"The only bad meal...is one you didn't log."
Get my MyFitnessPal - download it or any other tracking app. All I do is track my food! I stick to my goal calorie amount for the day and don't freak out if I go over, occasionally. (Now, I generally track to keep myself on target, but I don't obsessively count calories! My calorie intake changes daily. If my body is hungry, I feed it. If I want a snack, I have it. If I need dessert, I order it. Life is worth living, enjoying! Indulge some days, but don't binge!)
Be aware of what you're putting in your body! I was eating so much crap. The food you fuel yourself with is SO important! I'm still learning, but I've completely overhauled my nutrition lifestyle. I was probably eating 4x the amount of calories that I do now, with probably 1/3 of the amount of food.
For me, it's all about portion control & balance. I don't deny myself things I want, but also don't over indulge. Balance. Portions. I don't even enjoy the same foods I used to. Those cravings are gone; they don't even taste the same. It takes 21 days to form a habit. You can do it! I've logged for 305+ days consecutively, almost like a game now.
Example of my day: Total Calories = ~ 1,550
Breakfast: Premier Protein Shake, delicious chocolate - cold (160 cals)
Lunch: Anything really, I try to stay lowcal. (Oatmeal & Banana) (300 cals)
Dinner: Protein & Vegetables with side salad, low cal as possible.
(Think.. grilled chicken, asparagus, & a salad with minimal dressing) (~600)
Snack 1: Animal Crackers (190 cals) (or, Skinny Pop 100 cals)
Snack 2: Dark Chocolate Covered Blueberries (130 cals) (or, anything, lol)
Snack 3: Skinny Cow Ice cream sandwich (150 cals)
You are stronger than you think. Consistency is key!
Only compare yourself to YOURSELF.
You can't compare yourself to IG girls or TV people.
This is why I make so many progress pics;
to visually show myself the comparison on how far I've come.
They're not just for you; they're for me, too. Take pics! for you!
Numbers are just numbers. Some days will be harder than others.
It's okay! Remember why you started. You can do it.