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Dumbo's Feather

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

I read about people who say they hate planning, hate tracking. I LOVE it! I didn't at first. It was like starting out with Quicken. Who wants to type in every freaking penny? But I did it and over the years I have an amazing record of where my money comes and goes (not where I would have thought) and can comfortably plan accordingly.

My Food Journal, though, has become my comfort, like Dumbo's feather. I am sure that after all these years the habits I have developed would allow me to coast without paying much attention. But that cheap little spiral notebook is the thing from which all my life radiates. I start with the food, written down, and plan my life (or all too often, fit my life) around it. It is solid, in black and white, dog eared and with coffee splats on it, and it tells me my past and my immediate future, meal by meal. Because I seem to live my life meal by wonderful, glorious meal.

My enclosed porch is my room. There is a sofa and TV and a round table with 4 chairs. I have a favorite chair and my journal sits to the side on my right hand, along with my calendar and shopping list. I look at it a dozen times a day, write notes, sketch out future meals, comment on past meals, put little stickers in it. It is paper (how old fashioned!) and I can leaf through it. And it is mine. When my mind is exploding, it brings me back to center. It gives me confidence and comfort. It has the magic, like Dumbo's feather.

It all started years and years ago because I was told that was the way to lose weight. If anyone had told me it would center my life I'd have thought they were insane. Now it is as much a part of me as my hands and feet.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/4/2013 4:51PM

    To paraphrase Charlton Heston, they can have my food tracker when they pry it from my cold, dead hands!


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JANEMARIE77 2/4/2013 12:20PM

    yes I to fought it but now love it why because without it its just a guess with it you know can change it or leave it thanks great blog

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CELIAMINER 2/1/2013 8:04AM

    Another great blog, Nell! Your description of living from glorious meal to glorious meal resonated with me, because I feel that way, too! When I sit down to log my breakfast, I go ahead and log everything in my lunch/snack bag, too, so I can get a feel for the calories I will have available for dinner, which is my main meal of the day, full of good food, good wine, candles, and conversation with DH. I look forward to that meal all day and take great pains to plan it well. We're just foodies, huh?

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LITTLESPARKLER 1/31/2013 12:09AM

    Great way to look at tracking! I'm always so motivated every morning, but by the end of the day... whoa!

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JEANNE229 1/31/2013 12:08AM

    I keep starting and stopping my own journal (weight and other thoughts as well). Now that I'm retired, I have to wonder what is my excuse for delay?

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SPARTAN40 1/30/2013 10:45PM

    Great blog. I love tracking. I do it all electronically, but when I'm on a roll I'm always tracking.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/30/2013 10:37PM

    I track faithfully, every single day, for a few years now and have no plans on stopping. It's what keeps me where I am and gets me to where I want to go. I track electronically, but I do everything on my phone or laptop and that's just what's easiest for me. My phone is with me everywhere I go and SP and WW make it easy to track on the go too.

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CARRAND 1/30/2013 7:38PM

    I love tracking my food, too. Sometimes I think I'll quit, but I always go back to it. It's addicting.

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WATERMELLEN 1/30/2013 7:27PM

    Accountability: food and finance. Sounds great!!

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LEPETITCHIHUA 1/30/2013 6:45PM

    Tracking has worked for me too. Your blog has made me realize that it is much more than tracking, thanks for that. I look forward to tracking for years to come while losing and then during maintenance. emoticon emoticon

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123ELAINE456 1/30/2013 5:28PM

  Great Blog!!! Will have to try it again and see how far I get journering. You are doing great. God Blessings to Everyone. Have a Lovely Day. Take Care.

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FISHINGLADY66 1/30/2013 4:24PM

    Yes Nell... The habits we learn. I track all my meals on a notebook also. Even my med tracking is in that little book. I couldn't live with out it. Love reading your blog.

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GABY1948 1/30/2013 3:52PM

    I'm with's not the logging or recording that is hard for me. And I am SO with you on Quicken. I have also used it for dh will tell you how OFTEN I say, "I couldn't LIVE without my Quicken!"

And even food and exercise, it's just part of me now.

Great blog!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/30/2013 3:02PM

    So true... when I joined WW back in 1989, this was true of my first paper journals. And success is a paper journal. In maintenance, the journal may not have as much in it. I can short cut and not calculate as much, but write I must!

There's nothing like tracking, be it menus or spending... to enable one to "fit life around it" as put it so well!


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CLAIRE94620 1/30/2013 2:26PM

    I love journaling the old fashion way too!

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ANGIEN9 1/30/2013 2:08PM

    I also use the tracker and run reports. Sometimes I even print them for future reference. Good job at keeping track of your meals even if it is on paper!! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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INTHEGAP 1/30/2013 1:45PM

    I don't do 'paper' but I do use the tracker, every day, (I find it easier for me) and I agree that planning and tracking really helps. Your room sounds heavenly. I am hoping to have a room, soon. For exercise, as well as my mediating and yoga. The lino was installed yesterday so I can set it up, now ~ with treadmill, etc.:) I so envy your porch, however. I really love my little house but, all my life, I have wanted an enclosed porch. Have a great day! emoticon emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 1/30/2013 1:13PM

    I know exactly what you mean--I plan on continuing to track my food in one way or another from now on. It's what I needed to lose the weight, and it's what will help me keep it off.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/30/2013 12:11PM

    I completely understand. Walking and SparkPeople keep me grounded as well.

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MANDELOVICH 1/30/2013 11:50AM

    How great. I love tracking and planning as well. And though I've switched to tracking on line, I love making notes, comments, seeing patterns. It's very comforting to me too. P.S. I love using Ibank now, but also loved Quicken!

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