I try and log my food a week ahead of time, but do at least a few days in advance. This helps with the grocery list and prevents me from buying unnecessary groceries and throwing away food. It also takes the stress off of what's for dinner tonight.
I absolutely have to track. Even if I miss days because I don't have a computer connection, I try to reconstruct afterwards. Reconstructing is so hard that I really try to keep up with it every single day, somehow. Tracking and weighing oneself are cornerstones of this team's success mantra, and I couldn't agree with them more!
"Awareness is all."
"Letting go is much harder than fighting." —SUZYMOBILE
"Everything is exactly the way it's supposed to be."
“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next.” —Gilda Radner
"God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference." --Reinhold Niebuhr
Track, track, and track. Key piece to success and ongoing maintenance.
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89 Maintenance Weeks
Fitness Minutes: (45,429) Posts: 4,105 9/24/13 5:19 P
I still track every day, even after over 40 years, but I still do it the old fashioned way. I plan my food in advance and just check it off as I go through the day. If it isn't on my planner, I don't eat it. If something catches my fancy, I'll put it in for another day. I don't do the electronic tracking; I don't care how many grams or international units of each nutrient I get. I plan the food by portion and check it off. The method also is my shopping list, and solves the "what's for dinner" problem. I always know.
No one ever got up in the morning wishing she'd eaten more the night before.
Original Goal: 114. Current old lady goal: 106.
current weight: -1.2 under
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 8,942 9/24/13 12:32 P
One thing I KNOW to be true, the more regularly I track my food and weigh-in, the better I do at maintaining. The world doesn't come crashing down if I miss a day (or a meal), but more than that begins a slide down a slippery slope and the slide only grows faster the longer it takes me to get back on track. (and unfortuantely the numbers DON'T grow smaller on the way down that mountain).
"Success is the result of what you do when the Woo Hoo is all through....."-ON2VICTORY (Robert)
"The miracle isn't that I finished...the miracle is I had the courage to start." - John 'The Penguin
I track most days, enough to make sure I'm staying within a reasonable range. I weigh myself regularly (almost every day), and that tells me whether I've become a little too lax and sloppy with my tracking; if the weighted moving average is trending up, I know what I need to do to change that. I expect I'll be using a food tracker most of the time for a long, long time as I don't trust my mental tracking to be accurate, at least not at this point.
Denise (Half Fanatic #1279) - PDT Time Zone
"The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." - William Bagshot
Your scale will let you know if you're slacking (other than the normal bouncing around it does). When I track, I do very well. When I don't track at least the main stuff, I gain over time because I can't keep track in my head accurately. If you can, be glad!!!
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