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My "Duh" Moment

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Portion control.

This is the largest single change I have made since joining Spark. My personal Soup Nazi, which you all know as the Sparky Nutrition Tracker, has imbued me with life-altering revisionist thinking.

In six weeks here on Spark, I have learned this morsel of patent obviousness: "If I merely would measure, track and count what I eat, my calorie intake will be at or below my daily physiological needs, rather than (say) double them."

The extra weight (roughly an extra half-person), that I have been transporting around with me, morning-noon-and-night, for 40 years, will gradually go away.

I'm down 22 lbs since the day after Christmas. I have not radically altered what I eat, I am not depriving myself, I have not markedly stepped up the duration of intensity of exercise, I am not hungry and I am not craving things I am not eating or drinking. I can do this the rest of my life.

Realistically I know it will not stay this easy. For now, it is, and its pretty damn cool to be riding the metaphorical wave. Just like on the opening scene of Hawaii Five-O!

Remember the original series (not the technological eye-candy of the remake now on CBS)? Yes, admit it: that wave looks like McGarrett's hair!
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  • JO74555
    i LOVE the nutritional tracker. Even if I've gone over a category I'm able to recall the whys and hows of what I've done. I find that I am not overeating the way I had been. I've become aware and actually like the accountability. And, I agree about the Hawaii 5-O wave. I remember watching this (and every other cop show) with my dad. And now, I'll probably have the ol' Hawaii 5-0 tune in my head all day. :D
    2185 days ago
    You are so funny...McGarret's hair. This show was one of my dad's favorites. We had one tv and when dad was not at work, he was the master of the tv. As such, I got to watch a lot of westerns and cop shows that I would not have normally watched as a young girl. Ah, memories!
    2186 days ago
    Just reading someone elses ideas, remedies, humor, and enjoyment in the same path we are all walking to arrive at the same place ,,Our effort resort.. To enjoy ourselfs together in this walk to being ready to enjoy our lifes again after leaving the path just momentarily in our quests. Looking forward to more blogs, posts, and encouragement glad to be on Spark. emoticon
    2189 days ago
    Good tip re BLT tracking!
    2189 days ago
  • DALMOM2007
    Love your blog! Congratulations on the 22 lbs weight loss. I have also learned what a difference actually weighing and measuring food makes. I keep telling myself...Portions control, portion control, portion control..... especially when something tastes exceptionally good and I keep wanting more. I have to always remind myself that it will be there for later. (Sometimes it works......sometimes not....but with the next meal, I keep going.)

    I'm also looking forward to losing that extra person body weight. (My knees will love it!)
    2189 days ago
    It is a simple concept but one that is difficult for me to follow through on every day... this week has been a bad one for me in tracking and measuring but I am committed to doing better... Congrats on your efforts paying off.

    How remarkable was your septic meeting - did you wow them and get a week long commitment from Las Vegas??
    2196 days ago
    By the time the weight loss becomes more difficult, the changes you've made will be habit - so then the new set of changes will be easier to make. In theory, anyway!
    2202 days ago
    Portion control is amazing and I get food amnesia if I don't get back to tracking occasionally. It's amazing how we develop optical illusions, and that cup serving of cereal get bigger until we measure once again and realize it's grown back to 2 cup...back to weighing and measuring.
    wish you success this week
    2202 days ago
    "Book 'em, Danno!" LOVE that show! LOL

    Yup . . . portion distortion is the disease name and the cure is weighing, measuring and counting. It works!!!

    You're doing well on your journey. VERY well! Keep up the good work.

    I like JOHNMARTINMILES advice, too "B-L-T's count." Good advice! We tend to ignore that. It's like the small bites, licks and tastes aren't going to adhere the same as "real" eating. Ummmm... yup . . . they do! I learned to have a stick of gum in my mouth and/or water around if I am hungry while preparing supper (that's my devilish time!) It works.
    2202 days ago
    you got it !! you are doing fabulous !! emoticon
    2202 days ago
    It continues to confound me that people refuse to track. As you've discovered, this is the key to success. Yet so many others will just go for a fad diet or cutting carbs or use some other willy nilly approach. I'm glad you've discovered the "secret". hehe.
    2202 days ago
    Hey Boss...
    This is wonderful!!! You delight me in delighting yourself with new discoveries....calorie counting, portion control etc. Yeah ....they work. Stick with it, even as it gets harder - and it will. But you know that. When you start dropping will truly understand HOW worth it - it is!!

    When are you going to post a new photo...of the newer you? It would be a great motivator to many of us.

    And Oh yes..... how did people at your monthly sceptic meeting react to Mark, the Lite=er??

    If you've already addressed the above queries, I apologize.....haven't spent too much Spark time lately.
    Been sick....and other distractions.
    Way to go, kiddo.

    2202 days ago

    Comment edited on: 2/12/2012 10:58:51 AM
    In WeightWatchers, they talk about the B-L-T's which are the bites, licks, and tastes that no one counts. These have calories too and we all seem to ignore them. The realization that tracking accurately is the key to weight loss is the first giant step towards success. In the past, I have given my self the benefit of the doubt, if it was 1.5 servic=ngs, i would count it as 1. Now I count it as 1.5 or even 2 and the weight comes off a lot quicker.

    Make it a great week
    2202 days ago
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