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Attention Nutrition Tracking Cheaters Like Me!

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

Ok, let's face it nutrition tracking sucks!

Week one, I can never make it past the weekend trying to keep track of every morsel I consume. It's not even inconvenient now thanks to our Sparkpeople app on our cells or tablets. It's just exhausting to be that dang honest with myself for any length of time.

I catch myself eyeballing portion sizes instead of measuring and weighing them.

I convince myself that one treat sized piece of Halloween candy really isn't worth tracking is it?

I don't worry about the sampling I do while I'm cooking or the extra dabs or sprays of butter I add to my healthy dishes.

Don't get me started on the salad dressing and how much easier it is to just pour over the salad instead of dragging out the measuring spoon.

Sprinkles of croutons, parmesan or other cheeses are more of a spice than anything and don't really need to be measured or weighed do they?

What about the invisible crackers I have with my healthy soups and stews? How much can they add up to really? Sigh!

The truth is it ALL counts. Especially if you're like me, a more mature... ahem... Sparker who has yo-yo'd her way into a metabolism that's in the cellar.

I'm sick and tired of not being consistent or cheating on my nutrition tracker. I'm only cheating myself.

I've been on this journey for years now and I'm tired of making excuses. I've made some progress but I'm ready to join the Maintainers.

To that end I am posting this blog to pledge that I will no longer cheat on my Nutrition Tracker and I will keep my macronutrient goals in mind with every choice I make. There is very little wiggle room for me so unless I stick to this I'm going to have a very hard time reaching my goals.

From now on whenever possible I will track my nutrition BEFORE I enjoy my meal or snack. I firmly believe that one little change is going to make all the difference.

Truthful tracking can and will be my salvation!

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  • no profile photo CD3409143
    1320 days ago
    Wow, thank you all for taking the time to not only read but comment on my post. It's so easy to feel alone in your struggles - it's nice to know that there are others out there fighting the battle alongside us. Thank you for the encouragement fellow warriors!
    1321 days ago
    You are so right. Tracking is a huge pain in the butt but so necessary.
    1321 days ago
    Its hard at first but YOU CAN do this
    1321 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14641362
    Thanks for your blog. I felt like I was looking in the mirror as I read this. It all clicked and I realized I am only cheating myself when I don't measure and track. Sometimes a blog like this is a wake-up call. Thanks again
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    1321 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17902792
    I Learned that Cheating on a Weight loss regimen only Hurts Me, the samples at Costco, Sam's Club. Slowed my weight loss.
    1321 days ago
    Those of us in the "upper age ranges" have to be especially careful as our metabolisms have slowed down over the years and our bodies don't burn those calories the way they did when we were younger. And you are right, we are only cheating ourselves. No one else will know - until the scale doesn't change and we do the "Oh dear, what's wrong???" routine. I'm not judging: my solution was to simply quit tracking for awhile and the results are clear as the scale is starting to creep up again.

    Good for you - standing up to yourself and identifying what needs to change and how to do it. Best wishes to you as you move forward.
    1321 days ago
    At least you acknowledge your short comings. When over eat I just wouldn't track at all in the past. This time I am not cheating on tracker because this keepsme motivated. I too am in an older age group. With age comes wisdom.
    1321 days ago
    I found when I cheat my nutrition tracker, I'm only cheating me. I need to be honest with myself if I'm going to be able to make the changes I need to make
    1321 days ago
    Great post
    1321 days ago
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