Make it count: To track or not to track?

I hate tracking and logging things.

“I’ve always got too much going on to bother with tracking, it’s too much work,” I tell myself.

“I’ve been on enough diets and studied enough labels to know what I’m putting in my body…even when I choose to eat junk,” is another thing I tell myself.

it all boils down to this:

No matter how much I say otherwise, I don’t want that level of accountability. That level of honesty with myself is anxiety producing.

What will I have to give up?

Chips and soda – things I should’ve already given up because of the diabetes.

Eating out, for the moment, until I can figure out how to log nutritional content. Not that I eat out all that often.

Premade green tea. It’s got sugar.

All that being said, I’ve got to commit to developing healthy habits because of health conditions like diabetes and being at risk for heart disease. Changing what and how I eat is foundational to that change.

Ok. I’m going to do this but, don’t want to have to chase down the details of every calorie and macronutrient. I would drive both myself and the people around me batty.

I’m sure there’s an app for that.

Indeed. There are many. The one I chose is SparkPeople. It has a large supportive community of people also seeking healthy goals. There are articles, coaching tips, and, most importantly for me, a way to track food and exercise by just entering the food or scanning the barcode!

Not all foods are in the database. However, there’s a feature for you to add that item to the database.

Other features include the ability to post to the general community for support, for a status update, or write a blog post.

There are SparkPeople features which are accessible via computer, like joining “teams” with specialized focus.

Anyway, using the exercise and food log feature, the app calculates a target range of calories and the macronutrients (carbs, fat, protein). The ranges automatically adjust when exercise is logged and it measures the amount of calories burned.

I don’t want my health journey to be defined by or dependent on numbers. However, paying attention to those numbers and making food choices based on them, ensured my body got what it needed and I didn’t starve myself.

I already feel my clothes fitting differently and the scale says I lost five pounds, much to my surprise and glee. The power of the scale is hard to resist.

I choose to keep logging my food and exercise.

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6 comments

  1. I know your story all too well! Check out my site and social media 🙂 Much love for health! We should all be in this together!

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  2. Tracking can cause obsessive behaviors so I eat what I know is healthy and go by how my clothes fit. If they’re getting tighter, then I’m clearly not eating right 😂 Good luck!

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  3. I never had a weight problem, nor any addictions to foodstuff. Got some very healthy habits from my grandparents. Whatever you put on your plate yourself, you eat. Whatever someone else put on your plate, you can eat as much as you like or even refuse. Plus the gave me food supplements from early on.

    That way I learned to listen to what my body desired. If I was hungry if it was tasty if I desired another portion. I learned to trust my body and her signals. Therefore no need to log anything. I think journaling you food can be a way to reach that trust in yourself, as long as you also take care of your emotional needs.

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  4. I track but don’t log :-). My husband bought a scale to document his weight loss but l ignore it. However, the clothes are fitting better and l feel mentally more in shape so it’s good. I am leery of apps 🙂

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  5. For me, I hate to log or track or journal… UNTIL I force myself to do it. Then after about a week and see a short history of what I have tracked, then I LOVE IT and I stick with it.

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