tinast's Journal, 23 June 2018

I’m tossing around the idea to stop tracking my food for a week or two to see if I can maintain (better yet continue to lose) without logging everything I eat. This is a way of life for me going forward and I don’t want to have to rely on logging daily but actually living this way naturally making the right choices. I’ve never been a big eater so portions are not my issue, it’s just the carbs and sugars which I believe I’ve finally gotten ahold of. I would be interested to hear from you all if you’ve done this yet and your challenges and/or successes. Thanks!

Diet Calendar Entry for 23 June 2018:
1285 kcal Fat: 80.19g | Prot: 88.30g | Carb: 55.59g.   Breakfast: Coffee, Cream (Half & Half), Fried Egg, Great Value Shredded Mozzarella Cheese, America's Choice Bacon Thick Sliced, Denny's Sliced Tomatoes (3 Slices). Lunch: Premier Nutrition High Protein Shake - Chocolate. Dinner: Ground Beef (85% Lean / 15% Fat, Patty, Cooked, Broiled), Provolone Cheese, Wendy's Tomato (1 Slice), Deep Fried Potato French Fries (from Frozen), Fresh & Easy Chocolate Cake with Chocolate Frosting. Snacks/Other: Kirkland Signature Raw Almonds. more...
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That's a maintenance thing. You've still got 17 to go. Why not stick with what is working? Let's go! #stillgrindtime #getserious #stayhungry #alwaysdiet #mindset  
23 Jun 18 by member: jimmiepop
I am with jimmiepop. Keeping track is a tool, a help to keep you on course. I personally would keep tracking. 
23 Jun 18 by member: Becc@
Depends on your preferences, if tracking what you eat is stressful, causing problems, or making things harder, than not tracking may be better. If tracking is helping you keep consistent progress, make sure you don’t overeat etc. then maybe stick with it. 
23 Jun 18 by member: DEADPOOL12345
I did. I failed. It’s so easy to slip into it’s only one taste here or there. For me, those uncounted tastes added up. I gained back 1/2 the weight I lost. It took a few years, but still. For me, journaling is as much a part of the new lifestyle as the food. You may have better control. 
23 Jun 18 by member: Johanne
it is one of those things that is hard to advise someone else, you learned by tracking your food and measuring. You learned to avoid food that you know piles on the weight. so If you are already good at portion control and think you can avoid the pitfalls without documenting try it for a couple weeks. If you find that you don't get off track good, but if the tracking tends to help you avoid those pitfalls you may have to start back. 
23 Jun 18 by member: baskington
I agree, if you're ready. I'm still in training mode :) My goal is to learn all the portion sizes so I don't have to log in the future. 
23 Jun 18 by member: SoCalPam
Whenever I stop tracking, I gain. It holds me accountable for what I put in my mouth. I start to rationalize eating this and that and convince myself it won’t make much difference but that is a very slippery slope. Best of luck to you! Whatever you decide 
23 Jun 18 by member: momma6224
Been up here for six years. Many have come back and said that they gained without tracking and that's why they came back. Of course, I've also seen many folks simply leave and there is no way of knowing if they are being successful outside of FS. As for me, I track in maintenance and have for four years. 
23 Jun 18 by member: Draglist
If you don't log...then you don't know... in the forward.. then , if you go the wrong way...how will you pin point the cause ? 
23 Jun 18 by member: senseiande
I haven't kept a log in months and I have done just fine. I just watch my calories and sugar intake and some carbs. I just don't eat that much. I've lost 103 lbs in 8.5 months. I wish you the best. 
23 Jun 18 by member: Trinalee1966
I find that at this point, I can do a lot of "mental tracking" cuz I have used the same basic daily menus for so long. However - I get stuck on a plateau and bandy about the same 5 lbs when I don't use my food diary; when I do, I start to lose weight again. If I'm serious about making progress, I log 🤗✌️ 
23 Jun 18 by member: Pixie722
Thanks everyone for the feedback. I’m going to take all your advice to heart and way my pros and cons. 😊 
23 Jun 18 by member: tinast
It’s totally possible, u can do it n succeed....I like logging...im always on my phone anyways 😆 
23 Jun 18 by member: rosio19
Logging helps me because this data allows me to make decisions on what is really happening not how I want things to be :) 
23 Jun 18 by member: adefwebserver
Sound choice 
23 Jun 18 by member: Samantharox1
You're almost there. Hang out a few more weeks, get stable at your goal, then stop for a bit just to see what happens when you start again. Don't stop now because it may become a slippery slope thing... 
23 Jun 18 by member: chrisw77
My preferred way is to step on the scale every morning, to see what effect yesterday had on my weight and sense of well being. While having my coffee, I reflect on what I ate yesterday. At plateau, I sometimes do a calorie count of what I eat, to see if that is the reason. I know the fact, that fat burning is rapidly blocked by carb consumption, so I avoid those. Carbs destroy the body, so they're gone for good for me. I know too much fat consumption slow down body fat burning. Food from factories can not be trusted. With this philosophy I hammer on without frequent food tracking. At times I wish I would track more, but I do not. If you track, you have more useful info to lern from. 
23 Jun 18 by member: Diddlee
Good luck! Eventually I want to be able to give up logging, but need to wait until maintenance. Personally, if I don't log, I eat too much. It keeps me accountable. But if you don't have a problem with portion control you might be okay. You'll know soon enough. 
23 Jun 18 by member: Fritzy 22
I totally recommend it. I knew I had finally "made it" when I could maintain without a food log. It only works with low carb for me personally (Keto). If I'm eating carbs I immediately gain weight if I'm not tracking everything. The only time my judgement is correct and I don't get lots of munchies is when I'm eating high fat/ low carb. Crossing my fingers for you! 😃 
23 Jun 18 by member: Bluecoaster
Haven’t ever logged and it’s worked for me. But, I’m not following a diet where I have to keep track of fat vs protein vs cards. I simply count calories and do it in my head. I also weigh every morning to see where I’m at. 
23 Jun 18 by member: crazy8cottage

     
 

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