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Evaluate: What Needs to Change?

Friday, February 10, 2017

The scale should never be the only measurement used to track progress...but it is an indicator. At my job, we talk about triangulating data -- using at least three sources.

Source 1: The scale
I am back up to 155.4. This makes me feel like I've undone the past couple of weeks' work.

Source 2: Clothing
Still fits the same -- still tight in the hips. Still not able to wear most of my pants. This is a problem.

Source 3: Fitness Tracker
Much better! I've embraced the Pi-Yo class at Xperience, I've been training at the dojang once a week, and the cardio theater at Xperience is my second home. I'm working on 150 minutes per week, and this is going well. I can FEEL my muscles returning (which may be the reason that the scale looks the way it does, but I hesitate to excuse that number so quickly.)

Source 4: Nutrition Tracker
Ummm....yeah....see, I don't always track EVERYTHING. Sometimes, when I hit my calorie limits, I just...you know.... don't enter the rest....

Ah, bingo! It appears that food is the current challenge. By controlling the food intake -- and keeping the fitness -- I will see far greater results. (It's not rocket science, but sometimes I need to write it down to make it real.)

Therefore, I will need to
* track everything, preferably before eating
* consider the ratio of calories at each meal so that I don't leave myself starving later in the day just to enjoy the brief satisfaction of a donut in the morning
* consider where I'm falling short: protein? calcium? This will determine better snack choices.
* get my copy of The Spark Solution back from my co-worker. I believe it's time.
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  • JEANKNEE
    Excellent analysis here. And you've outlined action steps too. Love it! emoticon

    Yes. Yes. Yes. Triangulating data has supported me too.
    520 days ago
  • ANNIEONLI
    Tracking before eating and eating the same things really is a good idea....it's predictable and boring, but keeps me in check and I don't have to think as much....which is a blessing! More time to focus on other things that way! You have a good base line plan...you can do this!!! emoticon emoticon
    520 days ago
  • VIBRANT4LIFE
    You make some very good points. I need to look more at the full picture incorporating more types of data when evaluating my progress. Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    522 days ago
  • BEATLETOT
    Excellent, thoughtful blog! We should all use this as an example when we don't get the results we expect!
    522 days ago
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