Weekly Challenge: Food Journaling

7 Jan

Remember last week? Remember you made some goals, made resolutions for the new year? Remember this post about goal setting? Did you remember to run or walk at least one mile every day for a week? I hope you did. I did. Last night I was comfy on the couch when I remembered I’d forgotten to take a walk earlier in the day. So I bundled up and my husband and I hit the cold, dark streets to log 1.85 miles at a pretty quick pace (it was really cold and the faster we went the warmer we felt)! But, while the week has ended, my resolve to run or walk at least one mile every day has not. This morning’s routine featured 25 minutes on the elliptical and a quick mile on the treadmill for total of 36 minutes of fat-torching cardio.

We can do this!

foodjournal

This week let’s focus on nutrition. Changing what you eat begins with knowing what you eat. Most people aren’t really aware of what and how much they are eating not to mention when they eat it. In our country where food is ever-present and served in abundant portions, we can easily graze away any workout we push ourselves through. Add to that the fact that many of us eat highly-processed foods that are low in nutritional density. Do you have any idea how good you could feel if you changed that? It all begins with a food journal.

For this week–that’s right, just this week–I’m asking you to keep a food journal. It doesn’t have to be high-tech. You don’t have to run to any special store to find a food diary. Simply pick up a cheap notebook and pencil and obey one rule: if it goes in your mouth, it is logged in the food journal. If you can, measure your food with measuring cups or a food scale and compare your portions to the suggested serving size on the food package. A serving size of breakfast cereal is typically 3/4 cup to 1 cup. How much are you really eating? Make a note of when you eat. Is there a pattern? Are you really hungry at 3:00 in the afternoon, or are you bored? Most of us moms snag food off our children’s plates. If you do, log it in the journal. It all adds up!

If you are inclined to be motivated by tech gadgets and you own a smart phone, My Fitness Pal has a great app that helps you log your food and activity. It even has a tool that lets you scan the barcode of packaged foods to enter it into your daily food log. I personally LOVE this app! (No, this is not a paid endorsement!)

Don’t get overwhelmed. It may seem difficult to record every ounce of food you pop into your mouth, but food journalling is an extremely useful and eye-opening exercise. And, remember, it’s only one week.

And keep up the daily mile! Or if not, try the Minute-by-Minute workout, or Pretty Girl Kettlebells. You’re loving it, aren’t you?

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