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Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Day 5, still tracking, and reflecting on how I can improve. Well, it has been a smooth week so far, and I haven't run into any obstacles to success. However, next week I have several things coming up – three meals out and a dinner party at my house. Improving on my success this week means that I need to stay focused and committed to tracking next week, despite the challenges.

My past excuse for not always tracking the meals I have out was that I couldn’t be accurate enough. Translation: it doesn’t matter what I eat, I can’t count it anyway. My plan now: ditch the perfection attitude, check the menu and make a plan before I go, add to my meal planner, stick with the plan, and keep moving forward. I have done it before. I know it can be done. I just have to be consistent in my efforts.

The dinner party issue is a bit more challenging. Translation: I really want no restriction on my choices for this occasion. Of course, when I have used that “just this once” mentality in the past, I tend to get completely derailed and off track for days or weeks. Now, more than ever, I need to stick with my tracking. Here is my plan: I know what will be served (I am the one doing the cooking after all!), I am going to make choices about what I really want to eat, I am going to record it BEFORE the party (even if it clearly goes over my calorie range for the day), adjust my calories earlier in the day and keep to the low end of my calorie range for one day before and one day after. There is nothing I can't have, but, as long as I am tracking it, I can be mindful of what I am eating, and, thus, more sensible in my choices and my portions. That is a plan I can live with.

Continuing to plan, as well as consistently and honestly tracking NO MATTER WHAT - those are the things I need to do in the coming week to improve upon what I have accomplished this week.
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    Planning ahead of time is the way to go. I like you have to work on tracking (You are doing fantastic by the way) I have been getting better on tracking even the couple bites here and there that I do not want to admit to. Keep up the good work!

    1871 days ago
    Planning is key....and sometimes it seems to be a pain in the behind, but when we don't that's when we get derailed.

    I know that I can usually find the calories online when looking up the restaurant I'm going to, or the menu usually has low-cal or healthy choices. If not, order without sauces (that's a real killer), or the items that are grilled, more plain, etc.

    I go play Bunco with friends and they all bring dishes, so dinner parties are hard. However, since you're in control that's even better! I always have celery (or other veggies) to dip with or to be able to spread cheese in as an alternate - you can at least have something tasty with less calories. Fruit is good - even if there is a little chocolate or marshmallow dip on the side. Salsa is good - even over chicken, etc. Low-cal can taste good, and you can have some other things there too, but at least when you eat your choices, you will have a healthier version for you!

    Great plan - emoticon
    1871 days ago
    I admire the care you're taking with this--I've just caught up on your posts for the week. The preplanning for tricky situations is SO helpful. I remember going out to eat to a great Mexican restaurant, & not derailing my eating for the day BECAUSE I planned what I would eat & entered it into the SP nutrition tracker ahead of time.

    I hope you will tell us the menu for your dinner party! I love having company for dinner, & it would be fun to hear how you strategize the specifics of this occasion (menu & what you yourself will eat/drink).

    1871 days ago
    positive lifetime changes will work over time! emoticon

    1871 days ago
    Great plan! Good ideas for me. Thanks!
    1872 days ago
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