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Numbers aren't everything

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Today I realized that I can stay within my calorie and nutrient ranges and still have unhealthy eating habits. I had been focusing so much on those numbers that I let some of my good habits slide. It hit me all of a sudden, tonight. I was eating supper and realized I was shoveling my food in my mouth and not even thinking about it. Then, I realized what I was thinking about. While eating a plate full of food, I was thinking about what I was going to eat next! I have not done that since before I started this healthy living journey, or at least I hadn't noticed myself doing it. I feel bad that it happened, but I'm happy that I noticed it. Now, I can do something about it. After thinking about my eating habits, I've realized some of my other bad habits have come back, too. I've skipped breakfast many times lately and I've been eating too much fat. Most days recently, I've been at the high end of my fat range or slightly over it. I'm going to change all of this. Starting tomorrow, I'm going to eat breakfast every day, again. I'm also going to work on making some meal plans. It will be easier to eat like I should if I have everything planned out. I'm also going to the store tomorrow to get some groceries for that plan. I need some stuff, anyway. Finally, I'm going to really take time to enjoy my food while I'm eating it. I was doing these things when I first started, but after 2 and a half months, I guess I just got kinda lax about them. I know I can do this and I will get back on track! :)

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LEAHLEGS 4/11/2011 1:30AM

    I have a habit of entering my food on my tracker while I'm eating it!! So as often as I can, I try to enter my food before I eat it. That way I can shut my computer, while still knowing exactly what where I am for the day.

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AMY_1217 4/8/2011 9:56PM

    You're right, you CAN do it. And you know you can because you already did! Now you're just climbing back on that horse and doing it again!
Keep up the great work! And if you every see Quarter Pounder with Cheese in my food tracker, smack me around a little and remind ME that I can do it. lol

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TEACHINMOM 4/6/2011 4:28PM

    So AWESOME!! Being aware is HUGE in this journey and you sound like you've got it!! I love that you so honestly evaluate your habits!! That's the only way to get there!! WAY TO GO!!

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TRACEEAST 4/6/2011 2:37PM

    Yea for you! I was gonna say to plan what you're going to eat and write it down before you eat, but then I read that you decided to do just that! I always have a meal plan for the whole week. It really helps to stick within your calories, and not be thinking about what you're going to have next, cuz you really don't need to think about it.
My sister keeps talking about getting new WW books, and I think it's a waste of money. I keep telling her about SP and how it tracks nutrition and not just food in general. She's always eating things like 100 calorie packs and Pringles, just cuz she can eat a bunch and fit it in her points. Not a healthy way of doing it....oh well. I tried.
So proud of you! emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 4/6/2011 1:44PM

    Good for you for seeing your own behaviors!! Nice catch and good luck getting everything back in order.

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TISHA80 4/6/2011 12:20PM

    Thanks, everyone! I really appreciate the support! I ate breakfast, today! That is the first step to making these changes. :) Have an awesome day!

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SUNRISE14 4/6/2011 11:41AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It is EASY to slip into old habits but i am like you i am not going to do that if i can help it at all. Is your food joural public? I like to look at others to get ideas mine is public but i am doing 1200-1300 calories a day because meds and health issues won't let me exercise . Makes it hard but i have lost over 30 lbs and want to lose another 10 ! GOOD LUCK AND IF I CAN HELP IN ANYWAY PLEASE CONTACT ME I AM HERE EVERY DAY ! emoticon

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FATHOMGREEN 4/6/2011 10:13AM

    I find that I stop enjoying my food when I get too focused on numbers. I get so concerned about making the next meal fit into my day, that I forget to enjoy the one in front of me.

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PRINCESSAMY2001 4/6/2011 10:08AM

    It's so easy to let things slide. But it's great that you've realized these things and gonna correct it now. You're doing great!!! Wishing you a awesome day!

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TREP13 4/6/2011 10:01AM

    I need to start planning my meals again too. I scramble to find something to eat for dinner and end up eating too much sodium or fat because of it. Great job in noticing your "mistake" before it got out of hand.

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GODDESSELLIE07 4/6/2011 9:12AM

    Way to go on calling yourself out... now you can fix it! Great job setting up a plan to help change these eating habits :)

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CAROLYN_ROSE 4/6/2011 8:43AM

    Eating habits are THE HARDEST to change. Forget working out. That's nothing compared to changing how you've eaten for you whole life. It's definietly a learning curve and I think your plan sounds great!!!

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*~*MICHELLE*~* 4/6/2011 8:20AM

    Good plan!!

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TRIGFROST 4/6/2011 1:43AM

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