I'm putting this under motivation because it was a FANTASTIC motivator! I put my favorite pie recipe [Dixie Pie] in the nutritional calculator and it became MUCH LESS favorable when I found out the calories and fat content for ONE piece! Even if I divided the pie into 15 small pieces, it still had: 344 calories and 23.6 grams of fat! This pie suddenly lost ALL its appeal!
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I keep a bar of my favorite locally made dark chocolate in my cupboard and have calculated what a little square of it is calorie-wise, so when the cravings hit I can decide to have a piece and savor it, eating it slowly. Usually with a cup of tea or coffee or with a few almonds for "dessert." I have found that by having it on hand, in a tin in my cupboard, I do not work up the emotions that can come from not having it available at all.
Selecting good chocolate is important; I buy a variety of dark chocolate bars processed locally which are really fresh. Since I have been doing this, I do not even desire "over-the-counter" chocolate, candy bars, etc. like in the past. ( I used to be a Snickers junkie.)
Whenever I have a moment of weakness and have dessert with my dinner, I calculate the calorie count for that scrumptious delight. Then I make sure I exercise that day and burn at least as many calories as I consumed with my dessert. It keeps me motivated to keep on going until I've nullifed those extra calories.
I learned this from my husband. If you just can't stand not weighing every day (like me), keep a five or ten day average. Even though my weight fluctuates, the average goes down every day as long as I stick with my exercise and eating program.
My hubby made a nice spreadsheet that calculates the averages for me.30
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