It's been a minute... (the importance of tracking)

Monday, November 11, 2013

Although I continue to log in regularly, I haven't really been tracking anything but fitness minutes. I certainly haven't been blogging, logging my food or taking measurements. And boy oh boy does it show. So far, I'm only up five pounds, which could be a lot worse, but considering I just ran a marathon a few weeks ago, I should have lost weight recently.

Training for the marathon gave me the feeling that I could eat pretty much anything. I was hungry a lot more of the time but I wasn't forcing myself to eat whole foods as much as I should have so I just grabbed processed snacks that were unhealthy. And then I also ate unhealthy meals and lots of treats. And I let drinking become an everyday occurrence instead of a special thing.

The damage is done, and it surely would have been worse if I hadn't been running so much. But I'm recognizing and owning the slip up. I didn't watch what I ate or try to enjoy healthier foods. I'm so happy that working out has become a big habit for me. Now I need to focus some of that ambition on food. You can't out train a bad diet.

I started to really reshape my thoughts over the weekend, deciding to cut out alcohol on week days if I'm at home. Usually I would have a glass of wine (or two) or beer (or two) with dinner, but I'm cutting that all out. Water or tea for me Sunday through Thursday. Then today I actually stepped on a scale and took measurements. Up in everything from my last real recording in May. Time to quit slacking and make sh*t happen!!

Continue to work out as much as I have. Five days a week, at least 30 minutes each time
Snack healthy. Continue to work in whole foods and step away from some processed stuff
Meal plan. Eat out FAR less.
Lose 5 pounds by New Year's, and then another ten pounds over 2014. I will hit my goal weight by my 30th birthday (12/24/2015)

I'm going to focus on not drinking my calories this week (alcohol, coffee drinks etc) while starting to track most meals and next week I will get back into tracking all meals. I'm pretty sure no one like nutrition tracking but it sure is effective...
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  • no profile photo CD10396882
    A Full Marathon!! I wouldn't beat yourself up too much if you're in shape enough to achieve that :-)

    2620 days ago
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    emoticon Great job noticing your problem areas and taking charge of them.
    2628 days ago
    Ack - I do the SAME THING during the week with the glass of wine or beer. It really adds up. I realized I had stopped tracking and if you force yourself to track those drink calories - whoops! You'll see.

    But at least you're working out! That is the toughest thing for me. Keep that up for sure!

    2630 days ago
    One thing that helps me with eating out is planning a menu every week and grocery shopping one time. It's not even an option to go back to the store. So I make do with the healthy snacks I made myself buy at my once a week grocery shop. I was allowing unhealthy snacks in the last few months and it is showing so I'm getting more strict about sticking to the grocery list. I make my menu every Tuesday and at the same time pull coupons from Safeway's Just for You. So I'm planning my menu in both a healthy and inexpensive way.

    I'm so proud of you for running the marathon... you are a true inspiration! 10 pounds is totally doable.

    Also, we need to get together soon!
    2630 days ago
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