Thursday, October 22, 2009
Recently as part of a challenge for those of us previewing Chris Downie's book "The Spark" I finally agreed to track my food.
This is pretty big for me...I have been holding out on food tracking since Day 1 of being with SparkPeople...no matter HOW many great benefits and rave reviews of tracking I'd read I persisted in my aversion to tracking food. Too much like the bad old days of "dieting!"
I psychologically prepared myself for this back when I made a commitment to breaking through to ONEderland by the New Year, realizing that if I couldn't make the headway I wanted toward this goal I might have to finally pull this tool out of the chest and put it to work.
So at the end of day two of tracking I've been pleasantly surprised over how EASY it is to do and how COMPREHENSIVE the food data is...finding things listed I didn't think I'd see.
I'm pleased also to see my totals are turning out okay...a bit low, but not too high as I feared they might be.
I enjoy seeing all the stats and figures such as percentages, etc. It's like taking a handful of random change and tossing into a sorter and seeing how the rack up. Except of course my food choices are HARDLY RANDOM!
Another thing I've noticed is the "built in" restraint that kicks in when the urge to snack or nibble comes along..."oh! I'll have to log that! Um...where's the water?" :-)
While I'm not making any long-term promises or guarantees, I'm suspecting I may just stick with this tracking / logging stuff! I have a hunch it may be an invaluable aid while traveling to ONEderland...!
I had a wonderful bike ride today back and forth to work, 9 miles away...1100 calories up in smoke!...woo hoo! Love the Fitness Maps! Froze this morning...shorts & a T-shirt in 48 degree weather. Yeah, stupid, but...I just HATE to be encumbered by long sleeves, pant-legs, straps and elastic bands when riding my bike. I get such a HIGH from feeling so empowered and free I want to compromise that as little as possible with such things! I DID have a pair of gloves though as my hands are the most vulnerable part of me when it comes to feeling the cold.
Besides...I was sweatin' it coming home wearing the same things! :-)
Because of the dark of the morning AND the evening, I suspect that's my last work ride until springtime...drat! Can't WAIT to start racking up 2-3 days a week of biking like this!
Hope everyone's got their Spark lights shining strong out there!