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The beginning of my journey.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tuesday I started eating a low carbohydrate diet. I found out today from a co-worker that I needed to be careful of fruit, when she saw that I had a zip-lock bag full of watermelon and cantaloupe chunks. I thought it would be a good snack. This is my first time dieting and I am learning as I go. I went on line to get more info and I found this site. I hope that the Stark Family can encourage me to get rid of this 39 inch gut.
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MILLIFRED 7/20/2013 7:44PM

    Welcome to your journey; Like others have said on here, I would encourage you not to give up fruit but instead to give up the refined carbohydrates like pastries, chips, and candy. I even eat very small portions of these so as to not feel deprived! I have lost 60 pounds on simply portion control.

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GRACEANNE46 7/14/2013 12:39AM

    There are many paths to the same goal. People who have list weight with a low carb diet swear by it but people who lost weight with a different diet think their way is the best. I know that there are people Who lost over 159lbs and still eat plenty of fruit. The conflicting information can be frustrating but whatever diet you choose, you will be successful if you stick with it and are mindful of your choices.

One of my favorite sources of nutrition info is "the nutrition diva" quick and dirty tips podcast. She can really explain the different sides of an issue.

By the way, I love your enthusiasm. Keep sparking!
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VENUS_GITFIT 7/14/2013 12:03AM

    Thank you all for your support.

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TXTOAD9970 7/11/2013 3:46PM

    Welcome to Spark People! I was like you about nine months ago. I wanted to diet and went online to search for something low-cost and found Spark People (which is FREE!). I started tracking and reading the nutrition articles and I have learned a lot. I have also made some friends on Spark People. While my weight loss journey continues (I have lost 23 pounds but I have 22 pounds left to lose), I am armed with lots of good information and helpful advice from my Spark friends.
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BTW, I think watermelon/cantalope are fine for a snack. Now, if you were trying to follow the Atkins diet (which is practically no carbs), pretty much all fruit would be out because fruit contains natural sugar (carbs!). However, I have yet to meet anybody who has tried the Atkins diet and stayed with it for very long. It's just too restrictive. If you cut out refined carbs (chips, cookies, cake, white bread, etc.) you will see improvements.
Play with the Nutrition tracker on this website. I have been VERY enlightened by the calories/carbs/fat content of many foods by going to the nutrition tracker first before I put it in my mouth. I usually track what I am going to eat for the day in the morning so I know how many calories I have in my "bank". That has saved me from over-eating many times.
Best of luck to you on your Spark journey!
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MCFITZ2 7/11/2013 2:06PM

    I am no food expert either emoticon . The carbs to limit (not necessarily eliminate) are the highly refined. Fruits have a lot of extra nutrients you need. Read some of the nutrition articles on this site and use the food tracker. It will help you balance your food choices.

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GYPSYROVER 7/11/2013 1:49PM

    I am no food expert, but isn't watermelon & cantaloupe distinctly preferable to Doritos? or cookies? or donuts? Other than adding some protein/carbs to this fruit to complete your snack, I don't see anything wrong with your choice! Keep on sparking!

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