I'm not sure about this site...

Monday, March 25, 2013

Here I am, back again. I'd stopped using this site, and was just trying to make healthy decisions. I was doing well for a while. The past two weeks, however, I pretty much just said "forget it" and started eating large quantities of crap. So I guess I'm back here, let's say for a month, to log my food. Here's the plan:

1.) Log food. Try to eat well 5 days a week, one can be iffy, and I can have a day a week where I get a "me day." This means I'd still like to eat an appropriate quantity of food (I'm not always good at that) but I can pick foods that aren't as healthy as things I'm trying to eat on other days.

2.) Don't log exercise. In the past I've found I get WAY ocd about this whole thing, and it's ALL I can think about. If I try to make sure I get 4 days of good exercise a week, that sounds good to me.

3.) Be sure to get in my 8 glasses of water

The past "cycle" on this site for me seems to be: log ALL my food and run mental math calculations all day, every time I'm thinking about eating something, so I try to stay near the low end of my range. Also log ALL exercise, and start exercising A LOT more. The first 1-2 weeks I see weight loss, then I hit a plateau and get stuck, keep with it for another two weeks, usually see a pound uptick, then binge like crazy on something like cookies, or pizza, or donuts. Then get extraordinarily frustrated with myself and my "lack of self control."

I want to be healthy. I want to be able to go outside and go for that run, or do that multiday backpacking trip. I don't need to look like a magazine cover, and I'm not trying to look completely ripped. I have other things in my life that are more important than my body fat percentage or how big my biceps are. I think I just need to work on getting my food under control. Sometimes, and too often these past 2-3 weeks, I let food control me. I want to learn to view food as a tasty way to fuel my body, not as a constant treat to splurge on. I know i feel much better when I eat well, I just seem to have problems continuing to eat well and not sit down to 2/3 of a pizza with two beers.

So the short term goals: don't get obsessed with food; try to use SP as a way to make better choices. And we'll see how it goes...
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    The fact that you are back here says that you know that it works. You only need to work on your discipline.

    I question the logic that supports what you are referring to as a 'me day'. This sounds like a temptation for failure.

    Good luck with it.
    1816 days ago
  • GAL7288
    Seems to me you know what to do, the problem is implementing the whole food control. Maybe besides using SP for measuring and logging you should also finds ways to prevent binging on the "bad" food, or learn what triggers you eating more than you ought to. You have done it before, you can do it again, perhaps look at it as a lifetime commitment, the whole backpacking idea could be a great motivator!
    1818 days ago
    Sparkpeople is a tool, not an absolute. Many of us use it in completely different ways, finding ways it works for us. Sounds like your doing that. So good luck this time around! Success is waiting for you.
    1818 days ago
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