"We are not measured by the trials we meet -- only by those we overcome."
- - Spencer W. Kimball
May 17, 2013
Spend Your Calories Carefully Just Like You Do Your Money
by Dian Thomas

It was January 2, 2004 when I returned from New York and vowed that I would not live a life of desperation, aches, and pains because I was so overweight.  I started the journey and have been on it ever since. 

Not only has it been an interesting journey but one that changed my life.  I lost more than 100 pounds and have been working to keep it off. 

Keeping it off is just as much work as it was to get it off.  Every day I work to change my habits to support a leaner lifestyle.    A few weeks ago I wrote about a new tool that I was using to track my food, exercise and sleep.  It is called the Jawbone UP (http://www.nauvootimes.com/cgi-bin/nauvoo_column.pl?number=101635&author=dian-thomas.)  Now when I take a bite of something I know that I am going to have to record it in my new tool.  

I have been eating healthy foods for a long time, so that is not as much of a challenge as the quantity and not taking samples that are offered to me at stores when I shop. 

I just got back from buying some bread this morning, and while I was there they offered me a sample of some fresh-baked scones or cookies.  Neither was a good choice.  I chose the cinnamon scones because they looked like they had fewer calories.  WRONG.

I could tell when I took a bite that the scones were loaded with sugar.  I decided that I would wrap them up and feed them to the ducks.  Then I thought about that again and said to myself, I am sure this is not the food that the ducks at the park should eat. I stopped at the nearest garbage can and tossed them. 

My normal habit would have been to eat the scones and say, “Oh well!”  When you add all the “Oh wells” up, it adds up quickly, and soon the pounds begin to come back on.

For the past two weeks I have been recording everything that I eat.  I have to be so careful not to eat food that is not on my plan.  My new tool is just like a bank.  If I record everything that I eat, it will give me a running total of what I still have to spend in calories at the end of the day.  I can assure you it adds up faster on the calculator than it does in my head when I am eating recklessly.

The other night I went to a party.  I wanted to be able to have some calories to spend at the party so I had an orange and half of a low fat cottage cheese serving for dinner. When I got to the party I looked for the healthy foods.  I had to be very careful not to overeat even though I had planned to eat a little while there. 

I know that more than half of the people in America struggle with weight.  That is not a surprise when you stop and think of the food that does not cost a lot but is loaded with calories and tastes great. 

Slowly I think that I am seeing the big picture.  Eat what is healthy; calculate the calories in a computer tool and set goals that support your healthy lifestyle.  Just like your bank account, you need to be accountable for your actions because it is so easy to over spend your calories.

Dian’s book Tipping the Scales in Your Favor shares her weight loss journey. For years Dian tried and tried to lose weight, but it was not until Jackie Keller said to her in California, “I can help you lose weight” that she caught the vision and lost over 100 pounds. Most important, she has been able to keep it off. Get Dian’s book today and begin the journey to healthy living. Go to www.DianThomas.com to learn more.

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About Dian Thomas

Dian Thomas was blessed with the good fortune to be born near and raised in the remote, breathtaking Manti-La Sal National Forest in southeastern Utah, where her father was the forest ranger. She took the skills she learned in the outdoors and turned them into a New York Times best-selling book, Roughing It Easy. Her appearance on the NBC's "Tonight" show with Johnny Carson boosted her into the national media scene, where she became a regular on NBC's "Today" show for eight years and then ABC's "Home Show" for six years. After more than 25 years of media exposure and 19 books, she now shares her practical insights and wisdom with audiences who want to savor life.

A former Relief Society president, Dian is currently serving as a visiting teacher. Visit her website at www.DianThomas.com

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