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EERTOLA SparkPoints: (28,871)
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Posts: 101
8/27/13 3:54 P

I've learned to look at nutrition labels for EVERYTHING! I've been really surprised by what some serving sizes of what I previously thought were "healthy" options, or reasonable serving sizes for some snacks, actually contain! For example, what I thought were little snack-size chip bags might actually contain 1.5 or 2 servings, and when you consider what that means for calorie content - WOW! I also try to take each challenging situation as it comes, there's no perfect solution! Some examples are: for holidays, I try to remind myself it's a HoliDAY not a HoliSEASON and minimize or eliminate holiday treats in the house. Then, during the actual holiday party, I limit myself to one plate of the buffet table, only one layer deep. I take a small portion of everything I want to try and then stop. The same for dessert, but on a dessert-sized plate. I also forgive myself and allow myself 2-5lbs. wiggle room over the holidays, because the routine doesn't always stay the same, and I know that's a do-able limit to re-lose after the holidays are over!

GIPPER1961 Posts: 729
8/27/13 12:59 P

The biggest thing I have learned is that for some (myself included) sugar is an addictive drug that must be avoided just as an alcoholic avoids alcohol and a drug addict avoids drugs

FLAGLINDA Posts: 501
8/27/13 8:19 A

As part of my coaching session today, Im to go to this forum and say what I have learned so far. My biggest eye opener has been that staying within my calorie range has really not been that hard at all. I just need to be aware of what I am putting in my mouth , instead of grabbing and stuffing! This gives me great hope and encouragement that I can reach my goal and stay there.
I would love to hear what you have learned from your journey too. emoticon

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