Tracking when you don't eat the best
Friday, June 21, 2013
So as I have had a great week and a half of eating and exercise and have managed to lose 5 lbs since I have been at AT, I have started thinking about tracking my food a little more. Some evenings I will eat a piece of dark chocolate or have a few Twizzlers. I think to myself, "Well, I am way withing calorie range, so I don't really need to track this," but that's not true. It's most important to track those little snacks and those things that aren't necessarily on the 'plan' for the day. That way you can visually see what you are putting into your body completely.
If I had a day where I allowed myself to eat what I please and tracked it, I would be able to see why I cannot eat like that all the time and expect to lose weight. The damage done would be right in front of my face. If I didn't track it, I would probably say "Oh Well..." and either feel guilty about it or allow myself to do it again. If I tracked it, I could face it and sometimes see that I didn't eat as "bad" as I thought, or if it was a ridiculous diet for the day, I could say "Hey there, self, you know better than that! Let's not do this again." It would also show me what I needed to do to work some of it off. Not tracking would let me put it aside and could even lead me to putting exercise aside.
As I finish my last few days of AT and this perfect situation to get on track with diet and exercise, I must face my return home. My happy, happy return home. I cannot wait to see my dogs and cat and husband, but I also must remind myself that it has felt awesome to lose a little weight and get in better shape and that I cannot stop here. I must make a plan for when I am at home. I do not plan to keep this rate of weight loss up once I am home. I will aim for a pound a week, but I have to track no matter what, or else I will lose sight of it all.
No exercise planned for today or tomorrow. We are headed to the range later today to prepare for weapons qualification tomorrow, and then our APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) is Sunday morning. I am confident that I will pass, I hope that the weigh in goes smoothly, though. I think it will. The chart says I should weigh 144 and I weigh 154, so I will have to be measured for body fat percentage, but I am fairly confident that my measurements are good to pass.
Alright, time to run a few errands and pack for the range.