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Habit Plan

Sunday, March 03, 2013

I've been trying to think a lot about this today. Recap: My new habit is to track all my food every day. Today, I'm supposed to blog about how I'm going to make it happen. I've thought about various ways I can reward myself or even how I could punish myself if it didn't happen. It's not great, but it's true - punishment did come to mind.

But, in the end, I think I just have to commit to doing it. I think I have to challenge myself every day and remind myself how much better I do when I track my food. I can't think of any better way. So, here we go...
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    I've gotten to the point where I can "sort of" log. I put in the majority of what I think I'm going to eat, get a rough idea. I don't think one necessarily needs to put everything in, just thinking about it at some point, putting in at least one meal, etc. can be benefitial (or just making myself look up how many calories that extra candy I want to eat will add before I eat it :-)

    I try to use the food tracker as a tool rather than a task master. Little things add up and make a difference. Just thinking about tracking a meal can sometimes get me back on track; I know how many calories 2 sausages or 2 slices of bread are for breakfast so I can automatically decide to eat only 1 of either and know I've cut out 100+ calories for the day (which, if done each day would be a .2 loss on the scale in a week :-)

    But getting the tracking and thinking about calories and exercise and the whole equation into your life as a natural part, just thinking about it (in a journal or reading here, etc.) goes a long way to helping without feeling onerous or like you are a failure. Sometimes saturating one's self with thoughts about what you are doing, want to do, are thinking of doing, hoping for, etc. works as effectively as cracking the whip over one's head but doesn't have the negative side effects?
    1817 days ago
    I find tracking to be an important key to success. I envy those people who carry around the technology so they can track anywhere and anytime as I have to rely on my lap top. So most of my tracking gets done at home. We each have to find what works for ourselves. I do try to track before I eat the meals and snacks so I have a running tab. I do a lot of meal planning which helps me to get the tracking done. In some ways for me they go hand in hand. Have you ever tried meal planning? Even if it's only just the night before.

    Wishing you success in developing your new habit.

    1817 days ago
  • TANYA602
    Put aside some time each day to track and check in and you can do it!
    1817 days ago
    Tracking really does make a difference. Even if I go over in my numbers, having to write down every bite of this and that makes me so much more aware of what I'm taking in. Best wishes to you for great success! emoticon
    1817 days ago
  • 2BEHEALTHY2014
    I need to figure out a way to track ore consistently too. I know that I lose weight when I track. Good luck!
    1817 days ago
    I've been struggling with the same thing. Do you have the Spark book? There are a lot of good ideas in there. The one thing I've taken is to set really small goals and no more than 3 until they become habit. I am still making my food logging a habit, but doing better. Hang in there, keep a little written journal throughout the day helps me remember what I eat when I get to logging. You'll find the right tool to help you.
    1817 days ago
    Good for you! Maybe trying to do it everyday at the same time, while having a nice cup of tea, for instance!! I applaud you for making the commitment!
    1817 days ago
    Punishment is usually not a good idea. Just stick with your plan and you'll do fine.
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