This week I've upped the water intake, and that seems to help some. But sometimes my hunger hits me like school bus, deep down in the pit of my stomach, even though I may have eaten just a little while ago.
I've been keeping Carol's concept of "if you can't track, don't eat" and I like that. And I've been thinking about what I eat throughout the day, so I can easily remember to post as soon as I get home or right before I leave work.
Thanks for the input; I've heard a lot of the same thing in the other teams, and what it's really going to boil down to is ME. I have to track my food, I have to get off the posterior and exercise, and I have to remember to keep it up.
Having said that, I'll gladly take any encourage you all have to spare!
Heather AKA Maestro CRASHcendo
Pensacola Sparkers Team Co-Leader
Pounds lost: 14.5
Fitness Minutes: (98,626) Posts: 11,504 1/5/10 9:51 P
I use the 'favorites' in nutrition tracker a lot! I also use the food grouping to save some of my favorite meals for quick entry. I also do a lot of copying a meal to another day.
Making it a habit to log in every day and start at the nutrition tracker has helped me to stay 'honest' with tracking food.
Hungry - I'm with you there... Eating more fruits and vegetables helps... When I have my steel cut oats (and yes, there is a huge difference between steel cut and rolled oats) with a cup of fruit like blueberries or blackberries and 1/4 cup of walnuts, I'm not hungry most of the day! I'm thinking it is the fiber so I'm trying to eat a minimum of 25 grams of fiber a day. This seems to help with my sense of fullness...
I have a tendency to eat protein and carbs with dairy and I stay hungrier than when I eat lots of vegetables. Again, vegetables have fiber.
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as if everything is. - Albert Einstein, physicist
current weight: 237.0
Fitness Minutes: (98,626) Posts: 11,504 1/3/10 2:46 P
Thanks for your honesty. I stay hungry a lot too...only my stomach isn't really hungry, it is mostly my mouth. Protein is supposed to make you less hungry, but it doesn't really help me. One technique is to wait 15 minutes before you eat something. If you still want the food, eat a little. We tell ourselves "no" way too much. I try to get myself occupied with something else. I go in my bedroom to get further away from the food, or I go work out. Other helpful things are brushing your teeth or chewing gum.
As far as the food tracker, I use the favorites list. I pretty much eat the same thing every week day, so using the "copy this meal to another day" is very helpful. Tracking the weekends is harder for me and I am less consistant with that. I intend to do better in 2010. Back when I lost 50 ppounds, if I couldn't track something, I just wouldn't eat it. I hope I can get back to that mentality this year.
If you get help from other teams, post it here. I need their advice, too.
57, 5' 3", Maintaining 60 pounds lost with Sparkpeople for 7 years! -Carol
"That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do. Not that the nature of the thing itself has changed but our power to do it is increased. " -Ralph Waldo Emerson
current weight: 2.5 over
Fitness Minutes: (28,527) Posts: 1,480 1/3/10 1:28 P
I AM ALWAYS HUNGRY! I'm sure this is partly a product of not really paying attention much lately, but even in my best SP moments, I have battled with hunger. I've tried a medical approach, using blood sugar meds that are supposed to help suppress, but it doesn't. URGH!
What's more, I have a hard time keeping up with nutrition tracking on SP. I can be good for a short time, but after a while it becomes too tedious. This is where I need to help and expertise of my fellow sparkers:
What do you do to help simplify tracking your food? Do you have any tips to share that makes it quick and easy?
I am about to go back to school, and I'll really need any help I can get so I can get a handle on my eating.
I am also going to post this to some of my other teams to see what advice is shared. I'll be sure to pass along any great advice from SparkLand.
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