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The Hardest Part

Sunday, February 07, 2010

I hate Nutrition Tracking. It is time-consuming and I don't have an eating plan in mind when I am able to do my tracking, like right now, at 4:00 in the morning. I don't know what I'm going to have for dinner. (Okay, today I do, but most days I don't.)

Even if I plan the day, I don't usually stick to it anyway. Something may happen that changes things. Hah, mostly my mood.

I can do the exercise thing. I love the exercise thing.

It's the nutrition part I am so bad at. I don't have a plan, and I know that could be SOOOO much more successful with a plan.

Two small children (ages 9 and 10) don't help. Although they are getting so much better in trying and enjoying healthier foods, it's still a struggle. Maybe it's me. Maybe I don't give them enough credit. Maybe they'd eat even better. Maybe I use them as an excuse to NOT eat right!

They say you should get rid of all the unhealthy things in your kitchen and start over. I don't have it in me to throw perfectly good food away. I still plan on eating that box of pudding in my cabinet from 2002. Everything in moderation. Hah, how silly I can be sometimes.

Okay maybe I feel a little better now that I have gotten this down. It's a new day!
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  • KDOT420
    4 months later... how is it going?

    I am struggling with having a food plan... but today I cooked a wonderful dish and filled up 6 tups with them. So for at least the next couple of days I've got some quick easy meals available!

    Wishing healthy eating to you and yours!
    4075 days ago
  • 1002LOOSE
    For me it was the exact opposite. I like having a Sparkpeople grocery list so I could just go pick up those items. Right now I have about 4 different breakfast, lunch or dinner menus that I know by heart. (Yet the rest of my family has all the other wondful goodies in the house that I have to stay away from - like girl scout cookies) My challenge has always been to exercise (usually around 9 or 10pm at night).

    I was poor with the whole calorie counting thing so their suggested menu helps me. Now I am beginning to understand for me how many calories I should have at a meal. I still have to spend time meal planning and I suspect nobody can get away from that unless you do that Nutri-systems thing where you eat what they send you.

    I have faith that you will figure it out. Just hang in there and celebrate the small victories. They usually lead to bigger goals and bigger victories.
    4193 days ago
    Just quick note ... I adopted 6 children ages 1 to 6 and I had to "Force. them to eat candy. I will never forget that Did you ever see a kid who didn't like candy? Well mine had been so deprived of Kiddie things and treats like candy they had no understanding" of sweet treats I literally had to TEACH them to eat candy. and teach them to pick out a toy at the store. Well it is the same in reverse We have to TEACH the kids to eat healthy (and ourselves) it is a LEARNED behavior. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    4194 days ago
    Having a plan is so important. I don't always start my day with a detailed plan, but I have some sort of a vague idea. It's mainly what is NOT in my plan. It is not in my plan to eat out or cruise by fast food. It isn't in my plan to eat cheese. I eat a lot of the same foods over and over - and I think I'm okay with that, for now. You don't have to have everything planned to a T, but hopefully having some idea of what you want and what you don't will help prevent last minute/busy/panic/emotional/too busy to cook eating.

    And, I have to say that kids will eat whatever you fix them. If they don't eat it, they will be hungry. It will only take a time or two before they learn to eat what is in front of them. Plus, at 9 and 10, not eating one meal isn't going to hurt them too bad. When I was a kid, if we didn't eat our dinner, we got it for breakfast. If we didn't eat it for breakfast, we got it for lunch. We learned to eat whatever was fixed. The only food my parents forced that I still don't like is tomatoes - and that's primarily a texture thing. :)

    4194 days ago
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