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So *that's* why I resist tracking!

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.

  
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FLORIDASUN 7/3/2011 10:55AM

    GREAT...I'm so glad this is working for you with your hubs on board. Mine isn't and it's twice as hard to eat right and see him shovel in the crap food. He has to get it on his own because I won't allow it in the house. I recently started doing the Dukan Diet and it is giving me amazing results thus far.

No tracking...yay!

I was a miserable failure at WW also..in fact I was probably the FIRST one in history to actually GAIN weight on it...it seemed that all I did was obsess about food 24/7...I did manage to join again later in life and dropped about 40 lbs but as soon as I stopped going to the meetings...urp...there it was again and MORE!

Now I know I must take charge of this situation myself, I can't rely on any meetings (don't have the time to attend) and stop depending on crap food that you shove in the microwave just for the calorie count.

So far so good, but this will be a very long term lifestyle change not just another diet! emoticon emoticon emoticon
I finally 'get it'.... emoticon

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RUBYCLAIRE 7/2/2011 11:37PM

    That is FANTASTIC! There's nothing like having that special person in your life traveling that journey with you, side by side. It sure does make the going MUCH easier.
Congrats!!
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FIT_MAMA_2_FOUR 7/1/2011 1:02AM

    Isn't it awesome when you experience and break through moment and life seems a bit clearer....awesome for you!

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LIABOOTY 6/30/2011 11:02AM

    Do I hear team work........ emoticon emoticon
It's always better when you have your weight loss buddies by your side emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/29/2011 9:50AM

    Having someone to share your goal with is so much better than going it alone. It really does 'take two to tango'. emoticon and emoticonto your DH for getting on the bandwagon.

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TRACIEO3 6/29/2011 9:16AM

    that is so awesome!

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1CRAZYDOG 6/29/2011 9:07AM

    Good for you AND your DH!

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QUEENCREOLE 6/29/2011 7:41AM

    Wow! I never thought of this before. I never had a problem tracking myself because I made it a game with myself. I also love the reports action too. I also don't beat myself up if I have a "bad" meal or day even. It's all apart of this journey. Great post! Ps I love ur username!

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Finally!

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!

  
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HAPPY0408 1/23/2011 4:04AM

    I can relate. My partner does not work or even drive, so he is around 24/7. I am thankful we just moved in a bigger place. I can actually have a room where I can go and be by myself...its the computer room. However, still need to exercise in the living room which is where he is most of the time sitting on his laptop. However, I get him to exercise with me sometimes. Just bought the Biggest Loser Wii game and we do that one together emoticon I am starting to get him to think about a Healthy Lifestyle as well! emoticon emoticon Hang in there! emoticon

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20OUTLAND03 1/21/2011 2:54PM

    I defiantly know what you mean about sharing a tiny space. My DH works nights so I have the house to myself while he's sleeping. Much nicer and easier to get a workout in when he's not sitting 2ft away. Plus while doing a video the other day I accidentally kicked the dog (she was trying to follow me, and I didn't see her). I really don't wanna accidentally kick him too.

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VELVETCATT 1/21/2011 2:53PM

    I can relate, believe me. You hang in there though - YOU CAN DO THIS!

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CANDLECAKES 1/21/2011 2:49PM

    Yay for you! I was lucky this week, and my husband was out of town for work...so I was finally able to really eat healthy & exercise...I loved it!

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Starting over, AGAIN!

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.

  
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SPARKNB 11/8/2010 11:22PM

    My motto: Life is change.

When I studied geology, we learned some change is gradual, and some is very sudden. At one point, there was even an argument among scientists about the nature of change!

So, life is change. For good and ill. Hope things are looking up...an attitude of gratitude is another motto/mantra.

Nice meeting you btw emoticon

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JUSTTRISH 8/5/2010 1:41PM

    I think a lot of people are going through that right now. Especially with slow planets changing signs and the Cardinal Cross aspect as it applies to everyone's charts. It is a tremendous time of awakening and I think all of us are going to be continously awakened and will need to reset as a result.

Just think of it as the next great YOU! emoticon

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HAPPY0408 7/24/2010 11:43PM

    Welcome Back! Sure missed you. emoticon Yes everything does happen for a reason. Things however do fall into place in time, just need lots of patience. I am working on being patient currently with the changes in my life and a whole new life forming...a new chapter starting soon. A person needs to just be aware of what is happening and look for the opportunities and experiences with everything that happens to them. I recently found this out. emoticon

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ANNANN63 7/10/2010 5:16PM

    Things do happen for a reason. When you are ready, you are placed in a position to change. Take it slow, meditate on what you want to change, trust yourself, have faith.

All will be well.

Comment edited on: 7/10/2010 5:22:35 PM

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SPARKIE1964 7/10/2010 12:58PM

    HI AGAIN...EVERY THING HAPPENS FOR A REASON THAT IS NOT SO OBVIOUS AT FIRST...

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KATHY2686 7/10/2010 11:55AM

    Welcome back. come a join so on the team bored .

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KATHY2686 7/10/2010 11:55AM

    Welcome back. come a join so on the team bored .

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Continually sharpening my focus

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

From the Shape Shifters Team
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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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DEVOTEEOFISET 5/18/2010 11:02PM

    That is a big step... I know how hard it is to stand up for yourself.
KUDOS!!!
Writing things down really helps to clear up your plate and allows you to see things clearly.

Good Luck!!!

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