I have been tracking for 2 1/2 days now and I’ve already lost 1.2 pounds (as of this morning). I’m feeling great and doing well. I did pay for the Premium version of the Carb Manager so I could add every single thing I consumed…it’s a lot of individual ingredients when I cook at home.
Also, as you read through, you may be interested in viewing my recent, Back to Basics, blog to help get a good grasp on some keto basics. If you’re totally new to keto, you may want to check out Keto Basics and Getting Started.
Remember, you can always reach out to me. I’d love to help! I am not a medical professional, but I have experience, research, resources, recipes and common sense…all of which may assist you in meeting your health goals.
It’s so easy to get comfortable. It wasn’t very long into my time doing keto that I stopped tracking my consumption. I has a pretty good handle on my macros, carbs and overall consumption. Uh…I was wrong. Yep, you read that correctly. I was wrong.
It gets a bit tedious to track every single item you eat every day of your life, at least for me. I was doing a great job of tracking for the first 3-4 months, then I stopped and just eyeballed thinking I would be fine. I didn’t gain weight, but I didn’t lose. My health continued to improve and I did continue to shrink a little.
Mostly I am glad I didn’t go backwards, but that simply isn’t good enough as I have quite a ways to go. I started thinking about getting back to the basics and the one thing I was putting off the most was tracking in my app (BTW, I use the Carb Manager app, but there are so many great ones that will do the trick), mostly because it takes time and is kind of annoying. Feeling convicted and knowing that I’ve been fairly status quo for the last several months made me bite the bullet and start tracking again. I also started fasting more regularly and not eating when I wasn’t hungry (I’ll admit that sometimes I would go out to breakfast with my husband just because I wanted to spend more time with him).
Yesterday I began my new, strict regime of fasting in the morning and tracking everything I consumed, except water and my electrolyte drink. The one big thing I noticed was that I was over consuming carbs, didn’t have quite enough protein and went slightly over on my fat. It’s really no wonder why I haven’t lost. I mean, I fasted, was more careful and I still ate 31g net carbs!! I cannot even guess how far I was off these past months.
Going to bed with this all in mind confirmed that I need to be more careful and mindful of what I’m doing and how well I’m taking care of myself. Realistically, I don’t see myself tracking every single thing the rest of my life. But I can make a reasonable compromise that will still help keep me in check. I’ll tell you what I decided below.
This morning I already saw a difference! I lost 0.8lbs. Crap, this means I was way off when I was eyeballing!! I lost nearly an entire pound in one day. Dang it. That means I was stalling because of my diet and maybe not as much because of stress as I thought.
Taking all of this in has changed my perspective. I need to pay more attention and focus on what’s important. I need to check myself more often than I have been. I still have a lot of weight left to lose, at least 65 but more than 100 if you ask the doctor. I want to be healthy for myself, my husband and I want to have children so badly…and I want to be healthy enough to get pregnant and help them to grow to be healthy babies.
My solution is simple. I will track myself until I cannot stand it anymore and need a break. But, instead of waiting until my annual Keto-versary to assess, I think I need to make reassessment and tracking something I strictly follow at least every season (3 months). I’m thinking it could look something like this:
- September track consumption in app
- Maybe in late October or early November I stop tracking and try to eyeball
- December reassess and track again
- repeat for March and June
I should be tracking all of the time, but it’s just not who I am. So I will take the time to focus on myself and reassess, then strictly track for as long as I can and tallow myself a break for the rest of that season. Does it have to be seasonal? No. But I thought it would be easier for me to remember.
Here are some questions to ask yourself (and feel free to share your answers in the Comments section):
- How are you doing right now?
- How have you been feeling mentally and physically?
- How do you track your consumption?
- What tools or apps do you use?
- Are they effective and user-friendly?
- Do you need a different solution?
- What are your goals? Do they need to be updated or modified?
- What changes do you feel that you need to make to achieve your goal(s)?
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