Keeping A Food Journal: 12-Week Challenge
Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m horrible at tracking my food. I don’t know why. I seem to go through cycles. Some weeks I am the most awesome tracker in the world. Others, I completely suck at it.
Guess what cycle I’m in now?
I know tracking works. When I track, the pounds fall off. It’s that simple.
Over the last 2 weeks, I went from tracking everything everyday to just a couple of meals a day to no tracking at all.
A part of me just thinks I don’t have to write it down. I can count my points and carbs in my head. Ha! I ended up snacking all last night and lost count sometime between dinner, the jello, the almonds, the wine, and the late night chicken wings.
I decided to create a 12-Week Tracking Challenge using both paper and my iPhone. I want to reinforce a good habit…hence the 12-weeks. I’m tracking:
- Food (PointsPlus and Net Carb)
- Weekly Challenges
Paper Journal Vs. Apps
Conventional wisdom says apps make tracking “easier.” But I’m not so sure.
I find with paper, I’m actually thinking about what I’m doing. With the app, it’s more like I log it and think more about improving the app, not myself.
Truth is no one app does what I need it to do – calculate PointsPlus and net carbs, and track my activity. My Weight Watchers’ app is my workhorse for tracking, but it doesn’t count carbs (please WW gods add this feature!). Friends recommended My Fitness Pal and Carb Masters. So I’ll also review the apps during this challenge.
I know paper isn’t a walk in the park either. I don’t know the PointsPlus value or net carb count of everything I eat. Paper is so DOS!
But again, if I write it, I tend to think about what I’m doing. Thinking is key to living healthy.
For the paper tracking, I settled on using Fitlosophy’s Fitbook. It’s a 12-week fitness and nutrition journal. It includes long- (3 months) and short-term (weekly) goals. It’s very clean and allows detailed info. It’s small enough to fit in my purse so I can take it with me.
The challenge starts today and ends December 18.