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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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    Maybe even jot it down somewhere to add later. Just seeing all you are eating might keep you on track. emoticon
    1799 days ago
    I'd say you are on to something. Well done!
    1816 days ago
    now you know, so you can make changes. you can do it. keep it up.
    1816 days ago
    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
    Good luck!
    1817 days ago
    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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