Why I don't track
Thursday, July 18, 2019
For the 5% Challenge, one of this week's Living the Good Life challenges has been to track your food. Normally, I like to follow all the challenges, and enjoy being able to track that I accomplished that each day.
Not for this one, however.
Even though I've started weight loss attempts many times with tracking, this time I felt the need for a change. I'm not saying I won't start tracking my food eventually, but for right now, it would be a bad idea, with the potential to derail my efforts. I tend to be an all-or-nothing perfectionist. If I'm not meticulously measuring, weighing, and then logging my food, I feel like I failed. That is not a good way to start a weight loss journey. Eventually, with enough failing, I would just give up and start eating All the Things and to heck with my weight loss efforts. I don't want to get there again. This is also why I weigh myself every day instead of once a week -- I want to see the daily fluctuations and not be elated or crushed by what I expect the scale to record once a week.
Maybe a few weeks more (or a few months more), and I'll be at a place where I can track without the perfectionism. That is my biggest struggle right now - trying to stop being such a perfectionist, in all areas of my life, but especially when it comes to the weight loss journey. I want to succeed, and I'll get there on my terms. For now, I'm enjoying making new recipes that follow my new gluten- and dairy-free doctor-mandated diet, and getting in some movement each day. Eventually I'll get to tracking and amping up the exercise. Until then, I will move slowly and steadily, because therein lies the secret to my success.