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MYKIDSRSWEET SparkPoints: (12,017)
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6/30/13 8:52 A

You are welcome and good luck!

ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/29/13 11:52 P

MYKIDSRSWEET: I also go to Subway a lot. :) Before, I didn't go, because I thought sandwiches were "boring"...however, I have realized that there is a good variety of sandwiches and sauces there, so the possibilities are endless! I need to check out Chik Fila and Taco Bell more. There isn't an Applebee's around me, unfortunately. I agree that a lot of restaurants have healthier alternatives. For instance, my Olive Garden can substitute whole wheat linguine for any pasta dish.

I definitely do go to restaurant websites to plan a healthy meal. :)

Thanks for replying!

MYKIDSRSWEET SparkPoints: (12,017)
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6/29/13 6:08 P

I still go out pretty often, but have chosen my go to places, and my meals there. When I am on the rode, I stop at subway, 6 inch sub, from 6 grams of fat or under list about 300 calories without cheese, Chick Fila...grilled market salad with lite raspberry dressing, nuts, and granola...all for 300 calories, Taco Bell serves a few items al fresco...less sauce, healthier, about 200 calories or even a chargrilled chick fila sandwich is only 330 calories, even less if you ask for no butter on the bun. I go to Applebee's because they have their under 550 calorie menu. A lot of local places are adding icons to their menus for healthier options since some salads are worse for you than others. One place I went to this week I chose the fox to salad...spinach, petite diced tomatoes, chick peas, goat cheese, cucumbers and petite grilled salmon wih sesame ginger dressing...,it was awesome! I estimated how much of each item I had and entered it in the tracker...I could not be prefect, I just chose another brand name sesame ginger dressing and hoped it came close and guessed how much was on it,

In short..if you have time, go to any chain website and pick out what you will order before you get there and get tempted...some things that sound healthy are not.

ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/29/13 4:30 P

FITGLAMGIRL: I agree that meal planning is wise.

Do you make egg whites on your own, or do you buy them?

Calorie counting has become easier; I think I'm getting used to it now. It really helps me stay accountable.

I do need to eat out less.



FITGLAMGIRL Posts: 2,036
6/27/13 12:49 A

I agree that counting calories is no fun. I find that if I count calories I have results. If I don't I go backwards. What I do instead now is plan my meals for every day. That way I have counted the calories and know exactly what I can eat and then stay on that meal plan. I eat many of the same foods everyday. For example, I have oatmeal, an apple, and 2 egg whites for breakfast everyday so I have figured out the calories for each meal and snack and then eat pretty much the same thing everyday and then I don't need to track.

I would really try to stay away from going out to eat. You will have better results if you prepare your own food.

Good luck and find what works for YOU!

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,277)
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6/26/13 4:26 A

A poached egg is one that is cooked in gently simmering water, and a cuppa is an abbreviation for a cup of tea.

Kris

ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 8:14 P

Thanks to all who replied!

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6/25/13 8:14 P

VELVETMERLIN,

It's true that I made a drastic change, which I regret now.

Thanks for your reply and support!



ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 8:11 P

COANNIE,

I agree that it's pointless to force myself to eat breakfast if I'm not even hungry...it's a waste of time, money, food, and calories! I truly believe that if I hadn't forced myself to eat breakfast yesterday, I wouldn't have been starving.

I agree that I need to eat better.

I do think it would be prudent for me to decline going out to eat, but eating out is something I really enjoy, so I don't know if I'll be able to give that up.

I do think it is indeed getting easier to track my calories...I recently bought a food scale, and it's really helpful! I agree that calorie counting can be a helpful weapon. I agree that counting calories is a much more guaranteed way to lose weight than anything else.

Thanks for replying!


ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 8:06 P

PBAILEY06,

I agree that it's better to go a little over your calorie limit than starve.

Thanks for replying!

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6/25/13 8:01 P

BETHS60,

I agree that one buffet won't kill anyone.

I never thought that eating could be a gift to your body, and I thought that was very insightful.

Thanks for responding!

ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 8:00 P

ARCHIMEDESII,

I absolutely agree that black and white thinking isn't right. That's so true that I can't change my lifetime habits overnight.

Thanks for responding!

ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 7:58 P

SLIMMERKIWI: My calories were entered correctly. The reason why it doesn't list the nutrients is because I get these calorie counts from restaurant websites (rather than searching for them on SparkPeople). I use restaurant websites because I have found incorrect search results for calories from these same restaurants.

I agree that I need to eat more fruit and veggies.

I've never heard of poached eggs, but I will look that up. I detest yogurt (too creamy), so I don't do that. What is "a cuppa"?

I agree that I need to change gradually, because small changes are more likely to last than drastic ones. I also get intense hunger headaches, which are definitely not pleasant.

I agree that people need to do what's best for themselves individually.

Thanks for your response!

ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 7:52 P

EOWYN2424: My calorie count has been correct until yesterday dinner (I couldn't calculate my buffet meal). I also went to a non-chain restaurant for lunch today, so I couldn't calculate the calories for that either. Otherwise, my calorie count is correct. I agree that I probably need to eat more than SparkPeople tells me to. I think I eat a pretty balanced diet, but I could be wrong. Thanks for your response!

VELVETMERLIN Posts: 229
6/25/13 6:28 P

I didn't look at your nutrition tracker so I can't really comment on that, but I do agree with what someone else asked-are you trying to change everything at once? I ask too because I have tried that many times and many times I have failed miserably in the end.

What I find more helpful when I started was to not even have a goal of losing a certain amount of weight, although that really was the goal. I found it easier to just focus on logging everything I ate for a while so I could get a sense of where I was at and then I started changing over slowly. I did add exercise in and logged that too, but I didn't stress over it and after a while, it just became a routine. When starting out you may have to estimate if you forgot to measure, but you will get used to it and once you know the measurements and the counts, you won't even have to log it. I think it's helpful when starting out to keep you on track and it's helpful when you want to eat out; you can make better decisions when you can look up a menu and add it in, even when it's a guesstimate/ Of course with buffets, I'm assuming that would be too hard.

Also, realize that there are going to be some days when you will go over your calorie count and you won't want to exercise. It's ok. No-one is perfect. It is ok to go out to eat; if you don't want to and they are very insistent, then just politely tell them 'Thank you very much but right now I am trying to eat healthier. Maybe next time!' They will either not like it and will get over it, or they will understand. About 10 weeks ago my sister ordered a pizza and was literally p***ed that I wouldn't eat any, but she got over it eventually (I was polite too). You have to do what you need to do and not let others bring you down.

Like I said-just focus on putting what you normally eat in and you can work on what needs to be changed. Don't give up! You can do it! Many of us on here hare doing this for a millionth time. Me, I've been on here since 2007 and I have found it EXTREMELY helpful. Unfortunately when I get sick or when my brother visits, I fall off track and have to start all over again.

Don't feel bad-you are only human and you aren't alone :)

COANNIE SparkPoints: (9,512)
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6/25/13 10:56 A

I say if you're not hungry in the morning, don't eat breakfast. I don't believe in forcing food. Punishing with food is not good. If you need to wait until 10 am or later to have something, then do that.

I looked at your tracker. You have a lot of high fat, high sodium fast food type things listed. Those types of foods will make you crave more of those kinds of foods. Go shopping and get a bunch of fresh fruit and veggies, chicken breast, Greek yogurt, and whole grain bread or wraps, if you can, and go cold turkey on that other stuff for a while. Let your body get used to eating good whole foods without a bunch of added salt and fat. I had to break my fast food addiction that way. I couldn't do it otherwise.

Also, when you eat a bunch of calories at one meal, then you don't have any left for later, and you'll be hungry. And when the family wants you to go to the buffet, say no. My in-laws are going out tonight to a steakhouse. I am just not going, it would be too hard to resist some of the apps and a steak. It's okay every now and then for a nice occasion, but not on a Tuesday night just because.

As for the tracking, and it seeming very hard - just do it for a few weeks and then it won't seem so hard. It will be a strong weapon in your quest to lose weight. You can drop it, but you probably won't be as successful. Use the tools you have in front of you and make the commitment.

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PBAILEY06 Posts: 349
6/25/13 10:48 A

I understand how you feel about not wanting to count/track calories for the rest of your life. I completely agree, and I struggle with it. I'm not a consistent tracker. But you know what? My weight loss is consistent when I do track. For me, I need to track right now or I will make poor choices, or over eat good choices. Will it be this way forever? I don't know, but I need to accept that its this way for now. I'll face forever later.

Eating breakfast is good - not allowing yourself to eat is not. Look for some snacks that will satisfy you without breaking the bank. It is better to go over your goal a little than to be extremely hungry. I plan my snacks ahead of time and keep a granola bar (one with good protein) around in case I need another snack in the day. I've found having some protein with each meal/snack keeps me fuller longer. Fiber is important to, but protein in my go to right now.

Take some time to plan for the chinese buffet. I go to one. Thankfully mine has green beans, broccoli, mushrooms as well as their other foods. I like the chicken and broccoli. I have a small piece of the spicy fried chicken because I love it, but its just a taste. I skip the rice and noodles. Plan ahead and you don't have to give everything up, just modify it a bit.

Hang in there.

BETHS60 Posts: 547
6/25/13 10:17 A

One Chinese buffet won't kill you. Please don't be demoralized. Eating is not failure.

Feeling deprived, however, isn't going to work. Your body's job is to stay alive. If your body thinks you are starving, it will try to force you to eat.

This is a process. You are making steps towards being healthier. Sometimes you will veer off the path one direction or another, but as long as you keep going, you will make your life better.

So instead of thinking about how you are going to deprive yourself, think about giving your body gifts. Taking your body for a walk is a gift. Eating leafy greens, raw nuts, beans, are all gifts you can give your body. Drinking more water, or starting to drink green tea is a gift. Getting more sleep is a gift.

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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (143,140)
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6/25/13 5:26 A

ONEVOICE128,

I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction. Remember, you're trying to change habits learned over a life time. That's not going to happen overnight, a week, a month or even a year. Change takes time, thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. NO ONE ever became a healthy eater overnight. it's impossible.

That's why SP recommends starting with some simple changes first. Set some weekly goals to get started. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you're not exercising, don't try to do an hour a day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've achieved these goals, then you set new ones.

And that's how good health starts. It doesn't start with all or nothing. It starts with a few simple changes we CAN stick with.

Perhaps that's your problem. Maybe you're just trying to do too much too soon and that's why you end up quitting. Ditch the all or nothing attitude and try setting some simple goals. There are no fast ways to lose weight. I wish there were. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.

Patience, it's a virtue.


SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (138,277)
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6/25/13 4:02 A

I just had a wee peek at your Nutrition Tracker. First of all, are your calories entered accurately? I ask this because protein is non-existent - I mean, you can't possibly eat chicken and not eat any protein! A lot of other foods are also non-existent in protein, except they are reasonable source in reality! I suggest that you go through your trackers and update the nutrition info and then you will be able to get a better idea of what is happening.

One thing that stuck out was the lack of fruit/veges. They are great a helping to keep us fuller for longer - it's partly the fibre.

When you eat breakfast, pay attention to what fills you up more. For some it might be things like poached egg, Baked Beans and toast, a piece of fruit and some yoghurt. For me that doesn't fill me in the morning - I need Rolled Oats (made thick with water, then thinned a little 1/2 cup Soy Milk), a piece of banana, and a cuppa. The calories are less than the former option but last a lot longer for me.

You appear to be trying to start this journey again by changing things all at once. That doesn't really work very well. Where it comes to the calories and your nutrition overall, try gradually changing them. I had to drop down in small increments of about 50 and allow my body to get used to that decrease, because when I tried dropping about 400 calories initially, I got very nauseous and light-headed, and would even get woken in the middle of the night with severe hunger PAINS. The small drops prevented that. I also had to up my healthy fats from a very VERY low fat diet. Just lately I have had to work on upping my protein, but later in the day.

As far as how to do this, unfortunately we can't tell you how, but instead do what you feel is best for you. If that means decreasing the size of your dinner plate and paying attention to portion sizes, as in 1/4 lean protein, 1/4 healthy carbs not laden with dressings and 1/2 the plate with a variety of coloured veges - again not laden with calorie-rich dressings - AND if it works for you, go for it! Make sure that you don't skip meals, and don't UNDER-eat, tho', because that is really counter-productive!

Good luck,
Kris

EOWYN2424 Posts: 5,852
6/25/13 3:40 A

Can you give us more details? Maybe you're not eating enough and not enough of the right foods. Are you sure you calculated your calories here right? Seems to me maybe you require more if you fell hungry all the time. Or maybe you're not eating right? Just wondering.

ONEVOICE128 SparkPoints: (705)
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6/25/13 1:44 A

Hey guys.

Let me be frank...this is my 3rd time joining SparkPeople. I joined twice before, and gave up both times.

I believe this is my 3rd day since rejoining for the third time. I did pretty well calorie wise for 2 days. I've exercised an hour both days.

Fast forward to today...I wasn't hungry, but I forced myself to eat breakfast this time. Then I ate lunch, and then a snack. After my snack, I was still extremely hungry, but since I used up precious calories for breakfast today, I didn't let myself eat anything else. Then I did my hour walk, and then my aunt invited me to go to a Chinese buffet for dinner. WELL, I was starving, and demoralized, so I agreed, and I know my calories for today went off the charts (due to the buffet).

I just feel like I don't want to count calories for every thing I eat until I die...does anyone else feel this way??! It just seems like so much work, and I am unhappy and hungry all the time. SparkPeople wants me to eat between 1240-1590 calories a day, and I'm struggling so hard to stick to it, but I don't know if I can take the hunger any longer. What about just eating less, rather than counting calories? I do plan on exercising every day still, though. I feel like giving up (especially after my buffet dinner...I don't even know how to calculate the calories for that. Should I even put it in my tracker??). I just really need to continue this journey. I actually lost about 10 pounds just by eating healthier and exercising (before I rejoined SparkPeople for the 3rd time)...should I just do that instead of counting calories? I really need to lose weight, though.

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