One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


A Taco Tuesday Taco Salad and My New Journal

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Ever since the Lego Movie our family has pretty much eaten tacos on Tuesday. It’s always been one of my favorite dinners anyway so I’m glad to have a reason to serve them weekly. Especially because I can make tacos super healthy and no one seems to notice — have you seen my Kale, Turkey and Black Bean Taco Filling? It’s a family favorite. I also now have them hooked on chicken tacos with avocados, which is great because I can make lots of extra and eat the chicken throughout the week.

Tonight I skipped the traditional tacos and made myself a HUGE taco salad.

taco salad

There was really nothing to it. Just a big ol’ pile of lettuce and spinach, chicken, avocado, peppers, salsa, grated cheese and half a crunchy taco shell. It’s one of my all-time favorite salads to make at home. Simple, filling and super flavorful.

As for my new journal, I’m on day 3!


And I’m loving the bit of structure it’s giving me. I just jot down what I ate (with no pressure of calories or points), keep track of my workouts and what time I go to bed. I could share it here but to be honest you probably wouldn’t understand my chicken scratch or cryptic notes anyway. See…


It really doesn’t matter though, does it? The notes are just for me. Sometimes the little bit of accountability is just what I need to re-motivate myself.

And it’s working. :)

I know I’ve talked about journaling before, mostly as it pertains to food, but I’m curious how many of you keep a journal either on paper or on a blog of some sort. I tend to go through phases with it but I must admit as soon as I feel a bit out of control and/or unmotivated it’s the first thing I turn to for a shot of motivation. For some reason I find it grounds me. It helps me simplify things when I start to overanalyze. Something I do a lot.

OK, off to bed. I’m about to write 9:30 in my journal. This early-to-bed thing is becoming a habit and I like it. So much more energy in the morning. Did you see this and then this? I was killing it earlier today!

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There are 5 comments so far.

    Katie @ RunWildInAlaska

    August 27, 2014

    Maybe that’s what I need to do. Tracking on MFP works for me, but I HATE trying to figure out calories in a dinner with multiple ingredients, especially when my husband is doing the cooking (without a recipe). So then I tend to just give up. But maybe just journaling it is the answer.


    August 27, 2014

    I have a journal for to track my work-outs/movements as well. It is for my own sake, as I find patterns on things that are bringing me off track and it helps me recognizing that I am sometimes (thanks to #wycwyc) doing more than I see myself.


    August 27, 2014

    I have always kept a journal of some sort – now I use my blog for that. I think about tracking food/exercise/sleep, but haven’t since I’ve adopted a more intuitive style of eating – a la WHOLE30. and thrown out my scale (one of the most liberating moves I’ve ever made). My blog is where I get my scattered thoughts and vents on page. I don’t care who reads it, I don’t use it to make $ or promote anything… It’s just something I do and I think it helps keep me grounded and gives me perspective. It’s important to see where you were at different times of your life and how you worked through challenging situations. Cheaper than a therapist.

    Sherri D

    August 27, 2014

    After losing 100 pounds and gaining 30 I went back to journaling my food again and guess what? I lost four pounds in the first week. Duh….lol

    Mindy Lee

    September 2, 2014

    It really drives me crazy and gets me overfocused on food but I wish it helped me! I am with Lynne, I use intuitive eating and try to eat mostly protein with healthy low-ish carbs. It’s amazing when it works because it makes me feel strong and proud. :)