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No longer logging food...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

It seems like such a small thing, and at the same time, I know it is huge. From the first day I logged into SparkPeople, I logged every bite of food. It was integral to my success. I reached my goal weight just under a year later, just before Christmas 2008, and I faithfully logged everything for another 7 months. In July, I noticed that I had gone a week with only notes on scraps of took me a couple of hours to log everything, and I was sure I didn't want to do that again! However, the very next week, I went five days again only making notes on scraps of paper. And then I did it again the next week. At this point, I wondered several things.

First, I wondered what I was thinking! Had I lost my mind? How was I going to stay on track if I didn't log everything?? Then I realized that I hadn't had any trouble staying on track, and I hadn't eaten badly or gained weight, either.

Next, I wondered about the time I was spending on tracking food. I truly hadn't realized it was such a time committment--at least a few hours a week.

Finally, I wondered why I felt I *had* to track everything. How important was it to maintain the streak, be consistent? I was proud of my streak, but maybe it wasn't serving me the same way anymore?

So, I've decided to stop tracking all of my food. I will still track servings of fruits and veggies, the all-important water, exercise, and other goals, at least for now. I don't really need to track food to do well, and if I step on the scale one day and get worried, I can always start tracking again. There are other areas of my life that desperately need the kind of intensity and focus that I gave my eating and exercise habits, and they require time and energy that will be freed up by not needing to log every detail. I was sad to end my streak, but it definitey served it's purpose, and I know I can do it again if I need to.

So, this is a transition, a graduation of sorts. I feel just a little bereft, but excited about the next thing I will tackle with the same determination, using the same basic skills that SparkPeople taught me.
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    I kind of agree with you but for me I have to or else I forgot what I ate. I'm glad that I can keep track of my exercises and water. Those two are important things in losing weight. emoticon
    4193 days ago
    You're right! It does get easier. Good for you to take care of yourself!!!
    4220 days ago
    You're doing great! You have shown that this wasn't a "diet" but rather a true lifestyle change. I'm so proud of you!!!!
    4222 days ago
    This is great progress! Congratulations.
    I am almost at my goal and have wondered how comfortable I would be when it comes time to "wing it" and let the changes I've made take over naturally on their own. It was helpful for me to see that you are doing it and maintaining your weight loss. Thanks for sharing with all of us! What an encouragement!
    4222 days ago
    Good for you that you are able to do this.
    4222 days ago
    To not need to track should be the goal for all of us! Congratulations!

    If you don't need it to keep on track, then don't do it. I'm not there yet but I strive to be someday.

    4222 days ago
    I hope I too can someday wake up and realize that my eating habits and lifestyle have finally changed so that I do not have to spend hours at the computer! Great work!
    4222 days ago
    Congratulations on reaching your goal! What a fantastic accomplishment! emoticon
    4222 days ago
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