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Why I Don't Track my Food and Workouts...

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

I tried WW about two years ago and kept a daily food diary. Once I stopped WW I continued a similar diet by also tracking my daily food and beverage intake as well as counting calories. While at the start it was helpful after several weeks of doing it I began to hate tracking what I was eating.

It became a hassle having to constantly log every single item that I ate or drank. In fact, the food diary is almost always the cause of me quitting a diet. I stop logging my calories and then that turns into me feeling I am off my diet and then I end up going completely off my diet all together and not wanting to go back on one for several months. A terrible cycle!

This time around I know what the problem is, the food diary. So, I will not be tracking my food or workouts. I have chosen to start eating healthy whole foods and stop eating processed foods. I also have given myself time each day to do one hour of exercise. I believe that this combination will work for me and I will continue to track my progress on this blog to share my experiences with this new approach.

I know many Spark fans will say that not tracking is not a good way to start off. The big draw for many to Spark is that you can track and log your progress. I am not saying that my approach is better in anyway it’s just what I have noticed about myself in the past and since I am on this new journey I plan to take a good hard look of how I do things in relation to me eating habits and try to make them better in ways that I have never tried before.

I will be using Spark as a way for me to document my journey and to help support others that are on this journey with me. As well as seek advice and tips to help me as I make progress. I look forward to sharing my journey with you.

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    I eat when I'm hungry, stop when I'm full, mostly eat whole foods. I've lost 12lbs without tracking food and doing about 30minutes a day of exercise.
    1588 days ago
    You do what works for you! It's good that you've realized that tracking is part of your downfall. Good luck!
    1917 days ago
    I hate tracking too, at first it is exciting but it quickly becomes tedious. I prefer having prepared meals that I don't have to think about. I can't afford the diet food service plans so I get Healthy Choice or Weight Watchers frozen dinners for one of my meals and I know I am within my limits (if I don't cheat).
    1922 days ago
    I think the key to any diet plan is that you are able to make healthy changes and sustain those changes. I recently switched to tracking everything (before that I was just using the "No S" tracking system -- either I followed the plan that day or I didn't). And I do think that tracking is helping me. But each person has to select the plan that will work for them in order to stay motivated.
    1926 days ago
    Good luck. As an active spark member, I saw your title and was like "what?!?" But you explained it well.

    One thing I'll point out as something to consider down the road is if you are not seeing the progress you want, then maybe consider tracking your foods on here for one week, just to see if you are actually eating in a healthy range to lose the weight you want. A lot of times people underestimate how much they are eating/over estimate how many calories they burn, just something to consider if you don't see results down the road.

    Good luck!
    1926 days ago
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