I like to track my food intake. That’s one of the reasons (though not the biggest) that I enjoy Weight Watchers. I still need them for meetings, but if you read my blog you already know that I’m not happy with PointsPlus.
I’ve gone back and forth with whether or not it’s a good idea to count calories, but I don’t think that counting calories alone is a formula (personally) for lasting success. I want to do more than just lose weight. I want to live a healthy, balanced life that includes a healthy relationship with food. And there are many facets to healthy eating so I’m concentrating on eating filling foods and following health guidelines that Weight Watchers brought to my attention a year and a half ago.
And because I’m not happy with the new Weight Watchers plan – at least not at this point in my life, I’ve continued my search for tools that will guide me in a healthy direction. And I believe I may have found that tool.
Over they last few days I’ve been tracking my caloric intake at The Daily Plate. I’ve used the app on my iPhone for over a year to search nutrition facts, and they have almost everything I’ve ever tried to find. But now I’m taking it a step further by logging my food through their site. I log exercise and water consumption as well, and each day I can see a breakdown of fat, calories, carbs, protein, etc. Seeing the breakdown is new for me, but I like it.
It is so important to me to continue figuring out what works for me. And while I will continue to attend Weight Watchers meetings (for recorded weigh-ins and support) I look forward to the fun I’ll have with The Daily Plate by Livestrong.
I needed something to get excited about. I needed to feel refreshed after several months of intense physical and emotional struggles, and I’ve found some excitement. I truly believe I have found what works, and I can’t wait to see that reflected on the scale in the coming weeks.
At this point, I don’t need to step on the scale to know if I’m progressing or not. The truth is, the scale is important, but I know my body. And while I need to see it in black and white, I know when I’m losing weight. And I’m confident that I’m headed in the right direction again.