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mike_c Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 09:33 PM
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I've begun keeping a food diary, and I'm utterly amazed...
...at how much I was eating when I thought I had my caloric intake under control. I thought I was eating 1800 to 2000 calories per day, and was actually eating closer to 3000. Now I'm weighing and measuring EVERYTHING and writing it down in a notebook, and that has really helped get my intake down to 1500 to 1800 calories/day. People have told me before how valuable a tool a food diary is, but now I'm a believer. It's the best dieting tool I've ever used!
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Longhorn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 10:18 PM
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1. I have to admit that the same is true for me.
I was seriously underestimating the calorie content of some foods. I think this is why WW is working for me -- I don't feel like I'm eating less but just by keeping track, I am eating less!
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xmas74 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 03:16 PM
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4. Second day of WW.
I've not hungry at all. I've already realized that it wasn't the quantity of food that I was eating but what I was eating in general. I've already had oatmeal, 2 glasses of milk, 8 glasses of water, an orange, a glass of orange juice, 2 coffees and a large garden salad(no meat, no cheese, no condiments but FF dressing) and I have almost all of my points intact, yet don't feel hungry.
And it's already 3 in the afternoon for me!
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auntAgonist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 10:58 PM
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2. congrats on taking hold of your eating habits
It IS amazing how those calories add up isn't it?

welcome to the W/L Maintenance Group!

keep us posted on how you're doing :)

aA
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u4ic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-09-06 02:48 PM
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3. I was the same way
Then Lavendardiva posted the www.fitday.com site (free!!) and started using that as an online journal. What a shock it was to see how many calories I was eating (and it wasn't fast food or junk stuff, either).

Welcome to the group! Good luck, we're all here to support each other!!
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cedahlia Donating Member (883 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 06:14 PM
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5. fitday.com
Thank you for posting that site. That is exactly what I was looking for! I can't really afford to do Weight Watchers online again at the moment, so I was hoping to find something similar (but free!) where I can track my daily caloric intake...and there it is! Thanks! :-)
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Katherine Brengle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-22-06 03:00 PM
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6. fitday is the best!!!
There is a really good forum on the Oxygen Magazine website where you can find advice and support for losing weight and getting fit as well. I was totally hooked for like a year, lol.

A lot of the users there are total fitday.com fanatics.
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