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NIRERIN Posts: 14,084
2/27/12 3:09 P

after peeking at your tracker you may want to consider that you might be one of those people that cereal doesn't fill up. i'm one of them too. and so i skip cereal because it doesn't fill me up. i occasionally will have some when i'm making dinner or something, but i don't have it when i know i need it to keep me. 150 cals of bagel and cheese will fill me up, but 300 cals of cereal and i'm still hungry. it could be something to try out.

for your coconut oil, for one portion of food you do not need 1.5 Tablespoons. 1 teaspoon should do you. and that swap will cut out 136 cals right there.
same for the olive oil. a teaspoon of oil should cook a single portion of food for a meal for you. cooking in 2.5 Tablespoons is just unnecessarily adding 260 cals.

have an ounce of cheese instead of two ounces.

on your cheese sandwich have mayo on it or grill it in butter, not both. you'll save another 100 cals.
and if you can take miracle whip instead of regular mayo, miracle whip has 40 cals per Tablespoon, so you'd be able to have 1.5 for 60 cals, which is half of what your may is.

a serving of wine if 3.5oz, so have one serving instead of 2.

have nutella or peanut butter with your bread, or just a total of 2 Tablespoons whichever way you want to break it down.

as far as the burger king and a&w go -could you have an ice cream instead of a shake? i think the small cones are under 200 cals, saving 150-200 cals. could you have a plain burger instead of a cheeseburger or do they have a jr cheeseburger that is smaller? would fries have fewer cals than onion rings? or could you limit yourself to half a serving instead of 1.25?

for bagels, half a bagel is a portion. and if you buy them in store instead of at a breakfast place, half a bagel will run you about 105 cals [or 210 for the whole thing].

even cutting back to 1.5 cups of pasta instead of 2 is going to help you some. and if you do that with all the big numbers you see, that's going to add up at the end of the day and if you're only skimming a little off the top, your stomach isn't going to notice.

Edited by: NIRERIN at: 2/27/2012 (15:14)
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2/27/12 2:55 P

I know that this doesn't address your question about food and calories - but maybe you and your new guy can try to get out and do more things together. Maybe you could go for nice walks in the evening together? This way you are enjoying each others company while burning calories and NOT munching.

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2/27/12 2:50 P

I started gaining weight when I was first seeing my husband (about two years ago this March)- and I gained and gained and gained. At least you're cognizant of what's happening-I was just happy and didn't even realize how bad it was getting. Then it got to wear I could barely fit into the biggest size (18 if you're lucky enough to find it) at my favorite store (Ann Taylor Loft) when I had previously been able to fit into 10-12's and KNEW I had to make a change.

Relationships are great, but you have to realize you're not doing your new partner or yourself any favorites by hurting your health. Set some small goals for yourself. Track what calories you're taking in currently and then try to improve it by 200 a day for a week. Just don't get below 1200. Taking small steps will help you to create habits, which are crucial to successful weight loss.

BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
2/27/12 2:46 P

A lot of people feel that way, and it can be a challenge to change your mindset.

You might feel powerless to food, but you're not. That cookie can't jump into your mouth. You have to put it there. Stop buying junk food entirely, or only buy a single serving portion so you can't go back to the pantry for more. Try home cooking instead of eating out; it's a lot of fun to go out to eat, especially if it's with someone you're dating, but a homemade meal can be even more romantic.

Don't give up, and don't beat yourself up if you can't change overnight. Resisting the urge can be hard, but if you stick with it, you will get better and better at it. Just keep plugging away and the improvements will come, even if they come slowly.

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2/27/12 2:38 P

Ever since October when I started dating someone new, I have not been able to get a hold my my calories. I excersize less and eat more. It is exhausting eating so much. I feel like I lay around a lot and any my craving are out of control. Every hour of the day is a challenge with talking myself out of eating empty calories. My motivation is nothing compared to my cravings. I feel powerless to food. The more sugar I eat, the more I crave. emoticon

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