cupofcoffeeandabook's Journal, 19 March 2013

Today's my first day recording my food. I think this will be interesting. In the past I've just cut down my portions and ate healthy food. I've never paid much attention to the calories in food, or even how much I should eat a day.

Diet Calendar Entry for 19 March 2013:
1821 kcal Fat: 51.83g | Prot: 56.01g | Carb: 284.34g.   Breakfast: coffee, original strawberry yogurt yoplait, light ranch reduced fat salad dressing , caramel vanilla creamer coffee-mate. Lunch: salad, blue cheese vinaigrette , grilled chicken. Dinner: vanilla mini waffers, spaghettios. Snacks/Other: fruit smiles great value, sharp cheddar wisconsin cheese, strawberry cream cheese spread great value, baby carrots , grapes. more...

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"Healthy foods" can also be high calorie foods, which is why it's important to track what you eat and how much. Take almonds for example. A serving is only 1 oz or a 1/4 of a cup and is 150 calories and I can polish off a cup easily if I'm not careful. :) Good luck!  
19 Mar 13 by member: The Blue Box
I was at the grocery store just getting an idea, and I was really shocked. I can't imagine how many calories I was eating before! 
19 Mar 13 by member: cupofcoffeeandabook
One helpful thing you can do is to type in sample meals to see how they add up. If you don't like the totals, just delete the items and eat something else. One of the amazing things is that some of the healthiest foods - baby spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, etc. have the fewest calories. And just for fun - compare 4 oz of sausage to 4 oz of chicken breast. Big difference!  
19 Mar 13 by member: BuffyBear
Thanks I'll try that! 
19 Mar 13 by member: cupofcoffeeandabook
Hi, thanks for the buddy request..so glad to have more buddies on your side...Buffy is right portions are the key...wishing you lots of luck..Everyone calls me Bren...Have a great day...:O) 
19 Mar 13 by member: BHA
Thanks for excepting my request! 
19 Mar 13 by member: cupofcoffeeandabook
You can do this!! I have been struggling lately, but I think that recording your food helps you stay accountable for what is going on with your weight loss or gain. I know that not losing right now for me has been all about my eating, so seeing when I have really good days is motivating to me, like I can really do this and I can stick to it. Like BuffyBear said, record a meal or snack ahead of time and if you don't like the totals, don't eat it, find something else that is healthier. Good luck!! 
19 Mar 13 by member: mars2kids
Thanks for adding me mars2kids! The hardest part so far today has been trying not to eat the left over food on my kids plates, or snacking while making them lunch.  
19 Mar 13 by member: cupofcoffeeandabook
Welcome aboard! :) 
19 Mar 13 by member: kingkeld
thanks! 
19 Mar 13 by member: cupofcoffeeandabook
Do you stay at home with your kids? I would have such a hard time, that's when I'm the worst is when I'm home with free range to eat junk. 
19 Mar 13 by member: mars2kids
So what are you reading right now? I'm working on three different books - one of which is Gregory Macquire's "Wicked" - going to see the Broadway show this weekend, thought I'd study up (basically cram/read the book prior to Saturday!!!) 
19 Mar 13 by member: MightyFull
MightyFull my sister saw Wicked she said it was amazing! I'm reading Sherlock Homes' A Scandal in Bohemia and also A Dog's Purpose mars2kids I am home with them...it's so hard! I always want to snack. 
19 Mar 13 by member: cupofcoffeeandabook

     
 

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