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On Track and Looking Forward to Saturday Weigh In!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

After work I made a huge pot of soup. Every few minutes I sat down and entered some ingredients in Spark People Nutrition Grouping. Yes it is time consuming and maybe next time I will have to change some quantities, as I was not following a recipe, but it’s a start to make tracking work for me in the long term.

This week in the 5% Challenge we are tracking our meals. When the soup is done I will measure the output so I can calculate how many calories per serving. Is it worth it? I think so. I have enough soup to last a week, so it will be easy to add it to my tracker.

I read thousands Spark of blogs and it’s a recurring theme, those that lose weight track nutrition. Do I want to lose weight? YES!!! And this time I mean it!!!

I have been following the postings in the 5% Food Tracking topic

A few comments really helped –

I find the whole concept of not tracking..... inconceivable! It is the single most important thing that enabled me to lose my weight.

If you dislike tracking, you may need to overcome that if you desire success at this.

Today I read zen habits: How To Make It Impossible To Fail - Maneesh Sethi

The jist of the article is -

How can you force yourself to build better habits? The secret is called precommitment, the process of making a promise, when you are in your sane state, that will prevent your tempted insane-emotional-id-self from doing something bad. Precommitment is the process of creating an enviroment that forces you to succeed - this failure-proof environemnt - is the key to any habit change.

An example was to set an appointment with someone else. It’s easy to not show up to the gym alone, but you’re much less likely to do so if it means disappointing your trainer or friend.

At the end of the day, it comes down to a decision — are you going to change your habits? Or are you going to live the same way you always have? We don’t need to use willpower. Instead, we need to build systems that force ourselves to succeed—without any possibility of failure.

While I was cooking I was thinking about what it meant to me.

1) Be positive that I can change
2) Don’t let negative people influence what I know is best for me
3) Be a doer, not just a planner
4) Reward myself (don’t know how yet)
5) Think of these changes as long term
6) Let the people in my support system know that I really appreciate them
7) Set up a daily schedule to follow regardless of where I am or what I am doing
8) Daily exercise early in the day
9) List my success factors – good sleep, exercise, etc.
10) Dress for success – sports clothes as much as possible
11) Meet Jeanette at the pool M/W/F

I am determined to lose weight and stay happy while I am doing it. emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TANYA602 3/28/2013 8:28PM

    DO find ways to reward yourself. I love your list of daily reminders. Post it where you can see it and live by it. This will indeed be your year!

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CARRAND 3/28/2013 7:27PM

    I like the idea of pre-commitment. I seem to be doing that at my gym with drop in classes. I know the instructors and I don't want to disappoint them by not showing up! I even have friends in the weight room that I look for on certain days. it all helps.

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BETHICANFLY 3/27/2013 8:24PM

    Thanks for sharing your tracking experience this week in the challenge! I've had a long love/hate history with the tracker. I had gotten to the place that tracking made my inner perfectionist rear her ugly head and high anxiety would kick in. It was just counter productive to use the tracker during that time. But, thankfully, through being part of the 5% Challenge I had started easing back into tracking. It wasn't pretty or easy. But by last week I using the tracker with manageable anxiety. This week I've tracked just like it was a breeze. Yay 5% Challenge!!! And yay me. :)

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ROSCOEKR 3/27/2013 7:36PM

    This SP works weight in today & lost an additional 4 lbs, has a 6 month checkup & things are looking up. My point is keep it up.
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NEWCHINELO 3/27/2013 5:52PM

    Way to go!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/27/2013 1:54PM

    Tracking, tracking, tracking! betcha!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEWINGMAMACDS 3/27/2013 1:49PM

    Like the statement...At the end of the day, it comes down to a decision — are you going to change your habits? Or are you going to live the same way you always have?

I need to ponder that...


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PATTISTAMPS 3/27/2013 12:13PM

    Excellent thoughts! I hope you have a GREAT weigh-in on Saturday! And enjoy that soup!

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HAKAPES 3/27/2013 11:35AM

    I often enter recipe just to be sure about the kcal. Sometimes, when I visit friends, I ask for the recipe, and enter it later, without instructions. It feels good, and it's an investment in the future. I noticed that those recipes I entered, often "come in my way" again.
Way to go!

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AMANDEES76 3/27/2013 11:06AM

    Your attitude is awesome and you have set up your plans which will make everything a little easier. You can do this and you are on the right track so keep moving forward one choice and one day at a time.


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4RASCALS 3/27/2013 4:46AM

    Love your positive attitude. I know that you can do this.

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ROSAMARCELLE 3/27/2013 4:26AM

    I can't lose weight unless I track. It is so easy either to over or undereat if you don't. emoticon emoticon We've just gotta keep on emoticon emoticon

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ANATASHIKI 3/27/2013 1:03AM

    I agree tracking and staying within range is the most important thing. I'm doing different with the things I cook , I add the ingredients calories(on paper) , weigh all the soup when it's done , have calories/100 g enter it as a food not listed and weigh the food when I eat . I only have the calories that way but it's what counts the most.

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/27/2013 12:24AM

    You are truly inspiring

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ACCEPTHECHLNGE 3/26/2013 11:12PM

    You really sound committed and I know you can do it.
Again, thanks for your help, today. You convinced me to continue tracking.

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TRAVELGRRL 3/26/2013 10:55PM

    Great blog! I am positive you will do it! 2013 is your year, girl!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/26/2013 10:37PM

    I think tracking is important too. I just finished off a big pot of soup.

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READYBETTY 3/26/2013 10:28PM

    Today was very stressful. I'm so glad my meals were all planned and thought out days ago so I didn't have to give too much thought about what I was going to eat or I'd had been easily swayed to "treat myself". Instead I ate what was planned and stayed on tracked. I also don't have one more thing like overeating to add to the things that stressed me out.

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DURANGOREDDOG 3/26/2013 10:24PM

    Love everything about your blog. Tracking is key for me. And I love your last sentence as well. emoticon emoticon

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OJ_2_OK 3/26/2013 8:54PM

    I love your list and I totally agree, tracking is the reason for my success in weight loss. I believe that most of my weight loss has been due to controlling what I eat.

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ROCKYCPA 3/26/2013 8:27PM

    Tracking is how I have lost weight - it also helps me to see that what I eat can affect how much I lose. Great blog - thanks for sharing!

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X5X52000 3/26/2013 8:22PM

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FRUITYFUL 3/26/2013 8:11PM

    You can do this!

The many times that I've fallen off the wagon, the hardest part about getting back on is picking up the tracking again. It is time consuming, but once you get your food groups and your favorites, it will become easier!

I'm rooting for you! emoticon

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GODDESSOFHOME 3/26/2013 7:44PM

    Great post!

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BRAVELUTE 3/26/2013 7:44PM

    I agree, tracking is important, and for many reasons besides calories in and calories burned.

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LOOKINGUP2012 3/26/2013 7:09PM

    I love tracking too! It is a wealth of information to go back to if you had a fantastic week.

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FRENCHIFAL 3/26/2013 7:00PM

    Great job! It's become a habit for me - I'm used to planning out my meals, adjusting and entering new recipes, measuring out the portions - once you make a habit of it, it's very empowering! Good for you!!

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LESLIELENORE 3/26/2013 6:58PM

    I like your last sentence! I am much happier now than I was two years ago, and it isn't just about the weight I have lost. I think a lot of it is the fact that I have set goals and achieved them. Successes are good for morale boosting.

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LYNCHD05 3/26/2013 6:56PM

    You are very committed to tracking. I have used the recipe calculator and it is great but have not put a gecipe in the grouping. Hmmmmmm

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ROSCOEKR 3/26/2013 6:49PM

    I believe in tracking or at least some form of it. Anything is better than nothing. You sound very committed and I wish you well.

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