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Why can't I stick with it?

Friday, August 17, 2012

UGH! One of my goals is bite it and write it. I always start off pretty good and then fall off the wagon. I even got a little notebook that I can stick in my pocketbook or even in a pocket to keep up with it. Do I remember......NO!

Anyone got some tips to help me stick with bite it and write it?

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TNLADY1960 8/27/2012 2:42PM

    I just recently started an actual food journal but I find it is the ONLY way that I stick to my plan. I carry it back and forth from the kitchen to whatever room I am going to sit down in. Mine is too big to carry in my purse so if I am dining out I just write it down on any piece of paper I can find then put it in my journal when I get home then I log it on my Spark food tracker. Before I get out of the car I try to make a conscious decision that I am going to eat healthy and that I am going to log every bite I take and as soon as I get seated I pull out my paper that I am going to write my meal on. I have also used the notepad on my phone to keep track.

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KAYKAYGETSFIT 8/19/2012 2:12PM

    I'm with you girl. I did the same thing. I got this nice pretty journal to record stuff in. I stuck with it about a week and then I left it in my office over the weekend and fell off the wagon. Maybe we can remind each other?! LOL

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JINLYNN 8/17/2012 7:50PM

    These are all great ideas that people have shared. I write mine down on paper after each meal and then track on line once a day.

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FIREFLY4407 8/17/2012 2:55PM

    I also like to use my smart phone, since it is always with me. I'll use the notes app just as a placeholder if I'm in a hurry. I'd been using the fat secret app on my phone before I joined spark. Now just found that Spark also has a tracking app, so I've been using that with good results. I like the idea of tracking ahead, but have not quite been able to get there myself... emoticon

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SHRINK_U 8/17/2012 2:41PM

    I set alarms on my phone to remind me to take my medicine and other things. Maybe you could set some alarms to remind you to track food throughout the day? Best wishes!

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ROSALIEESTHER 8/17/2012 11:53AM

    Boy - what great ideas!

I've kind of got that end of the day go back to sparkpeople and track it all then. It may not be 100% accurate, but it sure gets me thinking which is the main idea isn't it?

For me, it's important to no longer get too obsessive about food. It has always been super controlled for a week or two and then - poof - I can't take the control and I start eating everything in sight!!!!
I find that when I do this one time a day, it makes a difference the next day. And it's adding up to a lot less eating.

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FRESHDAISES 8/17/2012 11:52AM

    I agree with SWP0213... I try to do that and when I look back on my meals I delete what I didn't have. I will also use my smart phone too. Having the free app has been super helpful. Happy logging!!

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LAC936 8/17/2012 10:26AM

    Tracking online is my best tool. With raising a family and all that goes with that, it's hard to concentrate on yourself. BUT those beautiful girls should be your inspiration for you and for them not to fall into the same pattern. You are their role model which should help motivate you.

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 8/17/2012 10:01AM

    I have found doing it two or three times a day is easier than writing each time you eat. I write after each main meal and include the snacks I ate at that time. So my first thought is that it is a bit unreasonable to write each time you bite..

But if you think you must write down each time you eat, here are a couple thoughts. You will just have to try to make it a routine.. a regular part of eating anything.

Do you have a smartphone you can keep notes on? Use a sticky notes app like ColorNotes (free). That might be helpful and you could use the microphone entry method if that's easier than typing.

Keep a notepad or dry erase board on the fridge to make a note when you get food from the fridge/kitchen. If you have a snack drawer or locked snack cupboard or box (we do which helps my son and myself), then keep a lot in it on the top.

If you are consistent with daily tracking and make sure you do it each day, it becomes a habit (maybe it already is for you and you are just trying to do it more often a day?) But honestly, I don't think I can do it after each mouthful. ;)

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SWP0213 8/17/2012 9:59AM

    Maybe try planning your meals and writing them down BEFORE you eat them. I know when I do that, it helps because the tracking is out of the way, AND I'm less likely to eat outside my plan.

Good luck!

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