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 automatedeating » Sun Feb 21, 2021 3:52 pm

Pinkie - we had so much fun last night skating! It was really great; remembering it makes me smile.

Jen - YES! Your description of days without alcohol is spot on: keep on accomplishing things - going to bed earlier - unable to relax. Those all describe my days without alcohol - LOL, my YEAR without alcohol. Actually the relaxing does get better with time, but the early bedtime is a constant and getting more accomplished.

Eschano - Hello hello! Thank you for swinging by although I'm a bit chagrined that of course here I am talking about alcohol again. :roll: It's my kryptonite. Along with Doritos. And btw, this time around the alcohol-free thing feels ... to be coming from the spiritual focus I've been cultivating of late. I'm not sure yet; it all feels a bit nebulous and not ready to articulate, though. Something about using my limited time on this earth more effectively, and I have too much to accomplish to waste hours on the couch drinking. But that sounds kind of harsh; I'm all for balance, and downtime, and not pushing too hard to climb ladders and all that. So I need to be patient because I think something is happening inside me that is like a little seed and I don't understand it yet.

Yesterday while casting around for things to do I made some decent choices, although it involved shopping so I'm not sure if that was just replacing one dopamine hit for another...... anyhoo, what I bought were some office supplies: lots of stickers to use in my journal and in my daily encouragement letters; colored mechanical pencils - yes, apparently there is such a thing, and for a teacher like me, such a new find is always fun. I have never been much for using pencils, being a sharpie-preferring teacher, but since I have switched to making my videos digitally, I find myself using pencils as I research and take notes in preparation for the video. So some colored mechanical pencils are a super fun find. We'll see how they perform. I also bought these little loops that tape down to a notebook so the pen/pencil is always handy - I need three - one for my research notebook for work stuff, and 1 for my habit tracker, and 1 for my journal. Oh, and I also bought a few magnetic bookmarks - another new item for me that I'm not sure how it will work, but it seems fun to try it out and I'm desperate for bookmarks and tired of using ugly pieces of scratchpaper.

On an entirely leisure note, I'm reading a very fun book called Winter World. I don't know that I can recommend it yet because I'm not very far into it, but I enjoy the fast pace and complete escapism (it's about an ice age covering the world because of aliens blocking out our solar energy.... LOL... so yes, space travel involved). Back to what Jen had said, having an escapism book (short chapters, improbable plotline, and nothing like real life) is a good solution to the "needing to be doing something" and "wanting to go to bed too early" issues of a non-alcohol existence. :-)

Sunday, February 21

130.2

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: sardines and collagen proteins, 1 glass of milk
D: 1 glass of milk, microwave popcorn, 2 nutter butters

Moving
No plans!
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 Feb 21, 2021 8:56 pm

Sounds like some fun shopping! I have been wanting and meaning to get some stickers for my journal too. I love stuff like that!

Glad you are enjoying your book! I have been headfirst into the world of escapist books these days and its so nice to find one that you really like and enjoy.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by ladybird30 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:38 am

Using alcohol for relaxation - sounds very like what I have done with food.
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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by Zoid » Mon Feb 22, 2021 2:33 pm

Omg I LOVE office supplies! I really have a problem. I think I own every color sharpie that exists.

Keep up the good work! You’ve got this.
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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by alene1 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 3:11 pm

Auto, looks like you are getting back into your groove. I have to tell you about these erasable pens I have. They come in about 12 colors and I LOVE them! I use them during staff meetings and to do my lesson planning. I will find a link later in case you want to check them out. :) Have a great day.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Mon Feb 22, 2021 4:58 pm

Alene - YES, I'd love the link for your colored and erasable pens. :-)

Zoid - some of my co-workers and I joke that we could form a weekly group where we discuss and show off our favorite office supplies. :-) It really is a joy in this life of ours!

Ladybird - yep, I totally think we all find something to help us relax. I guess the ultimate life hack is finding something that helps us relax AND is good for us. Hmmmm, tough stuff! Short of that, finding at least "neutral" relaxing hacks would be nice!

Pinkie - do it! Get the stickers! Mine arrived and I'm loving them! The toughest part is deciding when I get to put one in my stuff and when I should really give it to someone in one of my letters. :lol: I guess there are worse problems to have!

Monday, February 22

129.4 (happy dance, whoop-whoop, it's the little things....)

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: beef patty w/cheese, pickles, and bacon

Moving
Morning walk (in a downpour) completed. Took both dogs. I'm getting better at handling them both together - well it probably also helps that Flowerpup is over a year now and not QUITE as crazy. ;-)
Also have a reservation for weight-lifting tonight. I'll be perfectly frank - weight-lifting is not fun for me, but it is critical for maintenance of my muscle mass and bone density - and if I listen to a podcast and get in and out of there in 20 minutes, I can do this.
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 » Mon Feb 22, 2021 8:47 pm

Auto, you enabler you! I have a few in my cart that I am considering. :D

Also yay for you for the 120's on the scale!

I don't love weight lifting either, but I do it because of concerns about bone mass... not as frequently as I should though. Good for you for getting in there and doing it!

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by lpearlmom » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:41 pm

Yay for the 120s! 🎉
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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by Zoid » Tue Feb 23, 2021 2:45 pm

Yay for the 120’s! That’s awesome!

I used to do heavy lifting back before kids. We have a squat rack with a weight bench and everything in our basement, so I have no excuse. I’ve been doing a calisthenic program, but I have zero desire to stick with it. So anyway, I hear you on the weight lifting. It’s super important, but I much prefer cardio.
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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Tue Feb 23, 2021 5:27 pm

Zoid, I've greatly enjoyed a bodyweight program called "GMB" - I've done their Elements, Vitamin, and Integral Strength programs. Have you heard of them? It's kind of like gymnastics, in a way. I like it because I get to move around in fun ways, rolling on the ground, doing handstands, hopping, etc. I keep meaning to get back into it, but my dogs go crazy when I am on the ground. That is just too tempting for them. :-)

Pinkie - Yep, bone and muscle mass are where it's at. Over and over again, I come back to that for living healthy and well.

And Linda - of course, it was a dip. But a lovely dip! ;-) A few more "bows" and perhaps I'll stay in that "decade" as we put it sometimes. :lol: 8)

Tuesday, February 23

130.2

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: beef stew in bone broth, 1 glass of milk
collagen proteins and electrolytes in hot water

Moving
Morning walk completed; evening walk planned
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 Jen1974 » Tue Feb 23, 2021 7:04 pm

It always takes a little time for it to “stick” but way to go on back into the 120s :D

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by Soprano » Tue Feb 23, 2021 9:57 pm

Great news re the 120s patience it will soon be more than a dip :)

I used to love weights but really hate gyms these last few years. I found some good toning and strength can be developed with yoga. Also great for suppleness.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Wed Feb 24, 2021 5:43 pm

Thanks Jen and Soprano!

Wednesday, February 24

130.0

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: yogurt w/berries
D: tuna fish w/pickles and cheese
hot drink with collagen proteins and electrolytes

Moving
Morning walk completed; climbing 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 Feb 25, 2021 6:09 pm

Thursday, February 25

129.6 8)

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: last of the beef stew, 1 glass of milk
D: (will be) ham & eggs
(will have) hot water with collagen proteins & electrolytes

Moving
(will) run with Flowerpup at the college baseball fields and jogging trail this afternoon

I've finished 3 weeks of NO NEWS. And, let me tell you, I have NO PLANS to go back. EVER. Can someone remind of this plan next pandemic? :lol: 8)
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 » Thu Feb 25, 2021 7:41 pm

Glad no news has helped so much! This morning after I did my writing I was all peaceful and feeling pretty good and then my husband texted me a news article and was all agitated about it and I noticed a huge difference in our attitudes and moods. He was upset and angry, and I was happy. And he was working on getting mine down as well! I want to see the studies 30 years from now about how the news has changed and what it has done to our mental health. It's noticeable! I don't look at the news on purpose anymore and I am much happier for it too.

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by automatedeating » Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:38 pm

Keep up the good fight, Pinkie! We won't regret staying away from the news - I feel certain of that.

Friday, February 26

130.0

Eating
B: coffee w/cream
L: (will be)
D: (will be)

Feeling pretty tired this week. Trying to take things one day at a time, but sometimes the weight of my responsibilities sneaks over the horizon and tempts me to worry worry worry about how I'll manage to keep all the balls in the air.
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 » Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:15 pm

Don't worry about dropping a ball, they bounce and some might just roll away!!!

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Re: automated eating tracker

Post by lpearlmom » Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:39 pm

Been taking a news break too. It’s been nice! I remember a book I read about helicopter parenting and it said the news was partly to blame. Even though crime had gone down, it felt like it had gone up because of the way we are bombarded with the news 24/7. It starts to feel like it’s all happening in our backyard. It also pointed out that child abduction was pretty rare and it usually was a family member doing it like an ex spouse. Having the facts did help me relax but of course we still have to take precautions.

I was originally feeling guilty for ignoring the news. Since I figure my white privilege is what allows me to live in a bubble if I want. A POC can’t drive down the street without being reminded of the current injustice in the world but I realized listening to the news does nothing to improve the world. Instead I plan to chose a cause or two and contribute whatever positive change I can to it. Probably just being kind to our fellow beings on a day to day basis and speaking up when we see injustice around us is the most realistic way we can make a difference.

Regardless if we are depressed and angry, we aren’t going to be much use to anyone so I’m on team burn the news and really glad it’s helping all of us! 💜💜
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