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3000 calories

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Now that I am religiously tracking, I can see why I only was tracking breakfast and lunch!!!

Yesterday's total came to 3000 calories. Ridiculous. It could be 500 over or 500 under, because I have no idea how accurate some of the entries are. It is really hard if you do not make the food yourself, measure it all, record it in sparks recipe maker, divide it into servings, then you really know the calories. But when eating out, or eating foods someone else makes, it is well nigh impossible. For example, I had macaroni salad that someone else had made. How do I know if it was made with high fat mayonnaise or low fat? Etc etc for all the foods except breakfast -- yesterday, I measured the museli and the milk, and I knew exactly how much I had.

And as far as the water goes, if you are going out with friends, you cannot drink that much water, because you have to go to the bathroom all the time. I was out hiking yesterday, so that part was good, but I could not risk a lot of water because there were no bathrooms.

I am still having trouble measuring in front of other people; I fear they will think I am obsessive. I easily could have measured the macaroni salad, actually, and taken just one fourth a cup to be polite. Hmmmm...

The good news is that I am tracking and I am walking. But not walking on a track!!!

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GEMINISUE 1/1/2012 9:23AM

    Breakfast Out- ask for a box when you order (one egg for you, one for box, homefries (one third for you, two thirds for box, sausage patties, one for you, one(or two)for box
bacon(counts as fat for meal, 1 for you, 2 for box, toast dry, one 4 you one 4 box) Enjoy your breakfast, your hot beverage and your water

Just think, next morning you just need to add one egg and have another breakfast, with left overs (hash browns & possible either meat or fat serving) I found a place where SENIORS get breakfast for 2.95+ST & tip 5.00 for three breakfast +1 egg & 1 more slice of toast. Pretty good, save calories, save almost 10.00 and had a breakfast out.

Other Meals out, can be either shared (ask for extra plate) or half brought home.

When at people's homes, that don't know you well, eyeball and don't worry. If hungry go back for another vegetable serving (non starchy vegetable) you should do well.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/31/2011 8:34PM

    Keep Tracking and keep walking. emoticon

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TWNOMWE 12/31/2011 2:04PM

    It is easier to over/or underestimate calories when one eats out but if one divides the entry in two one bound to stay closer to a normal serving. I have gone over board these holiday season that I feel like throwing the towel.
Keep tracking.
have a great New year's eve day.

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SKIRNIR 12/31/2011 12:03PM

    As you measure more at home, you may get better at eyeballing. I am still not good at it, but when I eyeball a bit of pasta, I think I am fairly accurate. (Okay, it is easier on the plates that I am used to, etc. So I know it is very hard to measure.) My other thought is for me, I tend to over estimate, as I would rather over estimate then underestimate. Tracking everything is a great beginning though. Then you have to find little substitutions that can help, etc. I also like to track towards the latter half of the day first and then eat last, in case I accidently go over and it means I am looking at my calcium, and other nutrient intakes too. Out to eat, do look online for nutrition information, as many places have it now, and even more will by this summer. (Yeah!)

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ZEEDRA 12/31/2011 11:08AM

    There are long-handled measuring spoons (the ones I have are from Weight Watcher's long ago) that are used as serving spoons. One is 1/2 Cup and the other is 1 Cup. So, it doesn't look like one is actually measuring.
Just another of one million ideas that we all have.

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VINGRAM 12/31/2011 10:53AM

    I'm still with you........I stop tracking in the afternoon.........last night I finished the day with a big bowl of regular ice cream with caramel on top! HOW STUPID IS THIS????? emoticon

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Tracking, tracking.....

Friday, December 30, 2011

I am pleased that I have tracked everything three days in a row, now. Usually, when I blow the dinner calories, I do not bother to even try to record them. See, it feels good to record when I do well. For example, nonfat milk, 90 calories, well, that sounds good. But 4 ounces german chocolate cake 500 calories does not sound good at all. I think cakes in general are about 150 calories an ounce. I am pleased I actually weighed the cake though. That is a start!!! ha ha

PS An ounce of cake is hardly anything.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/30/2011 9:18PM

    I am proud of you. I blew it today. emoticon

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VINGRAM 12/30/2011 2:51PM

    emoticon i just quit and stop tracking emoticon

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How I got to 2700 in one day.............

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Had 2700 calories yesterday. At least I recorded them. Here is the deal. I did really well until 4pm. I was so hungry by then, and I found out that I wasn't going to have dinner until much later because of an unexpected visit from a relative. So, I was not in control, you see, of when I would eat or even what I would eat. (I had already planned a low calorie dinner for myself for 5:30 pm)

My hand arthritis made it impossible for me to continue working on the garden or working on my beaded earring project. I thought, "I can do an extra walk workout, that does not use my hands" I did four miles, but was totally exhausted and sweaty when I got home.

My mom is always lonely, and I had extra time. She has a brandy every day at 4pm with a little snack. So, I visited her and we had the brandy in beautiful new Waterford brandy snifters I gave her for her 94th birthday.

Then I had another brandy and ate all the snacks the caregiver gave us.

When I got home, I was still starving so ate crackers.

Jack and Patty came at 7pm, but the restaurant was absolutely packed. Even though it was a weeknight, people all have out of town visitors, as actually we did too. We did not get the food until 8:30. Well, I scarfed up the entire Mexican dinner (usually I don't)

I really do not see how I could have done anything differently yesterday. If I had had a large lunch, maybe I could have gone until 8:30 without all those snacks, but I doubt it.

Today is another new day.

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CONNIER64 12/30/2011 4:25PM

    So I'm not the only one that has had this problem emoticon

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SCOTMAMA 12/29/2011 8:01PM

    emoticon -- at least you know what you did wrong!

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FISHINGLADY66 12/29/2011 2:17PM

    Blogging your day was a good thing. You fessed up to your problem and learned from your actions. Today is another day. Start Over every day if you have to. As long as you are still trying, your still in the game. Never give up. emoticon It will get better. emoticon

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LADYBUG1107 12/29/2011 12:48PM

    We all have off days. Good luck on today.

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BUTTERFLYBLUE67 12/29/2011 12:48PM

    I did the same thing yesterday. I had all three meals by 6. Ate so healthy, smoothie for breakfast loaded with veggies, protein and veggies for lunch, protein and veggies for dinner. Ended up eating less than 1000 calories by evening time yet I was so full. Then my hubby decided we would go to the bar and watch the game since we couldn't get tickets at a reasonable price. Well I had 3 appletinis and some homemade chips. Shared chips with the hubby but they were 600 cals alone. not to mention te tini's. In one sitting I destroyed everything I did all day. On the days I do good when going out, I usually eat a healthy meal at home an hour or so before then order veggies or soup while out. For the holidays (gone to lots of xmas party's this year) I always eat at home first then only snack on healthy stuff at the party's.

So my advise is if you know your going out to dinner with friends, especially that late, eat your meal at home and save room for a light soup or veggie snack.

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VINGRAM 12/29/2011 11:59AM

    Afternoons evenings are the worst for me, too!!!! vista emoticon

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KATIEM929 12/29/2011 10:54AM

    Overdoing it once in awhile is fine...just don't let that become the habit. Today is a new day and you can make it great.

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Monday After

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Well, it is actually the Tuesday after, but feels like the Monday after a big weekend binge.

Having my mom's birthday party the day after Christmas like that was really hard on me. But since she is 94, who knows how many more there will be? My kids said, "mom, you said that last year"

I was totally exhausted, and then at 9:30 got a phone call from her, waking me up from a very deep sleep. She wanted to know if she had given the grandchildren the checks for Christmas. She and I had sat down and did Christmas gifts for everyone (a check) but for the last 2 days, every hour or so, she worries that she has not done it. She says she has no memory of it. Yet, she remembers other things. Very, very sad.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/28/2011 9:40PM

    You are blessed to still have your mom even tho she needs your care. My mom passed away at 81 with Alzheimer;s. She didn't remember who I was. emoticon

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VINGRAM 12/27/2011 11:24AM blessed are you to have her so long? (Mine died at 62 - years and years ago.....she would have been 101 this year.

Blessings to

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December 26

Monday, December 26, 2011

More eating today, because it is my mom's birthday, and we always have a party for her.

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FISHINGLADY66 12/26/2011 10:16PM

    I know what you mean. My sisters BD is the 29th. emoticon Hubbies brother Dec. 31st. emoticon My other sister Jan 4th. emoticon Hubbies is Jan 18th. emoticon so on and on.
Have fun. emoticon

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VINGRAM 12/26/2011 12:42PM

    Enjoy! vista

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