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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.
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  • LACRESHAH
    I also do the same and you just have to do what is in your best interest. The challenges are just guidelines that help motivate you in certain areas mot a must do. Tracking just isn't my style but sometimes I participate and use my own type of tracking. Whatever works for you is best!
    28 days ago
  • ALLEYCATPA
    You know yourself best, so if this is working for you, don't feel like you have to track. It's simply a tool that SP offers for us to use. Hope this summer 5% challenge is going well for you!
    30 days ago
  • MOLLIEMAC
    Keep on doing what works for you! I hadn't tracked for years until this challenge and I have been surprised that what I have been normally eating is all within the range of what SP has suggested. Will I continue after the challenge? Likely not now that I have reassured myself.
    30 days ago
  • ROSEWCI
    You have to do what’s best for you....you know you best! I am a perfectionist also, so I understand exactly what you’re saying. Following doctor’s orders is imperative...be well & keep pushing forward!
    30 days ago
  • _WARRIOR4LIFE
    You're doing great! Keep doing what works for you!
    30 days ago
  • DEEGIRL50
    You know what will and won't work for you. It's not a one size fits all thing. Following your doctor's advice is always wise. I believe you will get there on your own terms. You've got this.
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    31 days ago
  • WALLAHALLA
    I get that all or nothing attitude. It keeps me from getting a lot of things accomplished.
    31 days ago
  • CMORRIS60
    Each of us has to find what works best, you're doing that.
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    31 days ago
  • DOG_MOM
    I've done the no tracking thing before and tbh it hasn't worked for me long term. I believe that all of our journeys to health are 80% mental and require that we do the hard work to look in the mirror, some of which I've done. And some of which I haven't, so I completely get the all or nothing mindset.

    I think that following your Dr's plan is a good one for now. But I think that you should be prepared to move off of it to a new one if you find that it's not doing what you expect it to. And it seems like you are prepared to do that. Like you said, slow and steady. . .

    And congrats on the loss this week!
    31 days ago
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