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Log The Bad Stuff!



Sometimes when I have a bad eating day, it's tempting to just not log it. Why bother? I know that I went over my goals! But I have found that logging the bad stuff helps me to get it off my chest, and then I can move forward and get back on that wagon that much quicker.

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  • By tracking everything you eat, even on the bad days, you can go back and look at your weight loss progress and perhaps see why you got stuck at a certain weight or plateaued. If you leave the bad food off, and don't see the weight come off how will you know what you need to do differently. - by BETHJ423
  • I totally agree. It becomes less bad and a fact of life. This is a forever plan... realize that and allow for flexibility! - by BEACHGIRLKIM
  • I find that once I have entered in my "poor choices", I am not necessarily over my daily calories range which is good and it gives me chance to think of alternate choices that may work in the future! - by RAGGARWALAX
  • We gotta ALWAYS be honest on our trackers! We only shortchange and cheat ourselves if we aren't. If you have made your Nutrition Tracker public, and hesitate to enter "bad" foods because you'll be embarrassed or ashamed, then change your tracker to private. Tracking accurately is more important ~ You gotta do what's right for YOU! - by MIMAWELIZABETH
    how true - by GPOPPLETON
  • Good point. I find if I don't log one day it's like permission to really mess up with my food. It often doesn't mean bingeing, but actually not eating enough proper food to deal with my conditions (e.g. diabetes).
    When I log on the bad days I realize how little I actually ate that day and realize why I feel so awful.
    emoticon - by CELTIA51
  • When you log everything, you can look back and see what maybe caused that stomach indigestion or the breakout. Keeping track will help you determine what foods trigger emotions, PMS, allergies, etc. At the end of the day, everyday, I describe how I am feeling so I have a record. - by LYNETTA40
  • Thanks for this reminder...I'm a real visual learner and seeing the choices I've made is an important step in reflecting on what I will do next time. Also, looking at the food tracker the one or two things I could have done differently really "pop". emoticon - by STRONGFORLIFE
  • This is what I have been experiencing the last few weeks. The days I didn't log bad choices, because of boyfriend visits, I made way worse choices. Plus, now I can't remember how much exactly I did. But when at home, I always log, no matter what my choices are. So most times it's above caloric target, but still within normal daily consumption. Plus, for some magic reason, it gives me strength to have responsibility over my actions. - by PYGOLAMPIDA
  • That's a great idea! I used to keep a piece of paper in my back pocket to track my calories. It was so easy to just skip it when I binged. Now, just the thought of having to be accountable to sparkpeople, not to mention trying to figure out all the extra nutrition info, is a deterrent to overeating. - by NOLANDANI
  • Yes! Yes! The times I have done poorly it gives me a real & objective picture of the choices I have made. 99% of the time, these "bad things" are 99% healthier than I would have chosen before. It is all relative! - by YOGINIMAMA108
  • I agree with Haamiah - sometimes my "binges" are not as bad as I tought they were if I just log them into my tracker. Ok, there are other times when I think I've eaten good and once I add it all up its really bad, but I try not to eat first, log later. - by LORISMITH2573
  • If you log both the good and bad stuff, it is amazing that you can still eat the bad stuff and still be within your calorie limit. Moderation is helpful. - by WHEREISCLARK
  • And sometimes the logging isn't all that bad. I "went off" plan last night and realized I was around 400 calories over my target goal.. but.. my target calories are low'ish anyway. So I ended up eating around 1700 calories. That's definitely NOT some crazy-binge that's going to ruin me. - by HAAMIAH
  • Good point. I was terrible yesterday and didn't bother to log it. I will from now on and believe it will help me too. I think it makes me face my mistakes which will help me avoid them in the future. - by FAIRCLOTH80
  • I am with you here, and do log the bad stuff. I am now having trouble finding time to log the good stuff, got to get back to making that a priority. - by ZAHNASGRANDMA

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