Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Hi there resolution maker.
How are you doing?
Oh, I'm doing wonderfully well today.
Thanks so much for asking!
So you've made your resolutions.
You're going to do all sorts of things this year - maybe learn Italian, take up knitting, plant a garden, volunteer, take that cooking class, stop smoking, join an adult kickball team, run a 5k, and lose some weight.
Ah... lose some weight.
To start things off you need to TRACK YOUR FOOD.
That means accounting for everything you eat.
Not just the good days.
Not just the things you want to track.
Not just on the days you want to track.
Notice that I haven't mentioned anything about exercise or creating a calorie deficit.
Let's not put the cart before the horse.
You need to get tracking down first.
Because if you can't track your food, you're probably not going to be successful.
Think I'm wrong?
Ask around SparkPeople.
And look at the statistics.
Folks that don't keep account of what they eat are far more likely to fail at weight loss.
Far more likely to put the weight back on.
And far more likely to yo-yo.
Your FIRST STEP is to TRACK YOUR FOOD.
And the primary component of this is to be HONEST WITH YOURSELF.
Honesty is the best policy in life and it is DEFINITELY the best policy when tracking your food.
Because if you cannot be honest with yourself when tracking the food, you're unlikely to be successful with your weight loss.
And by "successful", I mean really successful.
Long term success.
Not short term.
Short term really doesn't matter much.
Any fool doing the Master Cleanse can lose some weight short term.
And if you are doing the Master Cleanse or something like that... yes, I think you're being foolish.
It's nothing personal.
It's just stupid.
Sorry. There's just no reason - NO REASON - to engage in such nonsense.
Don't agree with me?
We don't have to agree.
I don't mind if you don't agree with me or don't like how I put things.
But I'm right.
There's no reason to do that lemon water nonsense at all.
You want LONG TERM WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS right?
Then track your food.
And don't try to rely on ridiculous things like Master Cleansing.
Tracking here on SparkPeople is pretty good.
It takes me less than 5 minutes per day to track all of my food.
And creating groupings helps to make that easy and convenient.
I eat the following most mornings:
1/2 cup of oatmeal.
1/4 cup of raisins.
3 tablespoons of instant nonfat dry milk
3/4 teaspoon of Truvia
That can get old to enter that each day.
So I made a grouping of those things.
And then I can add it easily each time.
And another shortcut is to copy between days.
That is a real time saver.
You can learn all about these on the site using the help but honestly, it is super simple to do.
Use the Favorites feature - it makes it REALLY easy to find food that you eat regularly.
Someone wrote on their blog that it was "too hard to track".
I think that is a lie they are telling themselves.
Or perhaps they are looking for an out.
(Edit: I re-read what I wrote and think I left out another possibility - the person just hasn't had enough experience tracking yet to see how easy it is.)
Regardless, it isn't too hard to track.
It just takes a little discipline. And DISCIPLINE is the key here.
So step one is to track your food.
Collect the information for one day.
Then do it again the next day.
And then you have a tracking streak going.
And once you're tracking regularly, you can move onto step two.
But that's for next time.
Track your food.
You can do this.
You are strong. Strong enough. Way stronger than you think!
Make it a great day!