Wednesday, June 29, 2011
I saw, on one of the SparkPeople forums, a post with an intriguing title: "I hate tracking ... help!" I clicked on the link to read the responses, because I hate tracking my food, too, and wanted to see if the request was receiving any helpful responses.
I scrolled through a TON of comments. This post is apparently a hot button issue for others, too. It was good to know I'm not the only one. This is one of the reasons Weight Watchers didn't work for me. I had to force myself to do it, even though I always saw good results when I did make the effort to weigh and measure every bite, taste and lick.
To me, tracking seemed almost obsessive/compulsive, bordering on an eating disorder. Plus, it seemed counter intuitive because I know that excess weight isn't just about calories and portion control (in fact, that's just a small part of the bigger issue). But those weren't the real reasons I *hated* tracking my food.
As I scrolled through all of the reasons that everyone else cited, I tried to figure out the real reason why I resisted it so much, but came up empty.
Then it hit me ...
... my husband recently decided that he needs to lose some weight and I showed him this site. As soon as he joined me in my efforts to track foods and control portion sizes, and slowly realized that he can get just as full eating healthier foods instead of garbage, I discovered that I actually enjoy tracking and it felt like a fun game!
So here's what I learned: I didn't hate tracking as much as I hated not being able to easily stick to my food intake goals. Since I used to be the only one who cared about eating healthy, and he insisted on eating his regular crap, it was nearly impossible for me to stick to my goals. Tracking was an awful reminder of how hard it was for me to stay within my range.
Now he and I work together and track our meals together. I cannot believe the difference it makes to have him working with me. I don't know if that is any help to anyone else, but it was a real eye opener to me, that my resentment against him was the root of my tracker-hating.
Friday, January 21, 2011
My husband is to blame (not really ... I know it's all my responsibility). He has been unemployed for almost two years so he's home all the time and eating crappy foods. Plus, he quit smoking in October, so he's overdoing the comfort foods "just a bit."
As a result, and with the added challenge of having a tiny house where we're always in the same room or at least visible to the other, it's been VERY hard for me to stay focused on the way I want to eat and exercise. Anyone who lives in close, cramped quarters with another person, 24/7, will get what I mean.
But now he's gone back to college. Yay, for many reasons, the most important of which is that I now have the house to myself. I can dance, do my Wii Fit, and eat the way I want to when he's not here. His going back to school is going to be good for both of us!
Saturday, July 10, 2010
I don't mean that I'm starting a "diet" over, I mean my entire life. I've just experienced a profound metaphorical kick in the face from life, which has made me rethink everything I think and know. While it's been very painful, it's also been very enlightening.
I've been away from the Spark site for quite a while, because I was traveling and having computer issues on the road. It seems that the Universe wanted me to pay attention to what I was experiencing, instead of worrying about what's happening in cyberspace. But now I'm home and (magically) all of my computer's issues seem to have solved themselves. Interesting.
Anyhoo, I'm back and I'm not sure who I am. I guess we'll be finding out together.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
From the Shape Shifters Team
Challenges: Once again I'm having trouble focusing because there is just so much going on. I'm not a big fan of having "too much on my plate" so to speak, so I'm going to have to either get more organized, or let go of some of the stuff I'm doing.
Intentions: Either way, it couldn't hurt to get a little more organized, so I'll begin there.
Triumphs: My weight is still dropping, albeit slowly, and I'm not really feeling like I'm dieting. I love that, because I don't believe in diets. However, I do believe in healthy eating habits, and this site is helping me to create and maintain them.
Makeovers: I've been standing up for myself a lot more lately, and that feels really good.
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