Yes Virginia You Need to Track Your Calories

Today we are talking about how tracking things you want more of (exercise, time with the family,better calorie management) are things we should be tracking. It in us, it motivates us, and yes it does take a little bit of time (probably 5 – 10 minutes  day). This is something you have to do if you want to lose weight. Anybody that's says you don't need to is trying to sell you something.

No Sleep = No Willpower

This week I had a very busy week, and two nights I got 5 hours of sleep or less. I felt awful, and I was amazed at how the “Hamburger Highway” was calling me. Finally I went to a gas station and the cold of being outside (in Ohio) got me to focus on something else (as I wasn't truly hungry).  Sleep is vital, and if you are not getting enough, it's probably because we are not planning out our day.

The Truth About Reading Food Labels

The key to reading food labels is that you need to check the serving size. On the spray bottle of  I can't believe its not butter it shows there are 0 calories, 0 fat, 0 trans fat, etc. WOW! I thought I can spray nothing on my food. Well the problem is the label reports how many calories are in one serving. How big is a serving of the spray? ONE. When I use this product, I do not spray once and go “OK, we're done here.” If you look at the same product in a spread you will see where the serving has 50 calories and 5 grams of fat. Now one gram of fat has 9 calories. So 5 grams of fat is 95 calories which means this spread is 95% fat.

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HOORAY – These Pants are Too Small

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Gray SuitI tried to fit into a suit I hadn't worn in a while. The bottom line is it is too small. While this might be something that would depress me, now that I'm on the road to being fit I LOVE IT. Why? Because I know its only a matter of time until I fit into this suit. I just need to keep making the right choices, and exercising on a routine basis.

Understanding Food Labels 
I found an article at by Joy Bauer that explained how to Decode a label.  Here are some of the main points.

  • Watch the number of servings. I was surprised that most 12 ounce softt drinks are 2 servings. Who drinks half a can of coke and goes, "I'm full."
  • Daily fat intake should be no more than 30%
  • 4 Grams (or less ) of saturated fat in an entree, and 2 grams in side dishes.
  • Trans fats are just bad.
  • Keep the daily total of sodium under 2300. Main meals should have less than 600 milligrams, and side dishes 400 milligrams
  • 25-35 grams of fiber per day.

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