Keeping at it

Saturday, January 03, 2009

I've been a member of Spark People since late May. I didn't meet my goal as I had hoped, but I do recognize that I was the one standing in my own way, and my poor choices were the only ingredients that kept me from reaching my weight loss goal.

For the first few months I was absolutely faithful to the Nutrition Tracker. I knew that recording every bite I took was actually the key to losing weight for me. I even told others that the Nutrition Tracker is the best tool to use if you're really serious about weight loss. Yet beginning with Halloween, I became lazier and lazier with my tracking. I still tracked the easy stuff, but it was hard to break down what was in those snacks, what was the proper portion, how many I actually ate. I stopped trying to figure out all of the extra stuff. I logged some of my food every day, but certainly not all of it. I've regained eight of the fifteen pounds I originally lost. Now, I focus on the seven pounds I haven't regained.

I have lapsed on my devotion to using the Nutrition Tracker the way it was designed to be used, but I haven't lapsed in my devotion to Spark People itself. I have signed into the site every day. I have huddled with teams and I've read articles and taken polls. I enjoy the blogs. I watch demos of exercises and try them. I've found favorites that I enjoy and recipes that I make often. I've made friends, and I've been supported and encouraged.

Spark People is so much more than the Nutrition Tracker, and all those things have kept me coming back every day, even when I was in a tough spot with my food choices. All of those things will lead me back to using the power of the tracker, too. I know I will get back to using it correctly, and I know that I will eventually reach my goals because of it.
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    I'm am totally with you Renee. I have done pretty darn good at posting all my food intake but I'm tiring of it. Slap, slap. After reading your blog I have decided to continue logging even if I don't want too. I have 17 lbs left to goal but I know it will be extra hard in maintenance if I fail to log my food intake on a regular basis. You are such a kind woman and I have enjoyed you so much on the forums. Thanks for remaining active on the team. love, Leslie

    4503 days ago
    You know what the Nutrition tracker does for me? It makes me stop and think before I pop a treat in my mouth; do I want to see a Snickers on my tracker? I don't even want to go there! HAH! I didn't expect that emotional "nudge" from that tool. The fitness tracker doesn't get me off my patoot though - YOU are doing that! See you at the lake!
    4529 days ago
    Hang in there Renee.. you are right. It will eventually take hold and you WILL meet your goals if you keep at it. It's a journey and we all learn all kinds of lessons along the way... even from our failures and shortcomings.
    4541 days ago
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