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February 26th, 2013, 10:36 AM
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I don't really track my calories but I try to eat around 200-400 calories for breakfast and lunch and around 600 (some days more) for dinner. Then I try to have snacks that around 100-200 calories two to three times a day. I'm not totally sure how many calories I should be eating, so I don't follow this precisely. I mostly try to eat healthy choices, as much as I can, and then I just make sure I eat when I'm hungry.
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February 26th, 2013, 11:40 AM
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I track my calories on MFP. I eat about 200 for breakfast (didn't really eat breakfast before tracking on MFP) and then about 400 for each lunch and supper. Snacks I try to keep around 200-300 for the day. I have my activity level on MFP as lightly active so it has my calorie goal for the day around 1300.
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February 26th, 2013, 01:12 PM
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I do weight watchers so I track points instead of calories. Plus with WW fresh fruits and vegetables are 0 points so you can eat as many of them as you wish. I thought that sounded crazy at first and didn't think you could really lose weight doing that but now I eat alot of fruit and I lost all the weight I wanted and now I'm maintaining my weight very well.
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February 26th, 2013, 02:17 PM
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I use MFP and it tracks calories, but right now I'm looking more at the macronutrients and not restricting calories in any way. I still usually am under what they say I should be, though.
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February 26th, 2013, 06:50 PM
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Like Melissa, I do WW as well and track points. I try to eat more veggies than fruits, but I still get in 2 fresh fruits or so per day and as she said they are 0 points. I eat a balanced b-fast, lunch, and dinner, and eat 2 snacks which are typically a veggie each day.
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February 27th, 2013, 05:31 AM
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I don't anymore but I kinda take a rough estimate of what I'm having as I'm eating. Still not having the processed sugar and having fruit instead. I'm not a breakfast person but I do have a well balanced lunch and dinner...then a healthy snack or two depending on how hungry I am.
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February 27th, 2013, 11:42 AM
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I use MFP as well to track my calories, it has me on 1200 a day, but I was sick and didn't make the right choices so I have horribly failed at tracking them last week.
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February 27th, 2013, 05:39 PM
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I use MFP as well. Can I ask what some of y'all eat during the day? It has me at 1480 and I am just not able to stay at that
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February 27th, 2013, 09:23 PM
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I usually have leftovers or a sandwich for lunch (and just try to limit it to about 400 cals) and then fix something for supper (again trying to limit my cals to 400). I have yogurt, cheese sticks, pretzel rods, apple slices, oranges, etc for snacks. If you want to friend me, I'm DanceGirl0309. I have my diary open to my friends.
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February 28th, 2013, 05:40 AM
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I guess one of the main things that is hard for me is that I seriously crave milk, but I want WHOLE milk. I can't handle the thought of anything else. But a small glass of organic whole milk is 150 calories right there!
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February 28th, 2013, 09:34 AM
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I got thinking last night about your calories. I wonder if there is a setting on MFP to calculate calories for when you are pregnant. I could definitely see you needing more than 1480 while being pregnant. But then again I could be wrong.
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February 28th, 2013, 02:03 PM
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I guess one of the main things that is hard for me is that I seriously crave milk, but I want WHOLE milk. I can't handle the thought of anything else. But a small glass of organic whole milk is 150 calories right there!
I am not a big milk drinker and have completely cut it out before when I was doing dairy free. But, I have been drinking one cup a day lately. I've never liked whole milk so that makes it a lot easier for me. I normally drink skim but will drink 2% if I run out. I'm the only one in my house that will drink skim. I remember when I first started drinking it years ago, I thought it was so watery but now that's what I'm used to. I started off by just using it in my cereal and later started drinking it. Now, that is what I prefer. Maybe you could cut back to 2% and work your way down to skim. Or if you can't, I wouldn't worry too much. Just try to plan it into your day. Like drink it with a fruit for a snack. I don't think milk is bad for your diet, as long as that's not all you drink.

My biggest problem with calories is my dinner meals. That's mostly because I make that from scratch and never know exactly how many calories I'm eating. I just try to eat lean meats as much as possible and have plenty of veggies. I think if you focus on eating more veggies and fruits, everything else just falls into place.
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March 1st, 2013, 05:14 PM
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I just roughly watch calories. I don't know exactly, I just try not to go crazy. lol
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March 1st, 2013, 06:21 PM
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I was tracking my calories for a while because I was having issues with losing a lot of weight and I am breastfeeding. It was such a pain in the ***! I don't know how people do it every day for months on end, I suppose you get used to it. My docs figured out I was having thyroid problems and put me on meds so I could finally give it up.

I found myfitnesspal useful, but journaling was just easier.
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March 1st, 2013, 09:15 PM
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I track loosely on MFP, but now that I've used it for a while I find that I have a general idea of what and how much I can eat without putting it in every time.
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