My present goal for food intake is the average amount of calories required for a man my height and weight minus 500 calories (I've been told that is pretty aggressive). I've set-up my Fitbit to let me know if I am meeting my total caloric intake goal. I want to have a total caloric intake of about 2,500 calories minus the calories I burn in a day through activities plus the decrease in food intake I have through proper selection of food and portion control. I am pretty confident I blew it yesterday on the food intake goals I've set for myself.
The beauty of trying to control my food intake is that it is a learning process. With it being a learning process it will produce in me self-discipline and mental sharpness. The self-discipline will come-in as I learn what foods are best for me and how to achieve controlling my portion intake of them each day. The mental sharpness will come in as I develop a knowledge base I need to remember what foods have what calories in them as I develop my grocery shopping list.
If one goal of my weight loss is to feel better, there is no reason for me to be in mental anguish when I don't meet my goals for a day or two. This will happen from time to time. Tomorrow is another day and I can take advantage of God's mercy toward me when I overeat. After all, Lamentations 2:22-23 says, "The Lord's kindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness."