Tracking...Still At It
Thursday, January 19, 2012
I know tracking is important, so that is the habit I decided to focus on this week. Despite how long I have been doing it, I am not really at the point where I can say it is truly a habit. Having spent some time thinking about this, I have tried to identify exactly what I need to do to make that happen.
For one thing, it needs to be done everyday, and preferably in the same way. So, this week I made it a point to track each evening. First, I go over the current day and make sure I entered everything, then make any necessary adjustments. Then I track what I plan to eat the next day, making sure I stay within my range. I really think it helps me to have a specific routine, and this one seems to be working for me.
Another thing I need to do is to make it excuse-proof. Sometimes it can be time consuming to enter everything. All the more reason to make sure that the Favorites and Groupings are up to date for me. I spent some time this week doing just that. I had a long list in both that included too many things I don't even eat anymore. I deleted a bunch from both, and then added Groupings that I currently use often. When it comes down to it, I can identify three basic breakfasts and lunches that I have during the course of a week. That helped simplify things.
My other excuse is how to enter what I eat when I go out. Reading my earlier blogs from this week, you will see that I have come up with a way to handle that. It was important for me to get over the fact that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't possibly accurately record the information. Again, that was an excuse. I realize I can do just fine by following some basic guidelines for myself and spending some time planning and tracking beforehand.
Forming a habit takes anywhere from 21 to 66 days, depending on what researcher you are reading. You improve the odds if you commit to doing this habit for 30 days. I can do that. I am going to continue what I have been doing along with a reward for myself after each successful week. I do believe I am on the right track (pardon the pun!)!