I had a surreal conversation with the husband last night.
Me: Hey! I’m food journaling again on MyFitnessPal — we should be friends.
(He started a food journal a few weeks ago to help reach his goal of losing 25 pounds this year)
Him: Oh. I stopped using it. I figured there was no point since it wasn’t that accurate.
Me: No. No, no, no, NO!
Me: OK, let me ask you a question. Does it matter, really, if it’s THAT accurate? What’s the point of the journal? Is it to make you more conscious of your food choices or be a super accurate calorie account? I hate to tell you, nothing is really accurate. You will never REALLY know how many calories you’re consuming or burning or even need. Don’t get caught up in those pesky details because what you do need is a little accountability to stop snacking so much at night. That’s what the food journal does. It opens your eyes and makes you consciously decide if that 2nd cupcake or 3rd Twix bar is worth it.
You’re using the accuracy of it as an excuse, aren’t you?
Him: Looks at me with a guilty-ahh-shucks expression.
The fact that he wants to drop a few pounds, attempted food journaling and is playing similar mental games that I used to when I wanted to lose weight is really mind blowing. He has always been the kind of person who ate when hungry, stopped when full and now I see all my old patterns of thinking in him — the excuses and the overall sense of desperation.
The interesting thing is he was always a “naturally slim” person. I even wrote a post 8 years ago comparing his habits to mine based on an article I read in Prevention Magazine — click here to check it out.
His experience (and mine, really) have me thinking that it’s our habits that matter most. Sure, there are different body types, but if you really look at someone who wants to lose weight and compare them with someone who’s considered “naturally thin,” their habits probably play a major role and those habits can change over time — it happened to both of us in different ways.
Of course this doesn’t explain everyone’s struggle with weight loss or gain but there’s no doubt habits are one of the variables in play.
Don’t you think?
In other news…
- We had a snow day here today!
- I kept my food journal again.
- FitBloggin’ Agenda is getting more and more detail!
- Yesterday I posted my new favorite almond cookie idea and I have two more recipes in the works, roasted cauliflower head and a chicken chili I made tonight that the 9-year-old actually loved!
- Looking forward to a full day of work tomorrow without juggling 2 kids. Mommy needs a break. The 3-year-old is running me ragged. He’s fun but exhausting!