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To Record or Not to Record?

Monday, June 03, 2013

Since joining Sparkpeople, I am learning many new things. In the morning, before I start my day, I make an effort to read Blog entries. At first, I did it for the Sparkpoints however I now enjoy reading the articles. They are very informative.

Today, I read an article that has convinced me I must RECORD my calorie intake for the rest of my life! I used to ask myself 'why am I not losing weight? I don't eat much throughout the day.' After reading a blog entry this morning and verifying Sparkpeople's food data base, I understand why.

A typical food day for me would be: skipping breakfast, possibly 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and for dinner a Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger w/Fried zucchini and a small cheesecake dessert! I NEVER checked the calorie intake for the day however there are 1,030 calories in the burger alone! My husband and I eat out frequently therefore I was taking in way to many calories in a day.

I have now learned I will have to RECORD my food for the rest of my life. At worst, check the calorie counter before I 'woof' the food down!

Moral of this story: Keeping track of my calories has been an eye opener.
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    Good for you - each step in your journey will get you closer to your goal. Realizing how important tracking your food is is the first step!
    1184 days ago
  • v JAYDEE1211
    When I first started recording my calories, I was stunned. I now try to track everyday but sometimes I know I underestimate my portion sizes. Will have to work on that! Thanks for the reminder.
    1184 days ago
    I know, when I first started tracking daily I was SHOCKED at how many calories I was consuming. It was an eye opener!

    Take care.

    1184 days ago
    emoticon Recording my calorie intake is the only way that this gal succeeds!

    God bless!
    1184 days ago
  • v ONUTHIN125
    emoticon I was also shocked when I started tracking my food intake emoticon . Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1184 days ago
    Its truly scary how many calories lurk in some of our favourite foods, as I found out the other day. In a weak moment I decided that I was going to indulge in not only a hamburger, but to upgrade my fries to a poutine. I knew that I would be eating out at a restaurant so I had kept my calories and fat at the low end of my nutrition scale for breakfast and lunch to allow me to enjoy something out of the ordinary. Since I had been envisioned being outside for much of the day, walking around a festival I thought that would offset the meal. I had not counted on the portion sizes or my being so hungry from eating supper almost two hours later than normal. much to my shock, when I got home and did a rough calculation I found the burger alone would have given me all my daily calories, and way too much fat. Then I added in the poutine... lets just say that I will try very hard not to do that again...
    1184 days ago
  • v JANET7OF8
    Those calories add up faster than any of us want. Good for you making the commitment to record what you eat. I tend to be an off and on recorder. I try to do it more than not. But, I know I eat better when I record those calories I'm taking in.
    1184 days ago
  • v DLBROWN93
    Tracking has been an eye opener for me also. Since, I have been tracking I can look back on the week when I lose, gain, or remain the same and see why I do or do not lose weight.

    You have to be honest when you track your food intake, or it's not helpful.
    1184 days ago
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