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The Joy of tracking

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Last week I was a bit frustrated because after not weighing myself for weeks I finally had the courage to do so. Although as expected I gained weight. I was less than thrilled to see that number between my perfectly fat feet 237.2 WHAT THE HECK?
I got off the scale and tried again, but this time stepping as lightly on the scale as possible…as if by some miracle I would drop 20lbs or something… Same $h*#!!!!! No such luck! Still 237.2!
I thought, I am only 5 lbs. away from where I was when I first joined SP 3 years ago. and only 13 from 250! Not good!
That whole day was a bad day...I felt fat! Like I suddenly woke up that day and was fat. huh? what had happened? I was disgusted with myself and was mad at me. The day came and went.

That night ( Saturday 9.10.11) I could not sleep, thinking about how I let it go again! I was driving myself crazy about the how’s and what I did or didn’t do, what I should’ve done and the what I needed to do self- talk. Finally got up and went to my computer around 11:45 started reading old food and exercise journals; still beating myself up. Why? Why? why? By 3:45am Sunday morning I had decided to give it a go. I was ready to try again. I was just going to start by tracking my meals. Yup! That’s it, I made a deal with myself that I would just do it every other day for the coming week.
I went to bed thinking about it and got up thinking about it, I went for a walk and walked for a couple of miles, the whole time thinking about how I was going to tackle my coming week. As I walked back home I thought….Groceries? Yes, I need fruits and veggies. Where is my food scale the one I got as a gift 2.5 years ago? I need to start measuring my food. Where did I put that little sucker? I bet I will find it. I have tuna, chicken, fish and I think turkey…I just need veggies and fruits. Okay no more chips and salsa!
I came back home and had a 3-egg white omelet with avocado for breakfast. Delish!
I felt ready…went to the market and bought my fruits -Mango, bananas, and grapes. Veggies -tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, carrots, zucchini, cucumbers, bell peppers, limes.
As it turns out I managed to track all SEVEN days in my food journal and guess what?
I lost 4.4lbs. yayyy! I’m so proud of me : ) Good bye 237.2!
232.8 is the new number for today!
* I will continue to joyously track my food and start tracking my exercise minutes!
Have a great week everyone!
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    Tracking is definitely one of the keys to success. Most people have no idea how many calories they are putting into their mount. They just "feel" like they are hitting their goals.
    2311 days ago
  • KESHA1975
    Great job!!! I need to follow in your footsteps!
    2313 days ago
    I love tracking too! You can do this and your omelet sounds delish!
    2313 days ago
    Amazing!! Great job tracking that food!! The experts say that getting nutrition under control is 90% of weight loss! Your 4.4 pound loss is proof of that!! Way to go!!
    2313 days ago
    Just the encouragement I need. Congrats to you and THANK YOU!!! emoticon
    2314 days ago
    Tracking has taught me so much about this journey and myself. When I first started, it amazed me how little I knew about the calorie count of some things. During difficult days on the journey, I honestly tracked the unhealthy food choices I ate when upset. That honest taught me how I turned to food to solve my problems but that the problems were still there AND I now felt bad about myself too.
    Learning to make healthy choices and substitutions without deprivation took me quite a while but now I don't have to set so many limits. That's progress.
    Glad to hear that you started with a long walk and used the time to focus your mind on what first steps you need to create a successful week for yourself. Enjoy the success. YOU earned it!
    2314 days ago
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