Friday, April 3, 2009

My Food Journal is SAVING me!

I've been consistently food journaling for the past several days & I love it! I record EVERYTHING I eat on my food journal...the good, the bad, and the nasty! On the first day of food journaling I was eating what I felt like eating. But, then I had to record it! I cringed when I had to write this;

1 packet of oatmeal
1/2 c nf milk
6 pieces of Easter Candy

Morning Snack
lite yogurt
6 pieces of Easter Candy

1 chicken breast
1 serving of salad
Easter Candy, lots of it

I hated that I wrote Easter Candy in all my meals! I threw away the candy and I was very conscious of what I was putting in my mouth. When I would write down what I ate, I would also write how I felt before and after I ate. (I'm also an emotional eater, so it's important for me to record how I feel.) I was cleaning out my purse & there were two pieces of Hershey Kisses! I was going to pop it right into my mouth, until I realized that I would have to record it! The Hershey Kisses went straight into the GARBAGE!

My food journal is keeping me honest. It's keeping me accountable for what I eat. I haven't been doing any mindless eating. And I think twice before I put anything in my mouth. That doesn't mean I don't eat it, but at least I think about it first!

Food for thought: "Accountability breeds response-ability." Stephen R. Covey


Gigi said...

This is a great tool to have. It really does make you stop and think and ask yourself whether it's worth recording in your journal. It will make a huge difference in your progress. Keep up the good work.

Wendy said...

writing down what i eat keeps me in line too. if i dont journal it, i can eat everything in sight...

fatty McButter Pants said...

love the quote by Covey. He says lots of good stuff. I wish I was better at tracking. I start out great, then I peter out at the end of the day. Thanks for all your encouraging comments. You don't know how much I appreciate them.

H.K. said...

gigi- I'm already seeing the difference it makes in my life! It is a very useful tool.

wendy- that is why i keep the journal too...i don't want to eat everything that isn't nailed to the floor!

Mcbutter pants - i tend to peter out towards the end of the day too. but, i still remember what i ate and then record it the next day.

Shelley said...

I hear ya on recording the good, bad and ugly in your food journal...I'm the only one who sees mine, and I'm still embarrassed to write "Dove Dark Chocolate Promises - 4 pieces" in it!

Not that I've ever had to do that. ;)

Melwel said...

Good idea...I've done this many times in the past...with good results.....then, I go back to my non writing ways-- and BAM!! right back where I started. I don't mean to sound negative. I wish you all the luck and accountability in the world.