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Saturday, January 26, 2013

I am too tired to go through the rigmarole of doing a video blog tonight. I am very pleased with the results of my 1st week on Spark People. I haven't ever been successful at tracking my eating. Just writing down what I ate in a general fashion, not being knowledgeable in nutrition (calories, etc) was not very helpful or enlightening. Being able to see how many calories, how much fat, how many carbs and how much protein I am getting in my meals (as well as other nutritional facts) is HUGE to me! And, sodium - ack - the dreaded salt. Even though I'm making more meals from fresh foods, I still keep exceeding my salt limits. It's a work in progress.

Tracking my calories has actually helped me eat more food, more nutritious food, more enjoyable food than I've been able to eat in the past. When you start doing a budget every month - it feels like you've gotten a raise. When I track what I'm eating - using the great choices and suggestions on this site - I never have to feel unsatisfied. If I start craving something - I have more "tools" in my arsenal to feed that craving.

I've come to realize that when I start craving something it's usually my body telling me I'm missing something - protein, calcium, fiber (that one can be really obvious!), iron, etc. We need to learn how to recognize what our body is asking for. When I crave and eat something that fills a "need" my body has - I am satisfied. If I don't take the time to stop and "listen" thoughtfully to what my "gut" requires, I find myself "grazing" through the kitchen, just eating anything and everything I can get to easily.

When I look at my nutrition tracker, I can see what area's need trimming - and what area's need to be "beefed" up. I can then "nosh" intelligently instead of blindly. Does this all make sense?

In any case, whatever I learned and whatever I did this week helped me lose 3.8 pounds. In the last few months I've been stuck. I was on the proverbial "plateau". Then the holidays hit and I was making every excuse in the book to eat sweets (not my usual addiction). This sugar set me on a bender like I haven't seen in awhile. Fortunately, I recognized the symptoms and nipped it in the bud quickly enough to minimize the damage. Still, I wasn't truly "back on track". Coming to Spark People has aimed me in the right direction again. YAY!

Well, I've kept you long enough. Have a great Spark Week!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Hi Dawn,

    Finally getting to read your blog. You are really on your way. The tracker is my favorite tool. As you said, it shows you where you are lacking in nutrients if you are still hungry. Keep up the good work.

    hugs....Mary Anne
    2244 days ago
    Excellent blog, and I got the answer to the question I posted on your Page about how your Spark Program is going. You are really discovering what the trackers are best for, how we can learn what is really nourishing and how far those calories can really go! Spark ON!
    2247 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Sounds like you are learning to use all spark tools, and understanding your self, great job, keep up the good work. emoticon emoticon
    2248 days ago
  • MARIANNE9855
    I love the tracker too, it helps me plan my food with what's left throughout the day and even though I am starting slowly with exercise I like to see the accumulated reports add up. emoticon
    2248 days ago
  • ANNIE924
    Good for you.

    You are so right about using the nutrition tracker, I find it very helpful too in evaluating what I've eaten. I like to look back at previous weeks and see what menus have been most effective and satisfying.

    Congratulations on your loss - sounds like you are on the right track.

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    2248 days ago
    Good on you! Keep up the great work, what an inspiration! You're using the tools to your best advantage. Make it work hard for you. Big ups and congrats. emoticon
    2248 days ago
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