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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Although I've been religiously tracking my food and keeping my intake on the lower side (between 1500-2000 cals. mostly) I've been nervously awaiting my weekly weigh-in. Reason? Well that WHOPPING 10# loss I had last week was preceded by my colonoscopy "cleansing" on Friday. While I *knew* that the odds were good that I might even show a GAIN for this week, my heart would've sagged a bit nonetheless...

But my efforts are paying off and I had another pound lost! Woo Hoo! What a BLAST it was to discover this!

I'm beginning to think that the *REAL* reason I've held out against using the nutrition tracker all this time was that I wanted to do the best I could without it so that as I neared my "home stretch" and began to deal with the most stubborn of pounds I could pull out the *BIG GUNS* that would take me down to my goal weight...! :-)

If only I could truly be so devious...lol!

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    When I lost my weight before I did it without tracking. I did it by concious eating and by eating healthy, and with exercise. Whenever I track my food I become obsessive about food; it just plain keeps me 'more' focused on food, instead of less. I get heavy into the 'diet' mentality, and the 'diet' mentality throws me into the diet/binge cycling. So, for me the best is just being concious of what I am eating and why, and stopping before I feel FULL - stopping when I am 'just' satisfied. This is the only thing that has ever worked for me. Now I just need to learn the lessons of 'not' allowing life's stresses throw me back into 'eating my feelings'.

    It is very encouraging to see how far you've come, and how close to goal you are. Huge congratulations!!! emoticon emoticon

    3156 days ago
    Another old rehab saying: You work it because it works!! Congrats on another lb. DOWN!!
    3157 days ago
    emoticon Great news - I'm proud of your major acheivements! Keep on keepin' on!
    3157 days ago
    I think I said it before but I will say it again, I am very proud of you and you are indeed a great inspiration to us all.. I don't always track my food cause I have been at this so long I know what I need to to and I just do it... as long as you get where you want to be thats what really counts.. you have climbed up the hardest part of your journey and can see the goal in sight...good for you...a job well done emoticon

    oh yea, I overslept today also
    3157 days ago
    Don I'm impressed you did so well without tracking.
    I could never have done it without. I need to be accountable, even if it is only for myself.
    Granted some days I simply don't have the time to track, but I get right back to it the next day. :)
    Keep up the good work

    3158 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I think you identified your original resistance in an earlier blog. I also think we can erroneously feel inadequate unless we figure things out "ourselves," rather than view the tracker as a tool of ultimate power. So, the tracker for you might be similar to my asking for emotional support when my dog died. I'm happy for you, Don! (also impressed at how far you came without using one! Wow.)
    3158 days ago
    I'm gonna lose my weight, and I'm gonna do it THE HARD WAY -- please, let me make things as hard on myself as possibly by not using a tool I KNOW will help me. :P HAHAHA :D I'm glad you've gotten yourself out of that mentality and into losing some more weight! WOOHOO!!!
    3158 days ago
    Since you're in the profession of mental health, I hope you won't mind if I'm blunt in this here comment, LOL! (Having been on the *receiving* end of much counseling, I sometimes feel little red flags when I read things...)

    You know, the reason you give here for not tracking food until now has a ring of rationalization to it...

    It kind-of sounded to ME whenever the topic came up before, that you would rather not bother - that you wanted to think you could go all the way without tracking. That tracking food might take this weight loss project in a direction more compulsive than you were comfortable with.

    And why not? You'd gotten THIS far without tracking... How hard could it be to get rid of the last few pounds? hehe. (she laughs ruefully, recalling how difficult those last few were for her on attempt #1 20 years ago)

    On the other hand, maybe I'm projecting this on you because I'm jealous that you got this far without tracking. Because for me, pain-in-the-butt tracking is the ONLY thing that has EVER worked.

    Anyway, I'm glad it's working for you now. And a BIG CONGRATULATIONS on not only sustaining your "cleansing" loss, but improving on it!
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    3158 days ago

    Comment edited on: 10/28/2009 4:11:12 PM
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