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Charting for Accountability {#thestruggleisreal}

I see the hashtag #thestruggleisreal all the time and that is definitely how I feel right now about my weight loss efforts.

I. Am. Struggling.

The easy excuse is that life has been so busy lately. We no longer have our wonderful nanny that made our lives easier all summer long. I’m trying to make up for how much slacking I did on the blog this summer, and I’m still having trouble saying no to the awesome review opportunities that come my way. My amazing job with DietBetter can be really hard to find time for without a large blog of time to get into a grove without the start and stop of fielding children. My kiddos deserve any extra attention I can give them during the day. Last, especially after BlogFest, I am dying to get some time in on up and coming projects that seem to fall to the bottom of the list!

#thestruggleisreal

Whew! Now that that’s over…

I can still do this!

I’m a very visual person. I have a million to-do lists, dry erase boards on the back of cabinets for meal plans and reminder, more than one planner, and multiple notebooks to hot things down.

Especially now with how much I have on my plate, I need some reminders so that the time doesn’t go by with me completely missing some important things.

Charting weight loss and fitness goals

When I found this “Class Chart” at the dollar store, I knew I had my temporary solution! I know have a “Kick Ass Chart” to help keep me on track. I placed everything in the order of my day and when I’d like to remember certain things. I also placed things in there to remind myself how easy it can be to fit something in.

No, I don’t plan to do five workouts a day, but I do want a reminder that I can fit in a naptime workout or run if I didn’t do a morning workout, or a quick 10-15 minutes before my shower if I still hadn’t had time for anything. I also need those many water reminders because, when I’m busy, I realize far too much time goes by between water breaks!

I’m getting there. It’s doing the trick so far and I love checking things off!

What do you do to keep yourself accountable? Are you a list and chart person?

Zero Weight Loss without Tracking…

Ok, friends… I have stalled big time!

I’m slowly crawling out of it, but when I look back over the past 9 months, I’m so disappointed! I was in a great place last summer. I gave myself a break for the holidays that turned into nearly 6 months of struggling to get back on track. I did well with my bridesmaid motivation and it’s been downhill since then…

I’m working out, I’ve been buying the right food, I challenge myself to drink more water, and I’ve made some major changes from two years ago.

There is one thing that has been my downfall.

I am unable to keep myself on track without tracking.

If you’re friends with me on My Fitness Pal (2Momma2 Come find me!), you’ll have noticed I seem to log in most days, but I haven’t been tracking my food.

So, what the heck have I been doing?

Well, I have My Fitness Pal synced up to another app called EveryMove. Through EveryMove I get rewarded for logging my activity with donations to charities or product discounts.  I have the app in my ipad and my android phone.

Tracking activity with EveryMove

Reward me and I’ll do it! Remember, I have my MS in Behavior Analysis and Therapy… We do nothing without reinforcement!

EveryMove is all about rewards!

You share your activities and get rewarded with points and encouragement, and you earn larger rewards like discounts and donations to charity. I love all of that.

Earn rewards for being active and donate to charities with EveryMove

What I don’t love is that the rewards aren’t free. I have yet to find one where you do not need to make a purchase, which is why I typically go for the charity donations. I also don’t love that I don’t get rewarded for my steps like the Fitbit folks. The do have space for suggestions for devices and I’ve suggested adding the Polar Loop.

Despite that, the reward system EveryMove has works for me. I consistently track my activity to rack up my points, and that’s what it’s all about. I have to admit, I’ve been using EveryMove for nearly a year, but it became a lot more fun when the Sweat Pink Ambassadors began reviewing the site and I finally had friends to interact with. I signed up for the review since I already used the app, but as far as I can tell we get no reimbursement just to share our completely honest reviews.

Activity feedback with EveryMove

My plan to get back on track with tracking

I’ve started getting better with my tracking, and my plan to do more meal planning and tracking before or very soon after I eat. I’ve already been doing well, so this will continue and get me back to heading in the right direction to where I want to be.

Now, who’s going to reward me for not shoving that cookie in my mouth…???

 

 

 

Do you use EveryMove? Be sure to comment so I can add you!

Do you belong to another site that rewards you for activity? I’d love to hear it!

How do you #sweatpink?