keeping a food journal helped me

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angwhit

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 06:09
Very Happy Started at 214 my higest weight. Started logging every thing I ate and it helped me make smart choices. 1200 calories was a struggle on a daily and now it's a daily achievement.
Don't get me wrong I have my days where I want to cheat, but I look at the progress and it is not
Worth all my efforts.Cool

So I recommend journaling it helps.
kingkeld

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 07:24
Well done! You're absolutely right - keeping your food journal gives YOU the control. Smile
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, and living healthy. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier!
AquaSurf00

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 09:11
You are so right. Before I never realized just how much junk I was eating. Or I was eating things that I THOUGHT were low in calorie but it wasnt! Journaling has changed my life! Keep it up!
**Danielle**

Quitting is NOT an option!

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riocaz

Joined: Jun 12
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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 12:09
It really does help, and if you log everything and plateau you will know it's not something you've done and is likely water or other "transient" weight.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
FullaBella

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 12:24
The journal has definitely been effective with the loss - it was so easy to think I was mentally adding it all and keeping a total. I especially like that it helped me start thinking about the total makeup of food besides just calories and fat grams; now I'm able to see fiber, protein and carbs at a glance too.

I continually tell myself once I reach goal I hope to have enough bad habits out of the way to eat intuitively and mindfully and with an ever expanding database of 'healthy food' in my head and won't feel the need to record every single thing. Then I'll read yet another 'Yep, I'm back... thought I could do it on my own and was wrong' journal or post and wonder if this is going to be my daily routine for life...

Stay tuned Smile


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
marlajune

Joined: Jul 10
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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 12:28
Writing down the food, exercise and weigh ins have all helped me to stay focused! I enjoy reading other people's posts and gain encouragement from other's successes and giving them a "high Five" and a "well done!" I also like giving encouragement to those who may need it. Love the journals! Now if I could just find some ACTIVE Buddies, seems like nobody is active....
riocaz

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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 12:47
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I continually tell myself once I reach goal I hope to have enough bad habits out of the way to eat intuitively and mindfully and with an ever expanding database of 'healthy food' in my head and won't feel the need to record every single thing. Then I'll read yet another 'Yep, I'm back... thought I could do it on my own and was wrong' journal or post and wonder if this is going to be my daily routine for life...


I think more along the lines of:

When I get to target I will continue to weigh myself weekly. And if my weight gets up beyond X I will go back to journalling and controlling my intake until I'm back to target.

I don't want to journal everything forever. But I know I will creep up if I allow myself leeway. But so long as I keep an eye on the creep I should be able to manage it. Smile

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
FullaBella

Joined: Oct 12
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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 12:57
@Rio - that's what I mean / intend as well. I am planning to give myself a +7lbs two weekly weighs in a row as my 'measure' to allow for water/muscle/fluctuations. Have you set an amount for yourself?


I'm not losing WEIGHT. I'm converting FAT to MUSCLE to be healthier.
riocaz

Joined: Jun 12
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Posted: 18 Feb 2013, 20:26
Not yet I want to get to my current target then I need to sit myself down and make some decisions.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/



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