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YLLWROSE86 SparkPoints: (976)
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1/9/13 3:15 A

You did great! As a first day you saw what you really consume. This gives you an idea on what to work on. Just learn to make smarter choices... Snacking is the key. I eat up to 6 times a day, and that keeps me from getting too hungry and just binging. A great trick is to find foods that mock your cravings... For example: The sweet tooth hits... Don't grab the cookies or icecream, Get a tablespoon of peanut butter and a banana. Just make little adjustments daily and you will get your lifestyle on track. Another trick for dinners, I ALWAY serve fresh lettuce or spinach salad with dinner... This salad helps to fill you up, so you do not consume as much of the carb portion of the meal... Just remember, take small steps. :-)

HEATHERY5 SparkPoints: (2,951)
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1/9/13 2:04 A

Thanks for your support. It is very encouraging. I'd like to let you know that I had a much better
Second day. I stayed within my calorie range and drank all my water.


DINAOREILLY SparkPoints: (68,727)
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1/9/13 1:55 A

I had a tough day too :-(. Tomorrow is another beginning and I will persevere.

ON2VICTORY SparkPoints: (47,763)
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1/9/13 1:33 A

Actually you did excellent...some people would have thrown in the towel after something like that. Tracking your intake makes you aware of what you are actually doing... We are surrounded by mindless eating habits and tracking is one way to put yourself on the road to a healthier future. You did great, now make tomorrow a little better one small step at a time.

SPORTYLAWGIRL SparkPoints: (11,853)
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1/8/13 8:50 A

Tracking calories is a great starting point for learning about how many calories are in different foods of different portions.

In the beginning, it may also be helpful to increase your physical activity and make your weight loss goal less aggressive (perhaps 1 pound per week versus 2). Each of these changes will increase your daily calorie allotment, making the attainment of short term goals (daily calorie intake) more achievable. When you master the basics and achieve success, set more ambitious goals.

DMJAKES Posts: 1,634
1/8/13 8:46 A

As painful as it may be, studying these kind of "bad days" will teach you a LOT. What could you do differently? Did you wait too long to eat, setting yourself up to go way overboard? Did you eat too much "empty" food that didn't fill you up and sustain you? Too many carbs....not enough protein or fiber, etc.....the food tracker will become your best friend, if you let it

Welcome to Spark!!!! emoticon

SNAZZYMC Posts: 268
1/8/13 8:40 A

Don't stress out about the first day!
I used the first week as a 'learning' week -- just putting down what I was really eating was a major eye-opener. Portion distortion? Oh yes!
Once you can see, on paper, what you are currently eating you can use that as a stepping stone to start making changes - like getting portion sizes under control, substituting water for your afternoon cola .... just examples, as I have not seen your food log!
One step at a time....and small steps to start, at that. It can be overwhelming to try and do a full 180 or change every single habit right out of the gate. So start with tracking your current, real eating habits. Next, set a few small goals - more water, more fruit/veg - and get into the swing of things.
One step at a time - you can do this!

KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
1/8/13 8:39 A

It is a good day! You got to see how many calories you have been eating and you will learn to get them in the right range. Do Not give up it takes a while to settle in.

1/8/13 8:30 A

Try, try again

CMCOLE Posts: 2,667
1/8/13 8:09 A

One day, one thing at a time.
You'll get there

MLAN613 Posts: 17,951
1/8/13 7:59 A

You can't expect to change years of bad habits overnight. At least you tracked and saw what is going on and hopefully it was an eye opener as to why you're here.

You can do this one day at a time.

CRITICALTHOUGHT SparkPoints: (280)
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1/7/13 10:15 P

I started today as well and in the "instructions" it said do not worry about changing eating habits today...this is a process and slower steps to change.

So no worries, huge step taken, You are here!

CHELLESDOINGR8 SparkPoints: (37,955)
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1/7/13 10:11 P

This too shall pass.

CSROBERTSON621 SparkPoints: (176,394)
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1/7/13 10:11 P

You know what, though? You tracked your food, and you were honest about it. That's a good first step. You can work on cutting down your calories from there. One step at a time.

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (80,704)
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1/7/13 10:00 P

This is a learning process, everyone has good days and bad days - the good thing is that you're keeping track of your food. You'll do better tomorrow!

HEATHERY5 SparkPoints: (2,951)
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1/7/13 9:09 P

My max calories are targeted at 1600. Mine totaled 2428. Yikes. Not good. I got to get better at drinking water too.

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