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10/16/10 11:17 P

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I think both work together really well to feel fully in control emoticon

Smile .... it makes people wonder what you're up to ;-)

The fourth glass of wine is always a good idea before you do it and a really bad idea afterward! ;-)

It is far easier to MAKE time to exercise than it is to FIND time to exercise. You want results???? MAKE it happen.


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10/13/10 12:09 P

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I do both. Honestly it is best (in my opinion) to do both. It covers all your bases. You could have 1 serving of tater tots, but it is still a ton of calories!

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10/12/10 9:43 P

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I love how in control I feel when I am counting calories although I do have to work on eating healthier, so I make look into the book you mentioned.

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10/12/10 8:43 P

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Thanks for your input! I had a eating disorder in middle and high school so that is why I am afraid of being too obsessed with it. However, I do think counting calories is more accurate for sure!

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10/12/10 4:30 P

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I have to agree. The only time I lost weight and kept it off for some time was when I counted calories (or in my case points). It IS obsessive, but in time, it becomes second nature. I can't quote to any particular studies off the top of my head, but many studies have shown that counting is the way to go for weight loss.

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KAITLINLOOSIN Posts: 254
10/12/10 4:29 P

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For me, I know I just don't have the self control to just do the portions. I agree with you about being within the calories but them not being all that well balanced. For me personally, I look at it as, if while I'm counting calories I can't balance, how could I expect myself to do it on another plan? That being said, I know it does work for some people.

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BAILEYS7OF9's Photo BAILEYS7OF9 SparkPoints: (120,726)
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10/12/10 1:00 P

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I'm obsessive and I'm okay with that! It helped me drop the 20+ pounds, I'm not going to change things now. emoticon

Edited by: BAILEYS7OF9 at: 10/12/2010 (13:01)




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SMIDGON's Photo SMIDGON Posts: 4,193
10/12/10 11:44 A

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Even tho I have been trained to count points [Weight Watchers] at times I do count porton size. The porton size comes in handy when eating out. emoticon

"All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord, and are called according to His purpose."

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10/12/10 11:09 A

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Although I am always aware of the calories in the food that I eat, I don't count calories per say. I follow portion size. When I started my journey two and a half years ago one of my major problems was eating portions that were way too large. I have found that I have been very successful eating balanced meals that are smaller with small snacks between meals. Eating the way I do takes so much pressure off and I am never hungry for long. No diet here just lifestyle changes. Lorraine

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10/12/10 10:47 A

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I do both. It is simply too easy to go over the limit especially since a lot of stuff that looks harmless is loaded with calories. Add to that the fact that we are petite women requiring less calories and more vigilance and suddenly, "obsessive" makes a lot of sense...

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10/12/10 10:42 A

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I'm torn between simply eating small portions and counting calories. I hate to think about the calories in everything I eat (b/c I don't want it to get obsessive) but I know it is very effective. Has anyone just eaten small portions instead? Has that worked for you? I read this great book called the Portion Teller which talks about how to eat so many servings from each food group instead of counting calories. What I like about it is that I make sure to get in at least 2 servings of fruit and 3 of vegetables. Her thinking is more a well balanced diet with a treat here or there worked in. What do you think?? For me, sometimes I can eat 1,200 calories but they are not always the most well balanced. What has worked for you??

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