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After a week of my new healthy eating program, I’m feeling good!  I can feel a difference in the way I feel (with these crazy “bursts” of energy at random times of the day), and I’ve started to notice little things  that are encouraging, including my clothes feeling just a little bit looser.

My Mom, who’s joined Calorie Count with me, sent out an email saying how excited she was to have lost five pounds in the first week.  I was excited for her!  And then I lamented not being able to really measure my successful week in a similar way… because I have no scales.  I just have never thought it worth buying one.  Each time in the past that I went on a diet, I either had scales to weigh in at the meeting, or I was a member of a gym and could weigh myself there.

When I wasn’t on a diet… why would I want scales at home eyeballing me and making me feel guilty?!  So I just never bothered to get one.

This time around I’m particularly excited about Calorie Count and the power of information it gives me.  Logging the foods I eat and tracking the level of 12 important nutrients gives me a powerful tool to measure my success and make adjustments along the way.  Continuous improvement…

At my full-time job, I’m the Quality Analyst for a company that manufactures and sells small kitchen appliances.  I work with a bunch of engineers, and a catch-phrase that comes up all the time is “if we can measure it, we can improve it.”  The engineers of the Quality group make it clear that measuring processes and keeping accurate data is key to continuous improvement for our product.  They of course are referring to machines that make our products, but the principle is the same.  Our bodies are machines, and if we want to improve it, we need to measure it.  Calorie Count is one powerful tool to do so, and scales are another.

Now I know scales can drive you crazy, especially if you’re constantly checking your weight each and every day… but I think it’ll be smart to have a weigh day each week to provide one metric for success on my program, along with taking body measurements too (once I implement my exercise plan).  Also, thinking long-term, once I achieve my goals the scales can be my sentinel to help me make sure I’m staying at my goal without deviating too much.

So I went on Amazon yesterday and ordered some nice, durable scales for my home, along with a food scale to better measure my food intake.  They should arrive next week!  Finally getting scales for my home affirms to me that I’m actually going to do it this time!!

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So Day 6 of my new healthy eating plan is in the books, and that means tomorrow is SPLURGE SATURDAY!!  I get my kids too, so I’m looking forward to basking in the company of my sweet children and topping it off with some treats.  My splurge plan right now is to try a Reuben sandwich from Arby’s, have some ice cream, and once the kids are in bed have a couple margaritas.  I’m still going to eat plenty of healthy foods too. (more…)

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So, a key part of getting healthier is to change my diet.  I’ve been through countless diets over the course of my life, and have done a lot of reading on foods and how your body processes foods, so at this point I know what I need to do.  Of course, knowing is just part of the battle, but thankfully nowadays we have a fantastic tool available to help put that knowledge into action… (more…)

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