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Tracking...Still At It

Thursday, January 19, 2012

I know tracking is important, so that is the habit I decided to focus on this week. Despite how long I have been doing it, I am not really at the point where I can say it is truly a habit. Having spent some time thinking about this, I have tried to identify exactly what I need to do to make that happen.

For one thing, it needs to be done everyday, and preferably in the same way. So, this week I made it a point to track each evening. First, I go over the current day and make sure I entered everything, then make any necessary adjustments. Then I track what I plan to eat the next day, making sure I stay within my range. I really think it helps me to have a specific routine, and this one seems to be working for me.

Another thing I need to do is to make it excuse-proof. Sometimes it can be time consuming to enter everything. All the more reason to make sure that the Favorites and Groupings are up to date for me. I spent some time this week doing just that. I had a long list in both that included too many things I don't even eat anymore. I deleted a bunch from both, and then added Groupings that I currently use often. When it comes down to it, I can identify three basic breakfasts and lunches that I have during the course of a week. That helped simplify things.

My other excuse is how to enter what I eat when I go out. Reading my earlier blogs from this week, you will see that I have come up with a way to handle that. It was important for me to get over the fact that no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't possibly accurately record the information. Again, that was an excuse. I realize I can do just fine by following some basic guidelines for myself and spending some time planning and tracking beforehand.

Forming a habit takes anywhere from 21 to 66 days, depending on what researcher you are reading. You improve the odds if you commit to doing this habit for 30 days. I can do that. I am going to continue what I have been doing along with a reward for myself after each successful week. I do believe I am on the right track (pardon the pun!)!

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  • KITT52
    great plan tracking has helped me stay on plan
    2319 days ago
    Good point that tracking should be done the same way each day. Consistency is important. A 30 day commitment is a great goal.
    2319 days ago
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    2319 days ago
    I love the favorites and groupings - it sure makes tracking easier!
    2319 days ago
    ... And I have no doubt that you'll see very good results from this! Well-balanced meals, & pounds coming off.

    You are using this blogging challenge to do exactly what was intended: thinking carefully about a health-related habit/goal & figuring out how to make it work for you. Inspiring!
    2319 days ago
    Do you have a smart phone? I love the spark people app to track my food while I'm out and about...helps me stay on track. Good for you to keep up the hard work! It certainly does pay off!
    2319 days ago
    I believe you are too!! emoticon emoticon
    2319 days ago
    I'm working on this habit myself. I know it will work if we keep it up! emoticon
    2319 days ago
    This reminded me that I need to edit mine as well.

    I have tried to streamline the process by looking for listings of items and picking one with the calorie ranges in the middle. I am sure I am over sometimes and under sometimes, but it has served me well and I was able to quit stressing so often over tracking.

    Thank you for posting.
    2319 days ago
    I realized today that I need to work on my "groupings. You're correct it will save so much time! I track more often than not but even though I've been on SP since Feb. 2011 it is not a habit. Will keep working on it consistently for 66 days emoticon emoticon . Great blog!!
    2319 days ago
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