Monday, March 9, 2015

Tracking


Been thinking, it may be the right time for me to start tracking again.

I've been so resistant to counting anything (burnout) and it was very important to me to focus on *getting it right* with AIP: staying on plan, not going off eating junk, etc. It still is, but it seems to feel easy right now. Funny, since a week or two ago I was kind of antsy to be done with it already, wishing I could just have a donut some days. And then at some point over the last week I just stopped wanting junk and felt okay about eating AIP plus reintroductions for awhile. Not sure if it's the extra daylight easing back in or what, but today I was thinking I actually feel like I want to start pushing for weight loss again, rather than just focusing on health alone.

Today I added back egg yolks and that went well. I cooked some eggs over easy and then dipped some sauteed squash, mushrooms, and sausage into the yolks. I'll have them for a couple of days and then decide if I want to try the whites, too. Probably will. I think I am going to stay off grains, legumes, nuts, and nightshades for a while longer. And I'm keeping the dairy to a minimum, with grass fed ghee on occasion, until I figure out why my doctor told me I may need to eliminate it.

I downloaded a calorie counting app to my iPhone today and am messing around with it. It's "My Fitness Pal" and was free. Do you use one that you love and would recommend? I need something easy to use that has a wide database of foods to enter, that logs macros and tells you when you are getting close to your calorie limit. Ability to scan bar codes for Nutrition Facts is a plus! I'd also like to find an app that uses the phone's GPS to track how far I walk. Any suggestions for that?

I will play around with it this week, see how the tracking goes, try to increase my exercise while sticking with AIP. I'd like to get 40 pounds off over the coming warm months; I know I feel so much better and more energetic at 200ish than I do now.


15 comments:

Joanna said...

I use My Fitness Pal and I find it to be convenient and really useful. I was hoping you would go that direction because it folds into one's life very seamlessly.

Amy said...

You may need more than one app to do all of that. Foi ducats has a scannable entry method, let's you dictate what is important to you such as organic, vegan, low-carb etc. and grades your food choices accordingly. Not sure on the GPS APP. I wear a Pebble which is a pedometer device that uploads all the data to my computer or smartphone.

Anonymous said...

My Fitness Pal and Map my Walk/Run/Workout sync together.

Anonymous said...

I use my fitness pal and I love it. I think if you approach tracking calories like you have the AIP eating you will do well. I track it, but if I forget to, I don't beat myself up. my first goal is to eat healthy and that is the first priority, my tracking is second. However in two months time I have lost 11 lbs using my fitness pal. It just makes me more aware of how much I am eating and has helped me alot.

Anonymous said...

If you find that you burn out on tracking really quickly, I have found that I get a lot of benefit just from writing down everything I eat each day. I don't even measure portions, but you can do that if you want. I generally know at a glance how I am doing, and where I need to improve. I lose weight more slowly this way, but it's so much more sustainable and less of a struggle for me.

Anonymous said...

MyFitnessPal tracks "steps" if you are carrying your iPhone around.

Also, just tonight, I used it to important recipes from online. That was super easy and cool. You can look up a recipe online and it imports the recipe and calculates the calories.

I'm very impressed with how easy MyFitnessPal is to use. (I just started counting calories last week using it.)

Richard said...

My daughter lost over 100 lbs, she was using Spark People. She entered all our favorite recipe in it doing grouping. A lot of works but it pay off. I'm now about to start using SP too, since all the grouping is already done. I think it's important to start one and keep it.

CatherineMarie said...

I'm a little concerned about the tracking, just because doing that kind of thing is what usually puts ME in a bad/obsessive mindset. And with these apps, it is so easy to slide over.

I think AIP is good for you because it has you thinking about what you are eating, mindfully. So stick with it, keep reintroducing things. Up your exercise a little, but don't track! Because for me, tracking is a sure way to lead over to the "oh god, I give up" section. As a matter of fact, I am going to get some tape and cover the "calories burned" section on my elliptical.

Track in other ways, serving sizes, time exercised, that kind of thing...maybe start going by the fit of clothes? For me, that has always been the best way of tracking. Intuitive.

JM said...

Could not disagree more with above commentor. To lose u need to understand what you are eating. Often it is a lot more than one thinks! It is a great accountability and everyone who has lost weight and maintained ... Tracks.

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised you list ability to track bar codes as a plus... Even when you're not on AIP, are you planning to eat a lot f packaged foods?

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

not a lot, but some. Would be nice to scan in my coconut milk, apple chips, canned or frozen fruit and veggies, tuna, olives... stuff like that. Although if I end up tracking long term, I am sure there will be other things added back like maybe almond milk etc.

Anonymous said...

You should probably exercise.

Lyn said...

Anonymous~

what a great idea!!

Anonymous said...

Re: tracking the bar codes, a ton of brands are in there already and if you enter something you can reuse it so it's really no big deal! I just felt a little alarmed at the "can use it for packaged foods" that's all :)

Sue said...

The US Department of Agriculture has a free food and exercise tracker:
https://www.supertracker.usda.gov/default.aspx
Good points: No ads or silly gimmicks at all; full nutritional analysis of a day's food is available; reasonably clean graphics
Problems, maybe: follows USDA dietary recommendations (lots of whole
grain and dairy). You can certainly ignore this part, or maybe even adjust it, but there it is.