Keeping Track

HELP! I’ve been trying to work out an efficient way to track my life a little more thoroughly and record things like food, exercise and symptoms so I can look back over the notes and decipher what things are good and bad, what things cause symptom flares, what things increase energy levels etc. etc. It’s seems kind of common for professionals and online recommendations to suggest you keep track of everything, from weight, to food intake, to symptoms, to exercise (or lack thereof) and everything and anything else you can possibly think of that is trackable.

It’s something that I’ve thought about doing, even attempted to start a couple of times, and it’s always been ‘too hard’. I know that I need to listen to my body if I want to live a ‘normal’ life but I’m not sure that I want to be listening to my body ALL the time. Not that closely. It’s not all that pleasant to analyse… To be honest, I’m kind of worried that if I pay that much constant attention to what’s going on it might actually make me feel worse about everything. As it stands now, I’m pretty much able to tune out all of the constant niggly symptoms and just get on with life. I’m not sure that I want to train myself back into the habit of noticing all that stuff…

Like I said, I’ve tried food and symptom diaries in the past and never seem to be able to keep it up for very long. Do any of you have any tips or suggestions? Apps that work for you? Anything! Do you track these things or do lean towards the side of not wanting to focus on all the bad stuff? I’d love some more opinions on this!

2 thoughts on “Keeping Track

  1. Hi Jodie, it sounds like you’re doing pretty well without all that tracking! Maybe you don’t need to track? Just make sure that you’re not tuning out those niggly things to the extent that you don’t see a crash coming up to bite you.

    If you do want to track, personally I would say start off keeping track of a few key things. Only track what you know will be useful. Make it feel manageable otherwise if you’re like me you’ll never do it. You can always add more things once you get in the swing of it. I track how much sleep i’ve had, give myself an overall score for the day, how many steps I do that day, how much meditation and write a very brief note of what I’ve been doing and/or how i felt. I do it in a £1 small slimline diary. I did once start to transcribe some of the numbers to an excel spreadsheet but it made me too depressed.

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    1. Starting small is a good idea, I think maybe I just need to have a go and see what happens! Seems to be a fine line between listening to my body and dwelling on being sick. I’m hoping tracking some things might help me to become a bit more aware of that line… thanks so much for your advice, it’s so helpful to hear how other people do it.

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