In GOD We Trust Choose To Lose "If you are going to win any battle you have to do one thing. You have to make the mind run the body. Never let the body let the body tell the mind what to do. The body will always give up. It is always tired in the morning, noon and night. But the body is never tired if the mind is not tired." -General George S Patton, U.S.Army, 1912 Olympian
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One of the biggest stumbling blocks centers around not accurately measuring food portions. Even if after a while you know what a teaspoon of oil looks like in a pan, for example, still take the time. There are articles on SparkPeople that also tells you what a certain serving of food looks like (eg a serving of butter looks like a Scrabble piece). Better than nothing, but still not as accurate as measuring a teaspoon or weighing the butter piece.
Also, look at serving sizes when you look at the nutrition information. For example, a can of progresso soup has 2 servings. Be sure to count 2 servings if you eat the whole can, which will be a days worth of sodium if you're aiming for 1500. One might also eat a pint of low fat ice cream, which is not so low fat if you eat all 4 of the servings. So if you consume that pint (1/2 cup serving doesn't do it for me) you be sure to count all 4.
Same theory holds true for logging in exercise. For me, I count as exercise something that's out of my normal routine. Don't count all that walking you do at work unless you ride a desk all day. But count that walk you take at lunch time. Better for walking anyway is to track steps. Use a pedometer and be sure it's calibrated to you normal stride length.
Just a few little things that can help a lot. Take care.
i found this site in March. I quit smoking (i have been a smoker since a teenager) and i gained 30 lbs. I used chantex (it really works) but it caused cardiac disrhtymias. So after discovering this site, i started tracking what i eat and recording my exercise. so far i have only lost 5 lbs in 2 months. i am starting to get discouraged. i found the blogs and started reading them. Very encouraging. i just cant figure out why im not loosing the weight. i know, keep at it.
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