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Do you accept that you'll have to log for the rest of your life(or atleast the foreseeable future)?

AddicteadAddictead Posts: 60Member Member Posts: 60Member Member
I've been thinking about this because I've wondered if I could stop and still be successful and honestly I don't think I can. It's always been count calories to lose weight, slack off and regain 7, 15, 30 pounds. I accept that I'll have days where I won't or cant log, maybe even longer. But if I don't want to regain what I'm holding onto now I HAVE to log enough so my portions and snacking won't creep up like they always do without accountability of logging. It's so easy to think that "one bowl" was the same as it was a year ago except wait, you got a bigger bowl so it's 3 cups of soup not 2! Or your breakfast of one slice of toast has now grown to two because "it won't hurt".

I guess from here I just need to learn how to make long term logging successfully simplistic and ride it out for a very long time, It sure beats having to lose the weight again and again.


  • BoondockpatrolBoondockpatrol Posts: 6Member Member Posts: 6Member Member
    Yes, I have accepted this! At least until I have a 6 month habit or so going and I KNOW what I am eating and portion sizes.
  • VioletRojoVioletRojo Posts: 550Member, Premium Member Posts: 550Member, Premium Member
    I'm about two years into maintenance and only log sporadically, maybe once every two weeks. I only do it as a check to make sure my portions aren't creeping up without me noticing.
  • lalalacroixlalalacroix Posts: 728Member Member Posts: 728Member Member
    No I don't accept logging forever. I've been here logging for most of the past 5 years. I've finally lost most of the weight and I believe that I finally have learned how to eat in a way that supports health and a healthy weight.

    I haven't logged since the end of June and have continued to lose weight at the rate I intend. I plan to continue weighing myself daily and if there is any weight creep the first thing I will do is get back to weighing and logging my food.

    I don't think weighing takes a long time or is difficult, but for me it isn't part of my long-term plan.
  • sardelsasardelsa Posts: 8,220Member Member Posts: 8,220Member Member
    No I never accepted it for me personally. I have no issue with check-ins once and a while or if I am trying to meet a particular difficult goal (weight gain at a high intake or getting ultra lean) otherwise I use the scale and adjust my intake accordingly since I am pretty good at estimating.
  • MikePTYMikePTY Posts: 2,654Member, Premium Member Posts: 2,654Member, Premium Member
    I did a 1 month experiment without logging even though I'm not at maintenance yet, and it went pretty well. I was still mostly on track, until I wasn't, so then I started tightening up and logging again. I think that will probably be my maintenance plan going forward. Not logging every day, but going through cycles and logging as needed based off of how I am holding steady.
  • missperfectpitchmissperfectpitch Posts: 252Member Member Posts: 252Member Member
    I'll continue to log for the foreseeable future (and maybe forever, but who knows). I actually enjoy logging as I view it as a sort of fun math project where I can see what I can fit in to eat on different days. I experiment with making different types of recipes, so my calories can be all over the place. Also, I enjoy eating desserts, especially ice cream (full fat, high calorie ice cream), a lot, as well as going out to nice meals pretty regularly, and I like having the comfort of knowing how much of these types of items I can fit into my calorie allowance without worrying that I'll regain the weight (which would likely happen if I didn't keep logging).
  • tcunbelievertcunbeliever Posts: 6,945Member Member Posts: 6,945Member Member
    I think I will likely track forever, for different things.

    When I'm lifting and gaining then I track to make sure I am getting enough protein since in my natural eating I tend to eat more veg and less meat.

    When I'm trying to be less fluffy, then I'm more focused on still getting enough protein, but also keeping the calories down.

    I usually don't get more than 5-10 lbs out of maintenance range before I will do something about it. If your clothes don't fit then there's really only two choices, slim down, or buy larger clothes...I always opt for slimming down.
  • JenasyJenJenasyJen Posts: 13Member Member Posts: 13Member Member
    Anytime I stop tracking I eat way too much. I figure I do not have a healthy relationship with food. I never have. So if I stop logging I'm gonna gain it all back and fast... It sucks. But it's my reality.
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