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Ok! You win Sparkpeople

Monday, March 04, 2013

Some of you might have seen my status 2 weeks ago about the "experiment" I was going to try. Well let me just tell you, it was an epic fail!

The experiment: Don't track food, just see if I could determine on my own how much was enough and not have the stress or hassle of tracking.

I planned to only do this for 1 week but it turned into 2. And the end result is that I gained weight both weeks, I feel bloated, unmotivated and feeling the need to track more than ever.

The reasoning behind this experiment is that I was getting stressed and overwhelmed. If you read my last post then you know that this month has been a pretty big struggle for me. I've been emotionally eating, not working out nearly as much as I should and just generally feeling defeated about my weight loss goals. Tracking food and seeing that I was eating all my calories and STILL feeling hungry was becoming very frustrating. So I thought if I don't track and watch every bite I eat maybe I will feel more relaxed about the process and things will just come naturally.

Well, you win sparkpeople, because that did not happen! Instead, as you can imagine, I got out of control because I wasn't holding myself accountable. But now I see that the tracking works, I need it still to keep myself accountable and any inconvenience/feelings that come with tracking are better than the feelings and stresses of not tracking and seeing opposite results.

So I am back at it officially today. My main focus right now is on a wedding on Memorial weekend. I do better I think when I have a certain date or goal in mind and this is a big one. We will see a lot of people we haven't seen in awhile, in particular people that we know longer speak to. I know it's nasty and hateful but I would like to feel confident about how I look at this wedding, knowing that they will be glaring at me the whole time you know?!?!

Here are my February stats:

Fitness minutes: 570 (weak tot!)
Situps: 2,500 (boss applesauce!)
Pushups 210 (really...)
Miles: 46.06

I promise to you my spark friends (and hold me accountable!!) that my March stats will be much better and that I will track food and water everyday!!

Thank you, as always for all your support.
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MPLSKEN 3/6/2013 10:57PM

    Looks like you learned something from your experiment, so I wouldn't call it an epic fail. I've been at this for almost two years. I guess, for me, tracking is just not negotiable. I need to do it in order to maintain my weight now. Maybe someday my healthy habits will be strong enough that I won't need to. But, for now, it's non-negotiable.
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EMILYROSEBUD 3/5/2013 10:04AM

    Tracking can be so tedious, but you're right, it helps us stay accountable. I'm sorry you've been struggling so much this past month. Kick March in the teeth! That's probably what you need to get past the plateau.....a month of balls to the wall fitness and nutrition. I'm here for you, girl. You are such an inspiration to me in lots of ways. Keep pushing, because your goal is right around the corner.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 3/4/2013 11:14AM

    One step, one day at a time.... emoticon

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CAKEMAKERMOM 3/4/2013 11:11AM

    It's amazing how lax we can get without writing everything down. I tried that once and gained a few pounds back over the holidays. Keep on doing what works for you!

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NANADERRICK 3/4/2013 11:07AM

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