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9/14/10 12:10 A

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I've not been counting calories since starting my diet recently. Like others mentioned, mindful eating and making sure that I get some sort of exercise. When I was losing weight two years ago, I lost about 60lbs by calorie watching and a food journal, but it was exhausting. It did help me to put values on differnt types of foods as well as portion ratios. I don't know if I'll start counting and/or food journaling again- probably come closer to winter when its hard to exercise. When I know it is easy to exercise, I don't pay attention so much on the calorie count... but when opportunities to exercise become less and less, I know I need to step up on the calorie counting to compensate and make sure I'm losing and not gaining:)

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9/13/10 11:57 P

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I am trying to listen to my body and watch my portion sizes and what I eat. I really don't have enough time/energy to count calories. I want to up my exercise and really begin running and I know then that will help curb my fat cravings which really helps with the weight loss emoticon

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9/12/10 4:56 P

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thanks for responding. So far paying attention to what my body really is hungry for and eating mindfully is going ok. This is not to say I don't slip up now and again but, the scale is moving down even if is taking longer than I would like.

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9/12/10 12:08 P

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I thought I was the only one!

I don't count calories. I do make almost all of my own food, and I don't keep any junk in the house. If I'm hungy, I'll eat. If I'm not hungry, I'll do something else. I find I have to distract myself, or I'll get bored and start poking around the fridge. Though I don't really have anything in there but yogurt and baby carrots and some peaches.

It works for me, but I try to eat a lot of protein and stay lower on the carbs.

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9/12/10 12:15 A

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I don't count calories either. I just honestly don't have enough time in my day. I try to loosely follow WW and I journal. I really like keeping a journal because I can be accountable. No matter how much or how little I eat.

Best of luck!

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9/11/10 4:15 P

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I do not count calories either! I have a horrible habit that when I count the calories, I eat even less, I get obsessed about my calorie intake and I think the more I eat the harder it will be for me to lose weight, so it becomes a slippery slope for me. Plus I buy a lot of freshly made food from the farmers market that does not have nutritional info, so I either do not count it, or I assume that it's much more than it might be.

I have learned to control my portions. I stay away from the fridge when I'm emotional, so that I don't binge. And I don't keep any bad food in my house! I love fruits and veggies and I don't have to feel bad about satisfying my sweet tooth with fresh berries.
I also work out every single day, even if its just a few minutes on the treadmill. I have had great success so far, and know that the foods I'm eating are fresh and healthy so I don't let myself feel bad about not counting every calorie!

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9/4/10 6:05 P

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I am so glad I read this article at this time. I was just beating myself for not using the calorie tracker.
I it most of all because I eat mostly Mediterranean food which is extremely hard to track because the recipes are changeable. It is mostly vegetables but the same food can variate in the type and the amount of the products each and every time.
I just don`t have time to change the recipes for every day.
And like you I also have a problem to determinate a portion size, and to eat only that size.
So I kind of go with a hunch or a feel of how I am doing. And I believe I will make it.
Thanks for the inspiration.

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9/4/10 4:31 P

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Yep. I reached my goal weight not counting calories. This doesn't mean I wasn't aware of calories, but I didn't use the tracker or anything, because, like you, I was obsessive. And a big fat liar. It is much easier for me to be honest with myself about my portions when I don't have the number staring me in the face. I always use ice cream as my example for this. I'd serve myself 1/2 c measured portion of ice cream. Then two bites straight from the container. And then maybe if I pack it down really hard, I can have 4 more bites... and it's still a half cup. So, I'd eat 3/4-1 cup of ice cream, but only track half a cup, because I couldn't be honest with myself when I had to see the number staring back at me.

I chose to journal my food instead. If I did the whole ice cream thing, I wrote it down. It'd look something like this: Snack 8:45 PM 1/2 c measured ice cream. 2 bites straight from container. then I added 4 more to the top of my measured serving.

By doing this I could write feelings about food as well. Like I was stressed, so I ate ___. Or, I drank 4 glasses of wine and now I feel like crap. And I'd review it. It gave me a real sense of CONTROL over this. I soon felt like I was controlling my food, instead of my food controlling me.

Another thing I did, was start eating a TON of fruits and veg. I love to eat, and I like big portions. So, I'll eat 5 servings of veggies sometimes in a meal, so I have the sense that I am still getting to eat as much as everyone else. Because I really struggled when I would take my 1/2 chicken breast, 1/2 c rice, and 1/2 c green beans when my hubby is eating 2 chicken breasts, 1 1/2 c rice and 5 beans. So, I just decided that I would eat as much as I wanted... as long as it was veg. And I eat my veg first. Then I eat my higher calorie/fat/sodium foods. And I eat fruit or veg at EVERY SINGLE MEAL. I say that I eat 9-11 servings of freggies every day... but sometimes, I eat that by noon.

So, there you have what I did. Maybe it will work for you...

Imperfection is important. If we were all perfect, then there would be no such thing as growth, and everyone would be extremely boring, which is, paradoxically, not that perfect.-- Dr. Matt


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9/4/10 4:23 P

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Thanks PS! I'll have to look into that book!

Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Pick your hard.

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9/4/10 3:47 P

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I'm doing the Thin Within book... It's all about conscious eating... Don't eat until you are TRULY hungry (at 0) and stop when you are satisfied (5)... don't start at 5 and eat to 10 (Thanksgiving Day kinda-full) ... I have started this book but never finished. Just 4 or 5 chapters in I had already lost 15-20 lbs, but it wasn't a lifestyle change for me... I am starting fresh and making this a permanent behavior change this time.

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9/4/10 1:14 P

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Chilex3: I would also like to know the name of the Diabetic book which provides the 31 day menu. I'm pre-diabetic, so I would definitely be interested in looking into this.

I did find I became obsessed with point counting when I did WW. I am not finding I feel the same yet with calorie counting, but it would be nice not to have to rely on that. It can be stressful seeing how much some healthy meals add up, but I do like knowing when I'm eating too much and know when I need to add new exercise to offset it. Lately, I've been letting myself slide a little too much, and I really need to stop that. I do not believe in deprivation, as I don't feel it can be sustained. However, there is a fine line between moderation and a bad habit. I need to stay on top of this, or else I won't keep losing.

"You may wait, but time will not. "

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9/4/10 11:49 A

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I've been really struggling with this lately. I feel like I rebel against the calories as well sometimes. However, I've also found out that I'm not really ready for mindful eating because I go way overboard when the opportunity arises. I'm in a bit of a pickle with this.

Being overweight is hard. Losing weight is hard. Pick your hard.

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9/4/10 11:45 A

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Chilex3 what was the book called that had the 31 day meal planner. I am addicted to diabetic books that have meal planners I find that is the best way to eat and lose weight even if you don't have diabeties.

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9/4/10 11:31 A

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I HATE counting calories, fat grams, points, trying to figure out when eating something like a casserole which part of it belongs into which food group,ect. I've recently started a diabetic program--got 2-3 excellent diabetic cookbooks ( one a 31 day meal planner featuring 3 meals and 2 snacks per day with split pages so you could mix and match meals--it had endless combinations )and I find the whole concept of carb choices pretty easy to follow.

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9/4/10 10:47 A

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WorkPeacefully, Thank you for the tip. I don't eat frozen dinners and rarely canned veggies. I'm going to start looking at Frozen ones soon.

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9/4/10 10:20 A

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When I was 16, I spent a summer loosing weight. I cut out soda, fast food, and greasy foods. I exercised for 1-2 hours every day and walked to the library almost every day. I lost about 40lbs in 4 months, and never counted calories. I was aware of what I ate, and how much though. Then, after my son was born, I did the same thing, cut out junk food and soda, exercised 45 mins a day, walked for 20 mins every day, and once he hit 6 months, we went swimming 3-4x a week. I lost about 35 lbs that way in about 4 months again.

And Fit2Swing, you can balance your sodium intake with lots of water and high potassium foods, potatoes, fresh spinach and bananas are just a few. If you eat a lot of prepared meals (frozen dinners, canned veggies, soups), you can look for the low sodium or no salt versions. And all the frozen veggies taste so much better than the canned!

Edited by: WORKPEACEFULLY at: 9/4/2010 (10:26)
Peace, Rachel

Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitably bring about right results."- James Allen (the quote I get my screen name from!)


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9/4/10 9:54 A

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I do find I obsess about what I'm eating. But Days I don't count I do mindful eating and portion control. I think the idea behind cal counting is to give you an idea of how much you should eat and what you are eating. I didn't realize how much Sodium I eat and have been trying to figure out how to fix that problem.

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9/4/10 9:44 A

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I find that counting calories, points, carbs etc. becomes obsessive for me and I rebel. I have been focusing on truly listening to my body and eating every 3-4 hours with a small protein/carb meal. Has anyone reached their goal weight focusing on mindful eating?

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