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My secret weapon!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

**disclaimer: this "weapon" works for me, but everyone is different, so...

Yes, I have a secret weight-loss weapon! But I am willing to share this secret, in the hopes that it will help you, too.
Every morning, I track all my food for the day. Yes, in the A.M. Yes, BEFORE breakfast. Yes, for the WHOLE entire day.
Snacks, meals - everything gets logged in and tracked before I eat it.
With my work schedule, this is a life saver! You see, I work afternoons and evenings, and snacks aren't allowed in the individual rooms. I teach piano in a music studio and could not eat in front of children - it's not fair to them, since many of them haven't eaten their supper yet. We have to go out for a snack, which means getting in the car and driving to the drive-thru and there aren't many choices, especially healthy ones. So the morning entry really works for me.
But what about weekends? Well, there is one area I can't always control. So on those 2 days, I will track early for the 2 meals I can control - breakfast and lunch. Supper - well, that I do try to track in the morning, but sometimes our plans change and I have to work around that. I try to stay within the calorie range and, sometimes I know ahead of time where we will be eating and can make adjustments to breakfast and lunch. But, entering everything and seeing it in black-and-white makes a HUGE difference and gives me a feeling of having control over what goes in my mouth. I still sneak some things I shouldn't, but into the tracker they go and seeing them there and how many calories, fat, etc, I've added really makes me think. Lately, I've been training myself to enter the "bad" foods into the tracker before I eat it and this helps me stop before I start.
I don't know if this will work for everyone, but it has really helped me focus on what and, more importantly, WHY I eat.
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    I do the same thing. I find it helpful to balance the nutrition as well. For example if there are more carbs in my diet, I try and replace it with some more protein. These are small changes but help me a lot in making sure that I maintain my calorie limits and still eat nutritious and tasty food. emoticon
    1310 days ago
  • TYLYNN61
    I do the same thing , helps me plan my menu for the day.
    1311 days ago
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    1314 days ago
  • CHERIJ16
    Sounds like a great idea! emoticon
    1315 days ago
    Thank you, thank you for sharing this. It's good to hear it from somebody who's already done it and is still doing it.
    I just started 3 days ago to log in my food intake for the day. It's good to know that will work. :)
    1316 days ago
    I plan my daily meals. It especially helps when it comes to making healthy snack choices.
    1316 days ago
  • STEPH9538
    i started Nutrisystem about a month ago and it has been great for me. i choose what i will eat for breakfast and lunch the night before and put it in a bag beside my purse. IN the morning i will hit fridge for my fruits and yogurt. When i get home i grab one of their dinners and heat it up along with a veggie and nighttime finds me grabbing one of their desserts. I love that i do not have to think. before starting this program thinking made me reach for pizza, donuts, candy bars, sugar sugar and more sugar. planning is the key to success for me
    1316 days ago
  • NKING1982
    Works for me most the time too emoticon
    1316 days ago
    1318 days ago
    if it works for you, it's a good thing.
    1319 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    it is all in our mind
    1319 days ago
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