Monday, January 31, 2011

journaling...and strategy

So my healthy goal for the past 3 weeks has been to keep a journal of what I am eating.  Like all goals this is hard to keep for the first few days.  Or some goals are exciting for the first few days and then...blah.  Well...this falls into the first category.  I really didn't want to do it but since my jeans were a little too snug I knew it was time(i have been wanting to do this goal but excuses are always plentiful!).  It would be a good indicator of what I was eating and how my portions were looking.  (i don't count calories or measure...just write down what I eat...i know when my portions are too large and I will jot that down too )

Week one was pretty much a hit and miss.  Week 2 I started out by weighing myself(something I don't do on purpose.)  It was a nice motivator to really get serious about this goal.  Around Wednesday I wanted to stop but kept going.  THis past week(week 3) was easier and I actually wanted to record what I was eating.  I also jotted down a few emotions I was dealing with surrounding my food which helped tremendously.  If I can acknowledge my emotions on paper then they don't come screaming out in the form of donuts.

This weekend I had a couple of meals where I was a little anxious about what I was going to eat and the company I would have.  In the book I got for Christmas-The Total Female Body Breakthrough by Rachel Cosgrove-she says to have a strategy for when you are going to be out of your comfort zone or for when obstacles arise..  So I wrote down my strategy in my journal. I also wrote down a plan of what I wanted to eat.  Nothing is ever set in stone and I can change my mind(i hate being told what to do...can you tell?)...but it was so nice to have a plan in place to fall back felt like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.  It helped put my emotions at ease and then I could enjoy my company and the food!

Another great benefit from journaling is to see which foods are causing my intestinal distress:)  I felt so good this morning when I got up to workout.  no bloating.  ahhhhh.  so nice.  Which means I had a good week food wise and I believe I know now which foods are safe.  "If Mama's intestines ain't happy, ain't nobody happy"...isn't that how that saying goes?


  1. Awesome! I've been doing that as well. I've been using to track my food, and I will plan ahead as well, like you said it helps a TON. It reminds me of being in YW and having them say "decide before you are in the situation"! Works for food too, LOL!

  2. I would do good to keep a food journal, too. I eat all the veggies I want but portion control is one I could watch. I just hate the thought of going without. The diet I was on had enough food and snacks, but you still knew you were on a diet. I did do 20 minutes on the recumbent bike today. If I did that everyday, it would help.


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