My Current Meal Plan: On the Calorie-Counting Train

I’ve really fought counting calories for a long time.  I’m a bit of, ahem, a Type-A personality, and I worry that I’ll go overboard with obsessing over every calorie.

On the other hand, some of my fitness faves, including Jillian Michaels and Chalene Johnson, talk a lot about how important it is to stay within a specified calorie range.  It makes sense – be aware of what you’re taking in, and burn more than that to lose weight.  I also like the idea of working a little harder the day after a splurge to keep yourself in balance – it’s OK to have extra calories from time to time, but just take note of it and burn those suckers off!

So, as I do my TurboFire workouts, I’ve decided that I’ll also count calories.  Not super strictly or obsessively, but just so that I am realistic about how much I’m actually consuming.  I use My Fitness Pal both on my computer and iPhone, and I love it!!  I also created a basic meal plan for my breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the week to make it easy.  I made sure to pick foods that I won’t get sick of and won’t mind eating every weekday.

Here is an example of a typical day on my current plan (totals courtesy of My Fitness Pal):

Breakfast is my green smoothie plus some coffee with Truvia:

Breakfast

Lunch is my favorite Greek Salad recipe and a square of chocolate because I always crave something sweet after lunch:

Lunch

(In case you’re curious, the Greek Salad has: 2 cups of arugula or spring mix salad, 1/2 cup of chickpeas, 5 cherry tomatoes, 1/4 cup reduced-fat feta, 8 olives (which is the reason for the high sodium content, but I don’t care, I’m addicted), a handful of pepperoncinis, 1/2 cup of chopped cucumbers, a squeeze of lemon and a tiny drizzle of olive oil. LOVE it.)

I usually have two snacks per day; one in the mid-morning and one in the late afternoon.  I have the apple and cheese as my first snack, and the grapes and goldfish crackers as my second snack:

Snacks

Finally, dinner varies depending on the day. Below is an example of a typical dinner for us, but we may have chicken or pasta or leftovers. We also usually eat out at least once per week for dinner.

Dinner

My totals for the day:
1314 calories
172 grams of carbs
44 grams of fat
80 grams of protein

I hope that gives you a little inspiration if you are looking for a meal plan in the range of 1300 calories!  

Do you track your calories or do you rebel against it like I have?  Do you use an app or an online program?  What works best for you?

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3 thoughts on “My Current Meal Plan: On the Calorie-Counting Train

    • Hi! My Fitness Pal suggests that I stay within the 1200 calorie range based on my height / weight / activity level. However, the nutrition guide that came with my TurboFire program suggested I stay closer to 1500, which seems pretty high for me. I plan to stay between 1200 to 1400 for this month and then track my progress and see if I need to adjust. 🙂

      • Great, thanks for the info! I’ve been counting calories for a couple weeks, and am in the process of tweaking my intake. After reading your post I realized I had my birthdate wrong in the app I’m using, which made my budget 200 calories too high–whoops! No wonder I was so satisfied and not losing weight. 🙂 Thanks again!

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