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TBRYAN-LU Posts: 4,206
6/18/18 1:58 P

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I have learned that it is not always beneficial to consume the lower calories in your program! It will depend on how active you are, more activity you do the more calories one should eat. Otherwise your body thinks you are starving it!

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6/18/18 6:29 A

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I learned more about how food interacts with my digestion and with my mood. Fats like sour cream and peanut butter make my brain feel better when I'm not feeling so hot, and some foods make my stomach unsettled. Tracking is helping me isolate those foods and consider either eliminating them or eating them in a different way.

Rule 1: Don't eat foods with ingredient lists containing numbers, colors, or the word "flavors".


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6/11/18 7:49 A

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I learned that I love to eat carbs. That means I am not getting enough nutrients from fruits and veggies. I can never get enough fibre either.



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6/10/18 4:22 A

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I need to cut down on my sodium intake. Even though I don’t add salt to food after cooking and used limited salt when cooking, I am still exceeding the recommended sodium intake. I need to examine what I am eating and reduce the amount of the high sodium food in my diet.

Being positive is a choice so remember, “Every day is not good, but there is something good in every day." Each morning seek the positive and you will have a good day. Also, with God, all things are possible.

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6/9/18 9:29 P

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How much more fat I was eating then I thought....and sugar...OMG



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6/6/18 7:47 P

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I am having a hard time not eating enough. I look at nutrition labels and think I don't think it's worth eating whatever I am looking at.

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6/5/18 4:46 A

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Need 30% protein, 20% fat, 50% carbs. and a high Iron diet for my bone health from Dr. orders. This is for a year to rebuild bones from hip operation last Friday. I have been checking ahead of time & changed diet 3 weeks before the operation.

I am on the summer challenge now. I have pleurisy, 3 types of anemia from Iron,folic acid,other vitamins not working,chronic pneumonia,chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 55 years old. I had 7 operations recently. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 3 years as well.


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6/4/18 2:26 P

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Too much sodium and too little protein.

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6/4/18 12:01 A

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I have learned that I consistently eat too much sodium



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6/3/18 11:08 P

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I need to get more protein every day. If I don't track I know I'm not getting enough.

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6/3/18 7:01 P

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Skimbro....i can so relate. That's exactly my problem too! I'm happy eating 600-800 calories but the weight keeps piling on instead of disappearing. You can't convince me that "eat less/ exercise more" actually works. I am only able to lose when I eat more! emoticon



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6/3/18 6:09 P

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I come and go.....when I'm not tracking, I kid myself that amount doesn't matter. Keeping track brings me back to reality, and I'm happier, healthier, and more at peace with myself.



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6/3/18 4:37 P

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I tend to not eat enough calories, so my body goes into starvation mode quite often emoticon



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6/2/18 7:47 P

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That I overeat

The life you want is waiting to rise up to meet you. - Oprah


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6/1/18 6:43 P

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Tracking has taught me discipline. I try to make sure that my meals are balanced and I stay within my daily calorie intake range. I try to steer clear of most prepared foods because if the high sugar and salt content. Tracking helps me to stay honest.

Edited by: BKNY11216 at: 6/3/2018 (10:43)

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I am NOT a tracker, but I tried it because my leader at WW told me to. Boy, was that a wake up call for me. She looked at one day and told me I was eating tooo much sodium. As I don't have salt in my house, told her she didn't know what she was talking about. but when I checked, I had to apologize to her because she was right. Instead of the 1500mg of sodium I was supposed to have, I had 4500mg Now that was the eye opener. Now I monitor my sodium.


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5/31/18 4:08 P

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I ate twice as many calories as I thought I was eating



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5/31/18 2:01 P

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Even though I don't want to track when I'm off the diet, I've learned it still important. and that i'm proud of myself when I look back at a healthy week.



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5/31/18 9:51 A

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I do better in the mornings and if I start out right I tend to finish well. If I am lax in the morning it carries through on most days.

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5/31/18 8:38 A

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That calories in --> calories out doesn't work. That I lose weight when I'm eating fewer carbs, and more fat and protein.

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I've learned that I have too much fat in my diet and not enough protein! It's more or less impossible for me to get enough calcium so supplements are required. And my instincts about what is "healthy" are wrong. In a word, eye-opening!



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5/28/18 12:27 P

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And I never seem to get enough carbs!



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5/27/18 10:57 P

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Tracking my food teach's me what I should and should not eat, so that I can be healthy.

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5/25/18 12:30 P

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I learned I never seem to get enough protein. Hmmm

"If you wanna be somebody else, if you're tired of fightin' battles with yourself, if you wanna be somebody else, Change Your Mind." Sister Hazel, from "The Fortress" CD.

I am stronger than the food.

I am not that person any more.


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5/23/18 9:35 A

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I've learned I underestimate portion size when I eyeball things. I'm close, actually, but always over my estimated size.



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5/22/18 10:09 A

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It is surprising when you track your food how important it is to see and remember what you put in your body. This is the best control, if you are honest. This forces you to want to improve and once you do, you'll see results.



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5/20/18 5:28 A

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How I can get the most out of my calories.
If I’m hungry I chose chicken over red meat to be able to have a larger portion. If I’m not so hungry I can “afford” a small portion of lasagna to still meet my daily goal.

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5/19/18 10:13 P

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Tracking your food keeps your subconscious somewhat in control.



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I still need to learn more

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That planning on my tracker the day before,sets me up for success .



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5/19/18 2:20 P

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How easy it is to eat well and fill myself up. Ie..slice up a cucumber. And how easy it also is to "eat whatever I want" and that I already know when I'm about to go over like ordering Friday night pizza for my family because I'm too exhausted to cook. Balance is key. Maybe next time it's pizza and a sliced up cucumber.

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5/18/18 7:19 A

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my portion sizes are too large.



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5/17/18 12:33 P

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That my portion sizes were too large.
That the restaurant portions can feed me for 3-4 meals.
It has been a major reality check.


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5/16/18 1:00 P

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What a serving size really is!



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5/16/18 12:40 P

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I have learned that I don't get enough carbs (weird but true) - and that my night time snacking leans to sugary things!

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I never seem to get enough fiber.

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Portion size is very important

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I have learned that I have a cycle that I eat in. I’m good most of the month, but then for a few days all my body craves is carbs. Now that I know it’s happening, I’m trying to find ways to prevent it next month.



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I learn that if I track my foods every day, I am less likely to go over my daily goals. It makes me feel bad to go over. Which helps me stay on track. I go way over on some nutrients like sodium and way under some other needed nutrients.

“What you eat in private will show up in public.” ~Unknown
“Don’t dig your grave with your own knife and fork.” ~English Proverb
“Don’t eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” ~Michael Pollan
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I need to have 30% protein,20% fat, 50% carbs, mostly fruit & vegetables because of 3 operations this year. Spark People is not consistent on their meal plans nutrition so I use "EAT THIS MUCH" % changes everyday on their plan. Almost allows for daily budget of $5.00, time to cook & skill of cooking, forwards to cheapest grocery in the area. $60.00 for 12 months. Also can decide if meals are small, medium, large, extra large and same for snacks set for the correct time of day instead of all at the bottom of the page!

I am on the summer challenge now. I have pleurisy, 3 types of anemia from Iron,folic acid,other vitamins not working,chronic pneumonia,chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 55 years old. I had 7 operations recently. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 3 years as well.


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5/12/18 1:13 P

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I put sugar on my tracker. I do believe that is helping some. It is a reminder.

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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5/11/18 9:27 P

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How much sodium i was getting. I was shocked.



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5/11/18 2:28 A

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I learned that I was eating and drinking a whole lot of calories before this.

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5/10/18 8:21 P

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I find that I will wait to have something that I want tomorrow, if I am tracking

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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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I learned that I had better weigh and measue everthing I eat.



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5/8/18 2:24 P

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LUNA

I am like that. I want to eat too late at night. Working on one night at a time, too. LOL


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Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

Co leader 50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose


"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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That a % tracker with more options like "Eat This Much" works better for nutrition then the large range spark people give, Spark People don't even use the 50%,20%,30% they advise. I have 50% carbs, 30% protein,20% fat, advised for 2 operations I will be having in 5 months.That serving sizes are not equal in nutrition, 3 eggs equals protein in one serving of meat. This is where % are good to make sure total nutrition is accurate, servings can vary because of quality & quantity of nutrition in them. I need lots of Iron now, my Hemoglobin was very low & I needed replacement shots to raise Hemoglobin, so Iron will now work, my Potassium is too high. Iron does not work without correct amount of Hemoglobin.

I am on the summer challenge now. I have pleurisy, 3 types of anemia from Iron,folic acid,other vitamins not working,chronic pneumonia,chronic kidney disease and low blood pressure & blood clots in both lungs for 3 years..I am 55 years old. I had 7 operations recently. I had cervical cancer 6 years ago, no signs last 3 years as well.


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That I don't want to go over my total caloric set amount. When I do, I don't like it. I like the food just not messing up my numbers. emoticon

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That maybe I should pass on items!



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I have learned that I eat too much!

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Weight Warriors Summer 5% Challenge 2018 starting 7-1-18
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-lose 5% of my current weight during the 8 week challenge (approx. 15 pounds)

Goal weight set to reflect what doctor feels I should weigh. I would like to weigh a lot less than that!


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5/4/18 3:12 P

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That I eat too late :(

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How things add up quickly


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Health is my goal weight loss is my gift .

I am entering into a new Time of My Life and I look forward to the challenges it has in store for me.




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I need to increase my Iron and decrease my vitamin A.

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I need to pay close attention to my protein.

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I never knew how many calories I was consuming. Probably wouldn't want to know. Tracking lets me know that I'm staying within my calorie range. I will probably have to track forever.

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Each time I thought I didn't need to log my food and followed through, I gained weight and stopped coming to SparkPeople. This time I am logging every whether I feel like it or not! It helps!

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Good for you Janice. We are forever learning.


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"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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I gained 11 pounds by NOT tracking my food. I thought I would get soooo much exercise at my new job that it wouldn't matter. I was wrong. I have learned that it does matter.... tracking food helps me tremendously.

We're on the path together!


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I agree with what you all have said. It is a very helpful tool. I also find that if I have had a busy day, I can be under my calories too.

Bionic

I am in the same situation, because of my weight it can have more calories. I have to keep it in my mind that "less is better" idea from all of the dieting.

Today, I am under, but I am full because I did not have time to eat much earlier. I will try to get some fruit in later tonight and some calcium. Probably some frozen fruit and yogurt.

It is nice to have folks to talk to about these issues.


Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

Co leader 50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose


"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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5/2/18 3:59 P

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I have learned that I am too hard on myself. Many of the foods I love can be incorporated into my calorie range, without ruining all of my hard work. I always take an all or nothing approach to "dieting", and yes, I may have to reevaluate that when I hit my first plateau, right now I just need to control my calorie intake. In fact, with my weight, I have plenty of calories to work with, to make some really good meals.



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MARTHA324's Photo MARTHA324 Posts: 6,555
5/2/18 8:38 A

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Tracking keeps me focuses and honest about what I'm eating. It was a critical tool when I was losing weight and still important in maintenance. I also learned to pay attention to the actual calories eaten, not the "net" where I deduct activity calories.

Persistence is more important than perfection.

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SVELTEYOOPER's Photo SVELTEYOOPER Posts: 132
5/1/18 7:20 A

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Tracking keeps me honest with myself. For the most part, I eat a pretty healthy diet, but I have those days when I "binge," for lack of a better term. Daily tracking allows me to look back at a day, week, month...even year to see how I'm doing in the long run. I keep a journal every day, so it is easy for me to see how many days I've done well vs how many I've overeaten. I'm still working on trying to get more good days than bad, but that's part of the process. I don't adhere to any one specific "diet" because I find the restrictions of most of them (and the inherent bad nutrition of some) lead me to overeat worse. Moderation, tracking and slowly increasing my activity level has led to a slow, steady 25 pound loss over just about a year.



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I thought my diet was healthy. It was not bad but definitely needed some small changes. Especially with sugar. So much sugar in foods that are supposed to be healthy. Cereals, yogurt, protein powder and even sauces. I was very surprised to learn how much sugar was in plain tomato sauce.



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4/30/18 2:06 P

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Tracking keeps me from lying to myself about how many calories I've eaten on a given day. It's easy to say "I deserve _____ (fill in your favorite treat here) because I worked out this morning". At first, the totals for the treat I "deserved" were close to, or over, the amount I burned with exercise. When I saw that in black and white, I changed how I did things.



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4/29/18 7:53 P

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Knowledge is power, glad you have it now. Good luck.

I have been tracking my food for two weeks. That is good for me.

Have a great day, all.

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Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

Co leader 50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose


"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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4/29/18 7:43 P

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I have learned so much! How wrong or uninformed I have been over the years about what I was eating. Now I understand why I was not getting anywhere when working out and going to the gym showed no progress.



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4/29/18 11:31 A

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DEIL

I think that our ideas about food are so informed by the years of "dieting", that there is a distortion in our ideas about eating.

I also find that I am missing something from my nutrients if I don't chart.

We are so focused on calories that we forget the other stuff that we really need.

Trying hard to break away from the "dieting" attitude.



Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

Co leader 50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose


"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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4/28/18 10:17 P

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how much you really do eat in a days time



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DEILENARIAN's Photo DEILENARIAN Posts: 126
4/28/18 6:13 A

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I agree, tracking keeps me mindful. I also have a tendency to eat too little if I don't track, because I'm trying not to snack etc.. and then I find by the end of the day I've only eaten 800 calories or something, or on the flipside, I've gone way over. I haven't been very good about tracking lately, but I'll try to add it into my routine a bit more successfully.

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I am glad that not tracking is working well for you. That is the wonderful think about Spark People, there are no absolutes.

For me, tracking is a good thing, but I generally know what is working. It helps to keep me honest

Bonnie

Toledo, Ohio, USA TIMEZONE 0. we do go on daylight savings time in the summer.

Co leader 50+ members with 10-24 pounds to lose


"LIfe is not about waiting for the storm to pass, it is about learning to dance in the rain,"

I am going to relearn doing each day, one day at a time.

I am going to do 10 minutes of exercise every day that my body will allow it.


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I tracked for a short time and once I figured out portion sizes and stuff, I stopped. I learned that my body will tell me what I need and how much, and to just stop and listen to it. It's really been eye-opening. I've lost 30 lbs since January 25th, mostly without tracking, and without exercise thus far. I believe physical activity is important, but you can't out-exercise a bad diet.



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