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Dodged a bullet and found a new maintenance tool

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Sunday, September 15, 2013

So lately I have been drug down by a case of who cares. With an extra helping of "I don't have to do this any more". I quit logging my food daily *who does that ?* As if. Normal people don't have to do that (resentment). Predictably there has been a gradual gain of about one and one half pounds a month since this trend began in May. I excused it. After all I am lifting weights again. Must be muscle. My measurements are the same. I am not eating that much more, just enough to build some muscle. Normally I don't wake up from this phase until I begin to have to buy new clothes, and then it is Really hard to get started again from that point. Matter of fact, beginning of August I began to try to stop the slide. It was incredibly difficult to begin taking this weight off. FOUR pounds over is just not enough for my body to give me instant feedback when I adjust my food downward.
BUT! They are beginning to leave me now. Why? Started faithfully journaling every bite again first of September. With Huge Resentment! Why do I have to do this?
Then came the epiphany. The Tool. The Answer. Do I resent brushing my teeth I asked myself one morning? Do I resent taking a shower? Some individuals have to do certain things to live a happy and healthy life. Most do. So what is up with the resentment? I am happy to fill out my journal today. Boo Yah. And I shaved my legs too.
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LOGOULD 10/30/2013 4:58PM

    So easy to fall into the trap of "poor me" and why do I have to..,.,,.....when others.......

One of the hardest lessons for me, and I am still learning it, is that I don't know the reality behind other people's appearances and what works for me works for me and that is really all that matters. I am worth the effort. In all reality, it doesn't take any longer for me to track my nutrition on most days than it does for me to do my hair and makeup. Both make me look better (IMHO) and tracking food ultimately makes me feel better too, so, track I will!

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CHANGINGHORSES 10/3/2013 6:56AM

    Very interesting thoughts!
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LOWCARBRENEE 10/2/2013 2:47PM

    Very good points.

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HOLLYM48 10/1/2013 2:32PM

    What a great realization to come to! I know that it would be nice to stop tracking, but yet it keeps me accountable and I like know what and how much!
Great job in figuring it out before you had gained anymore! Not always easy, but always worth it!
Awesome job and keep up the great work! emoticon

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CHERYLHURT 10/1/2013 8:15AM

  If I don't measure and enter my food I eat too much then wonder why the scale moved the wrong way!

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TORTISE110 9/30/2013 8:32AM

    So true. Many of us--me, me and me--need to be vigilant to maintain.

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OFFICECHIK 9/28/2013 9:50PM

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BETHLOVESBIKING 9/28/2013 6:09PM

    You're right! Great way to look at it! emoticon

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CHEESER22 9/28/2013 9:51AM

    I'm getting closer to maintenance a bit scared to see what happens. You are right, the tools that helped me succeed must be used so I don't lose that success! The good thing is that it's been a gradual success, and tracking isn't terribly onerous. Brush, shower, track...

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LYNCHD05 9/28/2013 9:41AM

    This is our. Life if we want to stay where we are. I know it for me.....so I have to track every day. You are right , it is like showering....just one more thing I do daily!!!

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KANOE10 9/28/2013 9:14AM

    Great blog. We all go through the who cares times and let pounds creep up. You are right . It is very hard to knock off four pounds. I am happy you found your tool are doing well in maintenance. Those of us who were Previously overweight will always have to stay determined and focused.
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ANNEMARGAR 9/28/2013 7:16AM

    Wow -your blog really struck a cord with everyone! I too agree - that is a great way to think of why we record our food - a tool that we use :) Love it! Thanks for sharing!

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AJDOVER1 9/28/2013 12:03AM

    I've been tracking daily for a long time. I had been doing it sporadically, but I joined a daily challenge to support a SparkFriend. The challenge was supposed to last a month, but I just kept it up. Now it's like brushing my teeth....

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KMICHA 9/27/2013 7:11PM

    Love it!!! You are SO right!!!

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KIMBERLY_Y 9/27/2013 3:17PM

    Congratulations on the featured blog! Great perspective for something that we all deal with on a daily basis. Hopefully, it will become second nature. I have found that after five months of maintenance, I am starting to realllyget the hang of the choices I have to make on a daily basis. I continue to journal my food and find that right now, it is the only way to continue on my journey, for now anyway. Thanks for sharing.

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SWTHNY- 9/27/2013 1:53PM

    Wonderful blog thank you

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NAYPOOIE 9/27/2013 1:44PM

    I'll log my food, but I refuse to shave my legs.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/27/2013 12:54PM

    Great blog. I have to track my food also. It is a pain at time but I am worth it. emoticon

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A_SIZE6 9/27/2013 12:25PM

    great blog! a huge help to me. I have resented a lot of things like my eating habits, my laziness for not wanting to push myself to work out more and do what needs done. thanks for helping me know to release the resentment.

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TONYAB2000 9/27/2013 11:54AM

    Wow I know this feeling all too well!! I have been a faithful logger for the past 4 1/2 months but in the last few weeks I've let the resentment hold me back. Why? Okay so not everyone has to log their food but it has helped me get this far so why should I be resentful? Why not be thankful that I have a tool that has helped me accomplish so much? Great blog!!

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TUBLADY 9/27/2013 11:53AM

    Thank you.
This blog was right on time for me.
After vowing to never stop tracking daily, I have found other things getting in the way..I thought I have been at this long enough to stop. But Isoon realized I too need to track to stay aware of exactly what and how often I am eating. especially when I have to eat small meals 5,6 times a day. those small meals can grow if i don't keep track.
I think when one has tracked for so long, they want to be more like other people who don't have to watch every bite they consume. Well sometimes that's not possible. At least not yet, maybe someday. I know I am not ready.
But I do consider myself normal. I'm just more aware of what is good for my health and well being.
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SWEET_CAROLYN 9/27/2013 11:24AM

    Thank you for this wonderful blog!! Sometimes I think about the things I have to give up and I resent how there are people who can eat whatever and not gain - and then I remember that my body is worth it!

Thank YOU for writing this and reminding me that I am worth it - WE are worth it!

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MOONCHILD8 9/27/2013 11:19AM

    Thank you for the motivation to track my food. I have a sick Mom with Alzheimer's disease and I am her care giver. She is eating less and so I have also been eating less but was not tracking. I picked some high calorie food for her to eat so she will not be too weak. I would give her a small piece of pie or a 100 calorie pudding and some times she will eat it and others she will not. I also give her ensure or boost drinks. I Linda from bean town emoticon

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CARRIE1948 9/27/2013 11:07AM

    Inspiring

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FELINA 9/27/2013 9:45AM

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Great blog! I also found out the hard way that recording what I eat is the best tool I have for continued maintenance. I'm not happy about that but it works so I, too, will continue recording.

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for a great reminder!

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on maintaining!

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LESLIE871948 9/27/2013 9:01AM

    Okay I am so grateful to all who posted here and read my blog and nominated me for "stuff". I saw a video the other day of a young man with no arms, who had managed to get and learn to ride a bicycle. He was grateful for the freedom it gave his life. Near the end he mentioned that of course he "still needed help" with some things, and the way he said it, with gratitude instead of resentment, was awesome. I still need help -- smile

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NELLJONES 9/27/2013 8:42AM

    I don't know about the "normal people" concern. I track because I have to in order to look normal. I also have to color my hair and wear blush in order to look normal, yet don't mind that.

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ISHIIGIRL 9/27/2013 8:20AM

    Oh, I think you have hit the nail on the head. The dreaded tracker is a great tool, if you know how to use it! I hate tracking as well. I usually only see minimal results when I start tracking again but I have been off kilter for a long time now. I have been toying with using the tracker, now you have me committed to at least right down what I am eating. Thanks for the inspiration!

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DIANNEMT 9/27/2013 8:09AM

    I am willing to keep track of my food--cause I would balloon up if I don't. So yes, it is just a tool that I need to use to live my life.

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POINDEXTRA 9/27/2013 8:08AM

    I've been maintaining for 10 years, now, and find it impossible to do so if I don't track. Someone asked me once, "Will you have to do that for the rest of your life?" Well, it certainly seems to be the case, but it's well worth fitting into the same shorts every summer and same flannel pants every winter. Track On, Sparkers!

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CELIAMINER 9/27/2013 7:03AM

    I'm struggling with tracking lately, too, and the result has been predictable. Working to get back into it now, so your blog is timely in that it touched a nerve. Thanks! It's so good to know others out there have the same issues and deal with them constructively.

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CRUISEBOUND2014 9/27/2013 5:00AM

    Well said! I am in total agreement with your whole blog because I have been in that situation also. emoticon

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DSJB9999 9/27/2013 2:10AM

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SCOUTMOM715 9/26/2013 10:53PM

    Great Blog!! I Thought I could maintain without tracking my food. Didn't work so well, so back to tracking I go. I love your comment "Some individuals have to do certain things to live a happy and healthy life". emoticon emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/26/2013 9:44PM

    Right there with ya!

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MNNICE 9/26/2013 9:15PM

    I find it too easy to "forget" things if I don't log. Some will say I'm fanatic, but I know I can't maintain if I don't do it! We all do what works for us, and for many, it's the logging!

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-SHOREIDO- 9/26/2013 9:02PM

    Great work!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us all! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/26/2013 8:47PM

    Great blog: like you and almost all of us here, I gotta track my food to maintain. Maybe I don't wanna . . . but I hafta. And once I accept that the resentment tends to diminish although it's always capable of resurgence!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/26/2013 7:33PM

    Accepting that this is our tool is a GREAT step toward a lifetime of happy maintaining! Great insight. emoticon

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MAREE1953 9/26/2013 7:08PM

    "Maintenance" is definitely a different animal altogether. Congratulations on your "aha" moment!

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SUNNYBEACHGIRL 9/26/2013 7:04PM

    I agree that slow slide is hard to catch. Getting to goal means you really can't "Eat the Whole Thing" and sometimes it is just plain crummy. Positive thoughts to you on your maintenance journey, I am following along with my own maintenance blues.

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SUZYMOBILE 9/26/2013 6:00PM

    You are so right ... even down to the shaving legs bit!

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MOMMY445 9/26/2013 5:42PM

    such a great blog! have a terrific day!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/26/2013 5:32PM

    Great blog! I, too, tried over and over to maintain without tracking. Doesn't work for me. I've decided that tracking is a small price to pay to live at the healthy weight I love!! Thanks.

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KELLIEBEAN 9/26/2013 4:59PM

    I love your epiphany! We have to brush our teeth and take a shower every day, why can't we accept we have to be active and eat mindully every day. You gotta do what you gotta do.

I so needed this today.

Congratulations on your accomplishments and getting yourself back on track. That is how maintenance is done!

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ELLEKTRA 9/26/2013 4:38PM

    Best Blog Award!! haha, thank you!

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_LINDA 9/26/2013 4:36PM

    Good for you for finding your way in realizing what an incredible tool tracking your food and fitness really is! I would have never lost my weight or maintained it for over two years were it not for tracking and yes, accurately weighing and measuring everything I ate. Takes time, yes, but I am worth the effort. Being thin feel so good. Not ever wanting to go back to where I was is the wake up call if the clothing starts to feel too tight.
keep up the great work, keep on tracking!
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PRESBESS 9/26/2013 3:14PM

    Yay for the SP food tracker! It's the best thing ever! I'm glad you found your way back to it and I'm super glad those pounds are going away. Awesome!
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MADEIT3 9/26/2013 2:19PM

    This is such a helpful Blog. I resent having to omit major food groups from my diet - and had a dietician tell me that I might like bread but I didn't have a "bread" body. Ouch! You are an inspiration in the way you've shifted in your mindset from one point of view to an entirely new perspective. Thanks!!

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