Telling the Truth & A Revelation
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
My good friend who introduced me to SP (I'll probably mention her a lot in my posts) told me last week to be honest with the Nutrition Tracker. Even if I ate horribly, I still had to track the food. Last time I started using SP I tracked but didn't include the wine or late night snacks. On paper it looked like I was doing everything right but I never lost a pound.
Monday night was rough for me. My 8 yo daughter has been fighting us on going to bed at bed time. It was a late night so I popped in a Lean Cuisine to eat for my dinner after I tucked the kids in. As soon as the microwave beeped, my daughter was standing next to me whining.
I became so frustrated that I let my partner eat the LC and I marched my daughter back to bed. Then I poured a glass of wine and ate 2 leftover slices of pizza from the weekend. Then I had more wine and then more and then later I snacked on shelled unsalted peanuts (one of my fave snacks!)
I knew I had done damage calorie wise. I told myself I wouldn't add it to my tracker because it would look bad. Then I hear my friend's voice telling me I had to be honest with SP or this won't work. And friends? I so desperately need this to work!
So, last night I retraced my stressed out binge eating steps and entered EVERYTHING into the tracker. I ended up eating over 2,200 calories on Monday. I could not believe it.
I didn't feel defeated by Monday because I had done well calorie wise and made smart food choices on Tuesday. I recognized that it was stress eating and decided next time to make another choice.
What shocked me was the amount of calories in the wine and peanuts. Drinking and eating that amount has been a nightly habit of mine. Looking at the 1200-1500 calories I'm supposed to eating per day versus what I had been doing... well it was a lightbulb moment for me.
It hit me...this is why I'm 80 lbs overweight! I obviously know I over eat and don't exercise and that's the reason but something about looking at my food tracker and seeing the numbers.
It just clicked!! It all makes sense now in a way it never did before.
If you're new to SparkPeople, please take the advice from my good friend and now from me because I'm a believer: Be honest with your food tracker. If you overeat, it's okay. Tomorrow is a new day and a chance to make a better choice. Still record it! Maybe seeing the numbers visually will be a wake up call for you like it was for me.