Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Currently there is an active thread in the Message Boards
about tracking our food. I was very surprised at how many
of the responders hate to track their foods when research
shows it works so well.
I love tracking. I have tracked my food on Spark everyday
for over two years. That is every day, including holidays,
splurges, and even Christmas.
I have been in maintenance for about one year now. And I
continue to track. My one rule is I can eat what ever I want
as long as I track it honestly. That WORKS so well!
Tracking does so much for a small investment in time:
1. It helps me plan ahead. Think of it as a food budget.
When I know what I will be eating even visualize
myself eating, I am much more likely to stay on
course during the day.
2. If gives me information. How much am I eating, which nutrients
I can see patterns in my behavior, With that information,
I can adjust; make changes. Now that I am in maintenance
it has helped establish how much I can eat and maintain my
3. If gives me confidence and control by helping me set food
boundaries. It brings my eating decisions much more under
my conscious control, rather being controlled by my
4. It gives me accountability. I know when I eat, I will have to
face the tracker! Some times its hard when I eat more than
I planned. But I do it anyway. That act helps me get back
to my goals and program.
5. It relieves that latent guilt about eating that many of us
have acquired through the years of struggling with our weight.
For the first time in my adult life, I am able to really enjoy
what I eat whenever I eat, because I am eating within my own
boundaries and getting the results I want. I can take real
unambiguous pleasure in food again.
For all these wonderful reasons, tracking is way of life for
me now. And it really does get much easier once you get
into it. We are all creatures of habit. I eat many of the same
meals even at restaurants. I keep an index of my meals and
the dates. All I have to do is go back to the last time and
copy forward. How easy is that.