 35-40%. But if they go over that I start gaining no matter what. I focus on healthy fats and upping my proteins. I never don't eat something because it's got too many carbs (see almond croissant above). I also learned since my husband has celiac disease that you can order any sandwich without bread. Just as satisfying and 100-200 fewer calories - all of them carbs.
February 10, 2019 8:13PM
edited February 2019