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Thursday, May 02, 2013

Howdy Sparkies!

During my time at Spark People, I've learned a lot a lot about food--quality and quantity. I'm really proud to say that I (usually) eat whole unprocessed foods and am feeling lots better, but I still have some work to do around food.

I took the Portion Distortion Quiz this morning and scored 14/16 correct. I'm pretty happy with that. The questions I answered incorrectly, I overestimated the correct portion size rather than underestimated. That's good too. My trouble with portion is that I know what they are, I just don't practice them! Sooooo, here's a new goal for me. Practice eating correct portion sizes.

I watched the video Becky put together about measuring food. It's true. When I stop measuring, extra calories creep in. So I fluctuate between intuitive eating and measuring and eating according to a schedule. Right now, I'm eating 4X a day, at approximately the same time. When I feel I have better control over my eating I will go back to intuitive eating.

I've also learned that the Spark Program works for me in a specific order. I (re)learn to eat well and within my range, then I work on the fitness, then I lose the excess pounds and most importantly feel more energized, good about my habits and like the way I look.

Onward Sparkies!
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOBYCARP 8/15/2013 7:22AM

    The portion sizes never made sense to me. I couldn't figure out what was a medium banana versus a small banana, and two tablespoons looked like way more peanut butter than I'd want for a serving. But along came the SP nutrition tracker, and I don't worry about portion distortion. Whether my banana is 94 grams or 128 grams, the tracker figures it out and counts it toward my ranges. And I'm free to use one tablespoon of peanut butter or salad dressing if that's what I want, and not worry that the standard serving is two tablespoons.

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ALEXSGIRL1 5/9/2013 6:46PM

    you are doing so well and know the secret to suceess

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JENSHAINES 5/2/2013 11:54AM

    My next mini-goal is to start measuring meticulously again. I can eyeball pretty well, as I've been doing this for so long, but I want to see if what I THINK are the portion sizes actually are right. I'm guessing my dinner protein servings are too high. For things like fats, etc., I always use measuring spoons - it's mostly proteins where I get out of sync.

Glad to hear you're doing so well with portion distortion!

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