One Mom’s Journey from Fat to Skinny to Confident


End-of-Year Food Journal Challenge

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I had the best weekend ever and have no photos to show for it because, well, it was the best weekend ever!

Star Wars was amazing — the kids loved it!

The gym’s holiday party was a success — I did steal this photo from a bunch my friend took of our workout at the event.

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Finally our Ugly Sweater/40th Birthday Bash for The Husband was a blast! So fun I totally forgot take any photos.

It was a go-go-go kind of weekend until today when I literally did nothing.

Not. A. Thing.

I needed a day to just relax. We went out to dinner with the kids for The Husband’s birthday so I didn’t even need to cook!

At dinner The Husband and I talked about making some changes to our diet. He’s been doing a great job reducing his soda intake by replacing it with other drinks like Mio and lemonade but our next step is overall sugar reduction. Honestly, his sugar intake is off the charts and, well, with his 40th birthday tomorrow, he’s not getting any younger! So I said I’d join him and we’d work on reducing our sugar intake together.

For me that means keeping a consistent food journal so I thought I’d issue an end of year food journal challenge to all of you.

Now I know it’s the holiday season and everyone likes to wait until the new year to do whatever it is they want to do to make diet changes or reach personal goals, but I call baloney. There is no perfect so there is no reason to wait.

I’m setting a goal to keep my food journal though the end of the year. No pressure to be perfect — just a “bite it, write it” policy, so to speak.

Who’s with me?

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    December 21, 2015

    My eating has been out of control since early summer, and I decided I needed to make some serious changes. I started tracking last week. It hasn’t always been pretty but it’s been real! And eye opening!!


      December 21, 2015

      Ahh me too! Since the summer I just can’t get it under control. Eating everything in sight for no reason except that I have no motivation not to. And none of my clothes fit now. This will help get back on track. Congrats on your success with food journaling!


    December 21, 2015

    I’m in! I was thinking just this morning that I’ve done so well in the last couple of months that it would be a shame to waste the momentum just because I’m on holidays!


    December 21, 2015

    I am in! I need it!


    December 21, 2015

    I am!!


    December 21, 2015

    Thanks to YOU and your mention of the Lose It! app, I’ve been using it and tracking every bite since October 23rd. Best thing I ever did. I’ve managed to lose almost 14 lbs so far…through Halloween, Thanksgiving, and now Christmas!!!


    December 21, 2015

    I’m in. I just wrote down my breakfast and I’m going to stick with it. I need to see what I’m really consuming.


    December 21, 2015

    I’m in. Sugar’s not a big deal for me, but portion control is so that’s where I’ll concentrate my efforts. Best of luck slaying the sugar dragon!

    Tracy Hansen

    December 21, 2015

    Thank you thank you thank you! I needed to hear that! I have been horrible to myself for the last few weeks eating everything is sight like it was my last meal. I knew I needed to get control but figured I would wait until Jan 1. You gave me the push I needed and I started my journal today. Now I will be 10 days ahead all the New Years people who waited!


    December 21, 2015

    I’m IN!

    I was just looking at my own stats for the year, and it’s been 10 weeks or so since I last consistently logged food. No time like the present to start again. I would like to focus less on the numbers – Calories and whatnot – and more on getting a better balance of macro-ingredients – Protein, Fat, Carbs. I suspect in addition to getting too many sugars in my diet, I am also getting too-high a percentage of calories from fat and carbs, not enough from good lean protein. I imagine reducing my carbs would lead to reducing sugars as well… Yup, thinking out loud here but I think that’s my goal.

    Perfect timing, Roni!!


    December 21, 2015

    Me too!


    December 21, 2015

    I’m in!!


    December 21, 2015

    After several years of stress eating, I had gained 20 lbs. Hit a very unhappy (not necessarily with my body shape, ’cause I actually appreciated the extra weight up top, but with all the physical aches/pains/uncomfortable stuff) place in October and decided to go back to Weight Watchers. That’s the same time frame I used (Mid-Oct to Mid-Feb) when I lost the first time, 14 years ago, and it works well for me (keeps me from packing on the extra 5-7 lbs I gain over the holidays most years too). So, I will be journaling with you! I am down 13 lbs, 7 to go. Woo hoo! P.S. The new WW is even less intuitive than the P+ (I started on the original points and could calculate those in my head), but I will say that it sure encourages you to stay the heck away from sugar, because they have cranked the points on anything with sugar and/or saturated fats.

    Pamela M.

    December 21, 2015

    My goal for December is to track my food 30 out of 31 days. An additional goal to hit my targets 80% of the time. Why not 100%? Because I’m human, and humans make mistakes. 80% is a whole lot better than 0%. And just track everyday, no matter what I’m eating.