Day 330 - Tracking, oh the TRACKING!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Good morning everyone!

Well, in the spirit of full disclosure I haven't tracked anything that has gone into my mouth since March. Yeah, I know.. I know.. I know.

I mean, I really know. Because if there is anything that stuck with me from last night's group meeting it is that those who track their intake, even in a small way, are more likely to be successful than those who don't. Me, I've been fab at training and meeting my fitness goals; but, although I'm getting more physically fit and mentally tough, I'm sucking big time at losing weight. There are a lot of reasons and excuses for that; but, I'm proud to say I'm back on the tracking bandwagon. Not for now. Not until XX - but, until the weight is off.

I've also revised a couple of things. First, I edited my overall goal weight from 155 to 165. I haven't changed the date, I want to be there, or nearly there by Septmber. That's 20 pounds in four months. That's a little over a pound a week. It's going to take some diligence; but, just like learning to run I can do this. I just have to keep telling myself that I can and I will.

Today I'm off to a mediocre start. Luckily for me I ate a banana before leaving the house because I left my proper breakfast (oatmeal) and my lunch (canned soup) in the car. So, I've had three mini candies (130 calories) which will carry me on until my Chipotle burrito bowl (500 calories with the options I choose.) Dinner tonight is going to be a sandwhich (wheat roll, ham, and cheese) for 400 calories and a pudding cup for desert (70 calories). I've mentally prepared myself for three more mini candies out of the dish at work.

You see, I'd set this unrealistic expectation that I could just pretend like the candy dish was dead to me. That I could just ignore it. Oh, what a silly thing to do!

So, I'm going to be more realistic. I'm going to allow myself to take one candy at a time. If I take three, I'll eat three. If I take one.. well, you get the picture. Instead of eating twelve of these puppies a day I'm hoping to get down to between four and six (topping out around 200 calories at the high end.) And I'm going to track them (something I've greatly resisted in the past.)

I guess I should also mention why I've changed my tracker - I think I needed and deserved a little perspective. After all, I've come really far. Starting at a size 18-20 and getting to a 12-14 is amazing. dropping from 220/230 to 185 deserves LOTS of celebrating. I was losing the forest for the trees reseting it like I did at the beginning of the year. Never again.

In other news I'm going up to the city county building to get my pool pass. Swimming practice starts this coming week! Need to get used to it before the Triathlon!

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    Amazing how easily so many of us (me definitely included) decide to ignore tracking, as if we have xalculator brains that will remember and count calories by magic.
    Tracking is perhaps the most important part and they (Dr. Oz and LOTS of dietary experts) say those who do track are by far more successful at losing. Bravo to you for admiting your faux pas, taking the bull (tracker?) by the horns and moving forward.
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    2351 days ago
    You are looking so little missy! I think your approach is definitely reasonable and made for real life-- trying to avoid the candy bowl forever just doesn't make sense. Now, we may be stuck with tracking for a while. I am so proud of you for keeping up with your fitness. You remain my inspiration. Good luck with swimming practice.
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    I like your approach a lot!! I eat several dark chocolates (small ones) throughout the day and this works for me.

    Great job!!

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    2351 days ago
    emoticon Tracking I am sure will make a big difference. It really makes you accountable and aware of what you are eating. I know when I don't track, I give myself permission to eat over my range. Great idea!
    2351 days ago
    Sounds like a plan to me! yay swimming! I'm seriously in love with the pool, outdoor swimming resumed this week at the Y here :)
    2351 days ago
    Tracking is tedious but necessary.. im learning that as well.... great job on your journey..... you are doing fabulous! keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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