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Taking a breather

Monday, October 26, 2015

I've been religiously tracking my food for many months here. It was very helpful at the beginning to keep me on track, but seems not helpful the last few months. I keep a running tally in my head so know exactly what I'm eating, especially since every breakfast is the same and there's only slight variation in my lunches. My dinners also stick to plan; it's always my nighttime snacking that veers me off course.

The tracking doesn't seem to help with stopping me from my late night snacking. Instead, in perverse fashion, I am using it to justify my snacking - e.g. if I have 300 calories left to my target, I give myself permission to "spend" it on something salty and crunchy.

So I'm going to take a break from tracking for a bit and see how I do. I don't think it will make much of a difference for my meals. It will be interesting to see if it does anything for my snacking. I have no idea whether this will make things better or worse, or have no effect whatsoever. I do know that the tracking with little apparent effect is wearying me so a little break will be welcome.
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    And it takes so much time to track, don't you think? AND I would put things up on the scale, and then forget to even look at the number to see how much it weighed! I mean, what good does that do? Just the action of putting food on the scale before I put it on my plate--huh? OR, I would look at the number, say it out loud so as to remember it, then forget it as soon as I'd eaten the food, and then feel bad about short-term memory loss. Sure signs of aging upset me and make me think what's the use! So there are indeed some disadvantages to tracking. Hope your tracking break is productive!
    2002 days ago
    I did exactly the same thing. I felt like I HAD to eat if I had calories left, and it was becoming so tedious. I took a break, 2 months or so. Now I am back to tracking, since my weight was only holding steady, not losing, while not tracking, and I found myself getting more and more careless since I was not tracking. The break was what I needed, now it does not feel like a chore and is helping me stay on track.
    2002 days ago
    I have had the same experience.
    2003 days ago
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