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Recording the food when you've already "screwed up"

Friday, January 06, 2012

We had friends stay the night, and this morning I made a big breakfast. Sitting and visiting, I ate way too much of that big breakfast.

Now, my first thought was, "Oh, man, I've blown this day. I can't possibly recover from that!" Followed by, "Oh, well, might as well just let go...."

That's an EEEEVIL little voice in my head, programmed by years of bad thinking about food. "Hey, you have a little guilt! Why stop there, go for BIG guilt!!!"

But then I reminded myself that there isn't good food and bad food, there's just food. And though there can be too much food, having too much food isn't the end of the world.

So I sat down and did my food log. And, hey, there wasn't nearly as much food as I was conflating in my head! I'm a little high for breakfast, but as it turned out the be actually brunch, I haven't blown the day entirely.

If I'd run away from Spark People at that point, I probably would have let myself fall into old patterns of guilt and self-recrimination and made a mess of the day. But by taking the time to take a deep breath and be honest about the moment, I avoided the guilt-binge and feel better about myself.

Still too full, but definitely better.

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MISSG180 1/23/2012 11:55AM

    Norman, you can just enter what you've eaten. I'm not sure what you're asking, but I will be happy to answer further questions.

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NORMAN129 1/21/2012 7:02AM

    Perhaps someone can help me. I would like to know how to enter my calories for each meal without using the food plan. I want to figure my calories for each meal that I eat and then enter to track them. I don't see how to do this. Again I am just eating normal food but in smaller portions and less often. I desperately want to track the calories here but don't know how.

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EUPHRATES 1/9/2012 4:16AM

    Good for you lady!!!

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K1TT3N 1/9/2012 12:36AM

    Thats great !

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/7/2012 10:52PM

    Exactly! Yay!

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MUMZELLA 1/7/2012 7:52PM

    Good for you! Its important to track the food even when you do mess up. It reminds you for next time and lets you have a chance to plan the next meals. I am just getting back into tracking and am realizing how much good it's doing me.

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BEVPRESLEY 1/6/2012 10:49PM

    Good for you. Never give up.

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DEBIBLUE72 1/6/2012 6:16PM

    i have had the same little voice in my head saying go ahead. i wish it would just shut up. aren't you glad you didn't listen.

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DELHSI 1/6/2012 2:52PM

    I have had the same experience - thinking I had blown my calories but since my resolve is to record EVERYTHING I eat (not always easy to do) I would go ahead and record my food to find out it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought!

Good job!


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CHEFSOPHIE 1/6/2012 1:56PM

    I think tracking food on bad days is even more important. That way you can see if there are times of the day or stressor that trigger going off trackl

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BLUE42DOWN 1/6/2012 1:47PM


Very good job!

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IWILLICANIAM 1/6/2012 1:16PM

    Wow. Reading your blog I can totally relate! Went out with a friend last night, and I listened to that evil voice. YIKES! I love your blog, as it has opened my eyes that just cuz I lost a battle does not mean we have lost the fight! Right? :D

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CAR58OLE 1/6/2012 12:59PM

    Old habits return faster then new ones develop!

Good for you - tracking and realizing that you didn't blow the entire day!!!


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The importance of pushing through

Thursday, January 05, 2012

"I just don't feel like it. I can start tomorrow."

Those are the thoughts that got me to almost 300 pounds.

When I wasn't working out, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd get back to my routine.

When I was overeating, I continually told myself that tomorrow was the day when I'd start cooking healthy meals again.

"Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love ya, tomorrow. You're always a day away!"

"Free beer tomorrow."

Tomorrow is the enemy of motivation.

Some days, when things have not gone well, we have to resign ourselves that tomorrow will be better. But if my "tomorrow will be better" pep talk starts at 7am, then there is something radically wrong with my attitude about TODAY.

TODAY is the day I have at hand. It's my current resource. And if I don't feel like working out today, shoving that off to tomorrow is cheating myself. So I will push through TODAY. I will work out TODAY. I will eat right TODAY.

Tomorrow should be my safe harbor only occasionally. TODAY is my goal.

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YULLABELLE 1/5/2012 4:25PM

    I love Annie too but you are so right. We can't always wait for tomorrow we must start to day to have a better tomorrow. Just remember today's a new day to get up, get moving and make better choice. Stay motivated. emoticon

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AHNAZEE 1/5/2012 1:20PM

    MISSG, you've had a few blogs that are uncannily timed for being exactly what I need to hear!

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TOWHEE 1/5/2012 11:54AM

    TOMORROW never happens because there's always a tomorrow. Today is the only day that we can do anything productive.

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COLEENCOLE 1/5/2012 8:29AM

    Another enemy; too much cheap and easily available fast food, coupons for fast food, and the bigger the meal the bigger the savings.

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Isn't this just the darkest time of the year? Oh, I know that the days are actually getting longer now, but the fun of the holidays is over and all that's in front of us is the long stretch of winter. It makes me want to curl up and hibernate.

It doesn't help that I have been mildy ill. I worked out Monday, but yesterday was a no-go, and today I'm waffling on whether it's a good idea.

But if I feel well enough to even consider it, then I should at least give it a try. A short workout is better than no workout, as far as maintaining the habit. So here I go....

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JLITT62 1/4/2012 12:29PM

    I'm with you on how hard these days can be! It's ok to take a few days off exercise - nutrition is really 80% of the battle, you know!

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DSW310 1/4/2012 12:08PM

    Your title today got me singing a tune, "A little bit of resolve is what I need now..."

Hope you feel a lot better soon!

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TRAVLNWOMAN 1/4/2012 11:26AM

    Where do you live? I'm coming over to tickle you silly and chase those blues away. (Not really emoticon )

When I get the blues I go get one of my younger grandchildren and load up on hugs. Do some shadow boxing in your chair and pretend you are knocking the socks off of the blues. Punch hard and fast. Use a pillow for greater satisfaction!

I really wish I was living in your area. I would come get you and just get you out of the house. Even when it is freezing outside it still makes you feel better.


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HONBAD 1/4/2012 10:21AM

    I feel you on the dreary days!

I hope you feel better! I like to do something little even if it is walking in place for 10 minutes at a time. Might give you a little more energy and help lift your spirits too.

emoticon I think the sun should be peaking out at least for a bit today!

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Every day is a new day

Sunday, January 01, 2012

New Year's is a time when we focus on renewal, but every day is a day when renewal is possible, and when we have a new chance to make good choices.

Yesterday and today haven't been particularly good choice days, but tomorrow is a new day! And today's bad choices? I'm just going to embrace them as the choices that I needed for today, and not get hung up on guilt.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 1/3/2012 4:51PM

    That's the way I look at it, which won't surprise you, and I also feel every meal is a new meal, so if I had an iffy lunch, my next meal is a chance to have one full of yummy veggies and stuff.

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    Yes! It's all about moving forward.

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JLITT62 1/2/2012 6:46AM

    Not getting hung up on guilt is the key! So important! We're all human.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 1/1/2012 8:45PM

    That is a good thing to do! We learn from our choices both good and bad. I hope and pray this new year brings you many GOOD choices. It will be an awesome year!

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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Just when you think you have it all figured out, the world has a way of putting you back in your place. Oh well, humility is good for the soul.

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THE-MORE-GIRL 12/31/2011 12:09PM

    Eep! That sounds bad. Courage, friend. You can make it through this, whatever it is.

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COLEENCOLE 12/31/2011 11:09AM

    That it is.

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HONBAD 12/31/2011 11:05AM

    I hope things get back on track for you, whatever they are! Keep a positive attitude about it. There is a positive or at least something to learn from every situation if you look hard enough.

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