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Revisiting my first inspiration and new resolutions.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Okay, I've gotten sloppy. Volunteering with Erik, caring for grandchildren, taking over my own lawn care, joining jazzercize, taking a retreat, eating out, having some wine,beer or dark chocolate, going to a concert ....
None of these things are bad for me in moderation, what is bad for me is lack of consistency in tracking. Tracking my steps for which I now have a fitbit, I need to understand how it works then I can get that done because I just quit tracking my steps.
My food, little things like changed dinner times, forgetting to record right away, eating with friends and not writing it down. All that has to stop.
Exercise, well some days I do and some days I don't-that behavior has to stop too.
Going to retreats is good for me, not tracking food while I'm on it-not so great.
Going to a outdoor concert was fun, and since they had a silent auction I was up and checking my bids a few times-not too bad, but between my morning of reflection and the concert I did not top 5,000 steps yesterday. -not so good
Having a glass of wine, a beer or a piece of chocolate really isn't bad, it's the seconds or thirds that are hurting my caloric intake chart.
Streaking-lost the habit. So this morning I read a/watched an entry submitted by Oliver-forget his on-line name. It inspired me to go back to some old fashioned ways.
Even if I don't have access "in the moment" to record on line, I can record in a little notebook like I did when I was in weight watchers so many years ago. Then when I can get on-line I can track what I've done. At least I'll be watching for patterns, excessive ingestion of foods or too little exercise can be noted at the flip of a page... even with out knowing caloric numbers I should be able to judge if I'm in the right ballpark.
So my dear Sparkfriends after my 3rd anniversary in April, I'm trying to reboot my spark!
I will 1. write down EVERYTHING I EAT OR DRINK
2 write down all my activities
3 track my two new streaks-flossing
-rainbows of fruits & veggies (at least 5 a day)

Please join me... in my efforts.
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    I di fine when I track on Spark but once I write things down it gets sloppy, so I just guess what I eat. My computer is being a pain. I tried to get an Ad blocker so now I have no e-mails. HUGS enjoy your trip. HUGS and much love Pat in Maine.(((HUGS))) emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1493 days ago
  • GAMMY98
    Great blog and great ideas. We all get off track for some reason or another at times.
    1497 days ago
    I need to do better as well. Carb creep is ongoing and I'm sloppy in every area of my plan. emoticon
    1497 days ago
    I have done some back sliding this past week. I got up this morning with a got to do better attitude. We can do it. We just have to keep the blinders on and learn self control!
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    1497 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/20/2013 1:52:44 PM
    You have the right plan and attitude to get back on track. I'll be out of touch for over 2 weeks. When I return I know I'll find you writing a blog entry about your success.
    Hang in there!
    1498 days ago
    Totally there with you!!
    1498 days ago
    I find that if I don't track everything and have it in writing in front of me, things just go south for me., like downhill. I have had a couple of bad days with the stress of my mother having to go into a nursing home and have not been as good as I would have liked to be. I'm trying to pull myself up and start over tomorrow. Glad you are doing things in moderation, Ginie. When I try, I usually go overboard.
    Good luck with your tracking my dear friend.
    1498 days ago
    Maybe having it in writing right in front of you will be a bigger help. We tend to forget day to day and don't always have time to go on line and check. Good luck.
    1498 days ago
    You know I'm here cheering you on. It's easy to let things slide and takes determination to get "back on track". I know you will do it - eating out or not. Hugs to you, my friend.
    1498 days ago
    Thanks for the feedback on tracking!

    I like your new goals, and getting back to some "old-school". Despite all these digital tools that are available, sometimes I find that just making an A4 sheet with the next months, pinning it on my wall with some bluetack, has all what I need to track for the next month.

    For flossing: I did something similar - brushing teeth after breakfast and lunch (I already floss). I put a wall calendar on the wall for the beginning and end dates for my 30-day trial in my bathroom, and marked a big green pipe for each day I did.

    I read your word "everything". I've learned on this conference from the experience of others that "tracking is never perfect", and is "never 100%". So one advice I took for myself is to expect tracking not to be perfect. So when I miss a small period, I just get back to doing it again.

    For tracking food: I noticed the 15 minute rule helps a lot. If I track withing 15 minutes of eating, it gets recorded. Past 15 minutes, my chance to record it goes low. Unless, some days I track all my food in the evening.

    Congratulations on your 3rd year anniversary (even if it was in April)!

    I'm interested in your experience in a couple of days:
    what effect do you notice tracking has on building your streak? (Positive, negative, helps, hinders, etc.).
    1498 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/19/2013 2:20:03 PM
  • JANET552
    I'm with you!! Looks like we are both needing a booster of motivation. I was on Indygirl's page today. That woman has lost over 200 lbs. even though she has a host of medical issues. If she can do that, I certainly can do what I need to do.

    I think both of us are quite in control of our lives except for this issue. What makes it so special? emoticon emoticon I'm right there with you!

    P.S. You got a fitbit!! So cool! I've ordered mine -- I want one of those that goes on your wrist -- but don't have it yet. I can't wait!
    1498 days ago
  • REBS209
    I'm right there with you. I have also gotten a little too lax on the things that help me lose weight. Also like you, I am re-kindling my spark. I'm finding it isn't always the easiest thing to do, but oh so worth it. Thank you for reminding me that I am not alone in my re-booting effort. Have a fantastic weekend!
    1498 days ago
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