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Not tracking craziness

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Is this time of year a food orgy or what? I can't decide if it was complete madness to choose a holiday week to take a break from tracking or if it saved me from madness.

So far I have survived two days of not tracking what I eat after tracking every single day for a little over 15 months.

For the most part I have planned ahead where possible and made good choices with my meals.

It's the random handfuls of things I would absolutely not have touched if I were tracking that have gotten me in trouble. My husband's French fries. My son's gummi bears. My daughter's unwanted bean burrito. My mom's garlic bread... after I had already eaten my own!



But I also need to remember the things I chose not to eat. Like cotton candy, popcorn and fudge at the amusement park. (Granted, popcorn might have been a better choice than the French fries. But at least I didn't have both.) When we went to my family's favorite Italian restaurant I stuck with soup and salad (it's very good soup and salad) instead of having a mountain of pasta. When waiting for my car at the tire place and my daughter wanted to go to Taco Bell, I told her no because I had a cabbage salad fixed and ready to eat at home. These are good choices.

So far I am navigating this week of not tracking better than I would have "before." But I can tell that when it comes to meeting my goals, tracking is still my friend.
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LILMISSRED79 12/24/2013 10:33AM

    It's great that you're mindful of the healthy and the unhealthy (I hate calling food good or bad) even without tracking. This is a tough time of year to be sure, but it sounds like you're being balanced about it and not going crazy. Good for you!

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CHRISTASP 12/24/2013 10:17AM

    How about writing it down, in global terms, what you ate but not track it? I've done that for a long time. It helps to give an idea of what you're doing with food, but it's easier and different from tracking.

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FINCHFEEDER80 12/24/2013 8:33AM

    I think it sounds like you're having a great learning experience. I hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas!

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ALIIDA 12/24/2013 8:08AM

    I'm really inspired by your journey - managing to do this consistently for so long and achieving so much. I just drummed up the courage to start tracking a week or two ago, and I'm finding the value of it, but you've done so well for so long, you deserve to try your wings with careful eating and take a break from it. emoticon

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THINFITKINDVGAN 12/24/2013 7:33AM

    I think you hit the nail on the head with the tracking. It is our life saver on this road to health and it keeps us from all of these little bites here and there.

Were you insane to stop this time of year? I don't think so, but I think if you were honest with yourself, you also wanted a little break from being so rigid in your eating. No biggie! You'll be tracking soon enough again.

This time next year I am going to be on an extended juice feast. Nothing but juice. It will be my statement to myself to focus on what this season is supposed to represent: kindness and Peace.

Have a wonderful Christmas my friend. Be gentle with yourself.

(I typed this with Fritzi laying across my arms! Purrrrrrr.

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TWESTEN1 12/24/2013 7:12AM

    Good for you! Enjoy the time off from tracking & congrats on still making great choices! Enjoy the holidays :)

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