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6/10/16 1:13 A

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I am very lucky in that I have an Obsessional Personality Trait, so it comes to me VERY easily. Actually, I enjoy tracking my food. I play little games with myself, guessing the calories of what I have eaten, and seeing how far out I am, or the fat content, etc.

I have found that the tracking has been VERY instrumental in my having lost a bucket load of weight, and keeping it off for a few years. I fluctuated around a kg or two either side of my goal, which is perfectly normal. THEN I went to Canada for a holiday. Came back over 6kg heavier, but 3kg was fluid weight (13hr direct flight and much saltier food does that to you - LOL) I now have just over 3kg to work off again. The tracker really IS a best friend if you allow it to be, and don't look on it as punishment of sorts.

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6/9/16 3:46 P

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After 60+ years of brushing my teeth, the thrill is gone, yet I go on unquestioningly.
There are so many things we do just because they make sense.


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6/9/16 3:37 P

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Hi. I know how important tracking food is. I tracked my food all through my journey, except for vacations and holidays and through most of my maintenance. Life got hectic and I stopped tracking last summer. Needless to say, I gained some weight. It does take some effort until you get all your favorites into the tracker and then it takes only a few minutes a day. I am worth it and that's they way I look at it. I lost 122 pounds have maintained for over 3 years and I am not going backwards.

It may be easier for me to track my food because I eat Lean Cuisine, Healthy Choice or Smart Ones. All I have to do is enter the info on the nutrition label. Most members cook for a family and have to figure out the calories and portion sizes. I have to do that when I eat at my Mom's and it is more difficult, but you are worth it. I track a week ahead of time as it saves me money at the grocery store because I am getting just what I need for the week and not picking up this or that just in case. It also saves me on gas.

I guess what it boils down to is think of the rewards you will reap. Not only you but your family if you cook for a family. emoticon I don't like using the fitness tracker, so we all have our nemesis.

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6/9/16 2:00 P

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I always track breakfast after I eat it, then I consider what I need the rest of the day and help that info determine my choices later in the day.

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6/9/16 12:25 P

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I know what you mean, Nancy, it would be difficult to track a week in advance. I have managed to track a day in advance sometimes, but invariably, I end up changing something the next day. I agree that doing whatever works best for each individual is the way to go!!
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6/9/16 11:42 A

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I can't track a week in advance, I may change my mind. We are all so different that we must do what is best for us.

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I track in spurts and am never really consistent with it. That said, some folks on the team track all the time. One of the team leaders who has been really successful tracks her food a week in advance, I think. That way, she knows what she's going to eat and it takes the guesswork out of it.

Tracking is easier once you get your foods in your "Favorites" tab or the "Recent' tab, but I'm still not consistent with it. I think I get discouraged when I eat too much and I just don't want to see it right there in black and white. Hopefully, someone more successful and consistent than me will stop by soon and give you some helpful answers to your question.
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Okay I blogged about one of my issues with this whole "track everything" kick, and it was suggested I post my question here. So here goes.

I find tracking my food gets really boring, so I usually stop after 2 weeks or so. How do all of you keep at it?

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