Sometimes I just have to shake my head at people. (On the outside. On the inside, I’m questioning why I hang out with them.)
I met a friend for coffee earlier this week, and she offered to treat me to a scrumptious-looking piece of coffee cake. Ordinarily, I might have indulged, but given the excesses of travel-heavy October, I’m currently toeing the line, calorically-speaking. In fact, as a jump start, I started out the week by dusting off my Sparkpeople journal and have been having a blast seeing just how close to the exact nutritional targets I can get. (Not very, as it turns out, but it’s fun trying.)
Anyway, I thanked said friend, but told her I didn’t want to have to log it. Her response?
“Don’t tell me you’re still doing that thing where you write everything down? You’re not going to have to do that forever, are you?”
Something about her tone made me feel a little defensive, a little less…successful for relying on what is, for me, a functional gimmick. She seemed to be saying that I should be “cured” of the need for it.
And maybe I am. I haven’t logged to this detail in well over a year, and I seem to be doing okay.
But it occurred to me as I explained that it was a temporary thing, something I was doing as a personal challenge, that it wouldn’t really matter to me if I did still need to journal my food intake every single day. It’s a price I’d be more than willing to pay if that’s what I needed to maintain my weight.
I mean, really. Ten minutes of my day to keep 100 pounds off the scale? Deal!
In the end, my friend enjoyed her cake and I enjoyed my first cup of coffee of the year, and all was well.
As it turned out, I didn’t journal my food yesterday or today due to appointments and such, but I’m going to jump back on it tomorrow. For now, it’s a personal challenge to log one day without a friendly reminder from SP about one deficiency or another. Next month logging may be a necessity to stay on track. Either way, food journaling is a low, low price to pay for success.
Are there actions you’ve taken that you don’t want to do long term, but if success depends on it, you’ll happily continue?