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!