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Why I hate to track my food

Sunday, August 21, 2011

I'm going to try very hard to make myself track my food this week. I am just like a stubborn little kid when it comes to that. I'm happy to track my exercise because it feels like a positive thing. Tracking my food makes me critical of myself because even though I eat well, I eat too much. I just realized that is the reason I hate to track. Hmm..

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BARBARA_BOO 7/18/2012 12:44PM

    I hear what everyone is saying, and I'm still having trouble making it a positive experience. I have grown tired of doing it. I understand that it's easy, productive, etc.

I am trying to figure out what my deal is. I feel "pushed" into tracking food because it's the "right thing to do", and I rebel. I like to just DO things and not have to constantly account for my every more.

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JSPEED4 11/23/2011 12:03PM

    M, too! emoticon

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FREES1 11/21/2011 1:05PM

    its the pits to see 'it' right there staring back from the screen at us! emoticon

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COACHPENNY 8/22/2011 4:23PM

    I use to track my food...and it did help but, then it started to be a stressful thing and now I don't do it at all.

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    I personally was doing very well all week then totaly blew it once again this to figure this thing out...

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SYZYGY922 8/21/2011 12:01PM

    I hated it at first, but now I love it! It helps me make better decisions and plan my food better. I've also learned not to beat myself up if I go over one of my goals. It's all about consistency over time.

I stopped tracking for a while, and that lead to other bad habits like not measuring my food (if I wasn't tracking, I didn't see the point in measuring anything).

Anyway, I regained a lot of weight during the time(s) I've stopped tracking. I might in the future take a scheduled break from it, but even then I might write it in a journal.

I like tracking more that I've done it for a while so the things I eat regularly are in my favorites and groupings. That saves a lot of time and now it's not a hassle at all.

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CAMDENCYCLIST 8/21/2011 11:35AM

    It's tough for sure. Every time I stop tracking, my weightless halts, and often I start gaining. I always lose when I track though. But stuffybumpkin makes some excellent points. These are great recommendations.

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STUFFYBUMPKIN 8/21/2011 10:51AM

  JET I'm with you all the way. Tracking exercise is fun, look at me go! Tracking food, ooooh look how much I ate, not so much. It sounds to me that you need to turn your food tracking into a positive experience or that you need to not beat yourself up if you go over your calories. Tracking is all about learning what you do. You have to be willing to admit and see your mistakes and when you do, you can make corrections in the future, but it's really hard to admit to yourself that you're perhaps eating too much - even though you know you are!

I would say try to make tracking positive for you. I know I like to give myself a gold star on a calendar in my bathroom when I work out and when I eat well for the day. Maybe give yourself a star for every meal you track regardless of whether it was in your calorie range or not. Or, if you always eat a good breakfast and get off track at dinner, track all your breakfasts for a week. Get into the habit, see the good things you're doing, and eventually you'll be willing to see the not so good things too.
Good luck!

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HIPPICHICK1 8/21/2011 10:25AM

    I'm a food tracking maniac! I love to track and to make sure that I'm getting the right amount of carbs, proteins and fats. I also track sodium (because it's so easy to go over the recommended amount), potassium (because it's so easy to eat well under the recommended amount) and fiber (so I stay regular).
To me tracking my food is far more important than tracking anything else. A friend of mine had a personal trainer tell her that weight loss was 60% due to how we eat, 30% could be attributed to exercise and 10% to good sleep.
Good Luck!

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ARYSMOMMY1 8/21/2011 10:04AM

    I just read the chapter in "The F.A.S.T. Diet" on tracking food. I also hate to track my food, but after reading that you need to track your food to be successful, it has me also making a goal to track what I eat. Good luck to you!

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ISOLDE316 8/21/2011 9:15AM

    I love using the tracker as a planning tool and subsequently a shopping tool - it's easier to have it be positive when you're planning and preventing rather than entering food after the fact.

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 8/21/2011 9:03AM

    I can relate. My goal this week is to be faithful with food tracking.
Its so much more fun to blame other reasons for lack of weight loss than what I'm putting in my mouth :)

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