Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Got this great idea from another sparker--Kayotic for tracking/not tracking food from day to day. www.sparkpeople.com/mypa
Basically here's what I'm doing as inspired by her--I weigh myself every day (which I have done since I entered maintenance anyway-- to ward off major swings in the scale) I track the food I eat on the days that my weight is above what I have determined as my ideal goal weight that I want to maintain, and on days where I am at or below that magical number (148), I don't track my food. Now this idea was particularly appealing to me, because I have been sooooo scared to deviate from tracking every day, but I have so much wanted to learn the skill of intuitive eating, and I think that this may be helping me to achieve that goal. I think it's been 5 days in a row now that I've been weighing in either at or below goal, so I don't track it (well--not beyond saying in my journal "at or below goal--no track day!"
I am, however, continuing to track my daily activity. So far this has been going really well for me, and I'm really happy with myself for being able to maintain control. The last three days I have actually been dropping in weight a little each day, and for now that is fine--I don't want to go below 140 though I don't think--so maybe I should put a requirement in there for me that if I drop below 140, I need to track until I'm not below anymore.
Again--as so many of us maintainers have said in countless blogs and message board posts--maintenance is a continuing process that we have to be willing to experiment with, and I'm so glad for my fellow sparkers who share what they are "playing with", so that when something clicks with me as a possible fit for me to try--I do it, and I'm really glad that I saw this idea from Kayotic, because it seems to be fitting me quite nicely :)