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Tracking Food Even on the Bad Days

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Day 12 of Tracking - first problem day! I am 332 calories (~1/10 pound) over my BMR. Breakfast and lunch were fine. Went to Olive Garden for lunch; went online to select meal before going to the restaurant to see the calories, then ate only 1/2 of the entree.

Dinner was going to be something easy - toast, cheese, soup. Then I was home alone this evening and felt hungry all night. I did record the extra calories as one line item I call WHOA!!!which is 100 calories, so I recorded 4 of them (from my favorites).

I don't know how I feel about recording the food and seeing that I have gone over in my calories. I know tracking the good and bad days will help. What did I get from this? While I was looking for something more to eat, I was thinking how I would record it. Maybe next time I am home alone in the evening I should go out instead. I need to shop - Christmas, clothes and things I need for the house.
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    One thing many of us forget when we are tracking and see the totals go over that top number of calories, is that the top number in the range is set so that we will lose 1-2 lbs a week. What that means is that if one day we do go over that amount, we won't gain weight for the week(assumeing the overage is just a couple hundred calories), I might mean that we don't lose as much that week. We also have the opportunity by seeing that instant feedback to make corrections over the next few days. Eating 50-100 calries a day for the next few days will balance that out.
    With Thanksgiving coming up this week, I am already planning for it. I know I will over eat at least some, so I am going to try to eat at least 50 calories a day less than usual all week, and again the following week if I have to. I will also try to log at least a little more exercise most days.
    Its all about balance not obsession.
    2016 days ago
    Good for you and your tracking routine! I'm glad you tracked the the good, the bad, and the ugly. emoticon
    2016 days ago
    Good going trackimg even the bad! It's the only way we get a true look at how we're doing!!! emoticon

    2017 days ago
    I think it is a good idea
    2017 days ago
  • KIMPY225
    I am glad you tracked it!

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    2018 days ago
    I like your idea of WHOA! I may have to add some of those to favorites, too. If something needs explaining on my tracker, I add it to notes.
    2018 days ago
    I have found that when I feel hungry like that I find something that occupies my hands and and takes concentration. Jigsaw puzzles and crossword puzzles work for me

    2018 days ago
  • FIT4MEIN2013
    You need to be honest with yourself to see any patterns of behavior and that means the bad days, too. Learn what your triggers are and determine how you will avoid them the next time around. emoticon
    2018 days ago
    I track pretty faithfully except for those little handfuls of nuts or candy that I snack on during the day. I suppose that's why I didn't maintain my goal weight and can't seem to get back there.
    2018 days ago
    I'm going to Olive Garden tomorrow night and did the same thing!! I am going to have a light entree with minestrone and salad without dressing. I'll take my own light salad dressing. NO breadsticks, NO dessert, NO appetizer.

    I think you did great. I wish I could get in the habit of tracking on my bad days, I know it would help. Unfortunately, when I get in those moods I don't weigh or measure, I go on eating autopilot. emoticon
    2019 days ago
    I know for me it's so important to track each and every day whether I'm within range or not. I know you're doing the right thing recording the good and the bad.
    Good for you making wise choices at the Olive Garden. Isn't it great to be able to go on line ahead of time to help us with making selections before we get there rather than be distracted purusing the menu at the restaurant. You did well.
    I know for me it/s boredom that sidelines me in the evenings. Wonder if you were bored. Sparking throughout the evening helps me from staying out of my kitchen.
    Most important thing is to get back on the wagon. One evening off the wagon isn't so bad as long as you get yourself back on again once you realize what happened.
    Keep at it. Keep on tracking. You''e doing it for yourself. emoticon
    2019 days ago
    Good job tracking. Whoa's are a great idea! Hope it doesn't cost you on the scale. It could happen you know.
    2019 days ago
  • CANDOK1260
    well i hear don;t only track your food but on day you go over write how you felt that day and what you did that day you might find a pattern you can correct
    2019 days ago
    It sounds like you ate something from Olive Garden that triggered you or you were triggered by boredom. Keeping busy should help.
    2019 days ago
    Bravo for tracking those Whoa's! That is a big step there in keeping an honest approach of what you are eating.
    2019 days ago
    Distraction works for me.
    2019 days ago
    We all have off days just remember not to beat yourself up and to move on.
    2019 days ago
  • ADELE66
    Although it is truly horrible having to log those times where we haven't exactly stuck to the plan, it is how I really know that I am moving forward.

    Not logging, and therefore not acknowledging, what I have eaten is denial. I believe that every time I log a bad day and then keep going it not only makes me stronger, it also demonstrates that I am grasping this is a lifelong change and not a "diet". Logging is how we stop the mindless eating from being mindless.

    I know that it can be depressing logging the extra calories but really try and focus on the positive outcome of this. You didn't stick to your plan, you were aware of it, you acknowledged it, and now you are moving on to a fresh day! Sounds a bit like real life to me and not "Perfect Fantasy Diet Land"! Well done!

    2019 days ago
    I have these days! I have decided that I need to be completely honest with myself. If I go back, forget that I had a "bad day" and am not seeing the results I expect, I get down. If I don't see results but have logged that WHOA! then it makes sense. I have decided that once in a blue moon is OK. It's like a smack upside the head--I was honest, now I will move on! Honesty, especially with yourself, is still the best policy!
    2019 days ago
    you have to be true to yourself, have to track it even when we go over so it's in our history and we own it... you'll have a better day tomorrow after seeing the truth of what you ate!

    2019 days ago
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