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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

So it's kinda funny when some things hit you. I was talking to my husband this morning about our daughter and some discipline issues came up. He asked me why don't I tell her sometimes when it's needed that this is the way things are and we just need to adapt, kinda like when I tell him to do that. I basically said I know I should but I am terrific at giving advice but I am horrible at taking my own advice. I even used the example of me losing weight. I said I know I can't lose weight because of how I eat. I NEVER said that out loud before! It got me thinking though that whenever I talk to my doctor or a nutritionist, etc I always remember all the good things I eat but subconsciously I think I block out all the bad things I eat. For instance last summer I remember having a small blizzard every day for a week straight just because I wanted to. I m oing to try to keep a food journal being completely honest with myself for the next few weeks. But I am curious how does everyone else come to grips with what they are truly eating? And then how do you move forward to improve it? I used to have such great determination with myself but over the years it has become about everyone else and not me. Thanks in advance for any tips and I hope everyone has a Wonderful Wednesday!

Hugs, Lorie
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  • no profile photo CD8532529
    I've tried to learn to substitute things...like instead of having a whole candy bar, try savoring one Dove chocolate square. Knowing when those cravings are going to occur is key. I lost a bunch of weight and have gained it all back, but that's what I did before. My craving is just after lunch, I want chocolate, so I always pack one dove chocolate square in my lunch and that's easy to account for on your tracker. I found since going to the gym at night I not on endless munching mode at night, too. I guess that's why they call it a total change of lifestyle! Best of luck in getting past those hurdles, you can do it!
    2349 days ago
  • PRAIRIECROCUS
    Weight management is such a difficult thing to accomplish !
    All the best, in your SparkPeople journey.
    2349 days ago
  • GRAPEVINE60
    I do the same thing with little bites here and there. I don't log them. If I did that I could look back and see where the problem lies. It doesn't matter if I do that extra 15 minutes on the elliptical. It's 80% diet, 10% exercise and 10% genetics. Or at least that is what someone shared with me a few days ago. This information was in a "clean eating" magazine.

    When I was younger I could drop the weight and not worry about exercise. I could just cut out certain foods. Now when I've been good a couple of days, I think to myself "I've been good, I deserve a treat." The fact is I probably do that way too much, and that's why I yo-yo. lol
    2349 days ago
  • no profile photo CD13921634
    Tracking, tracking, tracking! If you track it's "in your face" what your eating. Do it enough and you'll start looking at a food and saying "do I want to waste calories on this"? It took me a long time to be able to do that. When I see how many calories I have per day and track I can see exactly how many I have "left" because when they are gone I'm DONE eating anything for the day. I've gotten pretty darn good at leaving calories for the end of my day for a bit of a sweet treat! Kudos on knowing and acknowledging an issue with food...that is huge! You can do this. None of us loves tracking but it is the single best way to watch what your eating!
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    2349 days ago
  • no profile photo CD12521021
    Knowing things and doing things - tough. Good you realized it and that is half the battle. Also admitting it - that is what is tough. Good Luck!
    2350 days ago
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