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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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    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.
    1906 days ago
    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!!!!
    1915 days ago
  • DALID414
    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.
    1916 days ago
    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!
    1916 days ago
  • LADYBUG546
    1916 days ago
    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.
    1916 days ago
  • PURPLE180
    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.
    1916 days ago
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  • STACYR31
    I have found that when I don't track, that is when I always put on my weight. It really does help!
    1916 days ago
    That's great, specially having your very own personalised menu planner!
    1916 days ago
  • TXTOAD9970
    You go girl! emoticon emoticon
    1916 days ago
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