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****going back to what WORKED before****

Monday, December 17, 2012

I was making my grocery list this weekend and grabbed the only notebook I could find in our house. IN an attempt to find a page that wasn't scribbled on by my niece, I stumbled upon the food journal that I kept the very first time I joined SparkPeople. Boy was that eye opening! emoticon

I have convinced myself that I require 2000 calories a day to function. Reading through this food log from 2010, I see that my daily caloric goal was 1500 calories. Most days I hovered withing 20 calories of that. Some days I was closer to 1400. Occasionally I hit 1600. But I was able to maintain a 1500 calorie diet and in looking at my entries, I was eating good! I seen snow crab legs, yams, roasted fish, steamed veggies, deserts, tons of fruit, tons of soup, snacks, you name it, it was there. I even wrote the time of the day I was eating these things and I was putting something in my mouth every 2 1/2 hours like clock work. Why have I NOT been doing that this time around???

I have told myself that I don't want to be too restrictive so that I can maintain this lifestyle for longer. I agree with that. But in reviewing this food journal, it is obvious that I PLANNED before and I was actually cooking a lot of fresh produce. I wasn't any less busy. in fact, I was working two jobs then, putting in 60-70 hours a week between the two. Another reason I think it worked is because I had to MANUALLY write down everything I ate. I am a visual learner and I think Writing down what I was going to eat BEFORE I stuck it in my mouth made me really consider whether it was worth it. Plus, seeing the calories disappear with simple subtraction made every bite a conscious choice. I decided I am just going to start copying what I ate before and use it as a sort of meal plan to help me get back on track.

Today I bought a new, shiny notebook. I will be writing down everything I eat and drink. I am even keeping count of where I am for water consumption. It's funny that I pulled out two pieces of chocolate from my holiday treat bag a co-worker sent and after eating the one dark chocolate Lindor and seeing what it did to my 1500 calories, I THREW the Ghirardelli Peppermint bark back into my desk. I no longer want it.

I think that I will come to find that I am able to survive on 1500 calories, and even if I go above it, I won't need to reach 2000 calories unless it is a special occasion. Considering it is 1:30 and I still have 870 calories left and am on my way to having soup for lunch, I should be right on track for today.

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YESCURLYCAN 12/27/2012 9:04AM

  This is great idea and I hope you it works out for you emoticon on a completely different side note, you have beautiful penmanship!! I love handwriting and that was the first thing I noticed lol.

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ENDERLI 12/18/2012 9:06AM

    I think a food journal is the key to most people's success. I try to record everything...even when I have a bad day & I KNOW what I did, and how I went over my calorie range.....but it helps when a week later or two weeks later I've forgotten, when I weigh in, and nothing has hcanged....then I go back through the calorie counts, and see that maybe no change is a good thing considering the mishap I had with my calories.
Good for you!!!!
xo

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DALID414 12/17/2012 9:52PM

    I'm visual that way, too. I've been writing my food down for years, it's SO eye opening to go back through the whole year, I can SEE where I went wrong.

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CARAMELANGEL247 12/17/2012 9:08PM

    I'm going to have to take a page from your book and attempt to snack more. I figured if I was full then I must be eating plenty but when I tracked my food I wasnt meeting 1200 each day. But now you have me thinking about pears and fruit.

:D Ideas for my grocery trip!

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LADYBUG546 12/17/2012 8:59PM

    Great

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JESSICABOOTY 12/17/2012 4:40PM

    It's great that you found the journal and can learn what worked in the past. I think we all have the human tendency to have "food amnesia" to the point where we can't remember what we just ate let alone yesterday. Three cheers for you.
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PURPLE180 12/17/2012 3:38PM

    emoticon Tracking really does work for me...I have 3 spirals full on entries, emoticon . I don't know why I haven't thrown them away, I keep hanging on to them. They are good to look back at for meal ideas, etc.

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PEZMOM1 12/17/2012 3:21PM

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STACYR31 12/17/2012 3:13PM

    I have found that when I don't track, that is when I always put on my weight. It really does help!

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OLIVIANIGHT 12/17/2012 3:00PM

    That's great, specially having your very own personalised menu planner!

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TXTOAD9970 12/17/2012 2:50PM

    You go girl! emoticon emoticon

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