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Duh Moment.....

Saturday, March 14, 2009

On a normal weekend I usually don't eat breakfast and mostly don't eat lunch, although sometimes I will, depending on what I'm doing - like if I'm going to be really active I'll eat lunch, if I'm just hanging around the house, I'll snack on stuff throughout the day until I make dinner....I realized today, after tracking what I ate, that I need to make a change to that.

After eating dinner and logging my nutrition into SP I realized that I was way below my calorie intake (as well as everything else) for the day, by over 400! I ended up having to go back and snack on some fruit and a popsicle just to get my calorie count up, and I still didn't meet my goal. I didn't realize by skipping meals it would make it harder to reach my nutritional goals (I know that sounds really dumb!)...but this is the first weekend I've been tracking my calories on SP and even though I counted them myself before I joined SP, I just didn't realize you can't get all your calories in one meal...especially when I'm trying to eat a lot more low-cal and low-fat foods, maybe that's my issue....that I'm use to more calories and fat in foods?

I don't know how important it is to meet all my nutritional goals each day, but the past few days I've been struggling with eating all my calories...I seem to come up just under my daily goal, which surprises me with how much I'm eating....it's definitely something I'm going to have to work on!

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  • GRAMMABENJI
    oh my girl. you must eat breakfast and lunch. trust me if you don't eat you will not lose weight. i have been there many many times. i don't always make my calories but i try really hard to get there. not everyday is going to be perfect. you have to get one thing right at a time. don't try todo everything at once.
    4408 days ago
  • no profile photo SPITFIRE2008
    I have major weekend food issues myself--if I stay home, I don't eat enough, and if I spend time out, I eat crappy fast food and go waaaay over. Tracking my food throughout the day has helped me with that some--I try to log in after lunch and input my food so far to see where I stand, then I know whether I can splurge on dinner or if I have to be super careful.

    These "duh" moments are (I think) a beautiful part of the Spark Journey. So you feel stupid for a minute because you realize what you've been overlooking all along, but you take that knowledge with you into the next day, and it becomes part of your broader way of thinking--bet you don't make that particular mistake again, right? GL!
    4408 days ago
  • MSTELZER
    This is not uncommon at all! A lot more than you think do this very same thing - I use to be one as well!

    Just so you know as you as you said you didn't for sure but going under your calorie range is NOT good either! If you do this too often and too much your body goes into hoard mode to store and stash everything you take in to protect itself! It's our bodies way of protecting itself. This given time can lower your metabolism and that you certainly don't want! Just thought I would share that with you.

    Hey, you are tracking your food and that's a great start as now you know what things you need to change. Don't look at it as a bad experience or bad day but more as a learning day that is actually taking you another step forward because now you know!

    Keep up the wonderful work!

    Michelle
    4409 days ago
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