back to basics: tracking and week 2

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In September, I am participating in the Back to Basics challenge (#wwbtb). I started by making goals, and followed up after that with improving spaces. For this last week, the challenge was to do some tracking. Brooke introduced this tracking concept in this post.

So how am I tracking? it's no secret that I am a lover of documenting my life with blogs and media sites... and this has treated me well during my weight loss journey. I originally set up a database on my iPad (in Bento) for tracking, and then at the beginning of 2013, I started using MyFitnessPal (MFP). I've very active about tracking every bite because I'm trying to investigate what works best for my body. When I go out to eat, it's certainly more of a challenge, but I've been consistently documenting the best I can without a break - MFP announced this morning: "kadyellebee has logged in for 185 days in a row." :)

One of my initial goals for this challenge was to remember to finish out my day inside of MFP at the end of the day, because doing that last step gives me a moment pause to look over my day. I am proud to say I've been doing well on this goal, and it's also reminded me to take extra time to be more careful in planning out the following day. And this sets myself up for success!

Anothing thing I've been tracking is my meal plan. I've been writing blog posts with the review of the week, and that not only is good for me to look back at, but I've also heard from friends that it inspires them too.

A look at my lockscreen goals (I put this pic on the lockscreen of my phone to remind myself of what I wanted to work on this month, and it is inspiring me often!)... This last week had a few days of being really weak. This interfered with my exercise a bit. I did yoga stretching and ab work three times, weights once, walked fast once, and rode my exercise bike five times - most of the days, very slowly. It had me discouraged, because I'm at the point where I need to really kill it with exercise if I'm going to get back to an even keel with maintaining my weight. However, after 3 straight weigh-in weeks of gains, this week was down. I even made it through another scary doctor/dentist combo day! Healthy blogging and support were fine this week - I created several recipes that need to be typed up for the blog! For this coming week, I'm going to keep on with these goals, and attempt to reduce my calories by a little bit to see how that changes things.

The Back to Basics challenge for the current week relates to Good Healthy Guidelines and I'm looking forward to digging more carefully at how I can integrate those tips into my life.

...and that's the story!


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I feel blessed to have online friends who are healthful in many areas of my life. I was inspired by Brooke and Emily of who started a September challenge to get Back to Basics, with topics and challenges to revive... Read More

In September, I participated in the Back to Basics challenge (#wwbtb). I started by making goals, and followed up after that with improving spaces, then talked about the importance of tracking. This post will serve as a look at weeks... Read More

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