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Track then eat or Eat then track

Saturday, November 30, 2013

After looking back at my food tracker I have noticed a pattern. I tend to follow 2 different ways when tracking my food.

During the week while at work I tend to track what I am going to eat in the morning and follow it throughout the day. When I get home each night I make adjustments, subtracting what I didn't eat that day and/or adding anything extra that I have eaten. I am usually near the middle of my range when I do this.

On days that I don't work I tend to eat then track. I eat willy nilly throughout the day and then at the end of the day I try to remember everything I ate. These are the days that I usually go over my calorie range. Sometimes way over. Very rarely I go under my range. I also tend to go over on sodium, carbs, and fat, while going under on protein.

On my non-work days I need to either track then eat like I do during the week or if I am going to eat then track I need to track closer to meal times not at the end of the day. By waiting until the end of the day and then putting in the tracker 99% of the time I am way over.

By recognizing this pattern I believe that I can reverse my recent weight gain. I do so well during the week and then undo everything so quickly on my days off. Heading into the holidays I am going to be off more than usually so knowing this I have a plan.

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  • IMEMINE1
    Maybe even jot it down somewhere to add later. Just seeing all you are eating might keep you on track. emoticon
    1799 days ago
  • THINFITFEMINIST
    I'd say you are on to something. Well done!
    1816 days ago
  • SUSANBEAMON
    now you know, so you can make changes. you can do it. keep it up.
    1816 days ago
  • DEBBYFROMMT
    Wow, that is interesting! I do well tracking during the day, but we usually don't eat dinner until late, and then I don't get back on the computer. I should track it ahead of time like you do!
    1816 days ago
  • THE_SHAKESHAFT
    Good luck!
    1817 days ago
  • STEPH-KNEE
    First off, I love that you say willy nilly, I say that! Willy nilly doesn't get used nearly enough in everyday life!

    I think the fact that you noticed this pattern is going to change everything! I am very similar to you because when I go to work I have to eat what I bring so I already have it in the tracker with just minor adjustments. When I'm at home it's free game. In the morning I just go in and make whatever because I know it's the first thing I'm eating. After that I will try to plan out my next two meals but half the time I change my mind. I am famous for tracking the food or adjusting it while I'm eating it. It's like as soon as I sit down with my food and it's something different I have to hurry up and change it so I can know. I think with a little more planning and tweaking on our days off we will get the scale moving back in the right direction! emoticon
    1817 days ago
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    1817 days ago
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