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To Track or Not to Track?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Got this great idea from another sparker--Kayotic for tracking/not tracking food from day to day.

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 :)

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MTRACHEL 5/22/2013 10:20PM

    I like your idea of tracking also when you drop too low. When I first lost the majority of my weight, I liked when I went too low, but now I realize that the lure of the low number kept me from establishing some permanent habits. Thanks for sharing!

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_JODI404 5/22/2013 1:28PM

    I really like this idea too. I have not tracked for a long time. I eat so many of the same foods all the time, it became a bit repetitive and redundant for me.

However, on those occasions when my moderation is not as moderate as it should be and the scale goes up -- I think tracking is a great way to see the actual numbers and face the reality of how too many little extra things can really start to add up.

I told my husband the other night, if I would have written down the fat/calories for those multiple pieces of dark chocolate I kept going back for more -- I probably never would have eaten it.

It is really great to get new ideas and be inspired on this site!

It sounds like this is working well for you! Congratulations on your first tastes of success on eating intuitively!! (There's nothing wrong with tracking -- if you need it! But I like the freedom of not having to do it. I pretty much "know" what I am doing -- good & bad).

Thanks for sharing this tip!

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KAYOTIC 5/22/2013 10:12AM

    Hey, I'm so happy this is working for you too! And thanks for the props!

I had to track for a week here, but today I'm back below goal won't be tracking today....but like you I do track my fitness daily (with the fitbit and my HRM)

I also quick track fruits and veggies, just to make sure I hit my minimums!

Keep on going! You're doing great!!!

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KANOE10 5/22/2013 8:44AM

    I also weigh in each day. I do not track calories. I do check off my breakfast group each morning..then just eat healthy the rest of the day/
You are right that maintenance is constantly learning and adjusting. Great job of finding what works for you and thanks for sharing.


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MARGARITTM 5/22/2013 6:08AM

    For me tracking keeps me on ....well track

You know what you need to do for yourself - you probably do not need it.

If you do catch yourself getting off "track" you know where to find it.

Best to you and by the by congrats

Thanks for the thoughtful post

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TIMOTHYNOHE 5/21/2013 10:17PM

    You make a valid point. There should come a point where track becomes not necessary. Throw away the crutch. You still pay attention. But just trust yourself.

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TUDAFD 5/21/2013 7:49PM

    I'm going to try this just as soon as I can. I'd love to get away from tracking food, too. I hope it works as good for me as it has for you. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/21/2013 7:17PM

    wow, I do the same thing!

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MANDELOVICH 5/21/2013 7:10PM

    Sounds like it's working very well!

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MEXGAL1 5/21/2013 7:05PM

    Totally cool idea. Thanks for sharing. I might attempt trying this as well.
Have a good evening.

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LINWASH23 5/21/2013 3:51PM

    Good information, someday I will be here; but for now I will track daily. Thanks for sharing. You have a beautiful family. emoticon

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MAMABUGAZ 5/21/2013 3:49PM

    That's similar to what I've done. And, like you, I continue to weigh daily. It's so important to know if I'm staying on track.

Once, I went back, for a week or so, on more of a weight-loss track, instead of a weight-maintenance track. And, I've re-started tracking, gone off aspartame, thrown in a "hungry" day, eaten more "clean", etc. (That time, I'd inexplicably shot up almost 5 pounds in a day or two, so I tried that track for a whole week, even though my weight went back down into its range in a day or so. It just helped me feel more in control.)

But, all of those things are things that, during my 18 months or so of maintenance, I've been glad to be able to partially let go. In return for letting those go, I continue to exercise much more portion control, watch "what" I eat (not only how much), I joined Curves, etc. You are right; maintenance is a continuous process.

~ Faith

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KENDRACARROLL 5/21/2013 2:57PM

    I think in maintenance daily weigh-ins are actually a good idea for the reasons you state above. I do the same thing. Except, when I'm up I still don't track but eat less until I'm back down. Gauging calories throughout the day has become second nature.

Freedom from tracking while maintaining is my ultimate goal - I'm almost there.

As for activity - love tracking that :) Actually all I do is sync my fitbit.

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