If you use My Fitness Pal to track your food than you know the phrase “If Every Day Were Like Today…. You’d weigh XXX.X lbs in 5 weeks.” You get to see this prediction after you “complete your food entry” for the day. It is very inspiring when you see it because 5 weeks doesn’t seem so far away and you think I CAN DO THAT. I tracked my food today. I’ve lost some inches and a few pounds from running this past year. I’m not over shadowing that. But I’d really like to get over a “number” hump that I’m close to. I can only do this by reducing my calories and I know this. But easier said than done. I am the master maintainer. I’ve been able to keep my weight with in a 5 pound range for a LONG time. I am ready to get over the hump. And so how do I do this. I track.
I’ve learned some things about taking some regain off.
You can’t go “Turbo” and expect to sustain that path for a long time. Let me explain myself. You can’t get all restrictive and jump into the ”I’m only going to eat hard boiled eggs for three weeks” mindset.
Restriction causes most people to fail in their efforts to lose weight.
So what I’ve learned works for me is if I track. Tracking helps me see what my calories are. It helps me see that hmmm that extra piece of fruit and the second Chai Tea Latte “everyday” is taking me out of my target zone. Note the “everyday” mention.
I am a pretty regimented eater. I get into food routines and live them for a while and then I change into a different routine. It may be related to the seasons and the foods that are available. But there is nothing seasonal about the Starbucks Smoothie habit I got into for a while. When you throw one of those on the tracker a few times in a week the alarms start to sound.
I’m not into restriction or what I “can” and “can not” eat. Like I’ve said before I only eat foods that I like.
So I tracked today to find those places in my current routine where I can change a habit and reduce some unneeded calories. Am I grazing??? No one tracks a graze! And man did I want to graze today.
Tracking today was hard. Why? Well last night I made a plan of attack. I planned out my food on MyFitnessPal. I love MyFitnessPal. It’s so easy. I use it at work on the web or on my iPhone, How easier or more accessible can it be. I like that I can see “this is what I am going to eat tomorrow.” and plan it out. I did that today.
And although it was hard and I had to really fend off some grazing and snack foods. I did ok. Stayed within my calorie plan. But I can see that on a nontracking day I am certainly over my calorie goal. There was a lot of mindless thinking about food today.
So tomorrow I will track again and I’m going to try to do this for the whole week. It’s about being AWARE. Stoping the GRAZING. Stop it. JUST STOP IT!!
So if you are following me and you use MyFitnessPal, head on over and request my friendship on MyFitnessPal. I need you!! You will find me as MyTinyTank.
So tell me. Do you preplan your food on MyFitnessPal for the day? Or do you track as you go and then stop when you get to your target? Do you count your exercise burn calories? Are those calories added to your total target?
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