Wednesday, October 24, 2012
I'm firmly convinced that measuring my food, logging it on the tracker, tracking my exercise and blogging about my experiences are key in keeping me honest and on track on my journey to health. Estimating anything is a sure ticket to making an error in how much you eat and how much you exercise. I know this first hand because I have made lots of mistakes using the approach. About a five weeks ago, I decided to give up estimation in favor of being accurate with measuring. It became glaringly obvious that before I started measuring, I either over estimated or under estimated both what I ate and how much I moved my body. The first step to fixing the problem, was to admit to myself that estimation wasn't working. And guess what? I don't consider myself a failure because I wasn't successful. Owning both your victories and your mistakes and being upfront about it makes you accountable. I do tend to err on the side of being brutally honest with myself, but once I face facts - data that is collected honestly doesn't lie - I can map out a plan, start to make changes and begin to be successful.
The next step in actualizing my desire to change is to write things down on paper. Writing a blog about my personal experiences may help others but it also helps me. It forces me to write down my feelings and take a closer look at my behavioral patterns. (As a retired math teacher, I'm all about patterns!) Seeing diet, exercise and sleep patterns helps me to figure out why I do what I do, so that I can self correct. I also take a look at how I treat myself and how I interact with other people. Since I am a sum of many parts, a variety of issues come into play when I'm analyzing my own behavior. Looking at individual personal patterns and issues helps me to know what needs work but I also need to look at the big picture in order to plan my own future and set goals.
I thought that tracking, facing my shortcomings and blogging about my journey would be difficult and painful. Contrary to what I expected, I found it to be liberating! Adding some structure to my behavior and dealing with suppressed emotions has brought me a sense of satisfaction. I feel like I'm growing as a person!