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New things I'm learning after all these years

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

After going on four years of SP and not a whole lot of weight loss progress, (notice I did not say progress as I have learned and gained SO much here) I am finally open and willing to food tracking. I no longer see it as a horrible pain but the useful tool it is.

I think part of the resistance has to do with how I feel when I am over.....and over again. It is a lot like how we handle the scale. There are lots of different reactions and ways of dealing with the disappointment of not doing as well as I would have liked and I think that is what kept me fighting tracking for so long. I am getting better at detaching and and just analyzing the incredible amount of information I can gather for being better sated and getting the proper nutrition I need, not just focusing on calories. There really are so many benefits and it's a great starter back into getting interested in new foods and ideas once more.

I have been trying to figure out aside from self-sabotage why I have been going over the past few days and I am happy to say I made a new discovery.......lack of planning. It really does help me to think about tomorrow and track it and wake up knowing I have a plan that can be re-arranged if necessary but is a great blueprint for staying in range. I have gotten so busy I took this for granted and at the end of the day I am sad to track all the food and find myself over. That coupled with once again, how that makes me feel, sets me up for the "oh well, I'm over anyway, let's have dessert" behavior that has kept me in the same place for too long.

SO, a few minutes at night is a wise investment for me and I am off to plan my successful tomorrow right now!
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    I couldn't agree with you more. I have started to plan my meals at the beginning of the day. Then I don't go overboard. I even plan for small treats for the day if I am in the mood.
    1930 days ago
    Thanks for reminding me how important tracking is to making this a successful journey.
    Good luck with your new plans.
    1943 days ago
    Great the way... I always have dessert. I have 1 cup unsweetened applesauce, topped with a handful of berries and warmed for a minute in the microwave. I top with FF Whip Cream and sprinkle on a little cinnamon / splenda. Makes a great satisfying desert and is 0 Weight Watcher points to boot! My sister adds a little granola on top to give it some crunch (which is really good) but I typically won't to save the points. Best to you and keep on sparkin!
    1945 days ago
  • CANNIE50
    I do think the major upside to tracking is being aware of the nutrients we take in (or don't take in). I haven't tracked regularly for quite awhile, and it shows, believe me. I, too, do much better when I plan so I don't know why I am resistant to it. I am glad to hear you have unlocked a couple secrets that will make your day-to-day trek a bit easier. I am also glad that you distinguished between progress and weight loss progress. emoticon
    1945 days ago
    Here is to planning!
    1947 days ago
    I really do my best when I am able to track, sadly it does not always happen.
    If you are afraid of tracking in the actual tracker, start by just writing a food blog of what you ate, or track it in a journal, just to get in the habit.
    Good luck :)
    1947 days ago
    Planning things out like this and adjusted as needed really lets you see how choices effect the overall outcome of a day. It also taught me the importance of a multivitamin to reach missed nutrient levels without adding calories. (Niacin was my missing nutrient usually.) I also like seeing that a meal that throws me high in carbs or fat one day is usually balance the next day with a deficit or balance without great effort and fewer cravings.

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    1947 days ago
    Love those AHA moments!! I do NOT like to track. It takes up too much time and sometimes the food is hard to find or I had 1/2 cup but Spark only shows that food in grams, etc. However, I've learned for me, right now, I need to track. emoticon Maybe someday I'll get good enough that I won't have to but that will be awhile.
    1947 days ago
  • EOWYN2424
    tracking is sooooo important. I must admit that sometimes I do get lazy to do it tho!
    1947 days ago
  • ZRIE014
    be sure to include a good exercise program.
    1947 days ago
    All good points...I started out not tracking and then tracking only some things...and finally everything. My biggest reason was that I started noticing how much sodium and how little calcium and protein I was consuming. The protein, especially, was big news. Once I started eating more protein, I found that my cravings for sweets and other refined carbs was curbed considerably. In the end, I started to consume less overall even though I wasn't focused on it. Anyway, I wish you the best!
    1947 days ago
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