Counting Calories 6/22 – 6/26

Monday (1,660 calories)

7 AM: 3 scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 pieces of toast w/ jam = 420
10 AM: 1/2 cup of carrots = 30
12 PM: 1/2 order of chimichanga (leftovers) and red rice = 650 est
6 PM: pork chop, mashed potatoes, corn = 560

Tuesday (1,691 calories)

7 AM: 2 pancakes w/ syrup = 320
10 AM: cup of carrots = 60
12 PM: grilled chicken gyros w/ onions, lettuce, tomato on a pita =540
5 PM:  Arby’s Fita Flatbed Melt w/ small curly fries = 771

Wednesday (1,640 calories)

6 AM:  2 cups of Honey Nut Cheerios, 2 slices of toast = 310
10 AM:  15 grapes = 60
12 PM:  BBQ, white rice w/ hash,  1/2 cup of coleslaw, 2 hush puppies = 720
6 PM:  homemade tacos w/ beef, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, salsa = 550

Thursday (1,700 calories)

6 AM:  Two slices of toast (had to eat on the run) = 120
12 PM:  BBQ, white rice w/ hash,  1/2 cup of coleslaw, 2 hush puppies = 720
6 PM:  2 slices of Pizza Hut pizza, 1 breadstick = 860

Friday (1,950 calories)

7 AM:  3 scrambled eggs, 2 pieces of bacon, 2 pieces of toast w/ jam = 420
10 AM:  1/2 cup of carrots = 30
12 PM:  Cheeseburger and fries =
5 PM: 10 sushi rolls, egg drop soup, 1/2 cup of fried rice = 650 est

I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to count calories.

Counting calories is extremely monotonous and in opinion, unnecessary.  While I always have a rough estimate of my daily calorie consumption and exertion, I don’t want to have to write down that I had a cheese doodle for 5 calories.

My time could be better spent on the treadmill.

I originally started counting calories to show people that I eat well while losing weight.  Now that I’ve done that for a couple of months, I don’t think showing my calorie consumptions is useful anymore.

What do you guys think?

19 thoughts on “Counting Calories 6/22 – 6/26”

  1. I’ve been calorie-counting for 5 months now, and I would have quit a loooooooong time ago if I didn’t have some help. I’ve been using LiveStrong.com’s “My Daily Plate” function, so I can just search for the food I ate and add it to my calories for the day. It’s easy and only takes a couple minutes a day, and they have a bunch of other weight loss tools and advice there.

    It may not be perfect for you, but as a guy that spends a ton of work and personal time on the computer, it has really been great for me.

  2. Tyler–this is a “do as I say, not as I do” suggestion. I know that keeping a food diary makes you more accountable and helps you watch what you eat. How about skipping the calorie counting, but still keep a food journal? Just a thought.

  3. I agree with Laona. Food diaries are an incredibly useful tool. I find that I’m far more aware of everything I eat when I know that I’m accounting for it, regardless of the total calories consumed. Keep going with it!

  4. I would say that if you really want to loose the weight at a good pace you should not only keep counting calories, but you should stick to only 1600 a day. Really conforming to that number will force you into some healthier choices. Also, just off hand and without looking into it, often your calorie total for a mean look pretty low for what you are eating. Do you have a food scale? Do you use measuring cups? I’ve been keeping myself at 1200 a day. Its hard. I hate it. But I also love the accountability. That isn’t to say that somedays it doesn’t work out, but then I lower others days so my weekly average is still 1200/day. Maybe you could do a post on your BMR and let us know what your goal calorie consumption is so we can really gage how well you are doing.

  5. Don’t count for a month, and see what happens. If it trips you up, commit to start again. I’m afraid to stop counting, because I still can’t gauge what I’m putting inside me. A few hundred calories a day can have a big impact over a week or two.

    I respectfully disagree with ASD – I don’t think 1600 is nearly enough for you based on your age, size and the exercise you get. I’d like to see you eating closer to 2000 a day, but watching your complex carb intake. Anyone else have thoughts on this?

    p.s. Where’d you get the cheese doodles? I want some!

  6. if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. You have done it this way and keep progressing. Why fiddle with it?

    As for your time better spent on a treadmill, I disagree. What I’d like to see is more discussion of your resistance training. You are well on the road to being “skinny-fat” and while that’s a million times better than being morbidly obese, you will want more. Do it now. High intensity training (try Body by Science on Amazon) and transition to a paleo diet. You have so much discipline…don’t waste it on this low cal/steady state cardio crap.

  7. you are kidding yourself if you think you can move away from being accountable (that is what calorie counting does). If it works, and it appears it does, I would stick with it.

    I use a free app on my ipod touch called LoseIt.. great app, also lets me enter in my workouts as well.

    http://www.loseit.com/

    This app rocks.

    I also use ifitness on the ipod touch, wicked cool app as well :)

  8. Whenever I stop writing what I eat, I start gaining a lot of weight, myself. Things like FitDay, Diet Power, Livestrong all work – and FitDay and Livestrong automatically count the calories for you. Just takes like 2-3 minutes tops to input it. If you’ve got an iphone, I bet there’s a utility for it to make it a bit easier. I stopped doing this and gained a ton of weight back recently, alas.

    It seems tedious now, but if it’s a part of your success, maybe there’s a reason for that? Weight loss really isn’t a temporary state. Well, the loss part is…but the lifestyle that maintains it has to stay or all the work goes out the window. Having gained 100 pounds back from a several hundred pound loss, believe me you don’t want to do that.

  9. Woops, of course just read someone linked the ipod utility.. >.> That’s what I get for posting when I should be sleeping!

  10. I would have to agree with most others here. The food journal (even if you don’t “count” calories) keeps you accountable. As someone who gets several hours of cardio workouts a week, I can tell you that unless you keep an eye on your nutrition, you will not see the results you are after. Watch your carb intake (and it does matter where they come from ie. carbs from a soda are different than carbs from an apple) and increase protein. Whey protein isolate (consumed immediately after a workout) is essential for maintaining muscle while doing hard exercise.

    1. After reading these comments, I’ve decided to continue counting calories. It is another form of accountability and I think I need to stick with it. It’s annoying and monotonous, but I think that’s part of the beast.

      I still won’t count calories once I reach my goal, but I will still have a “general idea” on my calorie intake/usage. That will always be important to me, I just won’t track the calories down to the number.

      But for now, and until I reach 200 pounds, I will.

  11. Oh, and hate to break your hearts, but I don’t have an iPhone anymore! I sold it and got a G1 (Google’s Android). I like it so much more, and there are still calorie counting programs for it…

    I’ll take a look at the “Marketplace” on the G1 :)

  12. I’m glad to see that you’ve decided to keep the food journal, but I’d just like to point out that this is a LIFESTYLE change. One of the hardest things to get over in the weight loss journey is that there is no “back to normal” without “back to fat”. Give up the good habits you learned on the way and you WILL head back in the other direction. I went from a size 18 to a size 8 almost 5 years ago, and I’ve kept it off (for the most part) because I still journal and exercise every day. I know you’d like to think that you’ll be able to go back to not tracking, not exercising, and eating all things fried, but the hard truth is that these changes must be permanent to achieve permanent results. Good luck!

  13. OK–I am also glad that you decided to stick with counting (and posting) your calories. If you stopped posting them here, the next thing you know, you wouldn’t be counting. I agree with Ianad–keep doing what works.

    On another topic: You LIKE the G1? I’ve had mind since December, and I hate it and especially the service. It drops calls, I can’t really use the internet because it’s so slow, and my battery doesn’t even last a full day. What is your secret to enjoying it?

  14. The battery is terrible, I admit, but just use a phone charger or something if you’re on the move with it. As far as the service is concerned, I don’t have that problem whatsoever. The internet is pretty fast, similar to the speeds I experienced with my iPhone.

    I use Google products for EVERYTHING and it’s a blast.

  15. I have a G1 and an excellent app for counting calories called Calorie Counter. Its connected to a site called FatSecret so you might have to sign up to get full use of it. Its been great for me cause yeah writing this stuff down would get to be tiring after a while but with this app it only takes a minute to log in what I eat. I halfway kid that technology like this may eventually help Americans eat less and be more healthy.

    But as far as you and Torrin getting tired of counting calories, I see things a little different than everyone else. Y’all should stop counting calories and eat whatever you want. Then over a period of time if you prove that your still losing weight, then you can say you have this losing weight stuff in the bag lol. Really all this sounds like frustration that your not losing enough weight especially in Torrin’s part. I’m sure you’ve heard this a millon times even though you’re not losing weight, your body is still losing inches. I would compare it hitting the jackpot on a slot machine and in the middle of the payout the machine stops spitting out coins so it can adjust to amout of coins it already put out. Then it starts spitting out coins again. Even though you’ve lost an amazing amout of weight in a short period of time, you should give your body time to catch up then you’ll be on your way to even bigger loses. This is also a good time to find out what your BMI is, find out how many calories in a day you should really be eating (1600 is too low), maybe change up your workout routine, maybe get your diet more balance (less junk and processed food). Don’t get so caught up in your weekly weigh in that your missing all the other great things that are happening to your body.

  16. I’ve been on this weight loos road for about 6 months now as well. Your blog has been a big mental help for me…and I think your desire to get out of the calorie counting stage is a HUGE step. I used the daily plate too–it’s a FANTASTIC site! Between paying attention to what I was putting into my face and realizing that working out wasn’t an OPTION….I came to the realization too that I didn’t need to “count” anymore. My lifestyle has changed. What’s important to me has changed. My portions have changed. My activity level has changed. What tastes good has changed…and most of all what’s rewarding has changed. I don’t need to be rewarded with food ever again. I’m rewarded with the fact that I had to buy all new underwear because I’d gone down so many sizes!!
    Good for you! Congratulations on your lifestyle changes (and the weight loss too). I know how great it feels…thanks for letting me share it with it. It helps knowing there’s somebody to be proud of you.

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