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4/28/12 2:25 P

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I looooooooooove my food scale. lol It measures grams, lbs, etc.. I even weigh it out when I eat ice cream! I have to know how much I am eating so I can properly track :D

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4/28/12 1:45 P

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CARLY155 -- I hear you about those shakes. I just saved this recipe yesterday and am about to get get the stuff for it today:

http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-de
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Mock Wendy's Frosty, only 78 calories, WOO!

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4/28/12 2:19 A

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I had a good giggle when I read your post, not because I'm laughing at you, but because I have totally been there! I used to *LOVE* to get a Medium Sonic Butterfinger Blast, so much so that I'd stop on my way home from school on Mon & Wed. I looked up the calories the other day... it was around 1400. That's more than I've been having PER DAY! I couldn't believe it... I compromised for a small Wendy's frosty (had to have something) which was 300 cals.

I'm happy you're doing so well, and most importantly feeling empowered! :)

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4/27/12 8:55 P

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Don't be scared of the food scale! I love my food scale and I use it at every meal. It has helped me so, so much.

Also, my food scale showed me that I was underestimating the amount of cheese in an ounce, so I can eat MORE CHEESE.

Edited by: SYZYGY922 at: 4/27/2012 (20:55)
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LBFROMBUFAD's Photo LBFROMBUFAD Posts: 298
4/27/12 11:41 A

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I think I have a food scale buried somewhere in a drawer. I've been thinking about getting it out and using it. I'm scared!

"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." - Augusten Burroughs

I am DONE!!!!

Doing Nothing is easy, that's why everybody does it.

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4/27/12 11:20 A

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I hear you! I could blow enough calories in one meal it wasn't funny. I don't know which was worse, that there were so many calories in what I was eating or that I was eating so much of it and DIDN'T CARE! I can still blow it some days. I emotion ate myself into oblivion for the first time in a long time the other night. Let's just say that a very frustrating day at work and going through a drive thru weren't a good combination. More calories than I normally eat in a day and a half. Sheesh.

I do like my kitchen scales. :) I'm definitely becoming more mindful MOST of the time!

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XPHOENIX's Photo XPHOENIX Posts: 9,019
4/26/12 8:33 A

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When I see nutrition facts on a salad and it says anything-thousand is the calories I really bust out laughing. Seriously? A "healthy" item is worse than half of a pizza? Screw you.. lmao

THAT is why I basically eat what I want, make it myself and put my healthy spin on it, and call it a day. I cant stand it!!

Portion distortion.. oh yeah.. I was a total criminal of that before. Pasta? Still my weak spot.. and bread :( I'm working on it though :D

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4/25/12 6:08 P

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I just had my hit me moment today!!!

I have trouble with my snacks. I come home and get a snack until dinner. Well that snack has enough calories for a large meal and dessert. Today I said I would be mindful of it but have already over-snacked not as bad as yesterdat. But I challenged myself to track my food this week. So I am much more conscience. I couldnt believe that I have been eating 2000-3000 calories a day and 1/2 of that was JUNK! Now I am down to 1500-2000. I have already been making a list of items to eat as snacks that are much healthier options. I still have trouble staying in range but I know that will get better over time!

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4/25/12 3:49 P

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Oh, super-caloric salads make me so deeply sad. Chili's has ridiculously high calorie salads, one of them is 1,100 calories.

ELEVEN HUNDRED CALORIES.

I might as well have two Big Macs and stuff the lettuce up my nose!

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4/25/12 3:44 P

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That hit me too!

I also had it hit me when I started measuring REAL serving sizes! How many servings did I consume before? OMGAW!

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4/25/12 3:37 P

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Me too - I find I am thinking twice about going out to eat at all - there is so much work involved in researching what to eat. Going to cheesecake factory and finding out there are 3 million calories in a salad really kills the fun!!!

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4/25/12 3:02 P

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I'm a veteran dieter but I can still definitely relate! I have obsessed over nutrition labels for a long time, but if there wasn't one available I wouldn't worry about it too much. I used to order pizzas and eat maybe three slices for dinner and then eat the rest of the pizza over the next day or two. I had no idea that one slice had 390 calories, tons of fat, and basically no fiber or protein. And I was eating three slices at once! Possibly four! No more of that! I didn't do it that often, but still, UGH.

And I used to eat out quite a lot. If the nutrition info was out of my sight, it was out of my mind.

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4/25/12 11:12 A

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OMG I'm the same way!! After I think about what is in some things, I just cannot eat them anymore. Glad to know I'm not alone.

I think its good to pay attention to labels and really SEE what is in things. They sound awesome, but then.. you're like "Wow, I could eat a Big Mac for all of those calories!" and its some little snack (well, what could be your snack before you cared about your intake..).

I track every bite, just so I know what I am doing. I need to know where I am going wrong and right and it really helps me.

YAY for your overeating being ruined! *celebrating* :))

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4/25/12 11:02 A

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I agree 100%. That free muffin I used to have is now a no way breakfast, Lol.

Tracking what you eat and knowing the calories you put in your body is a real eye opener. You don't have to become obsessed over calories, but sometimes it's hard not to say/think "OMG, that's how much?????"



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4/25/12 10:42 A

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I totally relate. The very act of keeping track of everything and anything I eat makes me think twice, and usually make the right choice. When I'm not logging, all hell breaks loose...

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4/25/12 10:13 A

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I can see why I never looked at calories before eating something, because now that I'm faithfully using the nutrition tracker, I've become aware of how many calories I used to eat on a daily basis...and it's not cute!

No WONDER I've been the Fat Girl! I mean, here I was thinking that what I was eating "wasn't that much"...even when I thought I was eating lighter, I really wasn't. For one thing, now that I'm using the nutrition tracker, I'm still seeing how even if I'm in my calorie range, sometimes I eat way above my fat range. What can I say, I dig fat.

However, it's making me MUCH more conscious about the things I'm putting on my plate, because I am being rigorously honest with myself -- it if goes in my mouth, it goes on the tracker. I have had some pretty off the charts calorie days, but they're further between since I'm READING all the nutrition info BEFORE I eat things now.

I know that some people have been professional dieters and are probably rolling their eyes at me but seriously, denial is a beautiful thing! When someone once told me how many calories were in a Bloomin' Onion, I immediately thought of the ones I've eaten and seriously, haven't had one since.

This morning I grabbed a muffin, and when I realized that the whole muffin was TWO servings, and that the whole muffin would be 520 calories, I almost keeled over. I cut it in half and gave the other half to some random guy walking down my hallway at work who shrugged and ate it. But I will not be getting that particular muffin again, that's too many calories for half a muffin.

BUT let me also say! I am not getting neurotic or nuts about calories. That's the miracle! I've been struggling with disordered eating my whole life and instead of feeling crazy and obsessive about calories, I am finding that KNOWLEDGE is POWER. It's freeing! When I know what I've already eaten, it's helping me make smarter choices later in the day.

Any one of you come to earth-shattering epiphanies after starting to track your food? Have you found that being honest about what you're eating is freeing rather than making you neurotic or nuts?

Edited by: LBFROMBUFAD at: 4/28/2012 (13:41)
"I myself am made entirely of flaws, stitched together with good intentions." - Augusten Burroughs

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