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Friday, April 23, 2010

For me the nutrition tracker is such a valauble tool. I think it's something like confession. When I list, honestly, the food I ate, and see it out there, recorded, I am free of it, and can get beyond my error and feelings of guilt.

I went to P.F Chang's last night. For me (pre-Spark days) I was very good -- didn't go for the three course meal, has something I thought was healthy, cashew and almond chicken with brown rice, and only ate half of it.

My first inclination was to not track it, because I knew it would be bad. But that's how I get back into the "losing my motivation" mode. So I went online and looked up the nutritional value of PF Chang meals.

I was happily surprised -- my choice only had 373 calories! THEN, I read the fine print -- that plate was THREE servings. So, with the rice, it was over 600 calories. And for the day I had over 2000.

Still, it was much better than I would have done in the past. And now I can get on with today, and not worry about it. THAT'S the real strength of the tracker!
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    At PF Changes - if you get the Lemon Pepper Shrimp - there are two servings - but the calories add up to very little, even with brown rice - I didn't know that shrimp was so low in calories. I guess it has a lot of cholestrol - but if you eat there - order it, indulge beyond belief, and have no guilt!

    I have to track..... it reinforces my good habits and I learn a little from it every week. Good Blog!
    2950 days ago
    Good job for looking up the info! I find it very helpful, especially if I go online BEFORE going out, to know what I can choose. Sometimes the fat content is so shocking - esp those salads that are full of calorie bombs! Good for you in reading the nutritional info carefully. It's awesome that you are being true to yourself and adding everything up.

    I think one of my biggest breakthroughs was portion control - I found it amazing, when I weighed and measured to see that I was simply eating too much. I really hadn't 'GOT IT' before. That's where my "Resolve" had to kick in, especially when we ate out!

    One other thing - don't beat yourself up about one meal ... it was still better than what you ate before!

    emoticon Linda
    2953 days ago
  • CAMELA_55
    It's amazing to me how what seems to be 1 serving is many times 2 or 3. Good for you for keeping up with that!
    2955 days ago
  • MEGANC1988
    Great job being honest with yourself! Remember though, 2000 is probably some where slightly above maintaining if you didn't work out at all yesterday, so you may have even had a deficit still!
    2955 days ago
    emoticon my best tool also, whether I go over or not I record it honestly on the tracker, and by time I track my exercises I am some times finding out I haven't eaten enough for the exercises I do

    Keep on tracking and good luck
    2955 days ago
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