intermittent tracking

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tracking nutrition works. Tracking day after day gets old. Sure it's easy to track the same usual things, a couple eggs, coffee, milk, medium apple, small banana, 1 oz almonds, McDonald's Southwest Salad with grilled chicken... copied from one day to the next and the next, but it's good to eat a variety and that's where it gets tricky. The food list doesn't give size options for mangoes like it does for bananas and apples. They're not all the same size and I have to guess. Too much of that and I stop tracking. I stop tracking and I stop losing. Of course then I get tired of the plateau and resume tracking, I manage to guess "close enough" on things like mangoes.

So here's what works for me, without being too frustrating, and without too much delay. I track until I drop below a 5 or 0 mark, then take a week (or 2 or 3) off tracking. When I resume tracking, I drop some more, then take a break. It might not work for everyone, but I kind of like rest periods along the way. It's what works for me.
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