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OMG!!! 3500 calories per day???

Thursday, November 29, 2012

So I promised that I would write down absolutely everything that I ate this week. Much to my surprise, I immediately curtailed my eating. But, if I were to eat how I really was eating, then I would be recording about 3500 calories per day. WOW!!!

That's like an entire Denny's Grand Slam breakfast...or Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings!!!

I can't believe how many calories I was consuming. I thought, well I have not lost or gained a single pound over the past 2 years, so I must be Okay. WRONG!!!

Well, at least my starting "Calories/day" is high enough, that it is pretty easy to achieve, even though I'm eating literally about half of what I was eating per day. WOW!!!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
SBANSCH 12/1/2012 6:03PM

    For me the tough part of tracking was actually weighing and measuring my food. I was seriously under estimating the amount of food when I just eyeballed it! Very eye-opening! emoticon

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VEGANMEGAN4LIFE 11/30/2012 10:20PM

    Thanks for the Great advice Everyone!!! I love this website, and I plan to keep using it everyday. Its so motivating to see the goal, and exactly how to get there.

I noticed that when I feel tempted, I instantly think about uploading the result of the temptation, and it instantly stops me. Nice!

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GLINDAGOODWITCH 11/30/2012 10:37AM

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FLASHJUSTFLASH 11/30/2012 2:04AM

    It's so hard actually tracking everything on some days. I've tried to honestly reconstruct some pretty ridiculous days before, estimating as best I can and digging deep to remember every single bite that went into my mouth, and it's not a pretty number to see. Worth doing now and then even if ya don't wanna! Even more effective than just tracking can be posting a handwritten note of everything you eat on the fridge for everyone to see! LOL Still, seriously though, even if you don't track all the time it's a great thing to do just to stay aware.

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FENWAYGIRL18 11/30/2012 1:05AM

    When your wanting to have a little something sweet someone gave me the tip of Skinny cow fudge bars in the ice cream section thick delicious fudge bar very chocolatey only 100 calories!!!! and the ice cream sandwich is only 150!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I got that tip from on here and it's the best one I ever got since I love ice cream!!!!! Even my husband and son loves them! They taste like 3,500 calories! hahaha

Comment edited on: 11/30/2012 1:06:18 AM

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FENWAYGIRL18 11/30/2012 1:01AM

    Isn't it amazing to see how much you can eat in one day when you track? I love the site because of the tracking , it's so helpful! Really makes you think twice about what your putting in your mouth... Good luck!

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STUDLEEJOE 11/29/2012 11:29PM

    Tracking everything is the key to so keep it up. Log on to sparkpeople everyday and work your plan. Remember we are all in this together. emoticon

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JOYCES_CHOICE 11/29/2012 9:57PM

    Good for you for committing to track EVERYTHING you eat. In my opinion, that's the first key to success. The second is regularly walking or getting some other form of exercise. Good luck with your new goals!

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TEADYBEAR77 11/29/2012 8:51PM

    When I first joined and began to count my calories I freaked as well. It's an eye opening experience.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 11/29/2012 8:42PM

    Can you imagine how high your sodium intake would be if you tracked everything you used to eat? Enlightening huh?

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USMAWIFE 11/29/2012 8:42PM

    what does SP say you should be consuming each day. Use that as your guide initially with it suggestioning menus for you and you making adjustments to their suggestions that is a good way to start

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KARRENLYNN 11/29/2012 8:36PM

    I hate keeping track, but since I started using the nutrition tracker here, it's been very enlightening and educational. And amazingly, if I can't track it accurately, I no longer want to eat it. ( even if it's something I crave or would have previously eaten with abandon before SP!) Well, not entirely, but the point is tracking for me seriously curtails the unhealthy habits I had before.

Welcome to enlightened awareness and have a great weekend!!

Karen emoticon emoticon

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