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To Track or Not to Track? That, Sparkfriends, is the Question.

Monday, November 19, 2012

On September 1, I reached my goal weight. About a week later, I decided to stop tracking every bite and monitor my weight daily. I firmly believe that we must be able to reach a point where we understand the concepts of healthy choices, proper portions, and abundant exercise. My plan was going pretty well, up a pound, down a pound. Staying in a good range. This is doable, people! Truly it is!

Then in early October, my non-profit group, Greyhounds of Fairhaven, traveled to Las Vegas for the Age of Chivalry Renaissance Festival. I gained four pounds that weekend. OUCH! Back home and without tracking, I tightened up my eating and took three pounds back off, then hovered there.

First weekend of November, Greyhounds of Fairhaven went to Las Cruces for the Dona Ana Renaissance Artsfaire. Determined NOT to repeat that four pound gain from Las Vegas, I was very cautious about snacking and portion sizes. Did much better, yet still added one pound over the four days of the trip.

Back home in Phoenix, and really paid attention to healthy eating and exercise *without* tracking all the food. Got back down to goal + 1 pound. Not bad, yet not exactly right, either. Now we've had three birthday parties at work, then my granddaughter's birthday party this past Saturday. Now I'm goal +3 pounds. Hmmm. Not liking this at all. If there's one place I totally want to avoid, it is going back up three dress sizes!

Therefore, I have chosen to start tracking again. Seems it might be wise to go ahead and track through the upcoming "eating season." If I have a party or day when I eat over my limit, I can then plan to eat at the bottom of the range for a few days to even out the intake.

In my heart, I still believe that we *must* be able to reach a lifestyle where we accomplish maintenance without having to track everything; however, during the "eating season," it really does make sense to be very aware!
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    I think you are making the right decision. I tend to use not tracking as a license to over indulge. Tracking keeps us accountable. I'm trying so hard to get back at it!
    1822 days ago
    I understand what you're saying, that eventually we should be able to internalize the process of choosing what and how much we eat. However, I think I'm going to be one of those people who will always need to track, at least most days of the week. Like Curly said, it keeps me honest.

    I think you're making a good decision to track through the holidays. It certainly is the "eating season." emoticon
    1827 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/23/2012 10:58:12 PM
    For me, tracking would be a downright disaster. It would send me right down the road to anorexia or bulimia again. Been there, done that. It's not pretty. So I don't track, and that is what keeps me at a healthy weight.
    But I can see how the tracking helps you and many others, and I believe firmly that you should do what's good for you.
    1828 days ago
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    I would also like to think that once you reach maintenance there is a balance you can achieve without having to track. I have to agree that right now what's more important is getting through the holidays without weight gain.

    there are people who will always have to track what they eat. I'm wondering what it'll be for me.
    1830 days ago
    I am on the other end of the scale, a relative newbie to SP and being nowhere near my goal weight, however, I do see that it is the exact same thing. Several months ago I was losing very slowly but thought I had figured it out. Stopped tracking because I got very busy and sure enough, the 6 lbs came back within a couple of months. It's hard not to get frustrated. We are smart, savvy women... why can't we figure out something so seemingly simple. I've come to the realization that there are too many complicated factors involved in weight loss. Depending on your age, it gets trickier and more complicated. Tracking keeps us honest. It keeps us humble.'s a reality check. Right now, that's all I know. emoticon
    1830 days ago
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