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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Cassie and I'm a habitual over eater! There, I said it! I was talking with the fiance last night (again) about my weight; however, this time, it was him asking me what my "plan b" was for when school starts again. After a lengthy discussion, we realized that my real problem is that I over eat all the time. I think I've known that for a while, but I've worked really hard at avoiding that because it's hard!

During the last week and a half, I have torched around 600 calories in each workout and for the most part, I've been up and doing house work and other activities. In short, I haven't been sedentary. I haven't been tracking my food because that's hard for me, and, especially after working out like that, I'm hungry. So, I've been preparing SparkRecipies, and eating lots of healthful things, but I'm still overeating. I need to try to find a way to work past my over eating. Really, the problem, I think, is that my stomach has become so used to being over full and thinking that's what full feels like, I don't know what just being full does feel like. In fact, that just being full feels like I'm still hungry. As soon as I get a shower, I'm going to go to the store and buy a food scale to help with my portion control. I'm also going to borrow an idea from a Sparkfriend of mine and take photos of my food to help myself remember that portion control is a problem. The fiance is going to help me work on portion control, too. I guess I'll be chewing a lot of gum and hoping that my stomach shrinks quickly so I don't have to feel not full all of the time. I can eat the things I love and really live a normal life if I can learn to eat portions that fit in my calorie range. I don't want my future husband to have to change his whole life. Tracking food is hard, but really, it's the only way I'm going to do this....

So... here's my breakfast for today:

1 CocoPop (Wegman's rice cake)
2 tbsp peanut butter
8 oz skim milk
1 bunch of red grapes

I'll try not to get ridiculous about this and do all meals & snacks at one time, but as I'm trying to get myself started, I may be doing this often.
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  • MOLS626
    Food scales are amazing! I had one but didn't appreciate; I wish I still had it.

    I frequently have a rice cake with peanut butter for a snack.
    2606 days ago
    I love my food scale! It is really one of the best tools you can have because even using measuring cups isn't all that accurate. I've really learned what actual servings look like.

    I've always quickly acclimated to eating less food so hopefully you will too! I would advise you to drink lots of water because it does make a difference. Sometimes adding lemon or lime can make it seem like more of a treat than a plain 'ol glass of water. Also eat lots of fruits and veggies because you can eat a lot of them for a little bit of calories! When I'm feeling like I'm depriving myself I'll make a huge salad (I'm not big on dressing so that helps) and that usually takes forever to eat. Also don't deprive yourself of treats just eat them in moderation. The other night I had a whole homemade pizza (the real thing, no tortilla crust or any of that nonsense), homemade icecream, and popcorn and still was around 1400 calories for the day. Oh and try to keep yourself busy! Then you won't be sitting around wanting to munch on something (my biggest problem)!

    As far as the future husband goes, I'm sure if it is important to you he'll be supportive. Mine isn't thrilled when I make him measure stuff out, but he knows I really want him to so he does it. It can be hard, and I do get frustrated sometimes but it is worth it!

    Good luck! Love the pictures! Keep up the great work!
    2607 days ago
    The protein is a great idea for breakfast. Throw some more complex carbs in there and you've got a great breakfast.
    2607 days ago
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