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.