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Tracker as enabler

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

As I weighed out my food for tomorrow's lunch tonight, I couldn't help thinking about whether or not the tracking is actually helping. My meals are very reasonable - I am keeping them nutritious and yet still satisfying. After half a year of religiously tracking every morsel, I don't think I need to track my meals anymore to keep them in line.

My big problem is the evening snacking. I stay up late preparing for the next day of work, typically to 2 am or later, and I get hungry. And I'm tired and lazy and weary of behaving well, and more often than not I indulge in a snack that's much less healthy than my meals. I'm not sure whether the tracking is keeping that in check or I'm using it to justify my snacking.

Since I do well during the earlier part of the day, by the time I get the night-time rumbles, I still have calories to spare. But knowing that often gives me free rein to use up my allotment with a piece of fruit and then indulgence in salty crunchy things. Am I using the tracker as enabler? I'm a little confused tonight. Also does not help that it will be another late one for me. No rest for the wicked!
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    When or if I am hungry after dinner, I have a protein bar that has no sugar. After 8:30, the kitchen is closed.
    2064 days ago
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    I give myself a deadline. No food after 10pm. Even if I've got calories to fill, no food after 10pm. I read an article, I believe it was on spark, about how hard it is for your body to burn what you eat late at night. So if I'm starving and it's after my no food deadline, I get water. I chug it. Then I'm not hungry and I've actually thought about what eating late would do to my plan. I'm not at all to the point where I can go without tracking my calories though. For me, this is essential. It's my accountability. The moment I stop tracking is the moment I'm off the wagon. Thankfully I have some great accountability buddies on my food tracking that will call me out if I've not done it (because I've asked them to keep me accountable). I use myfitnesspal to track everything I eat and Fitbit to track my exercise and water intake and sleep and I come here for moral support! I know this works for me. I think that's the point. Find what works for you and stick with it.
    2065 days ago
    Oh dear. Having to stay up late is the most dangerous situation for me. When I have finished dinner but still must wait a long time before having to pick up somebody at the station (trying to save taxi money), it is very hard to keep my thoughts away from food. Late at night, I'm too tired to be able to concentrate on working, so if there's not something I have to do at that time, I have to think of some way to pass the time without eating. Ironing while listening to my favorite music often works, or last week I took a long hot bath (just like they used to advise in all those fashion magazines I used to read when I was young--"when you get those late-night cravings, why not distract yourself by taking a soothing bath?" Ha ha! I said for thirty or more years. But one night last week, that worked. Baths are very hot here, and you submerge yourself up to your neck. It both stimulated and relaxed me, if you can believe it. I didn't want to eat after that.

    However, I know you're talking about staying up working, which would be much harder to deal with, because 1) what you're doing might be boring, or 2) what you're doing might be hard and you need some reward.

    As for the tracking, my dear, I'm finished with all that. Didn't do me a bit of good. Just took up time and made me feel pretty silly. I know what I should be eating. I don't need to measure it. I need that time and freedom from diet-focused thinking more than I need to know how many grams of milk are in my coffee. I might get kicked off Spark for apostasy, but I'm tossing my tracker into the fire.
    2065 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/25/2015 2:14:31 AM
    i heard that you should eat over 50% of your cals before 3pm. Keep your indulgences to the morning, so that you use it to motivate you throughout the day. When your hungry at night drink a tall glass of h20 wait about 15 min. then eat almonds.
    2065 days ago
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