Sometimes it's best to go ahead and eat a small amount of what you are craving. I'll try to eat a healthy alternative, but if it doesn't help right away, and I still have the craving, I go ahead and eat a small serving. Looks like you are getting good results! Way to go! Keep up the good work and focus on the exercise like you said. :)
I have problems with cravings. Carrots is a poor substitute when I want chips. They just don't satisfy the craving. Fruit is not helping the craving for candy either. The more I try to replace the candy and chips the more I want them as well as the healthy foods. I end up eating so much more food then I should. I end up going over on calories, carbs, fats and sodium. I have been trying to track food and exercise all week. I found that I spend so much time tracking food that, that is all I think about so want to eat more even if it means adding it to the tracker and over eating. Even if I plan healthy meals I end up eating something else not so healthy instead. I have upped my exercise from 15 minutes to between 30 minutes - 1 hour twice a week and I have seen weight loss of 3.8 today and blood sugar drop from 153 mg/dL to 137 mg/dL. I have decided to not worry so much about the food and concentrate on the exercise. I want to get so I am exercising 5 days per week for 1 hour. Saturday and Sunday would be lighter so body can rest. I am hoping that by upping exercise the eating will work itself out.
Edited by: BSLMKH1954 at: 2/10/2013 (14:21)
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I set my ticker to my highest weight of 210 lbs because it gets upset and doesn't want to save when I gain weight instead of lose. on Dec 30, 2012 I joined SparkPeople and weighed 195.8
I'm pretty good with reading nutrition labels, but definitely need to get better with my stretching - especially post work out. I'm always in a rush to get out of the gym so stretching goes out the window!
"Living the good life" Challenge – Reading Nutrition Labels & Ingredients
"High in Fiber!" "Low in Fat!" "Heart Healthy!" "All Natural!" "Whole Grains!" If you only read the front of your food package, it would be easy to think that you are making smart food choices. The problem is that these promises aren't all that they claim to be, they are often simply buzz words that companies are hoping will convince you to buy their products. By flipping the package over & reading the Nutrition Facts label & ingredients on the back of the box, you will get a much more honest picture of what you are actually eating. But do you know what you are looking for besides calories? If not, it is time to learn!
Because this is such an important part of any diet, there is a lot we need to know to make informed decisions about what we will each and how much we will eat.
Read 2 Labels a day
For starters, check out this great resource from the FDA explaining how to read a Nutrition Facts Label:
Stretching is important for people of all ages! One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move further before an injury occurs. Post-exercise stretching can also aid in workout recovery, decrease muscle soreness, and ensure that your muscles and tendons are in good working order. The more conditioned your muscles and tendons are, the better they can handle the rigors of sport and exercise, and the less likely that they'll become injured.
Everyone can learn to stretch, regardless of age or flexibility. Stretching should be a part of your daily routine, whether you exercise or not. There are simple stretches you can do while watching TV, on the computer, or getting ready for bed. If you are doing strength training exercises, stretch in between sets. It feels good and saves time from stretching at the end of the workout!
It does not have to involve a huge time commitment, but stretching can end up giving you huge results!
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