What about workouts? When you do some things just to get your steps in for the day. The other day I had to walk to buy a few things and some people were stopping to get me there, when I declined they felt it was strange, "why would she walk in this hot sun, when we offered to help". In my part of the world, trying to lose weight gives others a thought you are not secured, while staying fit is abstract.
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11/8/12 2:49 P
I spent probably a good 5 minutes at the grocery store the other day staring at boxes of Cheeze-Its. I love Cheeze-Its and have room for a 1 serving snack in my day sometimes, but I literally stood there staring at the labels, comparing the different flavors, full fat versus low fat, whether or not I wanted to go with the full fat to get 25 crackers per serving, or with the whole grain ones with 23 crackers per serving. I'm sure anybody that saw me thought I was a nutjob :)
I went with the low-fat ones by the way. Often low-fat stuff isn't that much better for you, but in this case it was a significant difference in fat grams but next to no difference in calories
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11/8/12 1:50 P
I'm always looking up nutritional facts too. At the grocery store I stick to whole fresh foods, so I use the recipe calculator a lot. My mom will now ask me how many calories and how much fiber, vitamins, etc are in the dinner I made while we are eating together. Not many have noticed the increase in vegetables in our meals though, I like to "hide" them so the picky eaters never know.
11/8/12 1:33 P
So much to point out. I really want to say this, to 'us' its healthy choice, to 'them' its weird, either we admit it or not.
I read nutrition labels too. I check calories, fat, sodium, and I really should check grams of sugar but I don't..not really. Probably in time you won't need to check the label much, you'll have the products memorized. Good luck to you!!
I also check the nurtitional content of everything I eat. I have noticed a few glances from time to time when ordering but I really don't care. I don't care what they think of me. It's my life and it's my health that is on the line here - not theres.
But, I think the things that I have been the weirdest about are my workouts. I don't care what's going on, or what needs to be done. I don't care if it's cold. Or if it's hot. I MUST have my workouts. I think my hubby feels a little ignored from time to time because I do but that's okay. He will have to get over it. This is about me. And my health. And reclaiming my life back from this fat.
So if this makes me weird. Or crazy. Oh well. It is what it is.
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11/8/12 10:04 A
I'm constantly checking the calories for everything no matter where I am or who I'm with. If the nutrition content is not listed, I try to find the information online through my phone. I am slightly obsessed. I don't think people find me weird necessarily, but I do think it gets on their nerves sometimes. Oh well. This is how I have lost nearly 70 pounds and how I'm going to keep on losing more!
Weird" isn't the word I would use if I was doing the checking or if I saw another doing the checking. The word I would use is " Smart".
I would have just wanted water as I do not like full calorie drinks, I'd rather eat my calories, and I do not like low calorie drinks, the fake sugars are hunger triggers later. All other things I can have if I want when out socializing since I do not socialize that much these days anymore, so it is okay to indulge in the fun,and the food. My drink is either water, a shot of flavored vodka, or red wine.I have as much as I feel like having.
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11/8/12 9:36 A
Once on a hot summer day I wanted to treat myself to ice cream. I'd lost a lot of weight and felt I was entitled so I went into a little store and took out a Hagen Das and looked at the label. When i saw it had 22grams of fat I actually screamed ( not very loudly) and when I looked up I saw everyone staring at me.
I'm always checking the calories when people bring cookies etc. to work. I don't think it's weird either. I like to keep track of what goes in my mouth now. It helped me lose over 50 pounds. Now it's helping me stay responsible and not gain weight back in maintenance mode.
I ask what is in something if I don't know for sure. What kind of meat did they use-- if they used pork of any kind I won't touch it (anything from a pig is not considered clean meat), are the veggies organic or at least did they come from a trusted source. Yes, I can be a pain at parties, but it IS my health. I want to remain as clean as possible and eating fats and things made with vegetable oil, corn oil or canola oil just won't do for me. Usually I stick with the fruit and veggie tray and maybe some hummus.
11/8/12 8:49 A
It may sound wierd but I call it taking responsibility.
I've done that too... turned over the container of cookies someone brought to work to check the calorie content.. and then I gasped. But it's okay, I didn't eat the cookies~!
11/8/12 3:13 A
How weird have you behaved since this weight-loss journey?
For me, I was given a beverage drink at a party and before I could open the can, I found myself checking the details on the can trying to find out the calories contained per 100ml. I realized folks around me were actually staring at me with a quizy look on their faces wondering what I was doing.
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