I’ve decided to use the Calorie King program as a part of my goals this year. I know that for me, I have to write stuff down or else I lie to myself and totally underestimate how much I’m eating. I got better at that when I was losing weight a couple years ago but then, when I quit writing it down I gradually started letting more and more small things slide into my day and voila! I’ve gained most of the weight back.
I previously made an Excel spreadsheet, I’ve used special diet journals, I’ve used scraps of paper or printed out forms to write on. I often use Calorie King to look up foods and transfer the information to whatever system I’m using. I figured, why not just use their program and save myself a step or two? Plus it’s discounted right now to $40 for the year and I get a week free to see whether I like it. So far, so good.
I like what I’ve read of their philosophy so far. There are thousands of diets out there. Some that promise you can eat as much as you want, many with special foods or pre-made meals. CK seem to be all about the calorie and letting you work out for yourself how you want to eat those calories. That’s more me. I think losing weight always boils down to eat less, exercise more. I will certainly continue cutting back on carbs and increasing my proteins but I want to eat in a way that fits my life, my preferences, and can be maintained long term. I cannot maintain the ultra low-carb diets nor can I live on grapefruit alone or totally give up bread. The best diet, I believe, is the one you will stick with.
My biggest challenge continues to be the stress eating. With Dad out of the house, some of my stress is better. Still, I was awake late last night, first with pain and then with the stupid cat running around upstairs and simulating the sound of intruders. Or possibly raccoons on the upper deck. Getting used to the sounds of the house when I know no one else is home will take some time. Anyway, once I get my eating plan back under control and cut out the grazing in the evening, I think this will work fine within my lap-band and diabetes goals.
Not sure how much I will write about this but I plan to at least review how this program works and probably update some on my progress. Doing it in public, so to speak, makes me a little more honest with myself.