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1/12/13 9:31 A

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That was very helpful! Thank you. I started out with a nice healthy breakfast and a few glasses of water this morning. I think that was excellent, rationale advice and it makes perfect sense!! I have 'dieted' before, but never with this kind of purpose or structure to ensuring I am not over Or under and focusing on Eating- just eating healthy... before when I would 'diet' I would just eat very little- which worked to get my weight off, but also was never sustainable. This time around I am trying to be smart about creating a Life change where I am really conscious of what I am putting in my mouth in a way I can maintain long-term. But sometimes I get too busy to check everything I eat. I agree wholeheartedly that I will get better at 'eyeballing' calories counts in what I eat as I go. Thank you very much!!

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1/12/13 8:09 A

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I think it would be a mistake to force-feed yourself to reach the lower calorie level. Just as you would get advice not to freak out if you go over your calorie limit on occasion, I don't think it will kill you to be under occasionally. It sounds like you had a decent dinner. If you're hungry after that, you can eat more. You might want to aim toward the upper end of your calorie range the next day, fueled by a hearty breakfast to wake up your metabolism. Think of it as a kind of notice to your body -- "Don't worry! I'll feed you today, so start burning calories."

With regard to not letting it happen again, I agree that you can't control every circumstance in life and have to deal with whatever happens. But, I'm also guessing you might be new-ish to watching what you eat and trying to hit a certain calorie range. Over time, you'll get to know about how many calories are in the foods you most commonly eat so you won't be surprised at the end of the day. Also, if you are eating within a pretty steady calorie range for a while, your body will tell you when you're not meeting it's expectations for calories. But when you're starting out and eating less than you did for years before, feeling hungry seems almost normal. Eventually, your body adapts, and you learn to listen to it for hunger cues. So, I won't say don't let it happen again; but I will say that over time it will be less likely to happen.


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1/11/13 9:22 P

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Ok. First, I KNOW I shouldn't have let this happen so I do intend to do the first and most sensible thing and try to be careful it doesn't happen again. However, with 4 kids and two jobs I have to say I can't honestly say this would never, ever happen again so I need to know what to do if it does. So here is what happened...

I didn't track my food until I got home right before dinner to see how many calories I should eat. I didn't realize my breakfast was only 140 calories and my lunch was only 180!! I usually will eat a couple healthy snacks during the day, but I had one of those crazy days where I just didn't get time and since I didn't have any hunger pangs I did not think about it. I am supposed to eat between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. I know eating too little could do as much damage as eating too much. However, at 530 pm it's a Little late to try and pack in 800 calories to even hit my minimum!! That certainly can't be healthy either. So Prevention, prevention, prevention is my plan of attack. I will try to be better about tracking earlier in the day so I can watch my calories are enough. However, if I AM faced with this situation is is better to just live with being at a lower calorie count. (I had 546 for dinner- it was as much as I could comfortably eat) leaving me with 866 for the day) OR should I suck it up and try to work in another later night snack before bed that will get me atleast over the 1000 calorie mark.

Any and all advice is welcome. Besides, don't let it happen. It is certainly not my intention to let it happen, but as well know we are human so what I am looking for is help for if it Does happen despite my best intentions.

My Mantra: Every day I get to make a choice about what kind of response I am going to give back to the world, what kind of mindset I will meet my challenges with, what kind of life I am building. Each day I will focus on making choices that make me feel good about myself. Each day I will focus on making choices that help my family be happy and healthy.


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