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Why tracking works

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I start my day with an empty box. My box has very definitive sides with precise measurements of height, width & length. Every meal - every choice - takes up residence in a small portion of that box. When you weigh, measure and calculate every bite that enters your mouth, you know the exact amount of space it takes up in the box. When the box is full at the end of the day, you know it is time to close the flaps over the top, tape it up & put it on a shelf. It is done.

From February 7-March 10, I tracked everything 100% of the time. Every evening it became a ritual to run the daily calorie differential report & see how I did. I LOVE Zumba days because I can have a little fun in my diet and still end in a calorie deficit. During that time period, I lost 5.2 pounds. It works. And then I just stopped. I have no real reason except that it is time consuming. One week without tracking and I've gained 2 pounds. Why?

I took off my glasses. I can't see clearly and everything is fuzzy. The edges of the box are fuzzy. I can't judge the size. I place handfuls of colorful objects into the brown fuzzy box & I can't tell when it's full. I'm not sure how to place items in there so that they fit well. At the end of the day, the flaps at the top won't close. The box is overstuffed. I. am. overstuffed.

As much as I dislike tracking, I know it works. So, I guess I'm going to have to suck it up & just do it. emoticon
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    I need to suck it up & just do it too!! I know it was one of the key steps in helping me lose 100 lbs. I Stopped tracking around July & i've since gained 7 lbs. My new year resolution was to get back to tracking daily, but i've haven't been fairing well. I need to do it more than 3 x a week, because it keeps me accountable. You're right, it is time consuming, but I guess we need to make it a priority!!! emoticon
    2220 days ago
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    Yeah, tracking takes up time. I am pretty irregular about it myself, but I really like it. It is really interesting to look at the daily totals. I look at that in the middle of the day, and think, okay, not enough calcium. How do I get more?

    The other thing about tracking is the accountability. If I am hungry, I often pick up a couple of almonds or cashews on the way through the kitchen. At the end of the day, I don't know how many I've had. If I am tracking, I think to myself, "Do I really want to put this into the tracker?" and then stop myself.
    2221 days ago
    you are spot on! I track everything every day. I lost nearly 80 lbs doing that, quit sparking and gained most of it back in a year and a half. Started back sparking and tracking and have completely reversed it. Somehow I just can't gorge when I keep track... And I eat healthier too, not just less...
    2221 days ago
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