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To track or not to track .... that is the question

Friday, May 10, 2013

I have always tracked all my food, the good the bad and the ugly. What ever I ate or drank it got tracked. I have heard from different people how they would take a break from tracking and I would think to myself oh my gosh what are they doing ? There is no way I could go without tracking I have a horrible time staying in my ranges while I'm tracking.

Well after stressing over the numbers and trying to adjust things to hit all my ranges and meet my nutritional goals, and I was making no progress I was at a stand still and just treading water so to speak. I decided to stop tracking to just eat healthy and see what happened.

At the end of the first week I was nervous to get on the scale, I was afraid of the damage that I may had done. I was very surprised to see I started to lose weight again it was only a pound but I was finally moving the scale again. So I have continued to not track and I have been losing about a pound a week every week, and even though its only one pound a week it has been consistent for few weeks maybe a month now.

I really have no idea what I am getting for calories, if I am eating enough protein or fiber, or where I end up with carbs. What I do know is I am trying to eat healthy, I am trying to eat a lot of fruits and veggies, trying to cut back on white breads and pasta, and stay away from anything fried or loaded with fat. Which is what I was doing when I was tracking. What I do know is that for whatever reason I finally feel like I am back on track, like I am heading in the right direction once again.

So for now I will continue to not track and see what happens. This journey is different for every one of us and what works for one may not work for another, its all about finding what works best for you.

Do you track ?

Have you ever gone without tracking ?

What works best for you ?
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    This is one of those issues that has different answers for different levels of 'experience'. Going trackless for a while but monitoring dimensions and the scale may be a valuable experience in self-awareness, in gaining confidence that one has truly developed a sense of proportion. But I say that to you only because you have been here and been tracking. I do not advise that newbies (year or less) quit tracking without really digging into it consistently.

    What works best for you ?
    Quick-tracking to be sure I get enough protein, carbs, fats and water... while using an eating plan based on the bikini plate model. BUT only true because I've tracked in an almost OCD manner for years here on SP!

    You've been here long enough that I think going without tracking at least for a few months will put you in touch with how well you've incorporated change into habit and also will 'tell' you whether you need to track in detail, in loose structure... or not at all. I do think SOME form of tracking is helpful (except at the beginning few years when it is surely essential)... Determining HOW and WHAT you track is the key for you at this time; you can define/create a system tailored to what works best by playing with some options. If you feel like stopping the tracking, decide whether you want the excuse or whether you will function more effectively by revising how/what/whether you measure/track.

    I do think that the new (ok, new is a relative term huh?) quick-tracking method on our Start Page is a good idea when not tracking in detail.
    1831 days ago

    Comment edited on: 5/18/2013 4:11:42 PM
  • DB1167
    You know I track,,,it so helps me stay with it!
    1837 days ago
    I've spent about 2/3rds of my journey not tracking, and often get better results that way because my body knows better if I need more food or less food on a particular day. I think the guidelines that you're eating by are good. Sometimes we stress so much about numbers that it becomes a form of self-sabottage.

    And a pound a week isn't small. That's great.
    1839 days ago
    emoticon I've used other sites before to track my diet but I've had a tendency to become a bit obsessive about it so have forced myself to take breaks. We need to be careful not to go on "autopilot" when we eat and just eat because its "in our food log"....after all, we're humans and based on biology, our bodies should be telling us when to eat, not a preplanned meal plan. But, I do think there's value in logging and I do feel there's value in taking a break from it
    1839 days ago
    I used to track on Sparks and my own journal. I just track on the journal now.
    Yes...the good, bad, and ugly.
    1839 days ago
    well I am new to tracking and am SHOCKED at how many calories I am actually eating! It is a real eye opener for me. I struggle with binge eating and I have forced myself to write down everything in the last two days and I had no idea how much I was consuming. So for me, for now I will continue to do so in the hope that I can get my eating under control :)
    1839 days ago
    Thanks for sharing. If I track the same day or a day later I seem to do badly. If I track ahead I seem able to stick to my plan and do much better. If I don't track I don't do so good.
    1839 days ago
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