Operation Skinny Jeans: Tracking.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Tracking.

I know that tracking what you eat is an effective way to lose weight. Managing your food is all about awareness, and the best way to become aware is to write it down. I have tracked my food on Weight Watchers, through My Fitness Pal, on paper, and none of these attempts have worked for me. I am not saying they don't work for other people, just not for me.

When I track, I get really hard core about my calories, and I feel too restricted. I eat anywhere between 1500-1700 calories a day (I know because I still pay attention, I just don't write it down). I eat well, fruits and veggies, lean proteins and brown carbs, but I don't write it down. When I have to write things down, or track in an app, I feel like a diet prisoner. I don't feel like I am living my life.

I completely understand how it is a hugely useful tool for when you are first starting out, but I have been doing this for a long time, successfully for almost a year, and I know how to fuel my body.

Do you still track? What do you think? Am I the only one who feels imprisoned by tracking?

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14 comments :

  1. I totally feel you. I signed up for WW online in January and did it for 3 months before I realized that I wasn't tracking because I knew I had learned the healthy habits and tracking was just tedious to me. I tried using MFP but again it was just annoying, especially when I KNOW how to eat healthy and clean and I also know that calories aren't everything--a valuable lesson WW taught me. Either way, it really doesn't matter if you're tracking or not, you could still overeat, like I do sometimes, or maintain a healthy diet with or without it. Cheers to no tracking :)

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  2. I am still at the point where I need to track, but I can see easing up when I feel more comfortable doing so. Right now I am still kind of in a learning phase, where I need the tracking to keep me aware. It honestly doesn't really bother me though, because I just plug it into an app on my phone really quickly. I can say, however, that when I was on weight watchers it bothered me a lot more than on My Fitness Pal (what I am using now).

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  3. I am absolutely with you - I've tried tracking so many times but never stuck with it, because it just doesn't work for me. Tracking makes me feel as though I'm living in the real world. I'm not "on a diet", I'm just living my life, making healthier choices, and losing weight because of it! I have also found that the nutritional info on MFP just doesn't work for me - I need to be on a high protein diet or else I get really bad migraines. I know this is what works for me and leaves me feeling as strong, healthy and ready for my day as possible - I really don't need big red numbers that don't know me or my body screaming at me through a screen that I'm consuming too much protein!

    okay, rant over! haha

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  4. When I lost a bunch of weight almost 10 years ago (wow!), I tracked using Weight Watchers. It worked really well for me then. However, I have not been successful with it since. I now just eat clean for the most part.

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  5. DId you have any friends on myfitnesspal? Ones that could be honest and encouraging? That helped me a ton! And now i'd rather go on there than facebook.
    It did take me a long time to come to this though. I've been logging calories for two years now, and just three months ago it finally clicked. I was so used to feeding my emotinos that getting my body what it actually needed was not a priority. Logging makes it a priority. This is also how i found i'm allergic to wheat. Not only logging what you eat, but make comments on how you feel 15-30 minutes after you eat. Use all the tools on these "diet" sites and you will benefit greatly. In three months I am now down 20 pounds, all my health issues have cleared up, and i'm addicited to logging my food.
    Give it another try, add some friends. People are so supportive on there because they are in the same exact boat.

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  6. I don't particularly like tracking food...because I know if I have a bowl of ice cream, then everyone on my My Fitness Pal friend list will see what I ate and it is embarrassing sometimes...but on the other hand, it has really helped me keep track of where I need to be daily. I can eat that ice cream, as long as I do something active during the day.

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  7. It helps me so much. Yes, it can be a bit of a pain, but I kind of love entering everything in as I make my meal. Sometimes I find I can eat more than I think (I also like to use a food scale). It's not for everyone, especially if you feel you have a good grasp on your nutrition and managing it yourself. I'd look at it this way: if you're maintaining, I don't think you should have to keep up with it unless you go off track. But if you're actively trying to drop quite a bit of weight it might be best to go about it scientifically. By writing everything down, including exercise, you have an accurate record to look back on to study what worked for you and what didn't. Then you can make some educated decisions from there. I figure it can only help, for me personally.

    Kristin

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  8. I totally understand this. I think when you first start, you should track, so you become familiar with what is a healthy amount to eat, but after you've been doing it for awhile, it's like you get in a groove and you're more self-aware. In the end, I think it boils down to what works for you and if not tracking works for you, then do it!

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  9. I actually really love tracking. It just keeps me so much more accountable, and I almost feel guilty when I have a tiny nibble of something and don't track it. I'll be out of the country for the next week living life tracker-free. After 8+ months tracking daily, it will be interesting to see what happens when I can't!

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  10. I love you. That is all. {this made me laugh} Tracking food is the only thing that's gonna save my ass from getting bigger but I feel yo' pain! XOXO

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  11. I'm obsessed with tracking, even after almost 2 years...but that works for me and I think that if tracking doesn't work for you then don't do it! I'm starting to learn that people have a lot of opinions about things but it all comes down to what works for each person :) If you know what you gotta do and are doing it then go on with yo bad self ;) Great job!

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  12. I track with Weight Watchers but I totally get the idea of feeling imprisoned by tracking. My tracking usually goes in waves... I'm super hard core for a few weeks and not so hard core for a week or two. It keeps me sane.

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  13. I think it's great that you've found a balance and can be successful without having to track so strictly. I'm not there yet and find that whenever I stop tracking religiously, I stray... and then one bad decision turns into 10 bad decisions so right now, tracking is definitely key for me!

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  14. I don't track, I would probably lose weight faster if I did. But my journey is not about the weight, it's about getting my fitness in gear. I can be really super obbsessive with things and I know strict diets and tracking could end badly for me. I'm just lovin' life and worrying about other things...like making it through my triathlon!

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