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Thursday, February 07, 2013

Now that I am 3 days into "watching" what I eat, I have found out a few things that have surprised me.
1) I never realized how much fat there was in cheese.
2) I thought that eating my lunch meat on a wrap would be healthier than eating it on bread. I never noticed that the roasted pepper wraps that I like contained 210 calories per wrap, and the sodium is off the chart! 36 percent of my daily value in one wrap... I guess I need to find some healthier wraps!
3) Tracking what I eat has really helped me (so far) to try and eat healthier food. Just having all of what you've eaten recorded in front of you can really make a difference.

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SUE5007 2/7/2013 4:06PM

    Trying wraping your lunch in lettuce. It's a great addition to flavor and texture and is barely any calories! emoticon Keep it up and you'll notice more and more things. Like portion sizes and how you're actually eating. Small changes along the way will make a difference.

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NIKKICOLE83 2/7/2013 2:52PM

    It is so important that you are tracking and reading those nutritional labels. Most servings of bread are only 150 calories. I have found a great brand called Village Hearth that is only 80 calories for 2 slices! Wraps and tortillas are typically a bad idea but you would never know that until you start tracking.

I am glad you have found this insight. Stick with it and you will definitely see the results.

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PJNSGRL78 2/7/2013 2:51PM

    1) Reduced fat cheese is REALLY good. I love cheese. I'm pretty much a cheese addict LOL We even have a cheese shop with awesome gourmet cheeses just 3 doors down from us. Talk about temptation. I'm not sure what kind of cheese you like but I like ones with lots of flavour and sharpness to them. Try a extra sharp, sharp cheddar that's reduced fat. A smaller amount of reduced fat cheese is more satisfying and better for you than a larger amount of fat free cheese. I find it melts better too. There are even blends of reduced fat cheeses with fun spices and such in them!

2) Yeah I found that too. Too much bread makes me feel ill so I prefer the wraps as well. Try the old el paso smart fiesta wraps. 100 less calories than the ones you were eating, only 2 grams of fat, 2 grams of fibre and 2 grams of protein.

3) I had been off Spark for awhile until recently. My hubby told me a week ago when I was bemoaning my re gain that I had done then best when tracking on Spark. The weight was coming off and I actually LOVED to look at myself in the mirror when I tried on clothes. LOL

I think the thing I realized the most was portions. Some portions DO seem smaller but sooo many seem LARGER. Many times I was like "Holy crap I can eat THAT much??!!"

Also too it is difficult sometimes to get the reccomended amount of fibre and that has been REALLY important for me. I think it's one of the most important things honestly. It helps you feel full, helps cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and helps to "keep things moving" emoticon

Somedays I have felt like I have eaten a TON because it is healthy nutrient rich food. I think OMG I ate so much I must have killed my calories. But nope sometimes I am even UNDER so I have to make myself eat more!

Congrats on the start of your journey. If you need some support feel free to add me or send me a message :D Good luck!!

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GNISULA 2/7/2013 2:32PM

    congratulations! They say that people who track their food lose twice as much weight. I know when I started I was like "omg! No way!" lol You eventually get the hang of it and remember what foods are better for you and why. :D It took me about 3 months lol

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Time to make a change....

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Back in 2007 when I was at my (then) heaviest weight I had ever been; I decided to get active, and joined Curves gym. I lost about 50lbs over a number of months, and I was feeling pretty great. Then to my amazement I found out I was pregnant. My husband, and I had been together for 6yrs, and I was sure it was never going to happen. I ended up gaining around 54lbs while I was pregnant with my son. I struggled with depression, and found out I had hypothyroidism. Once I got on medication I was hoping the pounds would start coming off, but unfortunately I just continued to gain... and gain. I have a huge problem with emotional eating, and it seemed like there was always something going wrong that made me want a chocolate bar, or I was so tired after work I just wanted to stop at McDonalds for dinner. I joined a gym, and started to feel great, but then I would miss a few days, and get anxious about going back. The turning point for me was when my (now 4yr old) son was playing with me, and said "Mommy, why is your leg so fat?" He didn't mean it to be hurtful, but that was probably the most painful thing I have ever heard. I came across an article on Huffington post about people losing large amounts of weight, and saw several of the people had mentioned using Spark People to help them with their weight loss. I am so glad that I found this website, and I am hoping to eventually have a success story to share of my own.

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PJNSGRL78 2/7/2013 3:48PM

    I too had the "going back to the gym" fears. The gym hubby and I are going to right now probably isn't the best fit for me. I find even after joining they have pushed their personal training packages. Who can afford that in this economy right? We also have transportation issues. I just let it all get to me and get me down. I quit going and I quit eating right as well. I'm back on track and hubby and I will be switching back to the old gym.

Spark People does help you lose weight. I think my biggest problem before was my shyness. I didn't accept the support that I should have. If you need some just ask! :D

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PALIMPSEST 2/6/2013 10:18PM

    Kids! Just no filters on those things! ;) Still, in the distant distant future you'll be healthy enough to laugh at him while his kids embarrass him! Hypothyroidism is hard; I completely understand the fatigue and that oh-so-easy siren call of a fast food dinner.

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