Trial run - stopping the logging

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  • ExRelaySprinter
    ExRelaySprinter Posts: 874 Member

    I'll report back beginning of August :-D

    It's a good idea actually.
    Will be back to see how you got on!
    Good Luck! :)
  • CJsoon
    CJsoon Posts: 32 Member
    Day 2

    It's strange after 3 years of logging my meals every day to not do that now ...mentally though I'm still totting cals, but i feel that's sensible :smile: the aim is to keep a slight deficit, around 2000 gross cals keeps me right, on vacation there won't be a deficit, I reckon I'll average 2500 cals most days but hey I'll cut myself some slack, it's only for 2 weeks and the food will be awesome...I can cut on my return. (We walk loads and Fitbit will be giving me 2500+ TDEE for high steps days which are pretty standard for us - anything over 23k)

    3 more sleeps til the hols..... :smiley:

    Hey what's your Fitbit name will love to have you as a friend
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    edited July 2015
    @CJsoon heres the link to my fitbit https://www.fitbit.com/user/28TV3Z I'm ruthc69 I'll look out for that FR :smile:
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    Home from holidays 5 days and just showing a 2lb gain from the cruise WOOOT wooot to me that is amazing, as I was eating a LOT every day lol....the walking everywhere really helps :smiley:
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,811 Member
    I stopped logging food a month ago (under lots of stress at work and very short of time).
    Maintained weight easily without any great thought or effort - it probably helps I'm not an emotional or stress eater.

    Then went away for a 4 day break which included eating just about all food either fried or in buns (or fried and also in buns!) and drinking far more than normal. As usual for me when on holiday/vacation I gained at about a pound a day - half will just be temporary bloating.

    So now doing a little experiment to see if I can also lose weight without logging.
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    @sijomial Would love to hear how you find not logging after a while then too :smile:
  • sijomial
    sijomial Posts: 19,811 Member
    @sijomial Would love to hear how you find not logging after a while then too :smile:

    At first it felt a bit weird and a bit unsettling. All my adult life (that's a very long time!) I've slowly gained weight when I didn't pay attention to what I eat so there was a fear factor I suppose. We are creatures of habit and logging became a habit.

    For most of my routine meals logging wasn't a chore but the logging of more special home cooked meals or complex meals such as buffets was always a P.I.T.A. so not logging those is a pleasure.

    I've always been a daily weigher so that's normal for me - I'm also very relaxed about daily weight fluctuations I see on the scales which helps.

    Really most days I've just eaten by feel and instinct but from time to time I pause and ask myself why I'm about to eat something. Along the lines of "eating because you are tired?", "eating because you are gready?", "eating just for fun/taste?", "isn't just a taste of something nice just as good as lots of something nice?".

    Not always bound by the answers I give myself - nothing wrong with eating simply for the pleasure of eating as long as it's not all the time. Just a case of being self-aware.

    Have some concerns about not tracking macros but in reality our bodies are marvellously adaptable and I do (mostly) eat well.


  • Pinnacle_IAO
    Pinnacle_IAO Posts: 608 Member
    I stopped logging 2 years ago.
    I have managed to maintain my weight after losing 100 pounds. I logged for so long that it's just a second nature. I can look at food and know the approximate calorie count and macro balance.
    Logging totally changed my life, and without logging my food intake, I never would have reached my goals.
    I see my diet today more as internal, subconsciousness logging...if that makes any sense.
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    edited July 2015
    @sijomial and @Pinnacle_Fitness thank you for your comments :smile: , I also find myself asking similar questions, am I really hungry etc, I do feel as long as I keep up my fitness (which is second nature to me anyway now), and as long as I watch out for those little cheeky snacks that can creep into my day (more often in winter and when bored), then all will be well. The weighing in often will keep me on track, I'll make adjustments when and if necessary. I'm not one for binge eating, never was. I gained my weight in the first place over a period of years and years bit by bit and was only slightly into the overweight category ref bmi to begin with (it was 26 back then). I just needed to learn about consuming less calories than I was burning. My frequent mantra is, knowledge is power :smiley:
  • Pinnacle_IAO
    Pinnacle_IAO Posts: 608 Member
    @sijomial and @Pinnacle_Fitness thank you for your comments :smile: , I also find myself asking similar questions, am I really hungry etc, I do feel as long as I keep up my fitness (which is second nature to me anyway now), and as long as I watch out for those little cheeky snacks that can creep into my day (more often in winter and when bored), then all will be well. The weighing in often will keep me on track, I'll make adjustments when and if necessary. I'm not one for binge eating, never was. I gained my weight in the first place over a period of years and years bit by bit and was only slightly into the overweight category ref bmi to begin with (it was 26 back then). I just needed to learn about consuming less calories than I was burning. My frequent mantra is, knowledge is power :smiley:
    Well said!
    I know I never want to be obese again, and yet, my weight has a way of creeping up, up, up, so if what you're doing is working, the proof will be that weight-in reading.
    When my weight trends up, I go right back to logging, and that has not happened in a year or so.
    Again, good luck!


  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    @Pinnacle_Fitness Thanks :smile: and it's great to hear how well you've done and how great maintenance is going for you :smile:
  • FitPhillygirl
    FitPhillygirl Posts: 7,124 Member
    edited July 2015
    @kellygirl5538 I prefer to be optimistic and say no I don't think I will - I know not everyone can do it but I'm actually doing great, I weighed in after hols and am still 1lb within goal range limit, I gained 3lbs and most of that will be sodium as its early days. I have a 5lb +/- goal range so I feel I did not bad at all considering I had two weeks of unlimited food, it shows I can practice mindful eating well :smiley:


    Over a long period of time you will. Get back with me in a year without logging.

    I can totally see Ruth "not" getting back to you for many years. Tracking calories is not necessary for losing or maintaining weight.
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,345 Member
    4th August - 5 weeks in without logging my food
    ... and I am LOVING it! I am keeping right in the middle of my goal range even with being on the cruise for a few weeks....I feel so chuffed with myself! I wont ever let myself get complacent and I'll stick to frequent weigh ins but this is working for me nicely and its been liberating :smiley:
    I fully expect in the next month to be lowest of my goal range or slightly under ....watch this space :smiley:
  • rosnigetsfit
    rosnigetsfit Posts: 569 Member
    Awesome!
  • dopeysmelly
    dopeysmelly Posts: 1,390 Member
    That's great!!

    I'm nearly 3 weeks in with no logging. I still note down what I eat, mainly to make sure I get certain foods, but my weight has actually been stable. I'm still weighing myself every day, but have switched to using Happy Scale again so I can track the trend more easily.

    Still got those last 10 lbs to go but I'm more confident I can do it than I was when I was logging ironically.
  • MoiAussi93
    MoiAussi93 Posts: 1,948 Member
    4th August - 5 weeks in without logging my food
    ... and I am LOVING it! I am keeping right in the middle of my goal range even with being on the cruise for a few weeks....I feel so chuffed with myself! I wont ever let myself get complacent and I'll stick to frequent weigh ins but this is working for me nicely and its been liberating :smiley:
    I fully expect in the next month to be lowest of my goal range or slightly under ....watch this space :smiley:

    Good for you! There is no reason to log once you have changed your habits and learned what eating plan works for you. It's just about paying attention, and not slipping back into old patterns. But if you keep weighing yourself regularly, that will really help you stay mindful.