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Friday, July 15, 2011

It would seem an unlikely time to sign up for an unlikely web site. I'd seen SparkPeople referred to on other web sites I frequent, in connection with food tracking. I had never seriously considered looking at the site, because I don't track food. Don't want to, and the one experiment I had with it in the 1980s was not a long term success. The site is totally unlikely for me.

Then there's the moment. I was on vacation, visiting family. My sister, ONEKIDSMOM, talked me into looking at how things work. The site says I started on 7/10/2011, but I only registered that evening. Tracking started 7/11/2011 . . . the last day of my visit. A day of big meals eating out. The day before a two day road trip home, with all meals eaten from fast food. Starting a new discipline in this total break from my normal routine doesn't seem like the sort of thing that could last.

But . . . I'm between 5 and 10 pounds heavier than I was a year ago. A year ago, I was at my lowest weight in 20 years. I was as fit as I've been in my adult life, and it felt pretty good. But it didn't maintain itself automatically.

I've gone the route of exercising and just trying to eat reasonably without keeping track. It's done well for me, but hasn't worked consistently. Life happens, the exercise falls away, and the eating goes out of control. Maybe not out of control a lot, but enough to gain 10 pounds in a year. Something has to change, and the SparkPeople site got my attention.

So far, so good. The act of recording changes the decisions that are being recorded, for the better. Eventually, if I keep this up, I should have some idea of what kind of food intake I should be aiming for, and more control of myself in getting there.

The sixty four thousand dollar question is, will I keep this up? The first test will be next week when I go back to work and have commitments and pressures I don't have on vacation.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NWFL59 5/2/2013 11:05PM

    Well obviously you were able to keep up blogging and monitoring your food consumption and the long term changes and impacts. Well done and thanks for the inspiration to keep on trying and eventually I hope to be able to be on a maintenance plan myself. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 7/16/2011 8:52PM

    Tracking works for me: gaining 10 pounds a year (which is only 100 extra calories a day, not excessive over-eating) compounded for me over about 7 years resulting in . . . yup, 80 extra pounds altogether . . .

It's great to catch it early!! and you're in good company here!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 7/16/2011 7:17PM

    Just see how it goes. What I found about working and Sparking? My work behavior around food and break walks is pretty regular and standard... which makes tracking them a) a breeze, and b) the behavior has become automatic enough it doesn't much matter if I record or not... I still *did it*... which, by the way, is more important to success than anything else. However, recording it is something that reinforces and encourages its continuation.

Spark on! emoticon

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AVTNAKS 7/15/2011 9:51PM

    Well I kind of had the same thoughts about doing this and tracking. But right now, I am ending week one, I didn't really track anything I just read some great blogs, received some great bits of information, found some great recipes and everyone seems to be so inspirational. So, just give it a whirl and see what comes of it, you might be surprised.
Good luck and many successes ahead.

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SALEX52 7/15/2011 8:50PM

    You'd be surprised at how helpful it can be to do the tracking. It really doesn't take a lot of time, and it sure keeps me honest! Good luck.

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