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Minor Tracking Obstacle

Monday, January 16, 2012

I have been successfully tracking all week. Of course, it is only Monday, but, still, I am on a roll and building consistency. It really isn't so long as I am home. It is when I go out that I have a problem, and I am going out tomorrow night and i really don't want to break this streak I have going.

When I am planning on going out, I give some thought to what I will be having and come up with a plan of sorts. I don't usually write it down, and i don't stick to it. I think that may not be coincidence...

I tell myself I do this because I can't figure out exactly how to track my eating choices, so why bother even trying. However, if I want to be honest (and right now I do), I have to admit that not even trying to track is just an excuse for eating whatever I want. That going-out-attitude really isn't working for me anymore, and it isn't getting the results I want.

This time I am going to do things a little differently. I have tagged some SP resources I am going to be reading In anticipation of going out with friends to an Italian restaurant tomorrow night - including one SP article (
) on how to handle it, as well as some other resources noted on one of the SP threads that I think will be especially helpful.

Before I go to bed tonight, I am going to figure out what I will be ordering, put it in my tracker, and make whatever adjustments I need to in order to stay within my calorie range. It is not rocket science. I can do this!

Tomorrow's blog will outline my plan and Wednesday's blog will be how it all worked out. Looks like I have my own little trilogy going on!
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    Yes you can do this!

    2347 days ago
  • CHEEKY1000
    Smart! I look up the restaurant's menu online and if they post nutrition info, I browse it and find out what I want. Then at the restaurant I don't even open the menu and I order first, that way I don't get distracted from my plan--either by the pictures or what my friends are ordering. So far it's been one of the best strategies I've developed. The only problem is when a restaurant doesn't post their nutrition information. Then I have to guesstimate and that makes me feel uncomfortable.

    Stick to your plan!! You can do it!!
    2347 days ago
    Going out is a problem. I remember WW person telling us that eating out use to be a big treat, kind of a celebration. (Remember as a kid, we almost never went out to eat.) So in our minds we're eating like it's a special celebration. People eat out all the time now. The celebration is over. We're just eating not in our home. She asked us if we would have bread before dinner at home. Chorus reply-Noooooooo.

    The other thing I learned at WW was to visualize, but you are taking it one step further. Figuring it out ahead of time and entering it into your tracker. Good idea.

    The thing is we have to develop this eating out system in our own heads for long term so it a) doesn't derail our efforts and b) we can maintain the system forever more causing it not to be a big trauma event every time.

    I know you will master the whole situation. emoticon
    2348 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/17/2012 8:58:43 AM
  • MISSLISA1973
    Nutrition tracking has been a thorn in my side. I do it for short periods, but then quit. Every time I do, I learn something. I did well today, tracking everything I ate. I didn't measure and may have chosen wrong substitutes (for example, we went to Ponderosa, where I had chicken and noodles; I tracked it as Bob Evans chicken and noodles). I figure even if there is a significant difference, it still gives me an idea. Back to today at Ponderosa, even if I was off by as much as 50% on my total lunch, I still know I ate too much.

    Also, like you said, by just doing it, I learn that it's not so bad. It doesn't take as long and isn't as hard I tell myself it is. Maybe I'll do it again tomorrow. emoticon
    2348 days ago
    Great plan
    2348 days ago
    Great plan! My daughter and I found that when we order we ask for a take out box to be brought with the meal, then we put what we estimate to be more than a portion right into the take out box. Out of sight, not going to eat it!
    2348 days ago
    emoticon Great plan my friend!! emoticon
    2348 days ago
    I love your plan! I've had a lot of success when I go to chain restaurants by looking at their menus online and making my choices in advance and sticking to that plan. Best wishes tomorrow and enjoy the company of friends!
    2348 days ago
    Sounds like a great plan to keep that streak going! Looking forward to your future blogs.
    2348 days ago
    Awesome plan!!
    2348 days ago
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