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Thursday, December 20, 2012

I have learned a few things about myself on this adventure of changing my life style. I learned that I have to plan. I now look at each day as having 1200 to 1500 calories. I think of it as having 1200 to 1500 dollars a day and how I am going to spend them. I have been planning my next day's meals the night before and checking the calories a head of time. I also plan my exercise strategy the night before. It makes my eating so much better. I plan snacks and I plan on eating every few hours to keep my metabolism stoked. I also have been using the recipes more. Today I was asked to go to a breakfast with a friend's daughter. There were so many high calorie foods and I avoided them and went to the fruit, granola, orange juice and 1/4 of a waffle. I did so good, at least that is what I thought, I got home and put the food in my tracker and found that I spent 750 of my daily "dollars". Normally I would get frustrated and say oh well, I 've already blown it today. NOT today, instead I went to the recipes and found some "cheaper" recipes and made those. I ended up staying in my range and saving a few, "dollars" (otherwise known as calories). emoticon
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    I like the change to planning ahead at this stage in your journey to better health you need to have many days of success before you can be confident you can make wise food choices. I did the same thing at the beginning and the had a white board I kept track of my goals and accomplishments because I loved to change the number to just 1 more.
    I wish you well as you work daily on your goals and I am glad you did not give up when you found you had spent $750 on breakfast.
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    1970 days ago
    Way to go, staying in your calorie range. If you bite it write it! It is amazing how fast the calories add up if we don't pay attention. Stay conscious of your choices and you will be successful. emoticon
    1970 days ago
    I budget too! I always say, oh I've spent too much or Oh I have this much more I can spend today. LOL
    1970 days ago
  • BRENDA1946
    I really like your idea of budgeting calories like money. Planning ahead is smart and the success it brings when you step on the scale or take your measurements is worth the effort.
    1970 days ago
  • DEBLYNN323
    Great idea....will have to borrow the checkbook budget tip!

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    1970 days ago
  • BUSMOM27
    What a great idea! I would never intentionally spend over my budget, but I go in debt with my calories all the time. Thanks for the idea!
    1970 days ago
    This is such a good blog...and shows how well our life works for us when we get our priorities in the right perspective...good for you
    1981 days ago
    Great job! Planning ahead does help. I didn't today and definatly paid! Keep it up! emoticon
    1982 days ago
  • EWL978
    The problem is "do you like to plan ahead"?? Sometimes I think that's exhausting!!

    Just keep on keeping on... emoticon
    1983 days ago
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