Fitness Minutes: (24,072)
11/8/11 2:57 A
You say you are a newbie. I think many of us had a few '?????' moments when we first started tracking our food. My very healthy breakfast was 900 calories!!!
Over the first few weeks with SP you learn a lot about what works for you, and what doesn't. I found that I needed to get my protein levels up (I now add a protein powder to my considerably smaller breakfast) plus I also track fibre. On the days when I am low on fibre, I generally find myself starving with no calories left in the bank.
It sounds like you are already starting to understand the changes you need to make - this knowledge is your friend! Good luck
Fitness Minutes: (5,000)
11/7/11 9:57 P
I track EVERYTHING. I don't care if I have ONE snack sized candy bar in the last 3 months (which I did 2 days after halloween). I think about that I am going to have for breakfast and lunch and snacks. Then I know how to plan for supper and possibly an after supper snack. You are correct, it's all about preparing ahead. I pack my lunch every single day even though my work provides free lunch 7 days a week. I know what I am eating and the counts in the foods I eat. I often log my lunch in the morning before I even leave for work that way I can think about how to plan my day.
I'm suprised to hear that you coach cheerleaders but yet it's hard for you to find time to exercise????? I would think that came with the coaching.......
No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle - Winston Churchill
current short-term quest began 9-1-11 current short-term quest ends 12-31-11
Try tracking before you eat. I always find my calorie count is higher on days that I wait until before dinner booking my food. As I've picked at food through the day I always think that it's not that much, but it does add up through out the day.
11/7/11 6:22 P
Tracking really tells the truth! Any way you can organize and manage your meals will help! A little at a time works. Hang in there - it can definitely be done.
You’ll get where you want to go as long as you are taking more steps in the right direction than the wrong one.
Fitness Minutes: (0)
11/7/11 11:56 A
Well I started this Thursday, the day after my birthday. I am a newbie, so just kind of cruising and learning the site right now. I also got the stomach flu Thursday night and was out of town all weekend, so did not kill myself sticking to it. This morning I posted my eating journal for the first part of my day. Oh my goodness, I am floored. It is 11:00 and I only have about 350 calories left for the remainder of the day! I don't make poor choices, but I do endlessly pick. I have lots of things in my class room to snack on as well. My high school kids are always snacking and I just munch right along. No more. I am going to read the menu and be prepared to go into tomorrow ready to make a difference. I yelled at my 7 year old that she needed to have her stuff all ready the night before as she was making me late. I am no different. I need to read through the menu and know what to expect tomorrow. I need to pack my lunch so I don't rely on school lunches. I am in the last two weeks of coaching basketball cheerleaders, so hopefully things will slow down and I can start fitting in exercise. At this point it is all about making small changes first, and starting to feel better about myself again.
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.