- The process of tracking is SO old. I’m sick of it. It’s the same old same old. Boring!
- I am constantly thinking about food. I’m thinking about how many calories I have left for the day and what in the world I can eat that will fill me up but yet stay within those calories. I stress about the days where I’m left with 200 calories for dinner. (And anyone that has counted calories will say that this happens! Heck, I’ve been there with less than 200 calories for my dinner!). I then have a stellar day with calories left over and I eat ice cream just because I can. It’s constant and it’s honestly stressful. Tracking has elevated the importance of food from its previous high and lofty place to a God-like status.
- When I have a day where I’m low on calories it becomes a mental game. My mind is screaming at me. “You’re going to be hungry with just those few calories.” In reality, I should be satisfied with that food and probably would have…until those thoughts started floating around in my head.
- Weigh daily. I have always done this when I’m on track. I understand that there will be fluctuations based on the time of the month, the sodium in the foods that I am eating the day before, what time I had dinner the night before, etc. I’m ok with fluctuations. I can understand those.
- Fruits and Veggies. My body needs the nutrition of fruits and vegetables. And voila, they are usually low calorie. I’ve historically seen that when I’m eating my minimum of 5 fruits and vegetables daily that my weight seems to drop. I’m filling up on low calorie and highly nutritious foods. So I will be eating at least 5 servings a day.
- Carbs. This makes me sad. So sad. But I have long known that I have to limit my bread and pasta intake to once a day. Just the way it needs to be sadly enough. (I’m not even going to look into the natural carbs in fruit and such…..it’s the breads and pastas that kill me.
- Blog. Regularly! And honestly! That does not mean once a week. That means every one to two days. Be honest about where I’m at and what I’m going through.
- Exercise. This will only work if I am consistently exercising. Something.
- Eat using the same principles that I have been using while tracking. If I have a big dinner planned, then that means that I better eat light for lunch and breakfast.
On the flip side, I'm happy to be away from MyFitnesspal's "streak". It's cool when you have a huge streak but it became just one more thing to stress about. I literally logged on when I had the flu last summer. I didn't leave my bed, let alone eat. Yet logged on to 'maintain my streak" That's just odd!