Friday, May 30, 2014
Yes, I know tracking works. I did it almost religiously from December 1, 2008 until November 30, 2013. That is 5 full years. And I measured or weighed almost all my food, too. I re-learned portion sizes. And during that time I changed the food I was eating, selecting primarily fresh vegetables and fruits, lean meats, whole grains, skim milk, with occasional treats.
I am happy to eat those foods. I enjoy them. I feel satisfied most of the time eating those foods. I feel healthy and strong when I select good foods in appropriate portions.
I'm glad I tracked for 5 years. I suspect I would not have lost the weight, maintained the loss, nor improved my nutrition without it. But I am very reluctant to return to total tracking of the food I eat.
Why would I be reluctant to track at this point? For the past 7 months I have been maintaining (with a couple fluctuations) an 80 pound weight loss without tracking. It makes me feel free. It makes me feel normal. It makes me trust my ability to listen to my body. And I do listen to my body more when I'm not tracking, because I know I must. When I don't lean on tracking I have to use and strengthen other skills I have learned to maintain my weight.
If my weight goes up, I will try to just cut back and see if that works. I'll give myself two weeks to get my weight back down. If that doesn't work, I'm back to tracking until I'm back in range.
I doubt I'll need to go back to tracking this time. After one day of cutting back just a bit, my weigh-in was 2.2 pounds less than yesterday. That makes me think there was some hidden sodium in what I had eaten. Now I'm just one pound over my range. I have until June 12th to get there. I think I can.