Sometimes you just have to get back to basics. I’ve been happily busy lately with family activities. I’ve been running and walking and kayaking and being just plain active.
My fitness tracker reflects all of this.
I’ve been preparing healthy food, some of which we’ve grown ourselves. I’ve been feeling very good about this. The fridge is well stocked with fruit. I even bought a fresh pineapple. I only drink water after my morning coffee and OJ.
What have I been neglecting? My nutrition tracker! It’s been empty for over a week.
So what! I’ve been living a healthy lifestyle, right? Uh oh!
One thing I never skip is my daily morning weigh-in. It’s part of my routine just like brushing my teeth.
I don’t stress over daily fluctuations. I’m realistic. It’s a data point just like dozens of others in my life.
Can you guess where this is going? Yeah, day by day, ounces by ounces the trend has been up, up, up. Those ounces do turn into pounds, several of them.
Fluctuation means UP and DOWN. There hasn’t been any down.
So I must face facts. I am eating enormous quantities of healthy food. Entering one day’s worth into the tracker this morning confirms it. This cannot continue.
My weight is like another number in my life, the balance in my checking account. It fluctuates too – up and down. But if I ignore it and the trend is down, down, down, eventually I will bounce a check. I want to MAINTAIN a healthy balance there.
Similarly, if my daily weight trend is up, up, up, eventually I won’t be in maintenance anymore and I LIKE it here.
So I keep track of the important numbers in my life. I don’t stress over any of them, but I do want to face reality and not let things get out of hand.
I won't wait until the bank adds a bounced check fee and I won't wait until my clothes get too tight.
If my checking account balance is getting too low, I’ll carefully monitor my spending.
If my weight is headed out of maintenance range, I’ll watch how much I’m eating.
Adding work-out time isn’t hard for me. I like doing that. I’ve been “fit and fat” before. I like “fit and not fat” much better.
So it’s back to the trackers, BOTH of them, starting right now.
Note: I refer to my scale as my “parole officer.” I explained my reasoning back on Jan 29th. “Appointment with my Parole Officer”