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tracking! i hate it! but it works...

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

once again the scale didn't show a loss. i should at least be losing water weight. the drastic reduction in calories from booze alone should make it move a little. so i reflected. what did i do wrong last week? i didn't eat horribly, but not great either since i was sick and didn't make a proper menu or shopping list. my water was intake, but not perfect every day.

so what do i need to work on: drink the correct amount of water daily (84.33oz minimum) and tracking.

monday i got a notebook out of the foodbank donation box at work* and wrote down everything i had eaten that day. then i input all that info into the spark people tracker. hello! i had eaten more than my alloted daily calories before i finished lunch! i eat the majority of my calories for snacks. i need to make my meals more nutritionally balanced so i'm not eating every 2 hours. and i need to have better snacks. so that's what i'll be working on the next couple days so i can do a proper shopping trip this weekend.

the good news is that i feel smaller. my pants are fitting better, so i know something is happening, the scale is just not reflecting it yet.

i'm using an ap on my phone to track my water. it's called hydro, it's free and easy to use. you input your weight and it tells you how much you should drink daily. you can also set whether it's hot out or you had a workout that requires more water. just a suggestion for anyone who may be interested.

*the office manager ordered the wrong notebooks so she put them in the food donation box. i wanted a pretty new notebook to track with. i don't feel badly for taking this since they were perfectly useable in the office even though they weren't what she wanted and who goes to the foodbank for a notebook?

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    It is so true.

    I definitely do better when I track everything I eat - and I see real results when I actually plan what I am going to eat ahead of time.

    Tracking is so important
    1702 days ago
    emoticon Using a nutrition tracker, like Spark people, helps balance your intake. I am so proud when I track. Have a great week! Laurel, Starfish
    1717 days ago
    I track with notebook and pen, not on Spark, and I've been doing it for decades. There is nothing like seeing it in black and white. You can't change anything until you know what needs changing, and only a tracker/planner can do that. Our memories tend to be selective.
    1735 days ago
    Yeah, tracking is very revealing. I often forget to mark things down (like peanuts!)
    1735 days ago
    hey what ever works! keep up the good work that you are doing!
    1736 days ago
    I agree tr.acking is the key. I love my mobile app too.
    1736 days ago
    emoticon I'm the same - my snacks often add up to more than my meals. It's so easy to let things slide with bites here, tastes there... I call them BLT's (bite lick, taste).
    1736 days ago
    I agree 100%. I decided to make my tracker public too. The good the bad and the ugly!

    Tracking is the key! It must have been fate to find the notebook!
    1736 days ago
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