automated eating tracker

Counting carbs/calories is a drag. Obsessive scale stepping is a recipe for despair. If you want to count something, "days on habit" is a much better metric. Checking off days on a calendar would do just fine, but if you do it here you get accountability and support. Here's how. Start a new topic in this forum called (say) "Your Name Daily Check In." Then every N day post a "reply" to that topic as to whether you stayed on habit. A simple "<font color="green">SUCCESS</font>" or "<font color="red">FAILURE</font>" (or your preferred euphemism if that's too harsh) is sufficient, but obviously you're welcome to write more if you want. On S-days just register that you're taking an S-day. You don't have to do this forever, just until you're confident you've built the habit. Feel free to check in weekly or monthly or sporadically instead of daily. Feel free also to track other habits besides No-s (I'm keeping this forum under No-s because that's what the vast majority are using it for). See also my <a href="/habitcal/">HabitCal</a> tool for another more formal (and perhaps complementary) way to track habits.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by Jen1974 » Thu Nov 19, 2020 4:52 pm

I love what you are doing for your kids!! It is really hard to watch my kids struggle though this. I feel they will come out stronger on the other side and better able to cope with hard things, but it all seems incredibly unhealthy. Too much time spent on screens, but not really much else that can be done. You are so smart to get them working & moving which are both things I think leave a person feeling better when screens tend to only leave you feeling worse!!

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by pinkhippie » Fri Nov 20, 2020 1:30 am

I am glad you worked it out with your friend. I have a close friend who is also the polar opposite of me on the political spectrum and we typically don't talk about anything political, but Covid affects all of us and its hard not to talk about.

How did your hike with your boys go?

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by lpearlmom » Fri Nov 20, 2020 3:49 am

I’m so glad you worked things out with your friend. I hate all this us vs. them stuff that’s so prevalent in politics these days. At the end of the day we all just want a good life for ourselves and our family. We may just have different ideas on how to achieve that.

Boy I wish I had the gumption to get my kids to clean their rooms and go hiking with me. They are really suffering from constantly being home. We did rent a house in Sedona for next week so I think that will help. Maybe I can even get them to go hiking.

Hurry up vaccine! 🤞

PS I hope my political posts weren’t too upsetting to you. :/
Put in reasonable, sustainable perimeters on your eating and exercise and then get on with the rest of your life.


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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Fri Nov 20, 2020 6:53 pm

Jen - thank you for your encouragement on the hiking!! Challenger did much better yesterday than the first day. It's funny because of course he's the most athletic in the family, and yet is dragging along with his hoody up, looking like he's about to die of exhaustion. I stop and wait for him at all the trail forks, because the last (extra) stress I need is to be wondering where he is when I get back to the car and it's dark (it gets dark here at 4:30pm).

I also want to reiterate that I am only doing this temporarily. My thread on NoS shows years of me expending extreme effort to get my kids doing regular chores, avoiding screens, etc. I cannot keep that up. However, I CAN and HAVE committed to doing this during lockdown 2.0. The short-term commitment seems more doable to me.

Pinkie - yesterday's hike went better than the first day, although really, both days have been fine. Challenger is a pill, but that's to be expected. And he does seem to be showing more emotion (both good and bad) which is better than the scary apathy he has been sinking into. And you are wise to avoid politics with your good friend. This particular friend is the only one that really knows my thinking on many topics. She is an excellent friend and I'm glad I have her in my life.

Linda -
At the end of the day we all just want a good life for ourselves and our family. We may just have different ideas on how to achieve that.
Love love love this!!!!!

Friday, November 20!!!

127.8

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: tilapia and french fries
3 glasses of wine
um, yep more chocolate-covered almonds! Oh well.

Moving
2 good hikes planned - first was just me and the afternoon will be with the boys
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by pinkhippie » Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:15 am

LOL I just can't help laughing at the image of Challenger out there scuffing along the hiking trail with his hoody up. The reason is that I also have a sulky teenager who skulks along with her hoody up too. :D

Glad today went better than yesterday!

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Sat Nov 21, 2020 5:48 pm

Well Pinkie yesterday's hike was much tougher!! Challenger made a few gem-like comments (some funny and some alarming):

*going hiking fills me with emptiness
*you are doing this to make me miserable
*my chances of killing myself just went from 1 - 2%

So luckily Sexy came along yesterday and that helps me deal with the constant barrage of anger coming off my kiddo in waves.

Saturday, November 21

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: pizza, chips, and chocolate-covered almonds
3 glasses of wine

Moving
nothing specifically planned. Creator and I are going to put up the Christmas tree today!! Along with so many people this year, we are jumping on this early. We need something festive.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by pinkhippie » Sun Nov 22, 2020 12:00 am

So Challenger loves hiking right? :D

Oh my goodness! It sounds like such teenager things to say. I hope that Challenger is Ok and just expressing his anger. Hopefully he will get used to it over time. When we first started doing family hikes the kids complained non stop but now they just march along and seem to sometimes actually enjoy themselves. I am glad Sexy is there to support you. That does sound tough to deal with.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by Soprano » Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:58 am

Sorry to hear that Challenger is having a tough time but it is just typical behaviour, they can be so difficult. I think sometimes they are experiencing so many physical changes and don't know how to express how they are feeling so they end up lashing out verbally or physically at parents.

All made worse by lockdowns!

Hope things improve

Jx
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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Sun Nov 22, 2020 5:46 pm

Thanks Pinkie and Soprano! We are going to get through this. I have to say - each of the 3X that we've gone, he's been in a much nicer mood in the evening.

Sunday, November 22

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries, hot dog, cheetos
D: pizza
2 glasses of wine
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by Soprano » Sun Nov 22, 2020 6:51 pm

Great news but he'll probably never admit he feels better :)

Jx
Never give up on a dream just because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by alene1 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 2:32 pm

Auto, good for you for making an executive decision to do daily hikes right now. Whether your son know or admits it to himself or not, getting outside and moving our bodies does really make a difference in our state of mind. Raising children, and especially teenagers, is not for the faint of heart! My oldest son and I really struggled in his high school years. Just keep loving on him and keep the faith. Down the road it all evens out. My son and I have a very good relationship now.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by Jen1974 » Mon Nov 23, 2020 4:46 pm

OMG teenagers can be a challenge :lol: The good thing about the moodiness of a teenager is that if you can wait out the storm, it always passes. Usually sooner if I ignore the storm instead of resisting it :lol: And forcing them to do the things that are good for their soul is really hard, but teaches them how to pull themselves out of a slump! It’s awesome that you’re doing that for your boys!!

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Mon Nov 23, 2020 6:29 pm

Thank you Soprano, Alene, and Jen. This forum has sure been supportive of me in my lockdown family hiking efforts! :-)

Monday, November 23

130.6

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: bear taco meat!
(will be) 0 glasses of wine - fail - had 2 glasses
fail - 2 brownies and popcorn

Moving
1 hike with Flowerpup. Family hike will be around the college jogging trail today.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by pinkhippie » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:41 am

That's great about Challenger being in a better mood! I notice that with my teenager after physical activity too.

Hope your family hike went well!

Also... bear meat? I have had deer meat but never bear. How was it?

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Tue Nov 24, 2020 3:33 pm

Tuesday, November 24

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: nachos w/ground beef, cheese, guacamole
0 glasses of wine

Moving
2 walks - morning on my own (listen to a podcast) and afternoon with the boys on a nearby neighborhood trail.
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Wed Nov 25, 2020 3:12 pm

Wednesday!!!, NOVEMBER 25!

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: roast beef sandwich and tortilla chips
3 glasses of wine

Moving
Sprint workout with the boys at the track this afternoon! :-)
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:32 pm

Thursday, November 26 - Happy Thanksgiving! This is the first Thanksgiving in my life that I have ALREADY put up all of the Christmas decorations; not only that, I've put up MORE decorations than ever before. If that's not a sign that we are all looking for pick-me-ups this year..... !

130.0

Eating
B: coffee w/cream, 1/2 of a cinnamon roll
L: turkey, gravy, potatoes, green bean casserole, crescent roll
D: pumpkin pie!
0 glasses of wine

Got the dogs out for a great hike today. They had so much fun racing around and playing in the creek!
Month/Year-BMI
8/13-26.3
8/14-24.5
5/15-26.2
1/16-26.9; 9/16-25.6
8/17-25.8; 11/17-26.9
3/18-25.6; 8/18-24.5; 10/18-23.8;
3/19-22.1; 10/19-21.8
6/20-22.5; 7/20-23.0; 9/20-23.6

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