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Another gift to me, but first...CONFESSION!


Wednesday, January 16, 2013

I am finding the task of weighing/measuring and logging EVERY morsel quite tedious. Don't get me wrong, I think that recording every morsel (and staying between 1100 - 1200 calories 99% of the time) has been a major component to the successful weight loss that I have experienced so far. Early on, I wondered if I would be able to continue that meticulous tracking for the rest of my life. I found some consolation in the thought that I most likely would not need to be as strict once I began to work with a 'maintain' weight. 'Maintain' weight is still months in the future!

With that in mind, I decided to give myself 15 'no tracking' days this year. Now, these are NOT days to go off my healthy eating plan - they are days that I eat my regular, healthy-living eating plan...I just don't weigh/measure and log every morsel that passes my lips for the day.

I find it amazing that just a week or so after I gave myself this healthy bit of freedom a Spark friend sent me a list of her unlimited vegetables. Here is that list:
Alfalfa & Bean Sprouts
Asparagus
Broccoli
Cabbage
Cauliflower
Celery
Chives
Cucumbers
Egg Plant
Greens
Green Beans
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Parsley
Peppers
Pickles
Pimentos
Radish
Sauerkraut
Spinach
Summer Squash
Tomatoes
Turnips
I am guessing that carrots and beets aren't there because of the sugar content - not sure about rutabagas (I will have to check that out). I would amend the list to specify DILL pickles since sweet pickles have so much sugar.

Having a list of unlimited foods (veggies) that do not ever have to be logged could be a good stepping stone for me now. The daily food logging task would take less than half the time each day as the majority of my foods are these veggies!

So, now I am trying to decide if I can be so generous to give myself BOTH of these gifts and proceed on my healthy living journey...15 days of no tracking AND an unlimited veggies list...it seems too good to be true!
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JUMPINJULIE 1/17/2013 2:21PM

    I think that sounds like a great idea. And i love dill pickles so i would add them to the list.

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JACKIE542 1/17/2013 1:29PM

    Interesting, I will check back with you and see how this works. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 1/17/2013 1:08PM

    Looks to me like this would be a worthy experiment! You could try not tracking these particular items, maintain your other nutrition/exercise habits, and see how things look after a month. If it helps you on your healthy lifestyle journey I'd say it's worth the try!

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SKEETOR 1/17/2013 9:24AM

    I love dill pickles, too, but they make me want to eat something with them. I think the sauerkraut would work better for me.
Thanks for sharing the list! emoticon

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CANDYCANE2B 1/16/2013 8:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I like this list!! And I love dill pickles!!! Delicious!!!

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