NO...I CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH...the truth about the foods I eat, well the truth about the bad food choices I make. When I choose poorly, I conveniently forget to TRACK. Why do I conveniently forget to TRACK? I don't want to face the truth.
Last week's WW meeting on TRACKING, arrived just in the nick of time! I missed the previous meeting due to my son's high school graduation. Which I might add took place OUTSIDE! "It was HOTTER than a whore in church with no panties on!" WHO plans a graduation, OUTSIDE, in JUNE, in TEXAS!?!? WHO DOES THAT?!?
Okay I digressed a bit, so back to the meeting. The WW program advocates weighing, measuring, and tracking all foods and beverages consumed. And as a WW member, I struggle with tracking. THE TRUTH....lately, I rarely track! And the consequences of not tracking, no weight loss or unwanted weight GAIN! I just need to be honest with myself and track EVERYTHING!
When it comes to tracking, I lack consistency. I usually start off strong, tracking like a champ. And at some point during the week, I slowly but surely STOP. Instead of tracking and looking up accurate points plus totals on e-tools, I guesstimate and track points in my head. From experience, I learned guesstimating equals underestimating!
To help with my tracking struggles, I decided to try a few new strategies:
Last month, I finally purchased an iPhone. One of he first apps I downloaded, Weight Watchers Mobile! When time allows, I use the WW app to track food and beverages consumed, physical activity, and the WW healthy guidelines.
Two things I discovered last week, while using the app:
- You can set tracking reminders. Three times a day I receive a message telling me to track.
- You can designate foods as favorites. The designated favorites will be listed together. When I track I can find the foods that I eat often (e.g. eggs, oatmeal, fruit, etc.) conveniently in one place.
I recently read an article about keeping a visual food journal. Well...I skimmed the article and found out what I needed to know. Basically, people that maintain a visual food journal tend to make better food choices. I guess the pictures keep you honest. After reading the article I perused the iTunes app store and found the dietSNAPS app for $1.99. Sometimes I don't have time to track using the WW app; so, I use dietSNAPS to take a picture. When time allows, I track using the picture to help me remember exactly what I ate.
Other Strategies I decided to try include:
- Plan ahead...easier said than done. When I plan ahead, I track ahead. Every now and then I sit down and plan a weekly menu. When I know what's on the menu, I can track before I eat. Tracking ahead gives me the flexibility to make changes as needed
- Start small...set small tracking goals. Next week my goal is to at least track breakfast and lunch. I can always go back and track using my pics from dietSNAPS.
Tracking works. At my last weigh in, tracking helped me remove 2.6 lbs!! You know, this week I came to the conclusion that, I am NOT going to beat myself up about tracking. If I fail to track, then I plan to recommit and track the next morsel of food that enters my mouth. If I want to continue losing weight, I know I need to track.
Plain and simple, I need to be honest with myself and start handleing the TRUTH..the truth about my bad food choices.