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I'm determined to loose weight, but I keep eating and "forgetting" to log it on here. To be fair it's not bad stuff like chocolate and crap like that, but I really need to be honest with myself in order to make the changes. I also need motivation to start putting some more hard work in and prevent myself from choosing unhealthy options. Why is it so hard :(
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Just stay focus!! You got this!! WE got this!

I set up my food and log it at the beginning of the day, including a few small treats.  One, it keeps me from forgetting, and two, since I can look forward to a couple of Hershey's Kisses for my mid-afternoon snack and after dinner, and know I can enjoy them guilt-free because they're already accounted for, I'm much less tempted to sneak unauthorized foods during the rest of the day.

Original Post by kelzz7:

but I really need to be honest with myself in order to make the changes

Nail - head!

Thats all it takes, being honest and holding yourself accountable. Nobody can change you, you have to want to

I go through the same thing. But I am eating bad things same times. We just have to stay motivated . Plus you can got back on the date when you are on the logging screen. If you just remember what you've eaten the days you forget to log. Also try writing down what you are eating when you start to eat and then add it to the corresponding date.

Original Post by ootek:

I set up my food and log it at the beginning of the day, including a few small treats.  One, it keeps me from forgetting, and two, since I can look forward to a couple of Hershey's Kisses for my mid-afternoon snack and after dinner, and know I can enjoy them guilt-free because they're already accounted for, I'm much less tempted to sneak unauthorized foods during the rest of the day.

I do the same thing, it really helps keep me on track as well.  There are some days where I'll even log in my planned activity before I actually do it.  This encourages me to complete that which I planned myself and it also feels much better completing it rather than deleting from my log at the end of the day because I didn't "follow through".  I try to #1) be accountable to myself then #2) be accountable to my buddies on CalorieCamp.  Good luck to you! :)

story of my life....I'm still trying to deal with it.....I just have to do it...and yet it doesn't happen >.<

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Mar 22 2012 15:05
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This is right on the money, once i started thinking ahead it was easier to stick with it. The progress is slow but steady. 

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This is right on the money, once i started thinking ahead it was easier to stick with it. The progress is slow but steady. 

Change is always hard but you can do it.  When I first started CC Jan 19 I was tempted to keep my logs private but I knew the temptation to cheat on my log would be too great.  That's why I always make my reports public.  I might try to fool myself but cheating when others can see my reports would amount to lying--and I won't allow myself to do that!  The vast majority of folks on this site are NOT judgmental.  You can be honest with them (as well as with yourself) without worrying that someone is going to berate you for eating a cupcake instead of an apple.  The biggest advantage to being honest when you complete your food logs is that you can see where you are doing well and where you need to make improvements.  Hang in there and good luck!!

For one, goals should have meaning.  Why do you want to lose weight?  Why do you want to eat healthier?  The WHY is your motivation.  

Anything worth achieving is worth effort.  Very rarely are we served our desires on silver platters. *DANG*

We can encourage you and cheer you on, but ultimately the motivation has to be inside you.  Keep reminding yourself WHY.  Put encouraging notes in the fridge and pantry for you to 'find' each time you open them.

Only stock items in your home that you are willing to put in your body to achieve your goal.

Second, yes, you must be honest with yourself.  You must trust yourself to take the right steps to get where you want to be.  If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?

Good luck and best wishes.

I am struggling with this very thing this week.  It's 2nd week of spring break here and my first week of "stay"cation with my hubby and our 2 beautiful daughters.  Lots of special french toast breakfasts...dinners out...movie popcorn...sleeping in...I am realizing that I'm missing the routine I started on jan 3rd!!!

what works for me is to plan tomorrow's food out tonight.  I log it all in, check the analysis to make sure I'm getting as many green bars as I can (at least 10 anyway), then I print my menu and post it on my fridge.  I have a licenced daycare in our home, and having my food right there in black and white means no distractions, or struggling to remember what I ate let alone which toddlers haven't had a diaper change yet (LOL).  I just cross off the food as I eat it.

I am learning to be kind to myself.  We say things to ourselves we would never dream of saying to another living person and that's kinda sad.  I am looking at this weighloss journey as how I want to live the rest of my life - eating healthy, having treats every now and then, but not letting food rule me, and not looking for the "quick fix".  Hang in there!  We can do this!  xoxox

My husband makes his meals, THEN goes on his phone or online to track them, and THEN eats them. I always find it a bit odd that his food is sitting there getting cold and waiting for him to eat, but for him, it's the only way he remembers to track before he puts stuff in his mouth! 

Try photographing your meal with your phone if it is not convenient to log it first, then you will have a very accurate record and less likely to forget something.  I too have left my plate on the counter while I dash off to log the meal before eating:-)

Also, I have discovered, for me at least, I must devote the time to this, especially now that I am working on maintenance: as was said in another post, planning is key.  I spend time now working out recipes and meal plans so I don't have to look every little item up - and it gives me inspiration... I can just flip through my "book" to see what looks good.  I am basically a lazy cook, but I stay away from processed foods and eat clean.  Most of my creations are very simple, so they can be thrown together in a snap.  Before CC, I might have made my version of mac & cheese (with sour cream) but now it would probably be sauteed peppers and onions over brown rice or whole wheat pasta.  I measure and weigh all problematic ingredients (dairy, oils, grains, red meat, etc.).  

Discover a few tricks that work for You and then incorporate them into your daily routine.  Good luck!

I learned that vanity and health (which are strictly personal reasons) are not enough to keep you motivated, especially if you eat for emotional reasons or out of habit.

Here's what I'm doing to keep me on track

1) I started a blog with pictures and everything relating to my diet. The reason why I started the blog was to hold me accountable and more importantly because I hope that it will motivate and provide information for others. When you are motivated by doing good for others, then you're motivation is coming from your heart, and when your heart motivates you, you can do anything. if you'd like to see my blog, visit http://ninefoldpath.blogspot.ca/p/21-day-diet -challenge.html

2) I know that a lot of my eating comes from emotions. By NOT eating when I want to eat for emotional reasons, I am able to explore my feelings better. I write them down. When you write about your emotions, you may get frustrated because you are trying to figure them out too quickly or trying to find a solution. Don't do that. Just type constantly, type anything and everything that comes to your mind (while obviously staying focused on your feelings). Eventually you will realize some kind of truth that will bring you peace or knowledge.

 

I'm sorry this post was a little long. For those of you who read it, I hope it's been helpful. thanks!

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