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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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    747 days ago
    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 fact I was probably the FIRST one in history to actually GAIN weight on 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
    2298 days ago
    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.
    2299 days ago
    Isn't it awesome when you experience and break through moment and life seems a bit clearer....awesome for you!
    2301 days ago
    Do I hear team work........ emoticon emoticon
    It's always better when you have your weight loss buddies by your side emoticon
    2301 days ago
    Having someone to share your goal with is so much better than going it alone. It really does 'take two to tango'. emoticon and emoticon to your DH for getting on the bandwagon.
    2302 days ago
    that is so awesome!
    2302 days ago
    Good for you AND your DH!
    2302 days ago
    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!
    2303 days ago
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