I’m asking this weeks question out of pure curiosity. If you are regular reader you may know I have varying degrees of food journalism (food journalism?? not sure if that makes sense, but that’s how it came out of me and I’m going to run with it.)
These levels have evolved over the last 3 years of losing and maintaining a weight loss.
- Level 1 – In my head.
- I don’t think I’ll ever not at least be conscious of what I’m eating ever again. When I’m in level 1 it’s normally when I’m feeling in control, having consistent weigh ins and overall just living in the weight maintenance zone.
- Level 2 – Just Food.
- When the bites, tastes and licks are getting out of control and I’m noticing an increase in ‘between meal’ eating I start to at least jot down a basic food journal, no points, calories or anything just a running list of everything I ate that day.
- Level 3 – Food with Points.
- The scale’s gone up a bit and I need some accountability. That’s when I full out and start to weigh and estimate points while food journaling.
- Level 4 – Weekly Commitment.
- (AKA full blown Weight Watchers). The scale is up and I need some serious accountability. This is when I make a weekly commitment. Track my points daily and use/track my weekly allowance point. I also call this level my “weight loss mode”.
- Level 5 – Pre-planned Weekly Journal.
- This is Food journaling to the max. In the morning I plan lunch and dinner, estimate the points, calculate how many I have left for breakfast and snacks. It’s really a daily way to plan each day and have points accounted for before I eat them. This is the way I journaled for the majority of my weigh loss.
I may be a little fanatical about the food journaling but for me it really was/is the only way. So I’m real curious what works for you.
Do you Food journal? and if so, How do you do it?