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The Daily Calorie Breakdown Report.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

I quite like the Daily Calorie Breakdown report on SparkPeople. Tells me what I have eaten throughout the day.
The one thing that could better that report is if ingredients across meals were combined together.
For eg: I use a little olive oil for lunch and dinner - it shows up as two different wedges on the report. Would be more useful if both those entries were added and shown as a single wedge.

Anyone have an idea if this can be done?


Does appetite reduce with age?

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

I turn 40 in a month and a half. Often, I have heard people saying that they can't eat like they ate before and attribute it to age.

So, does age affect appetite?

I am seriously hoping it does. I have been exercising religiously for 4 years now - it has become part of what I am. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about my diet.

So here's to age
Hope that IT actually regulates appetite - I could use all the help I can get.

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ARCHIMEDESII 9/9/2013 3:01PM

    I'm older than you, so I may be able to give some perspective. I've found that my appetite did not decrease with age. I consider myself to have a robust appetite and part of that is due to my active lifestyle. Because I engage in a regular exercise routine, I eat. To stay healthy and maintain lean muscle, you need to "feed" that muscle.

I've read articles that have said as we age our appetites decrease. but there is also an assumption that as we age, we need fewer calories because we're not as active as when we are younger. This really does vary from person to person and it does depend on how active they are.

When I was over weight, I ate too much. Today, I know I am eating less not because I am older, but because I am more mindful of my portions. I think as we age, we acquire wisdom. It's knowing about good nutriton and a healthy lifestyle is what really effects our appetites. At least, that's what I think.

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BUNNYKICKS 9/9/2013 2:53PM

    My appetite has reduced over the past 6 months due to "retraining myself" - learning to eat smaller quantities of higher-quality food. Nothing to do with getting older.

On the flip-side, I've discovered that "age" has not been any barrier to being able to adopt and adapt to a new way of eating, or to lose weight.

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KICKINGKILOS 9/9/2013 2:34PM

    I dont know but I feel more hungry now than I did at 18 lol.
I read you have a year old baby and that must be keeping ypu so busy.
Take care and good luck.

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BARCLE 9/4/2013 4:40PM

    I turned 40 in May and have not found my appetite reducing ... sorry

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BLUSHIOUS 9/3/2013 8:47PM

    Why not research it and find out for yourself?

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GARDENQE2 9/3/2013 6:27PM

    I'm 64 and my appetite is smaller...but maybe it's common sense and not age!
I've finally learned that if I clean up my plate, I'll be uncomfortably full and if I eat a donut or French fries, I'll suffer with indigstion.
Whatever the reason, I'm glad it has finally happened!

Comment edited on: 9/3/2013 6:27:45 PM

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NICKYCRANE 9/3/2013 1:12PM

    I'm 70. My appetite has reduced, but I think that's thanks to SP and not old age! I'm actually hungrier now I've reached my goal weight!

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CREEKLADY1 9/3/2013 1:01PM

  I will be 61 in March, and my appetite has not changed! Sorry.....

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The Food Scale is here!

Monday, August 26, 2013


I am having a lot of fun measuring. Turns out that some of things I thought were high calorie are not and vice versa
My in-laws, who are currently staying with me, look at me as if I am crazy but they are too kind to say anything.

All said and done - I am able track my calories better. emoticon

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CHERYL_ANNE 8/26/2013 7:37PM

    Love, love my digital food scale.

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BLUSHIOUS 8/26/2013 6:53PM

    So glad this is working out for you. Let them look, you're adding years to your life. I, too, adore my food scale. It's pretty and pink! emoticon

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MOMMA-MOOSE 8/26/2013 5:23PM

    I love my food scale. It's such an accurate way to measure your servings, especially for foods that are difficult to measure.

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CJJANISS 8/26/2013 3:23PM

    a food scale is a great tool to help you with your weight loss efforts!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 8/26/2013 3:16PM

    That's a great way to find out the reality of portion sizes. I really found out what an ounce looked like when I got one. I was surprised at how many potato chips I could have and that my handful of nuts is fairly accurate.

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CANDACEMM 8/26/2013 2:39PM

    A food scale is a great way to help get portions under control. I have a scale at home and use it from time to time. I need to keep it on the counter so that I use it more often.

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LWADE1963 8/26/2013 1:47PM

    i have been wanting to get a good food scale. unless you are watching your calorie intake, you just dont appreciate a good food scale.

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To weigh or not to weigh?

Monday, August 19, 2013

The last few weeks have been terrible. I have eaten way way more than I should have. Last week I gained 2 lbs and I am sure that I have gained about 3-4 lbs this week as well. I have eaten that much!

So, the question is - should I weigh myself being that I know that I have undid most of the good I accomplished the last couple of months.

I am worried that if I weigh myself and see the actual gain, I will gorge on some more food to help with the ensuing depression.
But I am alone to blame for this food orge,shouldn't I accept the consequences?

What do you think?

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BLUSHIOUS 8/19/2013 8:47PM

    I think if you feel bad news will derail, don't force yourself into it. Wait a little. I think I'm waiting until my new challenge on the 1st to weigh in again. Be clueless with me, won't you? ;)

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ELLENIRENE 8/19/2013 3:58PM

    how do your clothes fit? That's one indication that I follow more than the scale.
If it helps you stay or get back on track--by all means step on the scale, but if you think it's going to make you binge--then maybe you shouldn't step on it.

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BARBANNA 8/19/2013 2:01PM

    You gotta do what is best for you! If it's a major downer to weigh, I would get back to doing your Spark work and then weigh after you know you are back were you need to be, then hop on the scale. This is a long journey and falling off is not the end of road, it's just a bump. You have already acknowledged your mistake, now get back to work. Some times it helps to make a mistake so you can learn from it.
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CHERYL_ANNE 8/19/2013 1:36PM

    Okay, so you finally realize you have been getting in your way. Good! Now step aside, dust yourself off, and continue on your journey. There is absolutely no need for consequences or punishment. We all make mistakes and we all learn lessons when we make them. You know what to do. Go do it! Make better food choices. Drink your 64 ounces of water a day. Track your nutrition. Move your body. You can do this. You will get there!

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WADINGMOOSE 8/19/2013 1:27PM

    Here's the thing, you probably haven't eaten that much. 2lbs alone would be 7000 calories in addition to what you need to eat to maintain your weight. That? Is a lot of food. You probably have eaten more carbs and salt than you normally would.

I know I have these past two weeks.

I haven't stepped on the scale after my weekend because I don't want to see that big water retaining number. I figure I'll get back on my plan this week, drop the salt and carbs back to my new normal levels, let my body work itself out and then step on the scale to assess the damage.

So, probably next Saturday. Or sooner if I want to punish myself. The thing is punishing myself or accepting the consequences doesn't change what I did. It might, however, make me feel like the changes aren't worth it and it's easier to stay fat - a decision I HAVE made before. I don't want to make that decision.

Good luck getting back on track.

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Yo Yo Central.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

I weighed myself today and I am 2 pounds up. Again in the 180's and back to my last month starting weight.
I have been going back and forth in the same range - so I am officially at a plateau.

I just have 40 mins a day that I can exercise - how do I break past this?

Plateau or no plateau - I need to continue the exercise and track the food. I cannot be discouraged.

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BLUSHIOUS 8/14/2013 8:59PM

    I don't believe having just 40 minutes a day is the issue; I suspect it may simply be finding the right balance between fitness and nutrition. Have I shared my caloric intake thoughts with you yet? If interested, email me. I recently showed a friend who plateaued a couple of things and she has lost 3 lbs in two weeks! Maybe it will work for you, too! Write on my page or inbox me if interested. I forget who I've shared what with...

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RODGRODMEDFLOD 8/14/2013 12:47PM

    Keep going, you can do it! Maybe time to change up your exercise if you haven't already?


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