I am the first to admit that tracking my food and fitness can seem like a chore, and a total drag, some days. I mean, with everything I have to do in a day: writing, coaching my Hope & Healing clients, occasional speaking gigs, cooking for hubby and the man-child, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, car pooling, showering (Ooh, did I get a shower today? LOL!) there are days when even just prepping healthy food and eeking out a workout is pushing the boundaries of my already bloated schedule. I know most of you know exactly what I mean. We are busy people. Now we're expected to write down, or input, every bite we eat and every step we take? Come on, seriously?
But when I started SP I knew it was in my best interest to track. As a life coach one of the first thing I teach my coaching clients is the power of creating accountability, whether you make a commitment to yourself or someone else it gives you a jumping off point, a place to start and a plan of action to get you where you want to be. You've stated what you intend to do, and if you are the kind of person (or are striving to become the kind of person) who honors her integrity and does what she says she will do, then you get up, get active, and get it done, because it's important to you to honor your commitment. And no I wasn't always 'that girl', but I wanted to be and I worked hard, and with a little effort became someone who lives her word.
So I go to bed a little earlier, so I can get up a little earlier and have some quiet planning time before everyone else is up and the day gets crazy.
Some people track after they eat a meal or finish a workout, and if that works for you then do it. That's perfect! For me tracking ahead works best, because I know if I put out to the world, or at least to my SP tracker, what I'm going to do, then I will get up and get it done! In the morning I create the full day's menu in the nutrition tracker and I don't veer from what I planned. I do the same thing with the fitness tracker, and once I see how many calories I will burn and how many Spark People points I've been awarded I get excited about hitting the gym or lacing up my walking shoes.
Just seeing how many calories I can torch with my intended workout reminds me that I'm going to see progress towards my weight loss goal if I just do what's in front of me.
And it's working! It helps that SP has gifted us with an easy way to track and does the hard part of counting calories and doing the math for us. Does anyone else remember the days of carrying around those big, thick calorie-listing books, and having to look up each food alphabetically and figure it all out with paper and pencil, LOL! Maybe I'm dating myself! And if I do get a little off track, or plan in a treat for a special occasion, the tracker allows me to stay within my calorie budget or adjust my level of activity to cover any overages, so I don't feel like I've blown it and just give up because of one tiny slip or treat. That's so different than my past dieting life, when anything less than perfection would cause a complete derailment and leave me feeling like a failure.
So, if you've avoided tracking, or simply find yourself whining around about it, like I sometimes do, I encourage you to change your mindset, stay open, and give it a try. Drop me a line and let me know if it keeps you more accountable and on track to reaching that health and fitness goal you want so badly! I'm betting it will!
Here's to wishing you a happy, healthy, and active kinda' day! Let's do this thing! :D