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Day 1: I am the tortoise

Friday, February 21, 2014

I've completed five consecutive days of logging, not counting today. I expect to log today, too. In fact, I've already started.

I'm back to a tortoise approach to this: slow and steady. Assuming I complete all my logging today, I'll have a six-day streak going. Not too shabby!

Yesterday was difficult, in terms of logging, because I ate lunch out with my mom. Whenever possible, I order items with a listed calorie count or Weight Watchers point icon, but those numbers don't offer a complete nutritional profile (sodium, carbs, etc.), so I usually use my custom "my calorie" "item" in my tracker to log the gross number of calories. In yesterday's case, the menu said my lunch entree had "550 or less" calories, so I logged 600. (Because there's no way to be sure how the meal was actually prepared in the kitchen.) I find this less than satisfying.

Later, I made French toast for dinner. How do you log that? I just logged the individual ingredients: 2 slices white bread, one egg (approximately), 1/4 cup milk (approximately -- probably less, actually), 1.5 tablespoons of butter (who knows how much better gets taken up by the toast as it cooks? Then I put a little more on top). It's imprecise.

That said, it's really not the imprecision that bugs me. I can live with that. What bugs me most is the extra work it takes to log calories that don't fit neatly into a category: apple; 1 English muffin; 3 ounces ground turkey.

But for all this complaining, the real reason I'm posting today is to celebrate the fact I GOT THROUGH IT. I did not let the obstacles to logging yesterday deter me from actually doing it. Yesterday was a victory!

The journey continues.
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  • 859320
    good job tracking emoticon
    1516 days ago
  • KANOE10
    Good job of tracking and staying on track.
    1517 days ago
    If you tend to eat the same things over time, you can create "groupings" and use your "recent" search tab. Both will help with the annoying task of getting things tracked. You can also create a recipe on SparkRecipes and then it will be there for you to add in one group, as many servings as you want, to your tracker...
    I kind of enjoy playing with the tracker now, especially if I do it in advance and am able to tweak my exact macros. I guess I'm a nutrition nerd!
    1523 days ago

    Spark streak!

    1523 days ago
    emoticon you'll catch on and it will get easier.
    1523 days ago
    Great job, my friend!
    1523 days ago
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