Tracking, accountability and showing up

SisterSueGetsFit
SisterSueGetsFit Posts: 1,212 Member
edited October 2017 in Motivation and Support
Tracking is everything for me. I've had my ups and downs throughout the almost two years I've been at this. I'd lost about 60 pounds and have slowly let 20 creep back on. This is partly due to stress from moving to a new state, losing a job and honestly, probably being a little depressed.

I realized that tracking is the only way for me to be accountable and to show up every day. Yesterday was my 1st day "back on" and things went pretty well.

I guess this post is maybe for new people or those questioning the system. Or maybe its to remind me it works. Trust me, trust the program and you will see results. Be honest with your logging and with yourself and make sure to love yourself along the way.

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  • kdbulger
    kdbulger Posts: 396 Member
    I love this! My motto since I started this journey a few months ago has been "Keep showing up for yourself". Whenever I feel myself slip a bit, showing up pulls me out of the slide. I have a 64-day log-in streak and I'm taking such pride in that.

    Keep it up!
  • JeromeBarry1
    JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,182 Member
    Yes, that is how it works. Show up and tell the truth to your diary.
  • SisterSueGetsFit
    SisterSueGetsFit Posts: 1,212 Member
    kdbulger wrote: »
    I love this! My motto since I started this journey a few months ago has been "Keep showing up for yourself". Whenever I feel myself slip a bit, showing up pulls me out of the slide. I have a 64-day log-in streak and I'm taking such pride in that.

    Keep it up!

    I've learned over almost 2 years (today I've logged in for 660 days in a row) that you have to do it for yourself, nobody else. So your statement "keep showing up for yourself" is so true. It's one of the hardest things to do, and there are going to be days (or weeks, or months) where things don't go as well as you want, but for me, at least logging in makes me a bit more aware of what I'm doing. Best of luck to you, 64 days is great, just keep it up!

  • llbrixon
    llbrixon Posts: 964 Member
    Yup! You are right. I need to keep showing up everyday after I lose the weight too.
  • Mommybug2
    Mommybug2 Posts: 149 Member
    Welcome back - I could have written this myself. I'd lost around 80 and have slowly let 20 slip back on. At first it was 5 and I could afford that so I didn't worry. At 5 more I was a bit concerned it was coming back but not convinced I needed to change anything just yet. After all I was still busting it at the gym 3-5 days a week, but actually slipping closer to 3-4 days a week.
    Another 5 and I started saying I was going to go back to tracking and get back on track, I was doing great M-Th. By Friday I started slipping and stopped tracking "just for the weekend" and by Monday I'd completely blown everything I'd accomplished all week.
    So like you I HAVE to track. I have to stay accountable. I have to obsess. I know it works - I am proof it works but you have to stay honest with yourself. Not tracking is the same as lying to myself and pretending I'm doing good when in reality I'm on a slippery slope back to fat town :neutral:
    I started back on Sunday, purposefully starting on a weekend to prove to myself I can do this! Day #3 and I'm on track and feeling positive.
  • It is so interesting to me how hard we can make our journey just by not doing what we KNOW works for ourselves? I have lost nearly 80 pounds over the course of a year and a half with 40 more to go...and here I sit since July gaining and losing the same 4 pounds only because I have not been honest with myself when logging and measuring. I don't feel desperate like I cant do this anymore so I am grateful for that but clearly I need to keep it real. Loving oneself is key as you have said. All the best everyone!
  • sarahmchugh07
    sarahmchugh07 Posts: 35 Member
    I needed this today. I have commitment problems to myself. I need to recommit as I continue to lose and gain the same 4 pounds over and over again. It drives me bonkers that this is SUCH A SLOW process... but, I can't lose it overnight- so the marathon begins!
  • watts6151
    watts6151 Posts: 887 Member
    I’m very honest with my diary, no point
    Otherwise, most days are good, some don’t
    Go exactly to plan