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Tracking...the bear!

Sunday, October 20, 2013

When it comes to tracking, historically, I've looked forward to it as much as I'd look forward to tracking and meeting the grizzly that left this print.

I hated thinking about what I'd eaten and writing it down meant I'd have to really own up to it. But, it's a tool that has worked for me and my relationship with tracking has improved over the years.

I definitely went through the phase when I wanted it to be perfect. Back in 1989 when I tracked and lost weight with Weight Watchers, they had boxes that you checked for each type of food. Oh how I hated when I'd eaten past my boxes. I did appreciate that it taught me to visualize the balance of foods that I needed to consume to have successful weight loss.

After I'd lost weight, I relaxed on tracking and while I was able to stay close to where I wanted, I started taking a hard look at my emotional eating. Nothing like tracking to help me see a binge. I think the Breaking Free from Compulsive eating book helped me get through the judgement I put on myself about what I'd eaten. I started just looking at it as a way to observe myself and what led me to eating more that I wanted to eat.

So this week, when my Butterfly Butterfly team took up tracking as the LTGL challenge, I was actually happy to see how far I've come. I love online tracking, especially what's available on Spark People. I'm grateful for what it can teach me and I FINALLY get that what I find at the end of my food tracking is nothing to be afraid of.

Just like my behavior changes depending on what type of track i see on the trail, my behavior can change based on what I add to my tracker. I don't run out of the woods when I see a bear track, I'm just more cautious. I don't eat more when I see I've eaten too much, I'm just more cautious.

There's always a message, sometimes it's just hard to read.
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    You have come so far, Rachel! Think about all your successes and how much you've accomplished when you're: tired, achy, sick, or got the "eats". Good job! emoticon
    1702 days ago
    Hi Rachel - I have grown to actually enjoy tracking. I learn SO much from it. Just the other day, I had a horrible lunch (as in way overboard in fat and calories). The FIRST THING I did was to track it. Then I went with Coach Nicole's plan of one step backwards (eating a BAD lunch) and two steps forward (planning a low calories, heavy nutrient dinner AND doing a small workout).

    What a difference it all makes when we don't beat ourselves up, but just use the tools available to us to help with awareness!!

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!!!
    1705 days ago
    Beautifully articulated and illustrated...and though tracking can be a bear, it DEFINITELY makes a difference in weight loss success! I've learned to love it too (most of the time)!


    Thanks for this reminder Rachel!
    1705 days ago
    I like the way you compare "tracking" with "tracking". I need to do better at tracking. I do better when I'm here at home because I know what and how much I eat. It's when we travel......
    BTW I brought you something from Missoula. We should walk sometime?
    1705 days ago
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