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Food Journal... Does it make you think about food obsessively???

Thursday, June 13, 2013

I'm not using my food tracker to the best of its potential.
The journal is supposed to make me more aware of my food; not more obsessive about it. Right?
I realized that over the last few days that all I do is think about food.
I think about what I'm going to eat. I think about the calories.
I think about how I'm going to make time to get to SparkPeople and track it.
I think about what I want to eat instead of what I've planned to eat.
I think about the fact that all I want to do is eat bad carbs.
I've actually gained weight since I started journaling my food.

Dear God, help me get this under control. I cannot do this by myself.

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DSMIT6 6/13/2013 10:16AM

  I have been told by my "life coach" to trac my food what ever it is when ever it is and how i feel when i eat it... I have become obsessed with eating jusst to see how i feel when i do it... bad idea... I now wait till the end of the day to trac. I have found that i am not searching out food to write down..I also havnt forgotten to trac anything .. good luck it is a tough on.

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EMILY0724 6/13/2013 8:45AM

    I've been where you are and it's not a happy place! Are you trying to keep a food journal that is separate from the food tracker? I hope not. I log onto SP twice a day--morning and night. I track my food at those times. It sounds like you should not keep a food journal, but it's really important to track your food. weigh and measure!! Best wishes!

emoticon stop obsessing!!

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Hi Everyone... Have a wonderful journey...

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Hi Everyone...

My name is MarySparks2013. I live in Clayton, DE, work in Dover, and do most of my living somewhere between Smyrna, Dover, but I end up in Milford every Friday night.

I joined SparkPeople about a month ago hoping that by logging my tracking my food and my statistics I would find the courage and motivation to lose 80 pounds.

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2008 and lost 163 pounds. Since then I've stalled and I've gained back 30. My health seems to be in a downward spiral so I could sure use some motivation to get me going in the right direction again.

We are on a tight budget so eating healthfully seems a daunting task and joining a gym right now is out of the question. I would love to find a walking buddy somewhere near home or near work.

The online tracking and articles are very informative but somewhat impersonal. Would love to have someone I could talk with about the pitfalls and progress of my latest venture. Someone who could help keep me accountable and on the right track.

I am trying to think of this as a way to change my life.... Not just a diet for a short time but a real, life changing, long term change that will result in a better brain, a better body, and a better me.

To that end I borrowed some books and CD's from the library and I've been reading and listening to The Amen Solution - by Dr. Daniel G. Amen - and trying to incorporate some of his teachings into my every day life.

Have a wonderful journey...

Mary ;-)

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JUST_BRENDA 6/9/2013 6:23PM

    Hi Mary,It sounds like you have the right attitude! I'm new to this site, but am very enthusiastic about all it has to offer. You are right to use walking - it costs nothing. Maybe listening to some music while walking will help? Or doing errands on foot or bike?
I'm in Canada so our "outdoor season" is limited. today I got on my bike and went with two of my children to one of their part-time employment job (she's a student). While my 11 yr old autistic son whined and complained on the way there (we were agains tthe wind, and he's a wimp), i remembered how much I like the feeling of biking --- fresh breeze, stretching out my legs, going somewhere meaningful.
I'm sure you can find activites you enjoy too!

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Secret Eater...

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Easier to keep my mind off food when I am busy at work...

Couldn't / wouldn't stop eating last night. I am a "secret" eater. I eat normally in front of others and then when I am alone I eat like crazy.

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NANCYPAT1 6/8/2013 12:47PM

    You are certainly NOT alone - I have really had to work on this one. Hang in there and don't lose hope. As you start to see progress and feel better about yourself you will do this less often. The thing that helped me most was the tracking of the SECRET eating as well as the other meals - soon I started to plan for a nighttime - secret gobble - and I also started eating less and less.

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The Wheels on the Bike go round and round...

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Ray and I rode our bikes for a little while last night. Very enjoyable. Perfect weather for bike riding. Wish I could sit more upright on my bike. Leaning forward puts a lot of pressure on my wrists... I really enjoy riding though and it is a good exercise. We didn't go far; just around our neighborhood but I saw a lot of things I don't normally see when driving to and fro...


Please do not love me with food....

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Ray bought cookies yesterday and I could hear them calling my name... ate other things trying to stay away from them but the cravings were awful.... finally gave in and at 5 of those blasted cookies.... Need to learn to say no to well meaning family and friends....

Love is not food... Love is love....

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BAMAJAM 6/5/2013 4:55PM

  A recent article on Sparkpeople really made an impact on me.
Sometimes the right phrases can give powerful motivation. The author said-- when shopping at the grocery store and seeing all the tempting foods that are bad for you----Instead of feeling deprived when you try to resist them---create the mindset of "empowerment" as you pass right by that stuff.
Now I try to think "empowerment" as I stay on the healthy track. Always in the past, I would have that awful feeling of deprivation.
This motivation is working because I even have the power to avoid the donuts at the office... "Love is not food"... You are right.
Hugs for you!

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JGRAY76 6/5/2013 6:48AM

    I am right there with you. People are always sharing food that is not good for me at work. It is so hard to resist.

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