A fresh start Part 1: new diet resolutions

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Good morning beauties!
Today a bit of a different topic here on the blog. As on Monday I decided to make some changes in my life and wanted to share them with you. We’re talking a bit of diet and calorie tracking!

Starting with a bit of history, I’ve been “round on the edges” for my whole life, more or less. As a kid I used to be bullied for being chubby and it took me the best of my teens to accept my body and realize it wasn’t a monstrosity. Getting over my some of my issues didn’t change the fact that since I was 17 years old I’ve been on and off diets, seeing nutritionists and seeing kilos come and go like the tide. Even when diets went well and I had reached a weight I was happy with, my body just wouldn’t stay on it and to keep the kilos off I had to struggle constantly, which on the long run was just not possible. Ever since I have accepted that I will never be a skinny girl. I will always have my curves and some cushions here and there and I actually think that they make me more beautiful and unique.

Small parenthesis on what I eat. I love cooking and I am italian so most of what I eat is healthy and rich in all the good things. However, I have a problem with portions, aka I cannot control how much I eat until it’s too much and I’m almost sick from how full I am. This means that if I don;t pay attention to what I eat. I will just pile up kilos on kilos without even noticing.
This is exactly what happened in this last period of time, being very busy and dealing with stuff right and left, I let myself slip and realized I got a bit too chubby for my taste. So I decided to make a move and try to get to a more healthy weight. Now the trick for me has always been to have numbers to follow! If I can have 60 grams of pasta, that is what is going on my plate, if I make more, I’ll eat it all! 
To keep myself in check and make sure I’m not over eating, I turned to a calorie tracker website called Calorie Counter. This is free and contains the nutrition values for most foods, which is very convenient, because I personally don’t know how many calories, sugars and vitamins a carrot contains. If you cannot find something in their database, you can manually add it and even create your own recipes by assembling the ingredients and portions.
Calorie counter: Dashboard (top), Daily Analysis (bottom right), Food Log (bottom left)
Every day I log my weight, what and how much I eat and the calories burned doing sports and at the end of the day I can Check on my analysis board how well I did in balancing carbs, proteins and fats and if I reached my daily intake of vitamins and nutrients. 
It’s been 5 days now of weighing everything that goes in my plate and logging it, I am happily seeing the kilo count going down. The best part is that I feel my stomach shrinking and demanding less food which is a big deal because it means I feel full without going through 3 portions of food each meal. Great success!
I hop to keep this up until I leave for holidays in 3 weeks and loose another 2kg on the way. I am realistic and don’t expect to be able to log my food while on vacation, but I will then start again from when I left off as I return to Eindhoven and hopefully have lost a good 5-7 kg by my birthday in October. Optimistic but I want to succeed!

Stay tuned next week for part 2 of this fresh start where I go through my fitness routine and resolutions!
Wish me luck! Do you have any tips and tricks up your sleeve?
xo
A

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