Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Log rollin'

Hi guys - I'm humbled and delighted that Miz re-commented on my last post, saying simply, "checking on you...".  I really appreciate that, Carla.  And it never ceases to amaze me that you pop onto my blog ever, much less leave a comment.  Thanks for giving me a little nudge!

I haven't posted in a week, but things are going well.  I'm still logging my food on MFP daily, though over the weekend I didn't complete my logging.  I think I got a little bogged down with trying to accurately document what all went into a pot vegetarian chili I made Saturday, and so like any bona fide RESISTENT food fanatic/addict trying to get my act together, I just didn't do it Saturday night.  That made it easy to not do it Sunday, either.  Bad, bad, bad.  Typical.

Oh - another thing that seems strange to me about logging is that when I enter my exercise time into the diary, it immediately ups my calorie allotment for the day (according to whatever activity is logged), so I've eaten a few times more than I needed or would have had the calories not been upped because of the exercise.  I was feeling guilty about it until it dawned on me yesterday that just because I "earned" more calories for 45 minutes of fast walking, I didn't HAVE to eat more. So yesterday I was under my adjusted allotment for the day by 251 calories!  Last week when I figured out why I could eat more, I just did.  DOH!  It's nice to earn extra, but it certainly isn't a requirement to eat them.  BUT it's nice to know that if I'm really hungry (very rare), there is something available without going over my basic daily amount.

But I'm back with a vengeance, having started yesterday.  I am committing to daily for one week - no excuses, no bull sh*t.  Helen had noted in a comment when I started writing about logging on MFP that it takes 21 days to change a habit.  Yeah, yeah, thought I.  But obviously she knew of what she spoke.  The she had a great post today that referenced her earlier wisdom about the 21 days for habit change, and it jolted me right between the eyes.

I'm stating here, in front of all you grown ups, that I am going to log for 21 days.  I'll be accountable each day by posting here, even if it's only to report another day, though given my long winded-ness, it will likely be more than a one liner.  I've got one day in the can - 20 more to go.  As always...one day at a time.


  1. Glad you are going to post. I really need something to read daily ... but it isn't all about me, is it? :) It does help to stay accountable, I've learned that and I love MFP

  2. There is a ton of controversy on MFP forums about whether or not to eat back your exercise calories. My personal feelings on the subject, if you are hungry, eat a bit more, if you're okay leave them in the "tank".
    Anyway, you are doing great! Keep up the good work.

  3. You are on a roll, Leslie - and I'm glad you're going to post daily as I always like seeing your blog pop up in my reader!

  4. The recipe logging feature is the exact reason why I prefer Sparkpeople to MFP. Spark's recipe calculator is so much easier to use. Of course at this point I'm so vested in SP I'm not sure I could switch.

    Rock on with your tracking Leslie, you can do it!

  5. I like MFP but I wish it didn't add my exercise calories into my daily allotment. I figure the calories burned exercising are where I am losing my fat! Having said that I still think it's an easy way to track my food and exercise.

    Keep up the good work Lesile. :)