Saturday, November 10, 2012
Okay, I hate to admit it, but in the past I've been less than honest about my food intake. Whether it was serving size, or convenient forgetting about what I ate, I just couldn't handle the guilt and shame and general feeling bad about myself that went with accuate tracking.
I've found a couple of tools that have helped me.
1. I treat tracking like an experiment. I can't know what's working and what's not, if I am not accuate. It's a small attitude adjustment that helped me take the judgment out of tracking, a kind of "Let's see what this does." does attitude as opposed to "bad girl" attitude.
2. The other tool I found by trial and error and maybe it will help you. I plan my eating day using the tracker and then go back the following morning to update what I actually ate in the previous day. Then, I don't look at the calorie total. At least not until a few days later. The emotional distance has done wonders for my accuracy and then I focus more on trends than on specifics. It's a way I let myself off the hook a bit. It retrospect I think I was avoiding accuracy because I didn't want to feel certain feelings. When I removed the feelings, I started making progress.