Losing weight is tough.
Maintaining a weight loss is even tougher.
What’s the key?
For me, it’s all about the numbers. You can’t cheat on the numbers.
I use an online tracking system to keep score of my diet and exercise. Yep, it takes time every day to track my food. Yep, it’s worth it.
A long time ago, I made a promise to myself, and it went a little something like this:
If you bite it, write it.
Anything I eat goes in my tracker. You can say it’s obsessive if you want. It might be a little bit. (Hey, at least there’s a positive side to having an anxiety disorder.) But when I know I am going to “own up” to the extra calories, it keeps me from biting into an oatmeal cream pie at a staff meeting when I’m going to go out for fro-yo later. When I look at my tracker and see that I’ve already had enough carbs for the day, I know I don’t need that side of rice with dinner.
It works in reverse as well. When I run 10 miles, and burn 1000 calories, I know I need to nourish my body by ensuring that I get enough calories that day.
I have a similar mentality when it comes to running. MapMyRun keeps track of the miles I log each day. When I’m tempted to cut a run short because “one mile isn’t going to make or break my training,” I think about how it will feel to look at that statistic each time I check my data. I’ve also been known to run an extra lap or two around the parking lot to make sure I run 9 miles, as opposed to 8.92 miles. At the end of the month, when I see that I ran 65 miles, I feel proud of myself and motivated to try to up that number the next month.
So, yes, I count calories, carbs, protein, miles, and minutes.
It’s called AcCOUNTability.
What holds you acCOUNTable?