Saturday, May 22, 2010
I have tracked my food all but maybe 10 days since December 1, 2008. I used to track with Weight Watcher paper journals. Now usually I track online @ SparkPeople. For a while I did both. When I go visit my mom in S Dakota (her summer home) in July, I'll probably use paper trackers .Some days I'm fanatic about measuring portions and sometimes I just guess.
I usually track perfectly (or close enough) for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and morning &/or afternoon snacks. I often, though, don't bother to track after supper. If I'm going to have a problem that is when it happens. This week I went over my calorie range twice and I didn't track all of it either time.
However, I suspect my SparkPeople calorie range for maintenance may be too low. Or else I'm underestimating my exercise (calories burned) or overestimating my portions (calories eaten). I say that because I have just realized that I am maintaining or even sometimes losing when according to SparkPeople I shouldn't be. Despite eating over my range twice this week, I had my lowest weigh in yet.
If I would get a heart rate monitor to track my calories burned and track 100% of my food I might be better able to figure out my correct calorie target. However, I haven't had a month yet that I have not exceeded my calorie target range at some point. I've had weeks, but not a whole month. So it is probably better if I aim low. Yet, even thought I am still a healthy weight for my height, if I keep losing I could go under. (My BMI of 20.2 is within WW's healthy range of 20-25. SparkPeople, though, lists 18.5-24.9 as the healthy range. But I feel thin enough now.)
Anyway, tracking does help me stay on track. But perhaps I could be doing it better.