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Tracking food? Yes! Because I am a compulsive lier!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

I am a compulsive lier. I lie... to myself... all the time. Tracking my food keeps me honest. I have also learned with the new meal summary that I have other issues to deal with. Not right now. It is a learning process. I am just starting to see patterns that I never knew I made with my food. When I'm ready I will look at not only what I eat but how I eat. I am grateful to SP for being patient with me. I go at my own pace. If I had to do it all at once... I would definitely set myself up for failure. At the beginning... know what? I didn't care if I logged 3,000 calories for a single meal into the food planner. It was where I had to start. No one was going to judge me. In fact I gave myself a hurray just for tracking every mouthful. Then I started looking at the food more carefully. I started comparing what SP suggested I eat for a meal with what I was choosing. OK sometimes I got lazy and instead of researching a food (like a chocolate chip cookie) I just chose the first on the list I found. That sure gave me a laugh. One cookie from subway or somewhere was 1,000 calories! OK, so it made me go grab my recipe and punch it in just to see the difference. It made me start looking at how I cook and portions. I do try new recipes from SP but many are not so healthy - lol - but I am beginning to recognize what is healthy. The new cook for SP will be posting recipes and boy am I looking forward to that!
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    I absolutely agree. Just tracking everything I eat has made a huge difference in my weight loss. For one thing, I found that things I thought weren't so bad are terrible!

    As of July 1st, restaurant chains in California have to have their nutritional info available. The big salad I loved at California Pizza Kitchen turned out to be almost 2,000 calories! And the little muffin at Starbucks that I used to have EVERY DAY turned out to be almost 500 calories.

    No wonder I couldn't lose weight when I was eating tons more calories a day than I realized! I was probably eating 1,000 calories more a day than I thought.

    I've only been on SparkPeople since July 7, but as of today I've already lost 8 pounds. I couldn't be happier.

    Now that you know what to do, you will reach your goals! Stick with it.

    3210 days ago
    I hear you! I find myself doing the same thing. When I took the time to measure my food I found I was really underestimating my quantities! The good news is you are going the right direction! Keep it up!
    3210 days ago
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