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BEARLYBOO SparkPoints: (13,183)
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1/26/13 4:54 P

I'm surprised at how fast my calories add up. Tracking my food is definitely motivating me to make better food choices.

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MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 14,673
1/26/13 1:41 P

My favorite dish from The Cheesecake Factory, Bistro Shrimp Pasta. Contains almost 3000 calories. I lost my appetite for it.

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RYLEERAYE SparkPoints: (463)
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1/26/13 1:02 P

I am in the moment of revelation. Can not believe how many calories my cup of coffee has in it... and to think I used to drink coffee all day long!

ARUSHING2 SparkPoints: (26,830)
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1/26/13 11:42 A

I agree - quite the revealation with some of the foods.

A few of my many big weaknesses in the past were: ice cream, chocolate, half and half, whole milk, pies and pasteries.

In the past year I may have a modest seerving of ice cream once every other month. Pie twice a month and a small serving of cake once every month or two. I no longer gorge pasteries and sweet breads every day or two.

The flip side of all of this is that many foods that I used to view or believe to be "unhealthy" or "bad" are part of my normal routine: avocado, olive oil, grains, fruits, nuts, peanut butter, juices, etc., etc..

Life styles change - perspectives change - physical conditioning changes - body image changes - all right!

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1/26/13 11:31 A

The truth hurts. Yes, I used to consume lots of cals primarily because of the seconds and often thirds. That has STOPPED now.

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NAVYBUCKEYE SparkPoints: (1,450)
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1/26/13 10:55 A

I am shocked at how many calories I used to consume. I wasn't overweight but wanted to tone up and decided to count. I was shocked that I was eating around 8-12,000 a day!!! Now I am at 2800 which is a big difference.

The hard part, as many of you have noted, is trying to eat at a restaurant. The chain either doesn't have calorie info or if they do the number in a dish is outrageous. emoticon

DWROBERGE SparkPoints: (421,404)
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1/26/13 10:40 A


CEEMAY SparkPoints: (9,882)
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1/26/13 10:31 A

Yes, shocking!


RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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1/26/13 10:03 A

Yes, definitely an eye opener. I am with the responder who said: I ate well, lots of well. My portions, even though healthy food, were way to large.

1/26/13 9:45 A

A list of the worst restaurant meals just recently came out and, of course, they are some of my favorite places to eat. I am always amazed that restaurant meals exceed my calorie limit in one meal. That's why I rarely eat out when trying to lose weight.

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KKKAREN Posts: 12,153
1/26/13 6:56 A

yes it's amazing what is in some things. I eat very simply now and keep a handle on my calories!

BLUENOSE63 SparkPoints: (107,996)
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1/26/13 5:53 A

Yes it the number of calories is easy to get away from you but I have a BODY MEDIA and it keeps me on track

TANGOKATE Posts: 405
1/26/13 12:26 A

Funny you should mention this. This morning as I was scooping out a measured tablespoon of peanut butter for breakfast I had the thought that before Sparkpeople I must have eaten about 3-4 tablespoons on a slice of bread at any given time.

For many years I just didn't get it in terms of quantity thinking I ate well. Boy did I ever. I ate lots of "well." emoticon

MISSYK25 SparkPoints: (3,440)
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1/25/13 11:31 P

ya it's nuts! And sometimes a little depressing when I realize food I thought was healthy was actually the complete opposite lol

JULIA1154 Posts: 1,783
1/25/13 9:25 P

It's pretty eye opening, isn't it? And then you start reading the ingredient lists - another shocker!

Congrats on making changes and getting smart about your food choices. You'll never regret it!

BIGPERM47 SparkPoints: (6,624)
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1/25/13 9:03 P

I agree it is scary, especially when it comes to pizza and buffets.

MISSYK25 SparkPoints: (3,440)
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1/25/13 8:58 P

Have you ever realized how many calories you used to consume? Part of my new lifestyle is checking the nutritional info on everything I eat until I get the hang of what is good for me and what's not, but I cannot believe the calories in some of the things I used to have! My favourite pasta dish at my local restaurant ended up being 1150 calories....almost my entires day worth. Yikes!

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