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I think tracking might be the key.......

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

I have had a couple "off" days over the last two weeks. There have been lots of social events and several opportunities to eat emoticon which I just can't seem to show any will power against. However, I have continued to lose weight. I know I cannot continue this pattern and still expect to lose but I do think I have found the key to what might be helping me.....TRACKING!

In the past, I have often decided not to track my food on a cheat day. Sometimes, I would even erase all my food for the day if I did not stick to my preplanned meals. I am sure it was me being lazy more than anything. Sometimes it just seems like such a hassle to try and calculate calories eaten at restaurants that don't post their nutrition information on line. You feel like you are just guessing, so "what's the point?" emoticon

I may not have stuck to my plan each week but I have tracked my food EVERYDAY emoticon Sometimes I am surprised how quickly the calories add up and other times I am surprised that the damage is really not that bad after all. What I have found is that it is a lot easier to push myself to exercise if I have overeaten the day before. I can't deny the fact anymore, it is right there in front on me. Last week, we had a luncheon at work and of course I ate way too much pizza. I normally rest on Fridays before a long run but I decided to come home and take a 4 mile walk. I didn't completely negate my calories but I knew where I stood. It was a nice feeling.

So I am going to really try to push myself to track my food. We are having friends over on Friday night to watch some emoticon (GO BUCKS!!!). My parents are having us over for dinner on Saturday night so I know there is potential to overeat both nights but I will TRACK and at least know what the damage is.

Here is my plan for the upcoming week.

Wed 3/17:
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Cardio exercise at least 40 minutes~ YES, 48 minutes running
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1700 calories~ 1689
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES
Check and record weight~ 128.2

Thurs 3/18:
Cardio exercise at least 45 minutes~ YES, 1:35 minutes running/walking
TNT challenge~ NO
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1600 calories~ NO, 1648 but still created a 700 calorie deficit
No soda pop~ NO, one 8oz Mountain Dew
No fast food~ NO
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Fri 3/19:
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, walking 50 minutes with the dogs
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Track food~ YES, 2778 which included pizza while was NCAA tourney!
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Saturday 3/20:
Run 12 miles~ YES, actually ran 14 miles
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Track food~ YES, 2098 which included dinner with family
Get 8 hours of sleep~ YES

Sunday 3/21:
Slow recovery run or work out~ YES, 1 hour waking the dogs
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1500 calories~ NO, 1538 but I still created a calorie deficit
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Mon 3/22:
Cardio exercise for at least 40 minutes~ NO, took a rest day
Take vitamins~ YES
Drink 8 glasses of water~ YES
Consume under 1600 calories~ NO, 2945 which included dinner, drinks and dessert with boss in business meeting; also lots of stress eating afterwards!
No soda pop~ YES but had 2 alcoholic drinks
No fast food~ YES but did dine out at restaurant
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

Tues 3/23:
Cardio exercise at least 30 minutes~ YES, 1:10 running, elliptical and running
LCWO~ NO
Wall Sit~ YES, held 105 seconds
Take vitamins~ YES
Consume under 1700 calories~ YES, 1258 as I am trying to make up for yesterday
No soda pop~ YES
No fast food~ YES
Get 7 hours of sleep~ YES

I will edit each day with my results.





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  • FELIXC
    I know EXACTLY what you're saying, Molly! My exercise is fine (even great some weeks!), but my eating, I feel, is not nearly as good as it needs to be. (OK, sometimes it is even catastrophic!)

    One of these days, I'll finally "get it."

    Maybe we can figure this thing out together!


    3132 days ago
  • SMALLERSHEEP
    Oh my gosh, since when did you take up residence in my head? I have been guilty of not tracking on my high calorie days too. But I've been better about it and have seen 2 things happen as a result. 1)My high calorie days are not as high. 2)I, like you, tend to push myself a little more the following day. Good job and remember, like Yo says, Progress, not Perfection!
    3136 days ago
  • DOGSTARDADDY
    But I stink at food tracking! :(
    3136 days ago
  • BILLALEX70
    Molly's I always struggle with this as well. But, mine is more a nibble here and there. I usually trying to preplan meals out by visiting the restaurant website before going or using my smartphone while out.

    I guess the important thing is that your not gaining right now.
    GO BUCKS!
    3136 days ago
  • MEGAMITENCHI
    Awesome!!! Sometimes I don't want to track my food too, but I have also gotten better at it also! I had ice cream today and still tracked. But I also finally got my run in, so yay, that's why the ice cream was okay ^_^
    Either way, go you!!! Enjoy life! But you went on a walk without me??? lol, j/k.
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    3137 days ago
  • JUSTBEGIN
    I think you hit the nail on the head!! It's a lesson I still need to learn myself, but I think tracking the good and the less-than-perfect really helps.

    I'm looking forward to some basketball this weekend myself! Go Bucks, Huskies, and Blue Devils!!
    3137 days ago
  • TRICIA0623
    I totally agree. Have fun this weekend!
    3137 days ago
  • REFITKIM
    I think you might be on to something, Molly! Life happens and things are going to come up-you might overdo it sometimes but it sounds like tracking is good because sometimes you find out it's not as bad as you thought. Good work on keeping up on the exercise, too, even when you eating habits aren't always as they should be. I don't think anyone ever eats right 100 percent of the time, anyway. Keep up the great work!
    3137 days ago
  • J2740LOU
    Tracking is my key to accountability. Not tracking doesn't change anything. Tracking and planning ahead, and that's what you've started to do. I find it hard to eyeball how big a portion is in a restaurant, unless it's really obvious.
    Cut it in half or cut off a portion and take the rest home for lunch. You've managed to keep losing, so you're doing more than you realize. Keep it up!
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    3137 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/17/2010 9:00:52 PM
  • KFQUILTER
    dont forget "the Spark" reminds you that you only have to be good 80% of the time. dont stress out over one day here and there. Definately keep track of food, all food. you might find that if you write the restaurant trip down, you might make better choices. you are losing, so keep up the good work emoticon
    3137 days ago
  • AUNTIE65
    It definately is the key for me Molly - there have been times that I chose not to put something in my mouth because I was too lazy to log it - lol!!

    As for the restaurant thing - it's a hard one - but as long as you're getting close I think you'll be fine... or at least that's what I tell myself!
    3137 days ago
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