As I discussed in my previous post I began using a journal to record everything again after six months off from my workout journal and I really can’t say how long it’s been with the food journal.
I’ve been on again, off again with the LOSE IT app. I like Lose It. Another thing that requires integrity, but at least you can scan bar codes and access that app from your phone and your computer. I’m still a WRITE IT DOWN girl. Something about writing it down is acknowledgement for me. It’s personal accountability and I know that when I have a trainer get involved, that will be the first thing they ask for.
So after 9 days of keeping a daily journal, as per my expectations I see things that need to be tapped back in to place. I do very well when my meals are planned and prepared in advance.
It’s easy to sit and type about greatness. It’s easy to sit and type about rah-rah cheering people on. When you have to get down and dirty and spill the truth about things you could be doing better, it’s really hard.
A friend said once… “I’m not going to tell you this is easy because when you are screwing up you’ll think there is something wrong with you, there isn’t. It’s just hard.”
No truer words were ever spoken.
I’m sitting here typing this blog thinking of all of the not on plan foods I’ve had over the last four days. It’s not horrible. But it’s not great either. I’m not trying to be perfect. I’m trying to be better than the day before.
I’ve noticed that when I eat something off plan, I tend to scribble it down almost illegibly so. Ha! Like I think “someone” can’t figure it out. Uh…someone is ME.
I live with a junk food junkie. That’s not an excuse, that is a fact. I love Precision Nutrition. They clearly say “If there is junk food in the house you will eat it…eventually”. I’m good about steering clear of it. In fact 98% of the time I do.
The only drawback to any plan saying “get rid of all the bad stuff in your house”, well that is just not possible in every house. My spousal unit ate the same way he eats now when we married. I changed, that isn’t his fault. He’s not overweight or unhealthy. I’m jealous because I have the metabolism of a person who gained 168# in two years and proceeded to lose 125# of it in a year. I don’t care what anyone says, that jacks up your system. No excuse.
So is the 2% margin of error enough to screw up my goals?
The question is not that, the question is whether the journal is helping me to stay the course.
Without a doubt.
It helps me to recognize and realize that I’m much more comfortable and relaxed when I do food prep. THAT makes me feel more successful in and of itself.
WRITE IT DOWN. You’ll learn a lot in the process.