Another Back to Basics post for September’s challenge: tracking your food. Sometimes I love to do it. Sometimes I hate to do it. I’ll track electronically or in a notebook or not at all. Prior to this challenge I had been in the “not at all” phase. So I’m glad to have this week’s challenge to get me back to writing stuff down. I think I am still trying to shake the “end of summer blues”, so I decide to just write food choices down in my day planner, nothing fancy. (Yes, I went back to a paper planner a few months ago.)
Not a perfect food day but I wrote down everything I ate yesterday. Today I get a chance to review it and make better choices. Those late night Parmesan Garlic Chips were simply because I was up late watching Orange is the New Black. It’s funny how strong that food/TV connection is! I swear I didn’t even realize that I had gotten up to grab the bag of chips. Probably because it was almost midnight and I was still up. When I realized I was eating and not hungry I put the bag away. What the heck. That’s so annoying! Tonight, if I sneak in a late night episode, I will either be working out or knitting during it. Busy hands can’t go grabbing for chips! Has this ever happened to anyone else?
Tracking has been a habit of mine since my Weight Watcher days. At first I refused to do it but now I can truly say I do it more often than not. It’s beneficial in so many ways. It can be a motivating tool when you are proud of a really good food day. It’s a journal to refer back to when you have no idea what to eat (this happens to me a lot). More importantly it’s the reality of what you are putting into your body. If you don’t like the foods you are tracking…change it!
Tonight I’m going to add these two days into the myfitnesspal app and get a clear view of the calories consumes minus the calories burned. My goal this week is to track all seven days and watch my food choices improve throughout the week.
How are you tracking this week?