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The Kryptonite to My Weight Loss Program


Saturday, June 15, 2013

About 2 months ago I joined Spark Coach. I really like the daily motivation and check-ins.

I'm not a numbers person, but I can spot a trend when I see it. A few weeks ago I realized that I was doing a fantastic job with exercise, check-ins, and other indicators. But I wasn't tracking my food at all, and I was getting very frustrated with my lack of progress.

I have a dear Sparkfriend, EBETH, and we've been checking in with each other every week via Spark Mail. This week we started a friendly wager to see who can have the longest streak to track food. This is just the push I need to get me started, and I am so grateful to her for this wager.

Tracking food is really my kryptonite. I just hate doing it. But I also know that the things we hate the most are often the things we need the most. I keep telling myself that it takes 3 weeks to form a habit. In the meantime, I quickly realized that I've been eating 200-400 extra calories/day, so it's no wonder why I haven't been losing weight. I eat healthy foods -- I just eat too much of them.

So....I'm putting myself out there. This is the missing link to my weight loss and I am committed to food tracking.

What difference has food tracking made to you? Sparkers, I need all the inspiration I can get here!!!!
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TINYDBS 7/5/2013 10:13PM

    I found this blog post from a search and I absolutely agree with what you said. It is where I am also. I have been working on 10lbs for several YEARS. Talk about resistance to change! You are inspiring me, girl!

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BOPPY_ 6/16/2013 12:36PM

    My sense is that I do NOT HATE tracking food.

I hate holding myself accountable.

But with experience, and success, now, I have learned that I hate NOT reaching my goals more.

Ergo:

I must hold myself accountable.
I must plan what I eat and how I exercise.
I must track both as well.
I must blog effectively about all this.

YMMV,

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BRADMILL2922 6/15/2013 4:42PM

    I know for me, without food tracking, I would not have been able to do it. I was surprised by what exactly I was eating when I started actually keeping track of it! It is a great tool to keep you in line with what you think you are actually doing. Stick with it and it will work!

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AMARILYNH 6/15/2013 1:04PM

    And BTW that is a GREAT 'title' - no way could I not look at your blog after reading it!!

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AMARILYNH 6/15/2013 1:03PM

    I lost about 35 pounds almost 5 years ago, but I just COULDN'T seem to get those last 10 pounds off! Tracking my food and adding a little ST is what did it for me. It also showed me I wasn't getting enough protein or potassium and was often getting too many carbs and too much sodium. Tracking can do a lot more for you than help you lose weight - it can keep you healthy!! emoticon

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-LINDA_S 6/15/2013 10:32AM

    Congrats on figuring this out. That's half the battle. I get frustrated food tracking because I make a lot of stuff from scratch at it's hard to determine exact nutritional values. Plus, I'm very stubborn about what I know is the way I need to eat, which is low-carb high-fat and watching the wheat consumption so I have to adjust my tracker.

Keep up the good work with the tracking, since it's a very useful tool!

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ASTRA58 6/15/2013 10:31AM

    Tracking, for me, has made the difference between a weight loss or no loss at all. I rely on it to keep myself honest. It has helped me to identify problem foods for me and also helped me to recognize when I need to increase my fruits and vegetables. It also gives us Spark Points.

I use it in conjunction with planning my meals ahead for a week at a time. Tracking can tell me how well I did my planning and how I need to adjust for the next week.

Of course, going along with this is weighing and measuring. This is also an invaluable tool to ensuring that your portion sizes are actually correct and that I am not eating more or less than I should be.

I think the Tracker is an invaluable tool and I wouldn't want to do without it.

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