One thing you can do is make a food plan. I prefer that over counting calories.
You could decide to eat the same breakfast and / or the same lunch every day (or most days). Then for snacks you can decide that you will either have (for example) 1 fruit and 1 bowl of yoghurt, OR 1 fruit and a handfull of nuts, OR 1 slice of bread with spreads.
If you do that you don't have to log every meal and snack but only the foods that are not in your plan.
You could also opt for the No S diet which gives very simple instructiosn that do not require counting calories. (No Sugar, No Snacks and No Second helpings except on days that start with an S). See also the sparkteam for the No S team here on Sparkpeople.
To lose weight, my idea is that it's more important to switch to eating (a lot!) more vegetables and fruit and to learn to ignore thoughts about overeating than to count each and every calorie.
You can also decide to reward yourself for every step you take towards a certain goal. For example, I agreed with myself to not eat anything after the evening meal for two weeks and promised myself I can buy a new book if I did it. I managed to reach that goal and bought a book. Small rewards may also work well: for example say you get one dollar (or one quarter, or whatever) for every day that you stay on track. Then after a certain number of days you can buy yourself a nice reward.
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4/10/20 8:39 A
You have to find a way to make it simpler for you. Get a scale and tare between additions if you don't want to use enough measuring spoons to stock a Williams Sonoma. So empty mixing bowl goes on the scale, then tare. Keep a notepad and writing utensil right by the scale. Add in first ingredient, note weight, hit tare. Add in second ingredient, note weight, hit tare. Add in third ingredient, note weight, hit tare. You get the idea. Motivation is just knowing that you're maximizing your results for your effort and the end results of habits. Seriously, check out The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg, it's a very interesting read. You build up habits that add value to your life and if you don't think that they add value then you will continually be fishing around for motivation to get something done. If it is something that you value that you know is worth it then you make it work. Years ago I read something that said to replace "I don't have time" with "It's not a priority" and that shift in thinking was pretty eye opening. That being said, the kind of changes that you are talking about making aren't done in a day or a week or even a month; you're looking at a buildup of months into years. If you're still in the weeks part, give yourself some time, space and grace to learn. Also accept that pretty much no one tracks absolutely everything for the rest of their lives. They will skip a meal or day here and there and do some eyeballing even if the rest of the time they consistently track everything. If you are visually motivated then make yourself a chart, say of you eat three meals and two snacks a day, with five square a day. Each meal that you track you can color in or put a sticker in that square. If you are only managing to track 2 of 5 a day, set a goal over the next week to track 17, which would be an increase of three tracks per week. Start hitting 17 regularly and aim for 20 tracked meals a week.
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4/8/20 10:06 P
Are you worried because you don't FEEL motivated all the time? Cuz I'm here to tell you the feelings ebb and flow. They aren't constant for anyone. They come and go for everyone.
So, what do I do when I don't feel motivated? I do exactly what I do when I do feel motivated. How do I do it? Well, it's like doing chores I hate. I just do them anyway, because they need to be done. Whether I'm in the mood for it or not.
I am motivated by the fact that I have a desire to stay healthy. To do that I have to eat healthy foods and exercise. Even when I don't like doing it. I'm by no means perfect at it. As a matter of fact, I've blown it a few times lately.
I urge you to find what works best for you, and do it. We are all different. What works for me may not work well for you. But, if you work at it, I am sure you will find what does work for you.
Good luck on your healthy living journey.
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4/8/20 6:22 P