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GRODRIGUED SparkPoints: (2,208)
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7/24/13 8:31 P

ARRRRR me too! Why is this so hard!! Can stay of track for about 2 days then off, then back, then off.......

EXCELDREAM SparkPoints: (85,719)
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7/24/13 5:25 P

Nutritious snacks are critical for me. Not only do they help with energy to fix dinners, but they will help to get you in the frame of mind to make better decisions for the menu and to stop with smaller portions. If you work at a hospital, I'm sure it's difficult to have snacks handy, or to find time for them. But could you slip in a 100 calorie bag of almonds? Yogurt is a great way to get calcium and protein if you have access to a refrigerator. Kraft makes pudding that doesn't have to be refrigerated. I love the flavored, no sugar added applesauce. And like AMDODSON12 said, fresh fruits and vegetables are delicious and healthy.
The important part about tracking is that you need to make sure you are getting enough protein and fiber. They will help you to feel full. I promise you it makes such a big difference. I couldn't believe how much my hunger pangs diminished when I increased the protein and fiber I ate.

AMDODSON12 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/24/13 9:49 A

Great job tracking! Even though it sucks to track when you are going over but at least this allows you to see what is working for you and what isn't. I did not look at your tracker so I am not sure if you are eating a lot of fruits and veggies. The thing that works for me is to always have an apple or carrots around that way if I feel like snacking I can just grab one of those options and go about my day. Neither one up my calories and they satisfy my need for a crunchy snack. I have found that planning for a snack time is essential for me (and I hate to plan). Good luck!

RETREAD57 SparkPoints: (4,136)
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7/24/13 2:51 A

Hi smarge. I'm having the same problem. I want to eat less than 1600 calories. but usually it's up around 1800 to 2000. I,m not doing as much exercise as i Normally do. I'm looking for an ember to light my spark and discipline'

Around dinner time is my biggest problem. i feel like I have to have a snack just to have the energy to make dinner.

I want to start making soups once are twice a week. They are healthy and I I have to do is warm them up.
I'll try and keep you updated.

SMARGE130 Posts: 52
7/23/13 9:47 P

I don't remember when, but I think i did change my calorie intake to 1500-1700-ish. But that still puts me over pretty much all of the time. I do work out 3-4 times a week.

On days that I work (12 hour shifts), I try to plan it all out the day before and get it entered and tracked the day before also. Right now I have about 1300 calories already accounted for with some wiggle room. Ad there is always a lot of food/snacks around a hospital.

I feel like I'm always thinking about food lately.

LADYSTARWIND SparkPoints: (83,102)
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7/23/13 8:47 P

Marge.... If you are finding it difficult repeatedly...are you sure that the range 1200-1500 is right for you? If you are exercising, or you put in a very aggressive weight loss goal (time or pounds/week) perhaps your body is telling you that you really need to rethink this!

Best Wishes....and Hang in Thar!

TANGOKATE Posts: 662
7/23/13 7:13 P

I get what you're saying. When I track sometimes I feel agitated. For instance if I allow myself a cup of coconut water, I'll measure it out and instead of savouring it, I gulp the works down. I've always been a fast eater, but this is ridiculous. The same when I count out my seven crackers. I eat seven crackers really fast and I'd take much, much more time to enjoy a whole bag... which would be very easy to do btw.

Smiling back at ya sister.


Edited by: TANGOKATE at: 7/23/2013 (19:15)
SMARGE130 Posts: 52
7/23/13 6:05 P

I've been tracking faithfully for a couple of weeks (I'm trying to be more consistent in my tracking), and I'm eating way too muck all the time. And, no, I'm not losing any weight.

My goal is 1200-1500, A happy day is if I'm under 2000 calories.

I'm hungry all the time, and trying to make better choices. But sometimes I feel like keeping track of calories just focuses me on what I can eat next.

Not expecting any great pearls of wisdom, I'm just venting.

Thanks for letting me have a little whine with my lunch.

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