Friday, March 23, 2012
I've been tracking (exercise, food, and water) for a couple days now. It hasn't been nearly as painful of a process as I was expecting it to be!
It helps that (as a Spark friend of mine suggested) I write everything down on a piece of paper all day, and then enter it all into the tracker at the end of the day or when it's convenient for me. That way I'm not relying on my memory (which is frustrating) or getting on the computer every time I eat to enter the food into my tracker (which gets me sucked into spending too much time on the computer multiple times per day).
I'm noticing a couple of unhealthy eating patterns, which I guess is one really good reason for tracking! Eventually I'll work on changing those unhealthy habits (one at a time, so it's manageable) but for now I'm just writing everything down ("just the facts ma'am").
The goal of my tracking is NOT to count calories - there's no punishing myself if I go over some artificially-imposed limit. I'm not telling myself I'm "naughty" if I eat certain types (or amounts) of food. All that stuff is just guilt-producing and counter-productive for me. I'm just objectively recording what I eat - every bite of it - and I'm considering that habit as being "good".
This is freeing me from A LOT of guilt, shaming, and negative self-talk! And because I'm not wasting my time or energy on that junk, I have more time to think constructively about forming new habits and how to continue working on the POSITIVE changes I'm making to my health. And I've been working on a plan that I'm excited about ... more to come in future blog entries.