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3/2/13 1:40 P

- Eating more protein helps me feel fuller longer. When I eat 70 grams or more of protein I am less likely to feel hungry throughout the day.
- Mistakes and slip-ups are not the end of the world. I tend to take an "all or nothing" approach in life. So if I succumbed to temptation and something that wasn't in my meal plan, I'd give up for that day and just eat anything. Tracking has taught me that it more about balance. A single slip-up won't completely derail my hard work, if I don't let it.

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3/2/13 11:20 A

I learned that my quick meals for lunch time needed to be revamped because I was eating as many calories as I was at dinner and then I'd go way over my calorie count...and that if I was eating dinner before going to the gym to eat lighter because I always need a small something extra after I finish at the gym.

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3/2/13 10:41 A

I learned that I do much better, when I plan out the day's meals and snacks in advance. Rather just eating stuff willy-nilly and tracking it later.

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3/2/13 9:20 A

I need to give up so much white enriched flour pasta and bread kills my calories.

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3/2/13 8:25 A

I learned that even though I eat healthy foods, my portions are too big.

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3/2/13 8:13 A

I learned that by tracking calories before I eat them, I can make just about ANY dish fit into my calories!

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3/2/13 8:06 A

I learned that I can make it to 600 calories in no time. Not only are the portions important, but the cumulative effect of eating this, and then that, and then more of this...

Edited by: ALGEBRAGIRL at: 3/2/2013 (08:06)

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3/2/13 8:03 A

i learned that i was really really really bad an guessing portion sizes and guessing how many calories i was eating. I also learned that the panera pumpkin muffin has 590 calories. way more calories in that muffin than i guessed.

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Posts: 3,800
3/2/13 12:06 A

As soon as I started tracking my nutrition, I learned that I was not getting enough protein, fiber, or iron. This was a great lesson to learn. I have been able to monitor my nutrition during the day so I can plan the right combination of foods to meet my total nutrition needs. When I eat a balanced set of meals for the day, I feel amazing!!!

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