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what are the top things that help you stay accountable. This is such a puzzle to me.

Wed. Nov 14, 8:39am

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knowing that I will log every bite!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 8:43 AM

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yep - just writing down everything I eat is really quite sufficient. Being in an active group where we all look at each other's logs is an added lever, but I found logging alone is quite effective. Seriously - every day. every bite. write it down. In weight loss as with many things in life, each step isn't all that difficult, but consistently doing it every day is - consistency is key. Logging helps with that.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 9:48 AM

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I have to agree. Just the fact that I write down what I eat helps tremendously. I don't count calories or points or anything, just log what I ate and how much. It makes me think about portion sizes and minimizes mindless eating. I've lost 40 lbs. and it doesn't even really seem like a diet.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 10:15 AM

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This is something I've always wanted, and I want to beat this thing so I don't pass it on to my future children. My mother has a weight problem, her sister, their mother (my grandmother) and her sisters, my father's sisters, his mother, nearly everyone in my family...I'm breaking the cycle. I've finally figured it out. The body hatred will end with me. "Be the change you want to see in the world." I am changing my children's futures before they are even born!

...and that's what keeps me accountable. Thinking of my future children with healthy bodies, and healthy body images...not going through all of the pain and struggle that I did.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 12:09 PM

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I think what keeps me accountable - other than the daily journaling, etc. - is other people's thoughtless comments. What got me off my keister this time and keeps me going is running into a couple of people whom I haven't seen in a while and having them tell me that I've gained weight. As much as I'd like to take the high road on this, what keeps me motivated is my vanity and wanting to look good.

I've heard someone say that we should put our money where our mouth is. Write someone a check for an amount that will hurt you and tell that person to cash that check if you don't keep up with your program.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 2:03 PM

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My brother asked all of his friends what their weights were and then he drew a giant thermometer with pound intead of degrees and marked where everyone else's weight was. He filled in the thermometer as he lost weight, passing up all his friends until he met his goal weight and was the smallest of the group. I'm not sure women would be so forthcoming with such information, but I loved this concept!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 7:55 PM

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I would lose friends very quickly!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 8:02 PM

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I'm not very motivated by negative methods, such as logging my food or comparisons. I do log, but logging that I ate a piece of cake doesn't energize me in a positive way to eat better. It just makes me feel like a screwup!

What has helped is a personal point system and some challenges. Any time I can commit to a healthy action ("I'm going to work out now--ask me later") I will generally follow through. Also, scoring myself on specific actions and trying to meat or beat my own score each day has really helped lately. I've broken the sweets cycle (eat chocolate, feel down on self, eat more chocolate to feel better) by giving myself three bites per day. For ever bite over that, I subtract a point from my score. The score doesn't really mean anything--it's just a way of assessing how I'm doing.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 10:59 PM

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