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My frenemy--the food diary

Monday, April 01, 2013

One of the things I realized during my journey to drop 50 pounds was the inconvenient necessity of maintaining a food diary. The research is clear; people who maintain food diaries lose more weight. As much as I hated the idea of tracking everything I eat, I started to do so two or three times a week and eventually built up to daily tracking.

Then, after I lost the weight, I told myself; “Well, you’ve got new habits so you don’t need to use the food diary anymore.” Okay, fine. So I tapered off gradually and eventually stopped using it. Maintenance over the past few months has consisted of regular weigh-ins and mindful eating—but no food diary.

Now, I’m ready to tackle the next five pounds and realize it’s time to return to my old frenemy—the food diary. Although Sparkpeople has a user friendly tracking system and a convenient phone app, I am still resistant to this mundane activity. But I want the five pounds gone more than I want to avoid the tracker, so I’m back.

My class reunion is now only four months away. I still have 15 pounds to lose. The clock is starting to tick, so I need to quit procrastinating and get to work. Thankfully, the weather will be warmer soon and I’ll have more opportunities for exercise. Hopefully, I can get it together long enough to reach goal by August.

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    You have proved that you can do this! Back to the old food diary! I know you will make it. I'm so proud of your success. You make me feel like no matter how many times I stumble it can be done!
    1785 days ago
    You can do it!
    1788 days ago
    You KNOW what to do - now . . . DO IT. Okay you know that even just jotting things down can help, you don't have to use the trackers or even track the calories for the tracking of what you eat to work for you. Make it FUN, challenging, or just a simple HABIT. Whatever you need to do to make it more doable - DO IT, You have come a long way and are definitely going to get there. Enjoy the journey.
    1788 days ago
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