Stumbled on the path till now HOPEFULLY

SINJEN - 4:02PM PST, Feb 21st 2010

sinjen
NYC / Fort Lauderdale

Hello to all!

I joined CK to help me with the food portion of my program I have committed to with my trainer - gulp and double gulp.

The working out portion of my commitment is surprisingly going well, however after two days of tracking my intake of food I had the OMG moment. Kind of shocking actually - not really the calories but what type of calories I am consuming. Before I actually sat down and did this I was in complete mode of "my trainer has NO idea, I am doing what I am supposed to be doing". In this case igorance was not bliss.

Has anyone out there had that "WOWZERS" moment, did it make you more determined or did it set you back? Feeling like I can fall on either side of this fight right now.


DENABEAN - 10:02AM PST, Feb 23rd 2010

denabean
Canada

I had a different version of your "WOWSERS" moment... positive about my habits in that it showed I generally ate really well - certainly better than people assume I eat.

My more negative feedback was in how all over the place I was, as I have been a chronic meal skipper, saver, then binger! It is a challenge a lot of days to meet my calorie target and I was flabbergasted at that - I need to be eating more?!? I now understand much more clearly what my poor eating style has been doing to me and I already feel much better and am seeing results just from committing to eating regularly throughout the day, including snacks.

I find that I am much encouraged and feel more determined to get a hold on things, one step at a time. :) Right now, I will make sure that I always hit my calorie target and that I always eat breakfast and lunch (dinner always happens!). I will look at my nutrient targets and try to be within their ranges... I knew it would be easy to go over in fats (damn you cheese!) but was surprised I was going over in protein a lot of days.

I do exercise, but my routine for that really sucks right now - getting that into my life will be a big goal once I feel like I am totally in the swing of things mealwise. Later on still, I will seek to reexamine my food habits and see if there is anything I can be doing better then...

My point is, one step at a time! Get a change incorporated into your life and when you feel like you've really got it down, incorporate the next thing. ;) And really, knowledge absolutely is power here. :D Sometimes what you learn is a shock and a surprise, but being in here is all about figuring all this stuff out and working on how you can make things better for yourself.

Take a deep breath, embrace this new knowledge about the type of calories you have been consuming, say right out loud Huh! So my trainer was right! ...and then use that sense of surprise to energize your first tries at making the kinds of changes or shifts you are looking for. :)

SW: 297
CW: 287
GW: 135 (Waaay pie in the sky just now, but I will approach it 5 and 10 lbs at a time! :) )


JHSBBY - 5:07AM PST, Mar 9th 2010

jhsbby
Georgia

I have had a lifetime of those moments. I tend to underestimate how much I have eaten. I think "oh I haven't eaten that much", then I log it.... and Oh yes I have eaten today. I said that twice to my husband this week. And of course I was incorrect. CK has really taught me how important it is to portion out my food. I can graze all day and never really get full. So sad I know... with CK I can't do that.
So for me - portion size! I actually went to a dietcian one time and she showed me a serving of rice. I looked at that and laughed. At the time I would have eaten 3 to 4 times that amount of rice. I never measured anything. Now I do and it has helped!
--Gayle

Last Edited: 9:29pm PDT, March 24th 2010

LORIMCGHEE - 7:32PM PDT, Mar 15th 2010

lorimcghee
Missouri

When I started recording my calories, I was shocked by how many I was consuming each day and how many were empty calories. I didn't think I was eating "that" bad each day until it was in my face.

Starting Weight 277 lbs 12/27/09
Starting CK Weight 253 lbs 3/4/10
Current Weight 252 lbs 3/15/10
Goal Weight 145 lbs June 2011


HHASTEY1114 - 10:04AM PDT, Mar 24th 2010

hhastey1114
Nashville, TN

I had the same realization about grazing all day and not having any clue how many calories I was consuming. I tried the tip from the Bronze Level about packing 100 calorie snack bags ahead of time. I was shocked at how little of my normal snacks it took to get to 100 calories (even with items I believed to be healthy).

The significant change I have made this week is to eat purposefully. No more Grazing. I pack my lunch in the morning (indlucing left overs from the planned meal the night before to make it easier) as well as both of my morning and afternoon snacks. I can't believe the difference. I have only managed 2 1/2 days of this so far with out straying. I think I may be able to hang on with my discipline through the week, but the Weekend is always the hardest for me! I am usually home alone all weekend and find my self standing in front of the fridge much more often when I don't have work to preoccupy me. Any Suggestions for curbing my snacking on the weekends?

SW 272
CKSW 253
CW 248
GW 165

My Goal for this year is to drop below the 200 mark by 2011


FLORIDATREASURE - 11:14AM PDT, Mar 24th 2010 View users public blog

floridatreasure
florida

i have found that taking a walk, just getting over major surgery in the last month my boyfriend & i laugh & call it meandering cuz i'm that slow!! lmao!! but it makes me soooo much more committed!! even a 10 min. walk will refresh ur determination & b 4 u no it 10 becomes 15 & once a day becomes 2x's in a day or even 3 if its the w/e & ur up to 30 min. in a day!!! the fresh air will make u 4 get about the food & u will feel sooo good about urself!!! just try it once & u'll feel the difference!! best of luk from a newbie!! lol!! :wave1:


LORIMCGHEE - 5:32PM PDT, Mar 24th 2010

lorimcghee
Missouri

I have a tough time over the weekends too. I have managed to stick with my calorie targets but definately struggle to do it. My suggestion, what I do is stay busy and when that doesn't work, I come onto CK and read through blogs or posts to help keep me going. I also exercise more during the weekend - 2 or 3 times a day even if it's 20 minutes at a time, it helps.


Starting Weight 277 lbs 12/27/09
Starting CK Weight 253 lbs 3/4/10
Current Weight 249.5 lbs 3/22/10
Goal Weight 145 lbs June 2011


HHASTEY1114 - 2:14PM PDT, Apr 1st 2010

hhastey1114
Nashville, TN

Worked like a Charm! Thanks Lori for the suggestion. I was able to avoid eating wasted calories for the last 2 weekends by staying busy. I found myself cleaning and getting out of the house instead of sitting at my computer (which is usually where I get most of my cravings). Also went for a couple walks as well. The weather is alomst too nice to stay in the house.

SW 272
CKSW 253
CW 247
GW 165


LORIMCGHEE - 6:31PM PDT, Apr 10th 2010

lorimcghee
Missouri

Glad to hear you are keeping busy and staying on track! Good for you!

Lori

Starting Weight 277 lbs 12/27/09
Starting CK Weight 253 lbs 3/4/10
Current Weight 245 lbs 4/4/10
Goal Weight 145 lbs June 2011


FLORIDATREASURE - 10:01AM PDT, Apr 11th 2010 View users public blog

floridatreasure
florida

:rock1:
good 4 u tennessee!!! i know how hard the w/e can b & i'm soo happy lori was able to help u!!! i know u must feel soo gr8 about ur commitment & ur accomplishing to cut back ur cal's on the w/e's!!! the people here are soooo helpful!!! i just wanted to say congrats & keep up the gr8 job!!! best of luck to u!! peace 2 u & urz till nxt time!!!
nancey
:wave1:
h.w. 326
cksw 289
cw 280
goal 175

Last Edited: 10:02am PDT, April 11th 2010

HHASTEY1114 - 12:25PM PDT, Apr 14th 2010

hhastey1114
Nashville, TN

Thanks Nancey and Lori for the encouragement. It really is so helpful to be able to come here on the community forums and get and give encouragement. Nothing like it. It has really been the one main thing that has been keeping me coming back to my plan and trying to stay on track( no matter how many times I might slip up) so thanks a bunch. Hope you both are feeling encouraged as well. Keep up the good work and make sure to enjoy the fantastic weather lately!!

Hayley-

HW:275
SW:256
CW:245.5
GW:160


FLORIDATREASURE - 4:16PM PDT, Apr 14th 2010 View users public blog

floridatreasure
florida

:rock1:
u r certainly welcom haley!! we r all in this 2gether!!! keep on keepin on!!! lol!!! that's all we can do!!! i have found there r always r good days & r bad.......as long as there r more good than bad we win!!! i hired a nutritionist one time & she told me something that really stuk with me!! she said if u eat good 6 outta 7 days ur body will love u!!! all we gotta do is try to make it further & further btwn r bad days!!! the majority of people at a reasonable body weight eat what they want just in moderation!! we can have wat ever we want just mayb not as much of or as frequently but we CAN have it!!! for me i find if i tell myself i can't have it then i want it!!! best of luck as always!! peace 2 u & urz till nxt time!!
nancey
:wave1:

h.w. 326
cksw 289
cw 279
goal 175

Last Edited: 4:20pm PDT, April 14th 2010

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