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Old 12-15-2011, 12:38 AM   #1
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I was thinking of keeping a large desk calender so I could keep track of different aspects that I am trying to control in order to lose weight. The typical how much do i weigh, calories in, excercise, heck maybe even a monthly modivational body picture. If I preplan the shot and keep that the same I should be able to flip through at the end and see myself loosing weight which would be awsome! I think I will also add a little blurb about how I feel physcally and mentally that day. As my weight goes down then my spirits and over all wellbeing should go up! I know it will serve as a reminder planted on my bedroom wall to keep me motivated. I have a bad habit that if I use a planner that I loose it or hey its closed so I do not bother opening it ( easy enough to ignore ). Now to find a large calender that is pretty to hang on my wall in the boonies Hmmm Online shopping here I come *lol*.

Do you keep track of anything on your diet and if so how do you go about doing it?
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:19 AM   #2
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I'm new here, but I think posting on this site is going to make me more accountable. I love your idea! It sounds like a great way to record your progress. I know a lot of people keep blogs specifically for their weight/size/fitness goals. Not sure I'm personally interested in going that route though, I like to write and can see a blog being a big time suck. (I'm already spending a decent amount of time posting here.) Also I would be my only anticipated regular reader, so I think my posting history provides enough of a record for my purposes. You may want to try posting your daily stats in the accountability thread if you aren't already. I'm going to try contributing to that somewhat frequently. Good luck!

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Old 12-15-2011, 01:43 AM   #3
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The only thing I keep track of is my weight in an excel spreadsheet. I like getting a handy little graph that shows my weight doing down.

Otherwise I haven't written anything else down. For some reason I can keep a count of my calories in my head each day. I was always turned off by the idea of writing what I eat down, so I didn't do it. I probably won't do it unless I develop some health issue or something of that nature.

It's really good that you're exploring ways to keep yourself accountable You know what DOESN'T work and that lets you try things that might work. If this doesn't work, try something else!
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Old 12-15-2011, 08:45 AM   #4
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All I do is keep a little notebook in my bathroom by the scale. I see it EVERY morning. On the top of the page I have my starting weight and my goal weight. I just love stepping on that scale and seeing my weight go down. Even if it is just a few ounces. Then I'd handwrite my weight for that day. If I saw a gain I'd also write down what I thought it could be - excess sodium the day before, TOM, a bad food decision, etc. I would also write down how I was feeling (good or bad), what new pant/shirt size I was in, measurements, comments people made to me the day before, etc. I actually came across my old notebook from earlier this year and it was so great to go back and read my weight loss journal.

I definitely recommend keeping a "diary" like this.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:03 AM   #5
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The only thing I keep track of is my daily calories (in a smartphone app).

I think there is some merit to your idea. It might encourage you to view the process more scientifically rather than emotionally (many here have commented that daily weighing has actually made them somewhat immune to moods that often accompany getting on the scale). Also, it definitely could be a motivational tool. I, personally, wouldn't do it just because sometimes when I focus too much on something, I get burned out. I actually have to guard myself against this because I know that's how I am (e.g., I sometimes take a few days' break from posting here because I tend to get too into it).
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:11 AM   #6
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I track my calories daily on livestrong.com/myplate. It's free & very easy.

I like your journal idea though, I think it would be a good tool too.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:18 AM   #7
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I personally don't journal but a few of the people I know going through the program we're on do and they swear by it.

What I found really helpful was writing a letter to myself stating why I started the program and how I was feeling. For me it's way too easy to forget the fact I couldn't tie my shoes, walk up a flight of stairs or even get up off the couch without it hurting my knees to the point of having my husband help me off the couch. Anytime I'm feeling really unmotivated I take my letter out and read it. It's definitely been a great tool at times. I also meal track and make notes on how I was feeling when I made a bad food decision. It's a real eye opener to see the patterns about yourself over time.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:24 AM   #8
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I used to journal everything - good at first, but now is a bit excessive, as everything has calmed down. In my Daily Planner, I always write down my total amount of calories and exercise. If I had trouble with something that day, I'll also write it down. If I did something well, I'll write it down.

I sort of liked the idea of incorporating it into my daily planner for work, instead of a separate notebook, because it really drives home the fact that I will be doing this everyday, forever. .... unless they develop some sort of maintenance pill.
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Old 12-15-2011, 09:54 AM   #9
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If you want to be successful at maintaining weight after you lose it, the National Weight Loss Registry has found that over 90% of those who are successful keep a food diary and write every bite, lick and taste.

Your plan is great!
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:34 AM   #10
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I do weight watchers now and use their smartphone app/website, but before I joined I used fatsecret.com and their app (both are free)
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Old 12-15-2011, 12:22 PM   #11
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All I do is keep a little notebook in my bathroom by the scale. I see it EVERY morning.
HEH! I do that too!!! (you and I are so much alike, Shan!!)

I record my weight every day. EVERY DAY. Sometimes it goes up a few ounces or a couple pounds, but I know that's water weight & will soon come off. If it doesn't come off, I know I've done something wrong & need to scrutinize my food intake a bit more! (& I use FitDay to monitor my food intake.)
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Old 12-15-2011, 02:52 PM   #12
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I record everything on livestrong.com. I'm just not completely honest if I try to count in my head/on my own I also record my weight everyday there and measurements every few weeks.
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I am extreamly lazy with writting down everything. I started this last leg of my journey obsessivally calorie counting, and making sure everything was written down. But after about 2 weeks I completely stopped and to be honest I didn't really think about it till just now xD...I just calculate everything in my head. And make sure I don't go over. I get 30-45 minuntes of excerise in 5-6 days a week. And I'm losing so i'm doing something right. Oh wait...I lied...I DO record my weekly weigh-in weight...but thats it xD
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Old 12-15-2011, 06:09 PM   #14
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Fitday PC is the main one for logging my food intake in detail as well as weight and measurements. I also use the Medhelp weight tracker as it produces nice graphs.

If you want to have something on a calendar, why not design your chart, save it as an image file, and then use one of those print-your-own-calendar websites?
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Old 12-15-2011, 07:33 PM   #15
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I keep track of my foods and calories on myfitnesspal.com Somebody on here suggested it to me. You can also keep track of exercise on it, but I don't because it's hard to get your exact exercises in (especially if you do a video...you have to enter every step and rep instead of just the whole video and it's annoying).

I tried to keep track of the calories in my head, but I overestimated the calories in a LOT of foods, so I didn't get enough to eat and I always felt hungry and lightheaded. I couldn't get through 30 minutes of cardio because I had no energy. Seeing it all out like on myfitnesspal helps keep me accountable not only for the amount of calories I've had but the specific foods to. I say to myself "oh crap, I need to eat some freaking vegetables" a LOT, and I probably wouldn't even notice I hadn't had any had I not entered all my food in!


Everybody is different, you just have to find your "sweet spot"
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