Counting Calories

I have never felt the need to count calories; to measure the amount of food I eat and write down every morsel that passes my lips. But then I have never weighed as much as I currently do. After speaking to a friend of mine and reading a blog post by a fellow blogger, I decided to try something new to help me loose weight.

Laurie, a talented photographer who has shared her weight loss journey on her blog,  suggests using the app Lose It!

Image result for lose it After reading her blog post, I searched for the app and downloaded it onto my iPad. I have been counting the calories I eat for a week now and logging them into the app. As Laurie promised, the app is easy to use. Once you have added a meal to your day, the programme saves the information and it is so much quicker to insert the next time you eat that food. Adding new foods is easy – especially if the package has a bar code which you can scan.

Have I lost weight? No. But it has only been a week. I have noticed, though, that I am more careful about what I eat. And I think twice before grabbing that second cookie, or another piece of chocolate. Using the app and counting my calories has encouraged me to think more carefully about the amount of food that I eat, and the choices I make on what to put on my plate.

My word for this year is discipline and the app is helping me to be more disciplined about what I eat.

Do you count calories?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2017

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24 thoughts on “Counting Calories

  1. ahhhh… so this is how it ties in… and I have never heard of this app, but it is amazing the variety of apps we have. and hope this one is a good tool for you….
    have a nice week….

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  2. Wishing you all the best on your weight loss journey. 🙂 I don’t count calories anymore. I eat until I feel about 80% full and that seems to be doing the trick. It is not always easy to do. Counting calories is probably a more efficient way of going about it. I do keep a food diary. I notice that when I diary my food, I’m less likely to sneak in the extra snack here and there (the same as you noticed with the app). I am going to look for the app and see if I can put it on my tablet.

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    1. Thank you so much Robin.
      I am hoping that by counting calories for a while I can get back on track. I am hoping that I will reach a point where I will no longer need to count – when I have good habits again 🙂
      Let me know what you think of the app.

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  3. @”Do you count calories?” – I do NOT, but I have to refuse and to avoid any food containing: gluten, cow lactose and sugar, as I’m completely intolerant to these 3… btw, food allergy and food intolerance are 2 entirely different concepts… 🙂

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    1. He fact that you have to avoid these ingredients helps you, I think, to maintain your weight. I have started reading labels again as the sugar and salt are hidden in many foods and snacks that we buy here in the supermarket.

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  4. Ooooh I just hate diets! I’ve been lucky to love sport and jogging, right through to my mid-sixties, which kept me fairly slim, but for the last few years, now with a dodgy knee, walking is about my limit. I sometimes put on a bit, but then lose it. I don’t count calories, but I’m forever conscious of the amount I eat. Such a pain when you love food!

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  5. It’s one of those unfairnesses, isn’t it? The skinnies among us would love to be able to round out the boney bits. I think determination will work in your case, Colline. That and the app 🙂 🙂

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  6. Sounds like a great app; I might give that a try. I rode my stationary bike yesterday and did T’ai Chi before bed. But this morning, I was tired and tomorrow morning I won’t have time before going out the door to ride the bike. I have done the calorie counting before and I know it’s important to watch what I eat but I also believe it has to be a dual-pronged thing — diet and exercise. There is a diet on-line called the 3-day diet. I’ve used it before and now have to summon the will power to use it again. You use the diet 3 days of the week and just watch what you eat the other 4. Plus 20-min. of exercise 3 days a week. It worked well for me before so I just have to get the right foods in the house and get started. Good luck with your diet. I’ll check back in a few weeks and we can compare notes.

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  7. This was a great article and thank you for the plug….BIG hugs to you for that! I hope you will continue to stay strong through the lifestyle journey. Did you watch part 2 of the weight loss? I give a lot of small details that will be very helpful. Hugs, Laurie

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  8. I’m a member of a well know weight loss plan. I know that no matter what works for you; once you find your groove and maintain your good habits you’ll feel better. Being mindful of your eating will pay off. You can do this!

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    1. Thank you for the encouragement. Keeping track of what I eat is, I think, preventing me from overeating. Even this morning for breakfast, the tracking helped me make the decision to stop eating – even though the food was delicious.

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