Accountability. Accountable. Whatever form this word comes in, I HATE it!!!
For me, this word evokes images of misery and punishment. Something MAKING me do something I DONT want to do. It grates on my nerves every time I see it. My first reaction is to avoid and defy whatever 'makes' me 'accountable'. Hmmm sounds like I've got some issues to ferret out and work on around this thought....
So I prefer to frame the concept as 'guidance'.
My chief guidance tools are my scale and my Blue Book (food log-
I also 'reframed' this term to make the concept more palatable.
Each day I use a different color Ink Joy pen to 'capture' what I eat, when, calories and protein amts. I use this info as a 'memory tool' to remind me where I am in the moment. When I write stuff down, I don't have to remember it. Also, it gives me an 'objective factual' view of my eating. No exaggerations or minimizing as my brain likes to do.... :)
I used to think of this tool as a punishment and guilt log. If I wasn't perfect, I'd have a mini-meltdown and stop logging for the day(s) until my bad feelings went away.
After MUCH trial and error, I finally figured out that I need to reframe the concept for myself.
I'm a very visual person, so I envisioned my Blue Book as a daily visual of my eating. When I write stuff down on paper, I don't have to carry the mental clutter swirling around in my head. My policy is 'NO JUDGEMENT'. I don't stress or beat myself up if I eat more than I'd like or something not on plan. I just use the info to adjust something else in my life like adding more activity, fun, rest, etc. Or subtracting something like less caffeine, which I have a tendency to think of as 'more is better'....NOT!
I also LOVE words- Reading to get my mind started in the morning and also Writing my thoughts--- as you all can tell!
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