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Not an April Fool...

Monday, April 01, 2013

So I'm finding myself, oddly, wanting to set a goal for the month! I say that's odd because I usually don't do too well with goals. It seems like once I set it, I do everything I can to sabotage it. So I'm not going to be foolish about it, and I'm going to set ONE very small goal. I can do this!!! (What is truly encouraging me that I most certainly CAN do it is the one I set for my AB team back in November to not touch the candy jar the entire month...and I accomplished my goal! I actually did so well with it, I carried it into December and successfully completed it then too. So yeah, I CAN achieve a goal if I keep it simple).

So my goal for April is to track all my food at least 3x a week. I know I am eating way too many calories for the level of activity I can currently accomplish. I should be keeping it towards the bottom of my calorie level, but more often than not when I am tracking I'm going OVER my calories. No excuse for that and it is a road I don't want to be on.

To keep me accountable to my goal I am going to report on it here each Monday morning through April.

I'm horrible at rewards, so if I accomplish this goal I am going to not just give myself a pat on the back or tell myself I'm going to get something and never get it (this is the usual for me)...I am going to FOLLOW THROUGH and get myself a new nail polish. Something spring/summer and fun!

Alright, day one - I've tracked mostly everything for the day so far and even took some stuff off because it was skyrocketing already. It's amazing how tracking actually changes my eating, in a good way, and yet I resist doing it so much. No more. April is going to be MINE!!

What are you going to do to make April yours???
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    I'm not logging food because I don't need to track calories. At least when I eat clean, I don't need to. I'm eliminating grains, dairy, and sugar 6 days/week. So it's really hard to OD on meat, beans, and non-starchy veggies. But I do have commitment issues. The process of logging keeps me so committed to eat only what I put on that list.

    So far this month (3 whole days, oooo) I have committed my food the night before. I write down all my meals and snacks (no amounts or calories) and post it on the fridge. I put a little star down everytime I have a serious pull/craving/temptation that I walk away from. And I check off what I eat. It's been working great to keep me committed without all that needless entry into the database. I know I lose weight on this program when I'm committed to it. This small act of taking pen to paper the night before and being mindful of sticking to that list, has made a big difference. I hope I can keep it up for 8 weeks!
    1712 days ago
    I can't kick my chocolate addiction
    1712 days ago
    Great post! I too have dropped tracking my food recently, and I am going to join you to do it at least three times a week. I like the idea of the reward, I think I am going to drop a quarter into a jar each day I track, and see how much I get to spend at the end of the month, lol. I want to get one of those magnetic nail polishes, and keep saying no cause it's more than I want to spend. Great way to earn it!!! emoticon
    1712 days ago
    I'm getting back on track with my sodium. The ham yesterday kicked my butt.
    1714 days ago
    I have tracked 3 d out of last week and while I won't say it was a complete eye-opener (I knew I was exceeding my limits most of the time; can't imagine why I wasn't losing anything during this weight loss challenge, hmmmm?!?!?) - it does make me more AWARE of how rapidly those calories/carbs pile up!
    So instead of drinking a WHOLE Frappuccino, I'm only drinking HALF (47 carbs - mostly sugar! - in that bottle). I would have made my increased exercise goals for last month (I increased to 800 min) if schedule had not been derailed by death in the family...
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    1714 days ago
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