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The Importance of Logging In My Food

Sunday, July 17, 2016

When I realized I was heavier than I'd ever been before, I started looking for ways to deal with it. I tripped upon SparkPeople's site and decided it sounded so well-thought out and caring that it was the route I wanted to try. I was working at the time and stuck to it faithfully. Boy, oh boy did my body respond in a favorable way. The weight came off reasonably and consistently until I'd dropped down to a size 12 (from a size 16). I looked and felt great and was very proud of myself. I managed to maintain for a year or so, but the weight started creeping back on. In the interim I retired and took frequent trips. We all know how vacations play havoc with sensible eating and exercising. The weight came back little by little until I'm heavier than ever. I also stopped logging in every bit I ate. I'm back to logging my food (religiously) as that, in and of itself, made the biggest impact on my weight loss. Taking a quick look at the pie chart at the bottom of the nutrition page lets me know what categories I'm needing to slack off in or add some to- I love that visual. I know that I need to add more walking to my days, and I swim several times a week. But- for me- logging my food is the constant reminder to care for my body. If I let things go, they can easily slip back into a sad state of affairs.
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    I had started Sparkpeople 4 years ago and did nothing to lose weight. Now I'm committed to losing and keeping my, "carboholic" behavior in check! I started Sparkpeople again today!
    1572 days ago
    I agree! Never knew how those calories added up before! I do wish the chart could separate good fats from bad one's, & good carbs from horrible one's! I have a hard time getting enough protein in. Oh well something to work on!
    1598 days ago
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