Saturday, March 26, 2011

Calorie Counting etc..... what's your plan?

What has it been since I posted last... a week?  Two?  Seems like the time has passed so quickly.  At my last post, I was STUCK. And it hurt. A lot.  I went for an unfill and she removed .75 ccs.  And I put seven pounds on as fast as they came off.  So then yesterday, I had .25 put back in.

That is the story of my life.  Get fill....too tight....lose weight... get stuck, unfill.... gain weight..... and get a fill again.  If you look at my weight chart, you will see the pattern there.  Up and down and up again.  It is just a wee bit aggravating.  I am so close to the 100 pound mark, and just a little farther than that to onederland.

So, I guess this is the point when I quit waiting for the band to tell me when to stop and I start being more concerned about calories. 

My nurse told me she wants me at 1100-1200 calories. 

So this is my question -- and believe me, ALL ideas are welcome.   What kind of plan do you all use to keep track of calories? I have used Sparkspeople in the past, but it takes so dang much time to do the food searches. And how do you account for things like homemade recipes that you have no idea what the calorie count is? 

My favorite plan ever was based on Diabetic exchanges, but I am not sure how many exchanges would equal the calorie range I need to be at. 

This morning, I had my protein shake for breakfast.  It is 1030 now, and I am ready for something else, but trying to hold out til it is closer to lunch time.  It seems like a long wait.  But, I am headed for a long hot bubble bath with my book, a novel about Marie Antoinette.  (Fascinating!)   My first thought was to take my sugar free hot apple cider to sip on in the meantime, but I have also been advised to cut out the artificial sweeteners, even fruit sweeteners.  Bah!!!!!!!   Yup, definitely need that hot bath!

If nothing else, I can't get in the fridge unless I scare my children with a naked streak to the kitchen!!

Happy Saturday to you!!


  1. I used and sparks people for years before and really liked it. Now I have an app on my iPad. I stay around the 1200 mark. Some days I do less and ever once in a while I do a couple of hundred more.

    Right now my iPad is being repaired and I totally miss my calorie counter. I am trying to keep within my calories but it holds me accountable if I track it. I really like it and I am kinda ddicted to it now. Doesn't feel like a diet at all. I just am more careful when I can SEE my totals!

  2. I use the tracker on Love it! It has almost everything and has an ipod/iphone app that I use as well for the convenience.

  3. lol... I swear I must be the only person on the planet without a smartphone. But, I did go back to Sparkspeople. Part of the "slowness" before was my internet connection, so I will give that another try.

  4. I use mycaloriecounter on my iPhone. I used the same program when I had my Droid. It syncs with the on-line . I like it because it has a bar-code scanner on the phone that makes it kind of fun. But it sucks when I make something homemade and don't have a simple label to scan. For that they have a recipe thing that you can use, but again it takes a lot of time to enter everything and I never know how many servings to say the recipe makes. I would rather just eat out and look up nutrition values on the restaurant's websites LOL.