Here we are again. It’s Wednesday. Is December flying by or what?
Holy crap I just looked at the calendar! It’s exactly two weeks until Christmas! That’s crazy talk!
Well, at least the next two weekends I have fun things planned. This Friday is The Husband’s annual office holiday party. I always look forward to it. We get a sitter and dress up like prom night. When we went two years ago The Husband gave me the best compliment ever and I still can’t read that post without crying. This year I vow to take at least one photo of us. I picked up the cutest purple dress on Black Friday when shopping with my mom.
The following weekend I’m throwing my first ever ugly sweater party. I’m super excited! It’s been awhile since I hosted a get together at the house. Before we had kids I used to do it all the time!
Anyway, I thought this week’s weigh-in topic should be about food journaling since I started mine back up for some extra accountability through this crazy season.
I’m two days in and loving it so far. Sometimes I find food journaling to be really fun and easy. Other times it’s the bane of my existence.
When I do hate it, it usually comes down to one of two things:
- I’m confident in my choices, feel in control and simply don’t want to be bothered to enter things because I don’t need it.
- I need it desperately but I don’t want to face it. I’d rather not know and lie to myself about what I’m eating and why I’m eating it.
There’s no doubt in my mind food journaling was a BIG part of my weight-loss success. When I lost the original 70 pounds I kept it with paper and pencil. Then I shifted to emailing myself, keeping it on the blog, Twitter, Instagram, and now I use MyFitnessPal.
Successful food journaling starts with finding a method that works for you. There is no right way to do. I used to track Points, now I look mostly at calories but truth be told, I’m not into the numbers as much as portions and conscious decisions. Those two reasons are why I really needed it and still fall back on it today. My problem was always portion control and mindless eating. I can easy inhale a few thousand calories in a sitting without even realizing it. I’m a mindless muncher and someone who doesn’t mind and sometimes enjoys the feeling of being full. My food journal helps keep me in check when those old habits creep back.
Now it’s your turn. Do you food journal? Have you found a method or approach that works for you? Are you always honest with your entries? Do you ever step away? Have you found success?
Note: If you are one of my original Wednesday weigh-in folks, please feel free to share your numbers along with your thoughts. I know how important that accountability can be as well!