A Little Game I Play with My Tracker

Written by cappie71 (michelle) on 6/23/2012 12:19 AM | COMMENTS (13)

Being on vacation/travelling/eating out can be tricky. Tracking food that you aren't really sure about, geusstamating points to the best of your ability, that's just how it is. To reduce the stress of "in the moment what do I do panic" when out to eat I try to look up places we are going ahead of time and make a plan for what I'm going to get. I also always- ALWAYS- pre-track my food at restaurants. Even if I've already ordered it and it's sitting in front of me I put it into my tracker before I take a bite. It's a control issue for me I think.

The game that I realized that I play with my tracker is that I track the whole meal, every last part of it. That way when I only eat half of it I can go back to my tracker and retreive all those points. Thus mentally saying "See how good I am? I could have eaten all these points, but I didn't, I only ate this many." It's like when you are shopping and you put back one thing that you really want so that when you get home you can feel better about the money you spent because you didn't get the one thing you really wanted. Silly isn't it! I even went so far today that knowing we were going to VooDoo Donuts and there are a couple different donuts that I really love there, that I put into my tracker two, yes two donuts. Of course I didn't eat two donuts, but I could have if I wanted to, I had already tracked them. Then I got the bonus good feeling of going and deleting one of them and getting those points back. I'm such a weirdo I know!

I wasn't doing it on purpose either it wasn't until later today that I figured out I've been doing this! I think for me it's the difference between telling myself I only GET TO eat half, or telling myself that I CHOSE to eat half.

Pictured are three donuts from VooDoo Donuts- the VooDoo Doll, the Portland Cream and the Bacon Maple bar. Seriously good donuts. IF you look them up online be sure there are no children in the room, some of their donuts are inappropriate to say the least!

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  • Post Image annnne1

    6/24/2012 8:54 AM
    I bribe, er, motivate, coworkers at the software development company where I work with maple bacon doughnuts. Evil! I've played that same tracker game unwittingly and can't say it's helpful, I do have a problem tracking honestly so I really try to just write what I actually ate, not what I planned to eat or thought I would eat (or wished I had eaten).


  • Post Image dmryder2

    6/23/2012 11:36 PM
    Ha, ha - well, if you're a "weirdo," we probably all should be weirdos! ;-) I admire the fact that you pre-track - I've never been very good at that. Kudos to you (but not the edible ones ... unless you pre-track them!) ;-)


  • Post Image brebum (breanna)

    6/23/2012 10:33 PM
    Haha! What a great idea! I love it.


  • Post Image highdee5 (heidi)

    6/23/2012 6:36 PM
    As long as it's working for you! Although I never put back something (in a store) I REALLY wanted! I do many times put back impulse grabs and stuff I dont really need...but if I really WANT it I buy it...kinda the same way I eat now! If I really want it I have some, maybe just a little but if I deny myself I just think about it and get frustrated and many times binge on something later...thats why WW is so awesome! You can have what you desire as long as if fits into your points!


  • Post Image daylan97

    6/23/2012 2:09 PM
    Love that idea! I do that sometimes too, but it is never on purpose. I do love that feeling of "earning" back those points. MIght have to start doing it on purpose. SOunds like you are having a great trip!


  • Post Image sallyann441

    6/23/2012 12:23 PM
    OOOh I was gonna warn you about visiting Voodoo Donuts. How is the bacon maple bar? so far I have not succumbed (mainly because i hate standing in line) But it is one to dream about. Kinda like that game you play with your points tracking. Whatever works!


  • Post Image dcalphd

    6/23/2012 11:06 AM
    I like that trick..gonna steal it


  • Post Image tepperfan

    6/23/2012 10:05 AM
    I think this is a pretty nifty approach you have. VERY different from other games that people can play with their trackers--you win!


  • Post Image cliffsnoop (melissa)

    6/23/2012 9:23 AM
    Thanks for the tip Michelle. Have a good day. Melissa


  • Post Image scottnau (naura)

    6/23/2012 8:19 AM
    I do that 'extra tracking' too! It's like a little high when I can go back and take points away. And MMMMM voo doo donuts.....


  • Post Image maddalena3 (teresa)

    6/23/2012 7:38 AM
    Okay, I'm going to try this.


  • Post Image lauriehill1957 (laurie)

    6/23/2012 12:43 AM
    I do this, too, when I pre-track. It makes me feel like I have a wish list and I can choose to mark off what I don't really want.


  • Post Image jdoublebiscuit (jennifer)

    6/23/2012 12:26 AM
    I got one of the inappropriate ones for my 30th birthday in lieu of a cake. Sounds like you are having fun!




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