You need to be realistic with yourself. If I try to cut alot of calories or change too many habits at once, I've set myself up to 'fail'. I may not have failed; but since the success was like finding a needle in a haystack of desires, I just don't see the change and dump on myself the label of failure. This can happen when I try to please others especially. I've had to learn to ignore others, and listen to myself. Make my own goals. As I do, those around me learn a respect for me as they eventually notice my changes. Until then, I smile and ignore their comments.
I used the Nutrition Tracker regularly at first to learn what proper portions were, and help me see what areas needed changing in my diet. I tracked what I thought was healthy eating, and even the occassional splurge to look for patterns. For me it was important to track the basic SP setting plus potasssium, vit. C, and calcium. I theorize that some cravings come from the body trying to get enough potassium or some other nutrient. I DO NOT worry about making each goal every day since I eat a variety of foods. A surplus one day maybe a negative the next as I saw patterns develop. As you make healthier food choices, you will need less food to satisfy your body and it will adjust your cravings. It takes time though to see these changes.
The Nutrition Tracker Meal planning really helps me in alot of ways. It's been my biggest help.
1) reduces impulsive eating because I know I have a healthy meal and portions planned.
2) It also saves alot on groceries since I have a list and don't impulse shop nearly as much. Okay, maybe one or two items end up in the cart extra; but even then, I look at all my healthy choices and find it easier to opt out on unhealthy ones.... and be able to afford the more expensive healthy ones. I may allow one unhealthy item; but that is it and it has to last a week. I feel so proud of myself when I see the changes in what's in my grocery cart.
| current weight: 206.0