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ALIAKAI SparkPoints: (0)
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2/25/11 11:12 P

Agreed, I count portion sizes and stick to whole foods I know are nutritionally sound, take a multi, drink lowfat milk, enjoy my tiny little mini-chills, and breathe, and it works for me. I don't bother with caloreis, fat, carbs, etc, because I know if I have 1 portion protein, 1 portion carb, and 1/2 portion size fat in each of my meals along with nonstarchy veggies I'll be fine. It's easier to stick to and remember to write down, and not as time-consuming, and with my workout, I'm getting great results. Good luck to all of you and great advice!

WILDFLOWER2011 Posts: 182
2/25/11 10:38 P

I wasn't sure if there would be some backlash from the calorie-obsessed on this post, so I've been relieved to read all of the positive comments! I just wanted to add that I am in no way saying you shouldn't track anything or care about nutrition, I'm just saying that becoming overly concerned about it can be a hindrance. Living my life has become my main priority, and being obsessed with ANYTHING does fit into it. Thanks for all the great backup! emoticon

2/25/11 10:10 P


My nutrionist (my job provides access to one) says that if ever things get out of hand on tracking to just walk away for a day or two. I know how to eat well, even if I don't count every calorie over a few days, I can still eat well.

It's good practice too, she says. Someday when I reach my goal I won't always need to track if I can practice mindful, purposeful eating.

WRITINGBLUEHAWK SparkPoints: (20,360)
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2/25/11 8:24 P

Thank you for bringing us all back down to earth. It's easy to get a little OCD if the pounds don't drop off in a perfectly logical straight line. I appreciate your perspective. May we all keep calm and carry on!

AILEBBELIA SparkPoints: (13,418)
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2/25/11 8:13 P

"Perfectionism is a trap that will take you
back to overeating, even binging."

Wow, that is really great! This time around, I am trying really hard not stress out about staying within my range or being perfect with the marcos.

COCONNOR10 Posts: 608
2/25/11 8:01 P

I agree. Having lost close to 100 pounds myself, I read the posts on here sometimes and think WOW. People that are so concerned about tracking their vitamins and whether or not they chew a piece of gum. I couldn't imagine living my life like that. It would consume you and would eventually wear you down.

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2/24/11 6:03 P

I'm just starting out and don't have that much weight to lose... having already lost over 30lb this last year or so. You know what? I had jam on my toast today. And cake. And chocolate. And my favourite cheesy oat biscuits.

*And still stayed within the recommended ranges for everything.*

It's not about never having the things I like; it's about learning not to have too much of them, or to have them too often. If I eat more of this today, that means I can't eat so much of that later. Done thing.

More than anything else, SP has encouraged me to be more active. Tracking what I eat and keeping a record of my exercise has been enlightening. I have increased my cardio and strength training but I was surprised at how many calories I had already been burning.

2/24/11 5:54 P

Yes, yes, thank you! There are so many negative pressures in life, to make you feel like if you don't do things JUST SO, then you're so awful and wrong. I'm not saying sit here and blow some sunshine my way about how I'll lose weight while I gobble down Big Macs like they're getting outlawed, but my god, don't look at me like it's a SIN that once in awhile I allow myself a small indulgence. Could it be possible that I know more about what's going on in my body than someone else - seeing as *I'M* the one living in it???

MANDIETERRIER1 Posts: 17,571
2/24/11 5:45 P

I agree. I used to go on diets and deprive myself. I would then eat something considered 'bad' And that was all she wrote.

This time I am a lot easier on myself. And I have actually lost most of my weight and kept it off. I got off the diet roller coaster and now I am in a life style change. Although it is hard because when I do indulge people ask, "aren't you on a diet?"

I have noticed that many people who are really strict don't usually stick around long.

Edited by: MANDIETERRIER1 at: 2/24/2011 (17:46)
ROSEWAND SparkPoints: (190,454)
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2/24/11 5:37 P

To get an important perspective on this issue, I would suggest
reading Michael Pollan's book: "In Defense Of Food." He clearly
shows how we have reduced food to nutrionalism. It is a form
of reductionist thinking that does not serve us well.

Food is far more than the sum of its parts, even the highly
nutritional ones. Perfectionism is a trap that will take you
back to overeating, even binging.

Relax, and enjoy your foods. If you make sure that they
are real whole foods, they will take care of you.

Edited by: ROSEWAND at: 2/24/2011 (17:38)
WILDFLOWER2011 Posts: 182
2/24/11 1:13 P

This is my second time on the weight loss journey and the first time I was VERY strict...I would not even allow myself to THINK about having a cookie or a piece of pizza, etc. and I did lose weight...70 lbs...but I gained it ALL back because one day it's like I just snapped! I ate some onion rings at a fair and it was all downhill from there. Not only did they make me extremely sick because I hadn't had any fried food in almost a year, but I felt soooo guilty about it that I binged pretty much every day after that for 6 months. I decided that this time around, I'm going to be easier on myself...have that cookie or pizza, just log it and fit it into my daily calorie range. No guilt about anything, and no beating myself up. So many people quit because of self-deprecation and that is very sad. I hope this post helps people who are where I was to see that it's not an all-or-nothing thing, and that you can still live your life as normal while adopting a healthier lifestyle.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/24/11 11:11 A

Amen to that. I figure it all balances out in the end any way. If I eat 2 less carbs one day I will make up for it another day. I don't sweat the small stuff. No point!

2/24/11 10:27 A

Well said all posts before mine! We need to keep saying these things over and over until people actually hear. I realize our voices will be lost before that happens. But just saying.

CATSDONTPRAY SparkPoints: (14,225)
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2/24/11 10:11 A

Good advice! I started stressing out because a coworker and I share lunch on Wednesdays. We alternate who brings the lunch each week. When it's her turn, I'm pretty much guessing at what I had for lunch. But then I realized, that's one meal every two weeks. Not that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. (Unless she starts getting a little crazy and bringing fried butter sticks or something! emoticon )

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2/24/11 10:03 A

Choose to do the next right 1 thing. This applies to life, exercise whatever.

YELLOWDAHLIA SparkPoints: (94,861)
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2/24/11 9:30 A

you are so right on with that post!

I see so many people here worried about tiny little things that really are NOT that big of a deal. They're making the whole weight loss thing really hard for themselves and probably in the long run they'll burn out and give up...sad.

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2/24/11 9:19 A

I couldn't agree more!

It's one thing to make small changes (which I fully support and recommend) but it's a whole other more complicated thing to micro-manage one's life!

Just because you're unsure if you should use "egg, fresh" instead of "egg, scrambled" because of a 7 Calorie discrepancy doesn't really matter in the long run! Worrying about almond milk versus soy milk adds more stress than necessary. Being unsure if you had 1/2 cup or 2/3 cup of spinach with your dinner doesn't matter in the long-run!

I used to worry about every little thing and all it did was give me headaches. I firmly believe that if you're stressed out and worried during your weight-loss journey, the destination won't be enjoyable!

WILDFLOWER2011 Posts: 182
2/24/11 9:05 A

I have been reading a lot of posts on here from people who are basically picking their diets apart, trying to get the perfect amount of this and not too much of that (macronutrients mostly). Let me give some advice to anyone who is scared to death of not eating perfectly...BREATHE. Perfection is unattainable. Just stay within your given calorie range, exercise, and log everything. If you're 5 grams of protein off or 6 grams of fat or whatever, it's not a huge deal. Learning to eat well and exercise is going to be a lot harder if you micro-manage yourself. Just do the best you can and you will learn along the way what works for you. When you feel the best, you know you're doing your best, and even if all your numbers aren't exactly what you want them to be, that becomes immaterial.

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