A new spin on the age old conundrum: Which came first, the chicken or the egg?
That’s the question I asked myself when I was thinking about tracking my eating. And NOT tracking my eating.
I knew that I’d need to be very careful with my eating post-surgery. Since for weeks I would not have the calorie burn of exercise. So I decided to go back to the proven technique of tracking what I eat. “They” say that journaling what we eat is a very effective tool. Not only does it provide awareness of what is actually going into our mouths, but it has the added benefit of acting as an eating deterrent. I’ve tracked off and on over the years. Mostly off. I find it a lot of work and often forget to do it. But, I was going to give it another shot.
My tracking method of choice is (the free version of) fitday.com. Which has one big negative, in my opinion. You have to calculate nutritional information for recipes if you want to input them. Hassle. Regardless, I was off and running. (Well, not really running. But you know what I mean.) And I tracked faithfully for over a week. And I ate really well. And then I made a new recipe and got lazy; I didn’t want to do the math, didn’t want to calculate the nutritional values per serving. So I took the day off from tracking. And another. And my eating was not as good.
So… which came first? Did my “not good eating” lead to not wanting to track? Or did not tracking lead to my not good eating?
Either way, there seems to be a correlation. So it’s time to get rid of the excuses and go with what works. Time to be a track star.
Still up for debate is how I’ll track going forward. I like fitday. But that whole recipe calculating thing just drives me crazy. And I need to take the extra step of getting on the computer. Maybe for a while I’ll go low-tech and write things down on paper. I’m not sure if the numbers matter as much as just seeing the food listed in black and white. Or, maybe I’ll go all wild and crazy and start another blog, a food diary, just to post what I eat. For the public accountability. But just thinking about it scares me somehow. Putting it all out there. Which suggest that may be exactly why I should do it! Would I eat more veggies and less crackers if I knew someone could see? I think maybe so. But how’s this for an excuse… when I actually sat down one day, not too long ago, to set up the food tracking blog, I got caught up in finding the perfect name and everything I came up with was taken already! What’s in a name? Maybe nothing; maybe something. So the jury is still out on a food diary blog. As for including my food on here… I’m thinking my posts are long enough already!
For now, I’ll walk before I run. Journal what I eat without getting caught up in the forum or format. Cross one hurdle at a time.
Do you track what you eat? And if so, what method do you use?