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Truth and Tracking

Saturday, February 05, 2011

When I decide to put ranch dressing on my potato, I may tell myself it'll be okay, but when I go to the nutrition tracker, I can no longer tell myself it doesn't matter very much.

I love, love, love the nutrition report, that lays it out in black and white, the concrete consequences of my decisions.

Friends, do you find that logging in your food makes you hungry? The tracker is a very important tool for me, but scanning through the lists, trying to find my particular food item, puts way too many food images in my mind. Maybe this is an odd hang-up peculiar to me, but I'd love to hear your suggestions.

The only thing I could think of is to track food right after the meal when I'm most full. Any ideas?

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MAMASUDS 2/5/2011 5:00PM

    I plan the menu a day or two in advance using the nutrition tracker and then either pre-track as I am fixing the meal, or track it while the kids are finishing eating (thanks to a laptop). I don't scan through lists but rather just type in what I am looking for.

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    Hmm - I don't know that I've ever noticed that tracking makes me hungry. But I am finding out anew that tracking keeps me honest with myself. I just wrote a blog commenting about that very thing.

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KARIRDH3 2/5/2011 4:21PM

    I've done the same thing - Guess the moral is to never track when you're hungry!! Unless it's right before a meal, then I pre-track that meal to see if I can have 1 serving or 2 servings of it :):)

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Pesky, but No Power

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Food pushers. Sigh. Well meaning, generous, persistent. But I know how to be MORE persistent than the food pusher. Keep smiling, keep saying no thanks.

Picking up my daughter from basketball practice, I went in to watch the workout for a few minutes. Someone had a birthday. I won't be specific, cuz I know how food descriptions on this site can be a trial and temptation to others (or to myself when I re-read later!). But Birthday Girl's parents had brought a multi-faceted treat to share.

I saw it when I came in and sat on the other side of the room.

BG's mom calling to me: Come on over and have some with us!
Freelady: (Smiling) Oh, thanks so much, but I'm okay here.

Later, team member: Hey, it's BG's birthday! You want some?
FL: No, thanks. (more smiling) Hey, great scrimmage!

Still later, BG's dad, holding out servings under my nose: Don't you want some of this? I'm trying to get rid of it so it won't be thrown away!
FL: Oh, no, I'll pass today. But thanks anyway. (Mentally: My Beck team has told me: "Better going to waste than going to my waist. . . .
Better in the trash can than on my own can.")

Zippidee doo dah! I held out! I sure felt good on the ride home. And my daughter, who is one of my self-appointed cheat monitors (beneficial, though not always appreciated at the critical moment) was so proud of me.

I want to be thin more than I want the momentary pleasure of unplanned food.

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SUGARBABY60 2/5/2011 12:20AM

    Wow What a proud moment! You are planning your work and working your plan! Congratulations!wonderful job, pretty soon you can call that old song YOURS...... She wore an itsy bitsy teeny weeny yellow polka dotted bikini emoticon emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/5/2011 12:21:16 AM

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    You got a double prize. You are proud of yourself and your daughter is proud of you. What more could any mom want? emoticon This halo is for you to wear. Good job FL; those situations can be very tricky to maneuver.

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MAMASUDS 2/4/2011 1:19PM

    Wow! Super job! You know that is where I fall on my face so often. Did it today in fact when a family member invited me to share in their indulgance. Uggh! You are my inspiration and I pray the Lord brings your example to mind the next time I am "invited".

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NANCY- 2/4/2011 8:25AM

It is wonderful when skills fall into place. You were and are amazing.

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RUNNINGOMA 2/4/2011 8:08AM

    Great job at resisting. I especially like the part where you say you seated yourself across the room from the temptation. That is perfect and I will give that a try in similar situations!

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JLITT62 2/4/2011 4:47AM

    Just one word:


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STRNGNGRNDED 2/3/2011 8:15PM

    emoticon It was probably nasty too. You know how some of that stuff looks so yummy, but they taste awful? LOL Great job holding out there~!

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CATLADY_56 2/3/2011 7:41PM

    emoticon Food pushers are hard on us by trying to be nice. Good work.

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HSMOM2FOUR 2/3/2011 7:21PM

    Great job resisting! Woo hoo!!!!

Love the 'better in the trash can than on my own can' -- I'll have to remember that one!

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    Great victory. Reward yourself with something non-food.

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TEACHINMOM 2/3/2011 6:43PM

    WAY TO GO resisting temptation!! emoticon You are doing AWESOME!

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    Good for you!! I know that it's not easy resisting those that "encourage" us to eat something we know we really don't need/want. Congrats on standing your ground!!!!


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ID_VANDAL 2/3/2011 6:13PM

    What a great great day!! I can't say enough about how happy I am for you!

We can all take a lesson from that - temptations can be resisted successfully!! You got a lot of points for that effort in the Feb. challenge!!

Super - just a super job.



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Log Food, Drop Jaw, Gasp

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Mamasuds challenged me to log ALL my food this month, and I accepted. It will support my other February focus, which is the Superbowl of Beck challenge on the Beck Diet Solution team (please join us!).

The girls love the bagel shop when we do errands, and I smugly ate my SPINACH bagel, toasted, no butter, nothing else. I felt quite self-righteous avoiding all the other damaging treats in that minefield . . . after all, this bagel has the top carved out and a pile of real spinach sitting there . . .

Until I went to my food counselor who never lies, never guesses, never whitewashes . . . my SparkPeople nutrition tracker. ARRRRGGGGHHH! That "plain, toasted" spinach bagel has 410 calories! An entire meal's worth of calories, whoa!

This is why my weight loss stalled when I stopped tracking. This is why I started gaining back. My mental database may be extensive, but it can't match the online tracker. Oh well, I got a little smarter, so that's a good day!

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JOHAL52 2/3/2011 12:13PM

    Do you have a smart phone where you could load Mobile Spark? I find it really helpful when I am about to go into a restaurant to Google the nutritional analysis BEFORE I choose something.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/2/2011 9:33PM

    Reality checks are good for us, aren't they? Sorry it was a bit painful, but I know you'll use this information to improve your life. For me, logging food is essential. Recognizing hunger is good. Distracting cravings is good. But actually KNOWING how many calories I've eaten, priceless!!

Great blog. I voted for it. I think just about everyone here can relate to it.

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SUGARBABY60 2/2/2011 12:36AM

    You'll chose smarter next time I'm sure. Just keep trying!

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    Sad isn't it, that the food we buy "out" is so over sized?? A bagel serving is 1/2 of a bagel the size of a hockey puck; pucks are not very big. Why do they do that to us? If they just made a regular serving they could even reduce the price#$@!

There goes the fun of that food stop or would you be satisfied to eat 1/2 which would really be two servings??

Give yourself credit for trying to do that right thing; high five on that.

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KADULAC 2/1/2011 6:34PM

    It is amazing how some things that seem so healthy aren't. I try to use the tracker every day to keep me where I need to be.

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JLITT62 2/1/2011 2:57PM

    Knowledge is power!

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MAMASUDS 2/1/2011 2:43PM

    Thanks for joining me. I can't wait to see what February has in store for us.

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  I think that is one of my biggest failures too. Guessing at what I'm eating instead of diligently tracking. Getting smarter about should definitely cause success!

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You're Invited to a February Challenge!

Monday, January 31, 2011

The Beck Diet Solution Team is offering a bit of friendly competition in our goals forum, titled The SUPERBOWL OF BECK! This is great motivation to invigorate our healthy program!

SUPERBOWL OF BECK: Packers fans vs. Steelers fans

If you're ready for a challenge join one team or the other for 4 weeks of February!
(If you don't care about sports, flip a coin and join us anyway!)
Keep your own points as explained below.
Check in here at least every other day to post each day's total.
I'll post score updates weekly, calculating adjustments for team size so it's a fair scrimmage!

MINDGAME: Earn a point each time you do one of the following:
_Distinguish hunger from desire or cravings
_Catch a sabotaging thought
_Give yourself credit
(Many points possible daily in this category. Healthy eating IS a mindgame!)

MUNCHING: Earn a point each time you do one of the following:
_Plan your food ahead of time
_Eat mindfully while seated
_Follow your diet plan
(At each meal or snack you can earn up to 3 points, for a total of 15 points possible daily in this category.)

So we will be tracking 3 internal behaviors and 3 external behaviors. Keep counting your points and uphold your team's bragging rights!
No matter what happens between the goalposts, the Beck Diet Solution Team will be WINNERS this month!

To find this challenge, look on my Spark page under my Teams and click Beck Diet Solution. The challenge is posted in the Goals forum. I look forward to seeing you there!

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SLENDERELLA61 2/2/2011 9:34PM

    Thanks for coming up with this one. Very creative! Very useful!

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NANCY- 2/1/2011 11:58AM

    Thanks for the invite.
Ah to choose a team,,,
emoticon or.....

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People Who Re-Kindle (Quote Digest 20)

Monday, January 31, 2011

In everybody's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle our inner spirit.
- by Albert Schweitzer from PrincessNurse blog 5/11/10

You can run faster with a hundred who want to go than with one around your neck.
- Les Brown, quoted by TravelGrrl on 4/8/10 blog

There is no way I would have made it thru if I didn't have people I could depend on. People I could be totally honest with. People I didn't have to hide true emotions and feelings from. Sometimes you just gotta let it all hang out. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I have had the ugly for about a month now. And to say that I have had to be picked up and carried is hard for me. I don't like to feel needy. I like to feel capable. Learning that needing help is not a weakness was a hard lesson.
- from The_Jules blog 4/15/10

Sharing our pain with each other will help us to move beyond our limitations.
- from Missy7Kids 4/17/10 comment on Flutter-By)L( blog

I believe that God used these two people today to help me when I couldn't help myself. I just want to thank them for the words that finally broke thru my fog. And I want to thank God for never giving up on me when I give up on myself. Now I can move forward. It takes breaking down the barriers that kept me here to move on toward where I want to be.
-from The_Jules blog 4/26/10

A candle loses nothing of its light by lighting another candle.
- from Father James Keller, author of You Can Change the World, quoted on MJHARDY101 signature

Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up.
- Ecclesiastes 4:9,10

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NANCY- 2/1/2011 11:08AM

    Great Quotes.
SparkPeople and it's members rekindle my spirit, that's why I log on daily.
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