Three Reasons Why I Keep a Food Journal

I’ve been journaling for 3 months now. I really have come to love it. I highly recommend giving it a try, especially if you want to lose weight. It may seem daunting at first. Who really has the time to keep track and write all this shit down?

Well, if you want to lose weight, you need to make the time. Just like everything else, it gets easier and faster the more you do it. Every morning I write out my 24 hour food plan and write down my thoughts about the previous day and anything else I want to jot down. 5 minutes. 10 at the most if I had a shitty night. You have 10 minutes. Don’t bullshit yourself and say you don’t.

So if you need some motivation and encouragement to get started, these are the 3 things that have taken my weight loss journey to the next level:

  1. Data Collection. If my weight stalls or if it goes up, I have data I can go through. Am I truly on plan? Have I been drinking all my water? How many overeats did I have last week? Am I getting enough sleep?
  2. Patterns. Eating is habitual. We eat the same things, at the same time, under the same circumstances, etc. By keeping track of these things, I started eating at the kitchen table instead of in front of the tv and I don’t have my phone in one hand and a fork in the other. This makes it so much easier to really zone in to my body and only eating to satisfied instead of full.
  3. Self Validation. I don’t need that scale to move now. I have the data to show I’m doing everything right. I don’t rely on that piece of equipment to control my feelings.

Hope this is helpful to someone. Doesn’t have to be fancy or perfect. Just grab a pen and a piece of paper and write. See what benefits you can get out of it.

Have a kick ass day y’all!

Until next time.

Published by Andrea

I’m the go to friend and family member if you need something done. But I don’t give myself the same commitment. I say no more! This is the end of my life long yo-yo dieting. No more quitting projects halfway through. No more giving up on myself. Period!

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