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ROSAMARCELLE
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10/16/13 4:49 A

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I have similar problems and I am trying to only weigh once a week as weighing more often can show up fluctuations which disappear over the longer term. I generally find that ditching the nutrition tracker leads me to either over or under eat, so I prefer to use it daily, but maybe it will be different for you. Sometimes it is good to just have a break from it for a few days or a week and then get back on track again. Does no harm to keep your body guessing anyway, particularly if you can manage to eat only healthy fruit, veg, whole grains and healthy fats and protein.

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10/16/13 2:30 A



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I would be inclined to continue tracker - after-all, not tracking got many of us considerably overweight in the first place.

Another thing I would be inclined to do - ditch the scales .... at least for a while. If you are eating a good variety of healthy foods, within a health range, and getting enough exercise without being obsessive about it, then your body will be thanking you for it. There are many other ways of judging success - how your clothes fit; your overall energy level; the quality of your sleep; the condition of your skin/hair' your blood results (if you had problems with things like cholesterol and blood sugars); and your BP (if you had a problem with it.)

If you DO decide to stop tracking, down-size your dinner plate, and remember what your meal should look like. 1/4 lean protein; 1/4 carbs and 1/2 a mix of a rainbow of colour with a variety of veges. Make sure you get AT LEAST 5 fruit/veges in your day, preferably more, and rather than soda/juice/alcohol, replace at least some with good old plain water!

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10/15/13 9:04 P

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you won't know if it will work for you until you try it. if that works better, great. if you do need to go back to tracking, really focus on the long term scale rather than the short term. in other words remember that your body isn't like your bank account where once you put something in you can see where it goes. what fueled you this morning when you woke up wasn't the breakfast you ate, your fuel came from whatever you ate last night. digestion takes several hours and really delays results and linking to said results. add things like salt to the mix and that can further change what sort of water your body retains [adds weight but does a necessary function]. working out is something that further complicates things as what and how much can determine how much water your are retaining to repair the muscles you used in your workout. so what that means is that one day and one weigh in don't mean anything. you need several weigh ins over time to get any idea of what your weight is doing. because it's normal and usual for your body to bobble up and down, vary by up to 5lbs, without you gaining or losing an ounce. most people don't lose one pound, one pound, one pound, half a pound, two pounds, one pound. most people lose three pounds, gain two, down one, up a half, down two like that. and the more often you flip out about the little bobbles, particularly if you try and drastically change things to fix what you perceive as not working, the longer it can take to see results. and that's all the more true the less weight you have to lose. because every time you do something new the results clock resets. and it can take 4-6 weeks to see results.

as far as you eating when everyone else does [even if you already ate], remember that you keep your schedule and they keep their schedule. every time your coworkers go to the bathroom you don't join them, do you? you're not calling them in the morning to make sure that you're showering at the same time, right? eating is just the same, you do it when you need to and that's your schedule that you should try to stick to. because you can't stick to other people's schedules or you would be eating all the time because odds are at least someone you know is eating at most times.

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10/15/13 8:57 P

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actually, I found that by tracking every bite and morsel, I became more accountable for my food choices. I love the tracker. it's my friend, lol.



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i spend so much time freaking out about how much i'm eating, and i've been getting really discouraged when the scale shows any sort of increase. i'm entertaining the idea of going a day or so without tracking, just to see if i can stop obsessing and start living. i would try to focus more on my choices and my level of fullness instead of meeting calorie goals every day. has anyone done this? how'd it go?

s/n: i think my other big issue, eating just because other people are eating and not because i'm particularly hungry, plays into this a bit as well. advice on that would be great as well.

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