100 lb. Club - Food loggers....
11-03-2009, 08:50 AM
Do you ever get tired of writing down/logging every single thing you put in your mouth?
I'm so tired of writing everything down.. or well putting it into my fitday that it's going to drive me insane if I do it another day! I am also not a food planner, I just know my calories for the day, and divide them between meals and snacks, so right now I am just sticking with my calories at each eating time and not logging... anyone else do this and have it work, or should I just give myself time for a break and then go back to logging everything?
11-03-2009, 08:59 AM
I understand how you feel. There was a time that I felt that way but now, it is just a part of my day. When I first started, it seemed to take a good deal of time because I was having to find the nutritional information on my foods. Now that I have a long list of foods that I eat on a regular basis, it does not take long to log the foods.
More importantly, I find this a critical aspect of weight loss. For years I resisted logging my food and for years I failed at weight loss. I think the two things are related. I simply can not keep track of my intake without writing it down.
Of course, that is me and you are you. We are all different. I wish you every success in finding what works for you.
11-03-2009, 09:56 AM
It can really get tedious, but I know I get better results when I track every morsel....sometimes it helps me to remember that the extra effort is a special gift... to myself...and it won't be for ever...
11-03-2009, 10:43 AM
I started logging on Sparkpeople two years ago. There came a point when like you I was SO SICK OF IT. I wanted to fling the laptop across the room. So I stopped for awhile and just did a mental tally in my head, which was easy since I knew how many calories were in most things. It worked for a couple of weeks but then I guess I got sloppy, didn't want to tally when I knew I'd gone "over" and wasn't counting accurately and I regained quite a bit of weight. I have fought against logging for months, trying all kinds of other ways to lose without it. But once I started logging again (last month) the weight started coming off reliably again.
So for me, I just had to accept it. If you DO need a break, my advice is to make it a short one and as soon as you get into a stall or regain, get back to logging!
11-03-2009, 10:53 AM
Oh, I can definitely relate to that. I took some time off of logging my food into the Daily Plate. It worked ok, for awhile. Then, as Lyn said, I got careless and wasn't "remembering" everything. I had to go back to it to make myself more accountable. It is a pain, but it certainly keeps me on track much better.
11-03-2009, 11:00 AM
I don't mind logging. Actually, I kind of like it. Like time2lose, I've got a whole bunch of things I regularly eat all figured out and in my Custom Foods list on FitDay, so the whole process is a lot quicker than it was at first. It works so well for me that even if I hated it, I would do it, because it's proven to be the most effective thing I've ever done in losing weight, and I am totally committed to it. I don't want to have to lose all this weight again, and I'm pretty sure that would happen if I stopped logging my food.
11-03-2009, 11:03 AM
I just came off a 17 day road trip with limited access to computer (I log at mypyramidtracker.gov) so I had decided ahead of time not to track while I was gone. It was such a relief to get back to logging my food and exercise to really see what I was doing. It was nice to take a break and just exercise as long as I wanted and not measure or track my food but will confess that it left me feeling very anxious.
11-03-2009, 12:45 PM
I get tired of it but the alternative is worse. Fact is I might do OK not writing everything down but I rarely do well for long and when I'm recording my foods my slip-ups are a lot less frequent. Just a fact of life these days.
11-03-2009, 12:59 PM
I do get a bit tired of it... but honestly i cannot trust myself to do it properly without it so the alternative is gaining all of my weight back! And that cannot happen so logging it is... sigh.
11-03-2009, 01:13 PM
See what works for you... if you start gaining it back, you'll have your answer as to whether or not you can manage without it!
11-03-2009, 03:47 PM
i totally get tired of it. I find that by dinner, I know how many points I have left for that day, eat what I'm supposed to and never write it down. Its a good thing no one else looks at my food journal because they would thin I'm starving myself!
If you're tired of logging and can have successful weight loss without, go for it. But be wary, like others have said...there is a lot of accountability in having to reread what you ate every day...
11-04-2009, 03:37 AM
I make up my daily menus a few days ahead because I shop when I drive to the swimming pool (45 miles OW) and I want to be absolutely sure I have everything I need at hand so no excuses to eat something else. I do substitute sometimes, but rarely. I have never lost weight successfully without writing down my food. I use an old Lotus 123 program that does calculations and refer to CalorieKing for calorie count. I tried using the online programs but my way is much easier and faster. Plus I can make my grocery list right next to the menus and print it out.
11-04-2009, 05:53 AM
I do sometimes but like right now it's driving me crazy that I can't log my food in. I have no idea how to read the labels here and unless I just eat steamed veggies for my entire stay then....I just don't know lol The few days before I left on my trip I didn't track either but I did know that I stayed within my daily limit since I plan my meals and snacks in advance.
11-04-2009, 09:14 AM
I get very tired of logging and actually have been incredibly slacked for about three months with it. And my weight is showing the results. I've hardly lost anything and I'm now tired of that. So, it's back to Fitday for me.
11-04-2009, 09:17 AM
I do hear you that food logging is a pain in the butt....BUT like others said, the alternative stinks. It also gives me a boost to know exactly where I stand how my progress is and maybe what else I need to increase or decrease during the day ya know? I'm not one for being faithful with things like that either but this time I am just making it a part of my daily routine PERIOD....I just have to...but i am with you on it being a pain sometimes!!!
11-04-2009, 09:25 AM
I did it faithfully for a year, and then I felt like -- just as I was obsessed with how much diet coke/chocolate/snacks were in the house for me to gorge on and think about, I was obsessing about the good stuff too and i didn't like that aspect so I stopped for 3 months to see what would happen, and i had continued losing. I KNOW what's in everything, I know how MUCH i should be eating through experience etc. When I hit a plateau for a while, i go back to logging the calories and decide if i should go down another level of caloric intake.
11-04-2009, 09:43 AM
I also fell off the logging wagon once. I gained back 17 pounds. It was hard to take those back off -- knowing I had been there already and had to do it again. The worst part was it took me 10 months to put it on so I didn't even realize it -- I wasn't weighing during that time either.
It's easy with the online tools to chart my weight and food and see how they go together...more carbs will make me stall, protein helps me lose, etc.
RN BSN 2009
11-04-2009, 09:52 AM
When I get away from sparkpeople/3fc, the scale goes up! lol
11-04-2009, 10:01 AM
I'm the same as most people here - I have to log. I've tried to lose weight without the tracking and it does work for a while of course but I get sloppy. I find that if I stop logging, I get lazy about what goes in my mouth and I tend to "forget" a few calories here and there. If I write it all down, it's there in black and white and there's no mistaking how much I've eaten. It keeps me accountable to myself.
Tracking isn't for everyone of course and I'm sure there are plenty here who have been successful without it. I'm just not one of them! :)
11-04-2009, 11:14 AM
Well, you all convinced me to suck it up and just do it, so I'm logging again. Thanks :)
11-04-2009, 02:38 PM
I am enjoying it! I find that it's keeping me honest, so that I am not saying "well, what's 60 calories, no biggie". The problem comes when it's 60 calories here, only 100 here, 90 there, and before you know it....
The other thing that's helping me, is finding out what is really in the food. Even something as simple as looking at the difference between eating chicken with the skin on vs the skin off. I am making much better choices now.
11-04-2009, 03:35 PM
It honestly doesn't bother me because for me, I know what happens when I don't.
11-04-2009, 06:37 PM
I don't like to keep a journal either but I have to. I find myself 'forgetting" the little stuff and then it adds up and 3 days later I wonder why I'm sitting at the same weight. Since I'm on about 1500 calorie diet on my own without a program, I have to write it all down. Just a small price to pay for a bigger success :)
11-04-2009, 06:52 PM
I was pretty faithful with my calories and kept a log in a bound book for about 5 or 6 months and lost around 35lbs ... then I got tired of tracking and ta-da! about a year later I have gained all of that back and then another 10lbs. I was carefree and thought nothing about what I put in my mouth and this is where it got me.
When I originally did it, I did everything manually and spent a great deal of time reading labels and calculating calories. I don't know why I did that to myself when there are things out there you can use for free on the computer. Now I use the Daily Plate. I generally try to put things in after I eat a meal, so I go there around 1 - 3 times a day. It is SOOO much easier using the Daily Plate, but then again, it can also be easy to forget about it. I am not always very consistent with it, but I'm trying again.
So yeah, I get tired of logging things, and sometimes I forget or just flat out don't do it, but I know that if I want to be successful I NEED to track everything HONESTLY. Period. Hopefully someday I'll get to the point where I don't need to track everything I eat, but I'm not there yet.
11-05-2009, 03:40 AM
don't like it, can't NOT do it:p
11-05-2009, 10:44 AM
I don't mind. I feel like it's my security blanket. I also tend to eat the same things over and over and have a long list of custom foods, so it doesn't take long.
I am not neurotic about it-- for example, I don't fill in the nutritional values on custom foods-- just the calories, and I'm fairly loose about estimating... if I'm not sure exactly how many calories I guess high and move on.
When I don't log, I feel out of control.
11-05-2009, 10:51 AM
I know what happens when I don't log in my food, I'd rather spend a few minutes planning and logging than having to wear xlarge clothing again.
11-05-2009, 12:14 PM
Like exercise it is a necessary evil. If logging as you eat is a chore, I've found that occasionally writing out a daily food plan either the night before or that morning helps. My food choices are set to an extent, and after each meal I go and check off what I ate and write in the appropriate substitutions.