Chicks up for a Challenge - Tracking is a Habit!~~ 21 day challenge




akacutie
06-14-2010, 01:27 PM
Hello all-

I am trying to develop a habit for tracking! It seems so hard for me to monitor my food intake- I have been losing weight for 1 year 10 months and I still struggle with this... I know it has slowed down my efforts because I am so hit or miss with recording what I am eating- If I don't write it- did it really happen? Sometimes not- :o

So I am looking for a few others to take up the challenge to make a new habit of recording your daily food intake. You record in a way that works for you, everyone is different! Just be sure to do it every day for 21 days- why 21? Well, some people say it takes 21 days to develop a habit, honestly I think it might be longer but I thought it would be a good start to developing this habit.

I think that we should introduce our selves and post daily if possible to let everyone know that you are on track for the new habit! :)

Here are some tips for developing a new habit-

Understand the benefits
Just get started
Develop a set time
Make it fun
Use the time for personal growth
Get a partner or support team
Celebrate your success


Want to join me? Just post your intro and start tracking! :) :carrot:


akacutie
06-14-2010, 01:37 PM
Hello! :)

My name is Tracy- I am hoping to find some support while I work to develop my new habit of tracking!

I am 29 years old and newly married, well 7 months now. I love being married, we have two tiny dogs, chihuahuas. They are lots of fun, but needy. Just like babies- I am a super busy person because I am in an accelerated nursing program. We will be done in December- The total program is 14 months long we started in September 09. It keeps me so busy but it will be worth it in the end. :)

I have been losing weight since Aug. 2008 and started out at 250 lbs I currently weight 178 (slight gain again! Ugh). My weight loss has really slowed down this year, I know it is because I can't seem to keep track of my food on a regular basis. I will track really well for a few days and fall off- I keep trying which is why I keep losing a little bit at a time- I want to speed things up again since I only have about 30 more lbs to go till my goal weight. :)

I look forward to meeting some of you who want to work with me to develop a HABIT! I am going to do! Even it it takes me another year! :D

Tracy-

pinkprincess
06-15-2010, 09:38 AM
Hi:wave:

I will join you, This is a perfect challenge for me. I am doing terrible tracking my food. It's no wonder I'm stuck after a 13 pound loss. Points or calories? Who knows? I don't write them down anywhere. I probably forget a lot of things I eat. I want to lose more weight and not be stuck at this weight.

I am super busy at times. I volunteer as secretary for my pastor. Sometimes it's very busy, other times not so bad. I also spend way too much time on the computer. I love to PSP and make sig tags. (Paint Shop Pro.) I also fix my dad's dinner most nights since I lost my mom 5 years ago. It's rare that I don't go over there every night.

So day 1 will be today. We will be successful.:carrot::carrot:


scribble
06-15-2010, 10:04 AM
I'm game.

I know tracking every bite helps so many people lose weight.
But I've never managed to track my food for more than 2 days.

So, 21 days? I'd like to do it.

I'm a teacher, so I'm home for the summer, and maybe I can start this new habit.

akacutie
06-16-2010, 12:09 AM
Hey ladies.... :)

Glad to see your on board. :)

How did your day go? Me? Not so hot- ugh- I needed some support though and look now I have two ladies to do it with me so tomorrow will be my Day 1.... LOL

I did try to go back but it was way off the plan- though on a positive note I did make my planned dinner and track that so the whole day was not shot. :o

How did your day go, Scribble? Pinkprincess?

I am glad to have you all on board! Let's Track!

scribble
06-16-2010, 08:18 AM
Well, I recorded everything I ate. I planned what I would eat for the day in the morning too. I didn't stick to it, and I ate an extra serving at dinner. However, I honestly recorded it in my little book. So at least I wrote it down.

Overall, the day went well. I'm getting ready to plan out my day right now.

pinkprincess
06-16-2010, 09:55 AM
I did track yesterday and I was op for the first time in at least 2 weeks. So on to day 2 for me.

Tracy, you can do this. I kept remembering this challenge.

Scribble, it wasn't a total loss. You did track it.

akacutie
06-16-2010, 12:10 PM
Today will be day 1 for me! LOL I am started out great by going with the plan-

Shredded wheat and toast for breakfast-

Scribble~ You wrote it down so that was great!! Day 2 for you....:cool:

PinkPrincess~ Day 2.... :carrot::carrot: Keep Tracking-

I'll check back in later today!

stephandra
06-16-2010, 01:00 PM
I would like to be in on this too! I've just recently lost ten lbs on a 3 week camping trip and it has motivated me to jump back into the game. I know that tracking is really important for my weight loss, my problem is sometimes I will cheat and then stop tracking because I feel guilty. This time I will track NO MATTER WHAT! I'm with you ladies, we can do this!

akacutie
06-16-2010, 01:02 PM
Stephandra! Welcome to the challenge. :)

I have had similiar problems in the past with not tracking what I wouldn't anyone to read! I am not like that anymore though.... (;) Today I am tracking everything!!

I look forward to hearing more from you. :)

AnnaKhan
06-16-2010, 01:05 PM
great idea, I'll join starting tomorrow!

I recommend this tool, to create a habit, it's also based on the 21 days ideas:
http://habitforge.com/

see you around!

akacutie
06-16-2010, 01:16 PM
Hey AnnaKhan- :)

Welcome aboard. That site looks cool..... I am going to sign up. Thanks for the link!

Tracy-

scribble
06-17-2010, 08:28 AM
I kept track of everything yesterday...even the handful of pirate's booty I ate at the pool.

Just writing everything down is powerful right now.

Is anybody keeping track of calories/exercise? I decided not to do that (at least for now). I know about what I should eat during the day. And, I get plenty of exercise. My family bought me a road bike for Mother's Day. I'm enjoying riding on the country roads outside of town. Best Mother's Day present ever.

Just wrote my plan for today. Good luck everyone.

akacutie
06-17-2010, 10:20 AM
Hey all... :)

SCRIBBLE: You rock!

I track points also, but I am ww so it is part of the plan, eh? I think just making yourself accountable to writing everything you eat is Huge!

I am off to make my oatmeal for breakfast- steel cut with a package of diet hot coco makes it super yummy!

My next course for the nursing program starts today~~ I would have like a few more days off personally.... Ugh! I hope this class goes by quick so that the final semester can begin! I am ready to be finished- I hope December comes quickly- :D

Have a great day forming a new habit ladies! :)

pinkprincess
06-17-2010, 11:53 AM
I did track yesterday. So on to day 3. And I am doing better about my eating. I count WW points and do keep a record of my exercise.

KimL1214
06-17-2010, 02:47 PM
Is it okay if I join? I have a hard time tracking as well, but have somehow managed to make it to day 3 today. I bought a new journal that I like a lot better then my old one, which has weirdly inspired me to write and track more...

akacutie
06-17-2010, 06:06 PM
Hey Kim- :)

Welcome! I use stickers in addition to new and cool journals..... LOL it is odd but getting a sticker for everyday I track can be motivating to me.

How is everyone doing? I had to change my daily plan, but have tracked it! :carrot:

I hope everyone is rocking this challenge. Does anyone want to talk about what really helps them track? What do you do? What doesn't work?

KimL1214
06-17-2010, 11:08 PM
akacutie~ stickers are a great idea!

I color code, weird, a little, but I really like to feel organized and color coding helps me find stuff easier in my journal. For example, I track food with green, write about my ups and downs with day in blue, track weight with black and outline my tracking boxes with red. I'm also really into writing down when I feel hungry and trying to find patterns of high hunger so I can plan snacks for those times and avoid binging...

pinkprincess
06-18-2010, 06:42 AM
I tracked yesterday. 3 days now, on to day 4. And yes I am doing better about my eating. This particular challenge has helped.

New journals and stickers motivate me, too. I haven't done stickers in a while but I do still have some and should start using them. It's amazing that a itty bitty sticker will even motivate adults.

akacutie
06-18-2010, 08:28 AM
Hey all.... :)

I am ready for Day 3 of the challenge. :)

My motto for the day, If you bite it, write it! He He He He

I have clinical orientation, it is in a prison psych hospital.... I hope it is as interesting as I hope! :cool:

My WW weigh in is tomorrow- I am hoping for a loss! :)

Talk to ya later-
Have a good day tracking everyone!

akacutie
06-19-2010, 10:27 AM
Howdy all-

Today is day 4 for me. :) How is everyone dong? I think this challenge is really helping me track.

I had my weigh in today and I am down 2 lbs so I think tracking is helping! :)

scribble
06-20-2010, 08:23 AM
Congratulations AKACutie!

I've lost 2 pounds this week also. I'm going to stop by school and get some stickers for my food journal. Maybe I'll get the Disney Princess ones that my 2nd graders labeled babyish.

I haven't tried anything fancy with my journal. I bought a pretty one at Target that fits in my purse. I'm more likely to write every bite down if I have the journal with me.

I went to a fun party last night. But, it was a potluck. Don't think I'll be able to remember the little tastes of different dishes I had last night. Have a great day everyone.

Thanks for starting this challenge AKA. I think it's going to be a great one and hopefully we will all have a good habit by the time we are done.

pinkprincess
06-22-2010, 08:16 PM
I'm still here. I have tracked 6 days in a row now. Everyday! This challenge has really helped me. I haven't done very good on my eating for about 3 days now, but I am tracking every bite.

Thanks for starting this challenge.

akacutie
06-27-2010, 09:54 AM
It was a rough week for but I am back on day 2! Yesterday I tracked everything and even stayed in my points range! :) WI was not great with a gain of 2.2.... :o:o So I am back at my quest of making tracking a habit! I am shooting for 21 days straight! :carrot::carrot:

How are you all doing with your new habit?

scribble
06-28-2010, 11:08 AM
Still tracking.
Unfortunately, I'm writing down lots of junk food on that list.

My kids have been having too many parties and there is too much junk around here. Yuck!

zestfest
06-28-2010, 11:13 AM
Can I join? My boyfriend just bought an iPhone and I inherited his iPod touch (!!). I just downloaded an app called tap and track and it makes it pretty easy to write everything down! Tracking my calories is the only way I've really ever had success so I guess it's gotta be done although it's a pain...

akacutie
06-28-2010, 11:27 AM
Welcome... :)

I am on day 3. Yesterday wasn't good food wise, but I tracked it! Ugh-

Are you calorie counting? Tell us a little about you. :)

My name is Tracy. I am a nursing student in a super faced program. I am a newlywed, 7 months now. I am a pet mommy to 2 tiny chihuahuas. Overall, I am just super busy. Oh, I have been working on weight loss for well over a year and a half, I know my loss has really slowed down and it is because I am not taking the time to track most days now. I lose but really slowly- the last 5 lbs took 3 months! Ugh!!

pinkprincess
06-29-2010, 11:27 AM
Tracy,
I'm back to day one today. I got out of the habit again after several days. I too am shooting for 21 days straight. And thinking about this challenge does help. I better get today's started.

akacutie
06-30-2010, 07:40 AM
Hey PinkPrincess. :) You CAN do it! It just takes practice, eh? :) I am on day 5 today! I plan to track it all.

I have to get ready for clincals today.... I will check back with you all later this evening. :)

pinkprincess
06-30-2010, 01:49 PM
Thanks Tracie, onto day two.