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My St. Patrick's Day Challenge

Friday, January 04, 2013

So today is January 4th, and for some reason, I have an accidental streak going. I've tracked four days in a row. It wasn't like I set out to do it every day, I just sort of fell into doing it. And when I realized that this morning, I though, "Maybe I should set some sort of goal."

At first, I thought, "I'll track every day this year!" (Why do we always start with the gigantic goals?) But then I got a little more realistic, and I set a shorter goal for myself. I'm aiming for St. Patrick's Day, because my life gets very busy right at that point, and I'd like to have more energy when it all hits. We have friends from the east coast coming to stay with us that week, I'm teaching at a retreat, and then at another one a few weeks later ... and a trip back east ... etc, etc, etc.

So here it is. I am officially declaring a challenge to myself: track every bite and nibble between now and March 17th. It will be interesting to see how that changes things, weight-loss-wise. Everyone says it's the single most important thing you can do, but I have never liked doing it (except for the past four days). Want to hear how much I dislike it? So much so that in order to earn SparkPoints, I would sit and scan the list of activities on the SparkPeople home page and pick anything and everything on the list rather than keep track of what I've eaten. I'd say, "What's the deal?" except that I know. I didn't like the accountability. I didn't like evidence that I'd blown it, or that I didn't care, or that I wasn't taking care of my body. But I'm coming to terms with the fact that there's no other way to take control of my eating. It has to be there in black and white.

And maybe, by the time everything is green, I'll like what I'm seeing in black and white. :)
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    woo hoo, good for you to set a goal and a realistic one at that. perhaps after you track everyday for that long it will become a habit. I have been tracking everyday now for about 3 years. It is a total habit for me now and is second nature.
    Best of everything to you!
    1967 days ago
    I'll take you up on this challenge!!! This will be close to my Spring Break, when I will hopefully get to go see my new grand baby! It would be awesome to be thinner by then!
    1968 days ago
    You can do it!
    1968 days ago
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