Whats in this meal!?!?!?

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mikecontos

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Posted: 03 Mar 2011, 23:22
So tonight's dinner was the first meal I had not personally prepared since starting my healthier living trek. Mother in law cooked, but I was not sure how she prepared everything! I kept my portions reasonable, and up to dinner my daily calories were low, so its all good...BUT! I am just OCD enough to really like to keep control of whats going into me (unlike the past few years HA! But I did learn this...I do have control over my portions, and since dinner I am not starving. Its a process I know. Id love to hear if anyone else kinda flips out internally a little bit in this situation? (Trust me, I know I am a tad crazy!!)
Do it now...tommorrow never comes!
nicolec

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Posted: 04 Mar 2011, 02:30
I flip out because people, especially restaurants and grandmothers, love to add a secret portion of butter or extra non-necessary fats.
M4MMC

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Posted: 04 Mar 2011, 04:37
Yep, I'm exactly the same I do all the cooking now because I don't trust my boyfriend to not add butter, cream, fry anything that can be LOL!!!! Also my food scales have never been used so much!! Smile I'm hoping the madness will diminish as I lose the weight.............
Ceebee

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Posted: 04 Mar 2011, 07:31
Sadly I take the all or nothing approach.. so I freak out when I am trying to watch what I eat.. I dont want to eat what anyone else has made because I cant "count" it accurately. And if I do decided to eat it I go crazy and figure well I cant count it so it is free.. (wth kind of crazy is that which also fits nicely with well you ate a doughnut so today is ruined.. just as well finish the whole box cause apparently there is no difference between 1 doughnut or 12 Razz) anywhoo in summation yes I flip out and make weird decisions when faced with food..
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 04 Mar 2011, 07:41
I totally do the internal freak-out thing. I do try to plan ahead as much as possible, like if we're going to someone's house for dinner Friday night, I'll do my carb-up on Friday instead of Saturday. I'm not so fussy that I'll ask for specific consideration in the menu, but sometimes I do ask ahead of time what will be served just so I know.

But this is life. And when I reach that magical maintenance phase, I will still need to be conscious of what I eat if I don't want to gain my weight back. So I keep the freak-out internal, plan the best I can, keep the portions reasonable & most of all, have a good time, because that's what it's about.
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mikecontos

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 17:59
Thanks to all for the replies on this. There is something very theraputic in knowing that "I am noyt the only one" and humorous as well!
Do it now...tommorrow never comes!
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 18:50
So ok my question is what did she make and was it at least good lol.
But if I go to friends house and eat I only freak out if I really don't know what it is. If I've never had or seen it before I will be thinking ok is this plate gonna kill my intake for the day or will I be ok? So far only time it happened was at grandfathers with something he made. Was really good and if it wasn't during Xmas dinner I probably would have freaked out more but that night was a splurge anyways. Worse comes to worse ask how it was made. If it was really good you can compliment them by asking for recipe to make at home and get the low down on what you ate when you get home .
radiochick

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 19:13
I totally agree. I would be fretting. I think I would straight up ask how they made it... very sweetly, but I haven't been there yet.

What do you do about treats at the office? I hate always saying no. They look at me like, "Really? Your 90 pounds overweight already, and its this donut, right here, that you are turning down, now?" And I look back to them as if to say, "Yes. Right now. That donut is not entering this mouth. Please don't pout at me". And then I squirm in my skin for not making them happy.

But am I really going to be the "no" girl forever. I mean, that doesn't seem like a long term solution. However, most of the time I truly do not think the particular treat is worth the calories. And sugar treats for me are like giving a taste of cocaine to an addict.... it just gets me started.
Pixiestyx

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 19:32
The treats in office and coworkers saying aww come on best thing no thanks ignore the questions and walk away.
They want you to eat it so they don't feel guilty themselves.
Hoser

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 19:39
Nope, if it was me I wouldn't worry about it at all.

I periodically declare "diet days off" or "diet meals off" for just such things-- eating at restaurants or food that other people have prepared. In those situations I just try to eat sanely, but I don't worry about it beyond that. One meal or one day isn't going to make a difference at all.

Really, what will freaking out about it help? It's not like you can go back and un-eat what you've eaten. (OK, maybe technically you can for a little while, but you're not gonna.) Dieters often get into this mentality where they're afraid of food, and that doesn't seem to be a good thing.

Probably the very worst thing that will happen is that it will take you one extra day to get to your weight goal. Whoop-de-pickles.
AmethystM

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 19:42
The last place I worked at they had so much food all the time that I posted a sign at my desk saying, "Please Do Not Feed the Animal" with a picture of Animal from the Muppets playing drums. They were too busy laughing to give me grief. Although a few people questioned me because I was a size 6, and I'd say, "Yeah, how do you think I got - and keep - this way???"
Comfortable at this size/weight (I really don't want to buy size 0 jeans).

It's not about "weight" or the number on the scale. It's about lean muscle mass and body fat percentage.
At 125 I was a size 8 (after I lost 100+ pounds over 1.5 years).
At 135 I was a size 6 (maintained for several years) and over 28% body fat. I had 97 pounds of lean muscle mass and felt skinny fat.
Now at 140 I am a size 2 and have the smallest measurements I've ever had since I started taking them around the age of 18. I'm at 25% body fat and 107 pounds of lean muscle mass!! I'm no She-Hulk, either.

Don't tell me you aren't losing "weight." That doesn't tell me anything. Tell me how much fat you've lost and how much lean body mass you've gained. Here's a good start to estimate: http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness/diet.html
gnat824

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Posted: 05 Mar 2011, 19:53
My gut instinct is to avoid things that I don't have control over, but I found myself considering not going out with friends, etc, because of this. My current approach is to research and plan in advance where I can and to otherwise estimate as best as I can- erring on the high side - and let it go. Because I DO control the vast majority of what I eat, I figure being off on those other meals isn't going to set me back significantly. It still bothers me when I feel like I might have something wrong in my tracker, but they I step back and realize that its only one day- start fresh tomorrow Smile

Hoser, I like your point about not being afraid of food- the point is to have a healthier relationship with what you eat and its easy to forget about that in our day to day struggles to keep the calorie count in range.
- Natalie
mikecontos

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Posted: 06 Mar 2011, 16:22
Good stuff from all. I am actually kind of planning out my approach before I am in the situation, and it seems to be working. gnat824...I could really relate to considering not going out at all, cause my crazy semi obessive brain will take me there, and I like the balanced approach of the "plan"
Did it today in fact, out to breakfast with buddies. Worked GREAT!!!
Hoser, you are right on point...its a process, not gonna attain total perfection every day!
Do it now...tommorrow never comes!
mikecontos

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Posted: 06 Mar 2011, 16:24
Pixiestx: Heck Ya it was good....the woman is a bona fide cajun and at comes through in her cooking!!!
Do it now...tommorrow never comes!



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