Wednesday, July 23, 2008
WFMW: Spark People
Here I am again. This week, I'm going to share with you the "secret" to my weight loss success..... Spark People! Now, I'm not one to go to meetings or weigh in in front of other people. I'm not one to not eat something because it's not on the authorized foods list....I want to eat what I want to eat, when I want to and not worry about having to have enough points to eat it. I can't. I'm a BUSY BUSY mom of FOUR boys, I just plain don't have the time to worry about that. I need something easy. I made a conscious decision to lose weight around the end of April or beginning of May. I checked out massive amounts of books from the library and figured that if I was going to be successful, I needed to have a starting point. So, before I did ANYTHING else, I wrote down EXACTLY every single little (or not so little) thing that went into my mouth....for a week. WOW WAS THAT SCARY! I calculated the calories and it wasn't pretty. So, I made the decision that I was only going to cut back on my portions because I don't want to be deprived and I have 5 boys (4 little ones and hubby) to cook for and I wasn't making me a special meal. I knew that if I only ate my 3 squares with the smaller portions, I was going to be starving and that wasn't a good thing. So, I heard about eating 6 small meals (3 mini meals and 3 snacks) everyday and IT WORKED! So, by now I'm tired of trying to calculate calories, fiber and protein in everything that I'm eating. I logged into Spark People and there is a nutrition tracker where you can enter the food that you are eating and it calculates it for you! It shows you the range of calories, fat, fiber and protein that you should try to hit for your weight. Cool, right?! There are so many other features that you really must check out. There's oodles of good for you recipes and articles to read, videos to watch, workouts to do, quizzes to take. They will give you menus if you want, they'll plan your workouts, it's so awesome. It's like your own personal trainer without the trip to the gym or forking out the cash. So, try it....It Works For Me!
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