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To Record or Not to Record?

Monday, June 03, 2013

Since joining Sparkpeople, I am learning many new things. In the morning, before I start my day, I make an effort to read Blog entries. At first, I did it for the Sparkpoints however I now enjoy reading the articles. They are very informative.

Today, I read an article that has convinced me I must RECORD my calorie intake for the rest of my life! I used to ask myself 'why am I not losing weight? I don't eat much throughout the day.' After reading a blog entry this morning and verifying Sparkpeople's food data base, I understand why.

A typical food day for me would be: skipping breakfast, possibly 2 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for lunch and for dinner a Carl's Jr. Charbroiled Guacamole Bacon Six Dollar Burger w/Fried zucchini and a small cheesecake dessert! I NEVER checked the calorie intake for the day however there are 1,030 calories in the burger alone! My husband and I eat out frequently therefore I was taking in way to many calories in a day.

I have now learned I will have to RECORD my food for the rest of my life. At worst, check the calorie counter before I 'woof' the food down!

Moral of this story: Keeping track of my calories has been an eye opener.
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    Good for you - each step in your journey will get you closer to your goal. Realizing how important tracking your food is is the first step!
    1785 days ago
  • JAYDEE1211
    When I first started recording my calories, I was stunned. I now try to track everyday but sometimes I know I underestimate my portion sizes. Will have to work on that! Thanks for the reminder.
    1785 days ago
    I know, when I first started tracking daily I was SHOCKED at how many calories I was consuming. It was an eye opener!

    Take care.

    1785 days ago
    emoticon Recording my calorie intake is the only way that this gal succeeds!

    God bless!
    1785 days ago
  • ONUTHIN125
    emoticon I was also shocked when I started tracking my food intake emoticon . Spark On! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1785 days ago
    Its truly scary how many calories lurk in some of our favourite foods, as I found out the other day. In a weak moment I decided that I was going to indulge in not only a hamburger, but to upgrade my fries to a poutine. I knew that I would be eating out at a restaurant so I had kept my calories and fat at the low end of my nutrition scale for breakfast and lunch to allow me to enjoy something out of the ordinary. Since I had been envisioned being outside for much of the day, walking around a festival I thought that would offset the meal. I had not counted on the portion sizes or my being so hungry from eating supper almost two hours later than normal. much to my shock, when I got home and did a rough calculation I found the burger alone would have given me all my daily calories, and way too much fat. Then I added in the poutine... lets just say that I will try very hard not to do that again...
    1785 days ago
    Those calories add up faster than any of us want. Good for you making the commitment to record what you eat. I tend to be an off and on recorder. I try to do it more than not. But, I know I eat better when I record those calories I'm taking in.
    1785 days ago
    Tracking has been an eye opener for me also. Since, I have been tracking I can look back on the week when I lose, gain, or remain the same and see why I do or do not lose weight.

    You have to be honest when you track your food intake, or it's not helpful.
    1785 days ago
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