Just a check in today. I have a whole week of tracking under my belt now, and it feels great! And my goal to eat 1800 calories is AWESOME. Not once this week have I had to feel like I've blown it or that the day was shot. I've eaten out about four times too, and enjoyed beer, fried calamari, pulled pork, and other pub-ish delicacies -- and I've still stayed in my calories.
Well, that's not entirely true -- a couple of days I've gone a little bit over. But one thing I noticed that's new on MyFitnessPal is a feature that shows you your weekly calorie target. (This feature only seems to be available on the iPhone app, not on the website.) Basically it shows you your net calories consumed for each day, and tells you whether you're over or under your weekly calorie goal.
That was always one thing I liked about Weight Watchers -- you could have one lower day and then higher day (using Flex Points). Your overall balance worked on a weekly basis rather than a daily one. Now by using this feature on MFP, I can see where I am for the week. For instance, this past week, I finished exactly 172 calories under my weekly goal. So although I went over my calories on a couple of days, I also came under a couple of days. And in the end, it evened out.
I was going to post my weigh-in results today, but I'm thinking that I might do that on a monthly basis, since I'm not expecting to drop huge and dramatic amounts of weight. I did have a nice loss for this week (though there's always that Week One advantage of losing some water weight), but I'd like to see where I'm at by the end of February. So stay tuned for that post.