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Thursday, November 01, 2012

It's a weird thing about tracking your food.

You do really start noticing things about how and what you eat a lot more. Things you might just have been in denial about. Never mind the fact that I hardly eat protein if left to myself (typical carb addict), other weird things have come to light.

While I like the idea and look of huge platefuls of food, even if I prepare a big meal, I can't usually finish it these days, even if it's mostly veg (I like my veg, always have).

My issue is not however my meals and the size of them. The issue is that my actual MEALS don't use up that many calories. But the things I eat between meals, the extracurricular food excursions . . . well I am quite capable of eating twice as many calories in nibbles as in 'proper' food. Interesting because I have never ever thought of crisps, chocolate, salted nuts, sweets, cakes etc as food.

I used to think this was a positive, but now I'm not sure it is.

Why? Because things I don't think of as food don't enter my consciousness as a source of calories. Even now I have to make a mental note 'you ate some chocolate today, don't forget to track it' else I will forget it. It's as if I think 'it's not real food so it doesn't count.'

Well it doesn't count in terms of nutrition but it does in terms of spare tyres.

How did I manage to ignore this personal blind spot for so long?
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NLYR20 11/19/2012 1:05PM

  Snacks... The easiest way I try to avoid is by not having any temptations at home. Tough though... emoticon

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FUSCHIA6 11/7/2012 12:23AM

    I have always heard that people eat too much protein. When I started tracking, I found that I wasn't getting enough. I had to really struggle to meet the targets each day. It still bugs me to hear the too much thing, because it sure didn't apply to me & I assumed it did.
Keep on trucking!

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BUSMOM27 11/5/2012 12:16PM

    tracking is one of the hardest things for me to do, but I do so much better when I do.

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BANDMOM2012 11/5/2012 10:46AM

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WHITEANGEL4 11/4/2012 10:00PM

    Tracking all the foods that you eat will keep you on track. Once you get accoustome to not eating snacks, nuts, etc. you will not miss them.

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DAYSDELIGHT 11/4/2012 9:20PM

  I know when I track calories, I am nearly always able to lose weight. It is when I start tricking myself into believing that I can do it without accounting for the "in-betweens" that I end up putting on the pounds again. Thanks for the reminder!

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HYATTI1 11/4/2012 4:28PM

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Thanks for sharing

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CHERYLSBUTT 11/4/2012 3:48PM

    For me it wasnt a blind spot....it is theplace where I lose the battle.
Since tracking, I have become conscious of its power to derail me....so
I go from abstinence to moderation. It is surprising to me that I didnt weigh more with the ease at which I would consume chocolate.

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BECKYBETZ 11/4/2012 2:34PM

    I am right there with me! I have a really hard time meeting my daily calories, and I have found out that my little "snacks" here and there add up the fat. I think tracking is excellent, but it's really hard. That is my next goal to track diligently. It also keeps your food on track. :-) Very insightful! emoticon

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AJB121299 11/4/2012 11:30AM

    nice

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SPAQUEEN2012 11/4/2012 10:20AM

    Love your blog and the comments of everyone. It is true that I "forget" that I have eaten those things in between meals. Talk about an aha moment when I do log them...oops way over my calorie count for the day! We are becoming more mindful everyday that we track.

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LYNNIERN 11/4/2012 10:19AM

    Excellent blog. There were two comments that really resonated with me..the the extracurricular food excursions . . . I am also capable of eating a lot in the extracurricular food excursions and the fact that the extracurricular nutrition does equate to spare tires!


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KATHIC2 11/4/2012 8:00AM

  Ah, I have done the same thing! I am determined to use my food tracker and stay focused. Starting a new streak on it today, by golly. Best to you.

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SPEEDY143 11/4/2012 2:05AM

    emoticon SP nutrition tracker ROX emoticon

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LOSE15YES 11/4/2012 1:32AM

    I needed this article on tracking. I am in Pa and though I am so fortunate to have escaped harm from Hurricane Sandy......my daughter, son in law and 19 yr old granddaughter still don't have power and are staying with me. I have temporarily stopped tracking and stopped eating healthy. Just got on the scale and expected at least 4 extra pounds. NO!! I stayed the same. Wows....that is so good. My heart hurts when I see pics of all I'd the hurricane devastation and to think of what those folks must be going through. My prayers are with you all....





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FIFIFRIZZLE 11/3/2012 11:34PM

    I have noticed this myself. I have started cutting up an orange and eating it in bed very first thing in the morning. and actually I don't ever feel hungry for breakfast after that. Now, how come I don't count that as my breakfast?????
I could go to work and think, Gosh, I haven't had any breakfast! Better eat something!!
What is WITH that?
Because I eat it in bed, it isn't food!?!
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REENIE131 11/3/2012 10:44PM

    That's what tracking has done for me too. Made me more aware.

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GOANNA2 11/3/2012 9:58PM

    emoticon I totally agree that unless we are mindful of
everything we put in our mouth, we don't have a true picture
of the calories involved. Tracking makes you aware that every
little thing adds up. Thanks for reminding us that we need to
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AJB121299 11/3/2012 8:19PM

    Nice

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MSROZZIE 11/3/2012 7:26PM

    knowledge is power and control over your health. Remember, YOU are worth the effort! Keep tracking and enjoy your journey to a fit and healthy new lifestyle. Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BARBANNA 11/3/2012 6:16PM

    I think we are all guilty as you can tell by the lengthy responses!

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LAWANDMUSIC 11/3/2012 6:02PM

    Me, too. Tracking food has clearly changed my behavior. Now, to get more PROTEIN!

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BECCA315 11/3/2012 5:09PM

    I think a lot of people feel that if a food isn't in a 'real' meal, the calories don't count. That is how we get into trouble...

Becca

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ORODEO73 11/3/2012 4:50PM

    I tried to not use it for a week, well it only lasted a day. I didnt log bfast and lunch and then I didn't know what I wanted for supper. I immediatly and out of habit went to my food tracker. Then I finally decided to log it. I just couldn't do it.

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BLOOMING52 11/3/2012 3:30PM

    Right there with you.

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39JEANNIE 11/3/2012 2:20PM

    I don't think I could live without my food tracker. lol

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DONNA54 11/3/2012 10:58AM

    Do you mind if I just cut and paste your blog entry into my own?? Not only do I NOT think of the junk as food.. I conveniently forget to track it most of the time! Then.. I am completely surprised and bummed when weigh in day strolls along.. and nothing has happened! Or it has happened, but in the wrong direction!
Its actually a bit comforting to read through blogs and replies to blogs.. I realise.. that contrary to my belief.. I am not unique....just about everybody else.. has experianced my issues!
Great blog!

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SANDYBREIT 11/3/2012 10:39AM

    Another excellent blog post! All new members should have to read this to emphasize the importance of tracking. For me, alas, the biggest downfall is alcohol -- although I "knew" there were calories involved, I was pretty much in denial about just how much I was taking in during those "happy hours." Just knowing if I eat it or drink it I have to record it has made a huge difference in my "willpower."
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ESIGURBERGSSON 11/3/2012 10:17AM

  Little things do count. I try to remember to add them.
For the past month I've been "forgiving" my 10% cream in my coffee. I figured it wasn't all that much.
After a month, I read an article here on SP about being true to what we are doing. Reluctantly, I started adding it, and now I've started using 5% cream instead. It has half the fat, and I don't feel I have to keep it off my food tracking.
Good luck in your journey. You can do this!


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NILLAPEPSI 11/3/2012 9:50AM

    Unfortunately, everything counts. I really, really wish chocolate didn't count though. emoticon Hang in there !! emoticon emoticon

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ALESHIA675 11/3/2012 9:24AM

    Snacking is one my biggest issues also. And the calories will add up very quickly if you are not mindful.

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1935MARY 11/3/2012 8:53AM

    It is easy to pick up things and eat it.Like at Thanksgiving, I tast emoticon e things I am cooking ,but after using the tracks I think I will be more aware of it.I don't eat much after I cook it .I am to tired or maybe it is I am already full from tasting, everything. Thanks for sharing.

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MANILUS 11/3/2012 8:18AM

    That food is actually loaded with fats and starches, can be eaten mindlessly and leads to the weight gain. Track everything put in your mouth!

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THOMS1 11/3/2012 8:16AM

    Gotta love those trackers! emoticon m emoticon

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DMF2012 11/3/2012 7:45AM

    That's why I love the Food Tracker!

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LEANMEAN2 11/3/2012 7:02AM

    This is so true. Thanks for sharing.

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ANIHAKA 11/3/2012 1:41AM

    Same here regarding little protein and overdoing carbs! Lately I've been pigging out on chocs terribly naughty but nice and I tracked them to my horror when i saw the calories. I needed to do lots of exercise to use up the calories but didn't. I so relate to what you said in this blog.

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GRAMMAP1 11/3/2012 12:58AM

    I relate very well to this as many others do. That is why it is a popular blog. I find tracking difficult, but I must try it...again. emoticon for the reminder. Jane

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MISSLISA1973 11/2/2012 11:44PM

    It's a very easy thing to overlook!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 11/2/2012 9:56PM

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I TOTALLY understand -
MOST of my daily calories
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come from snacks
usually unhealthy
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BUT, that is what SP is for
Teaching us to relearn a lifetime of bad habits
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BLESSINGS!

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