Today I'm sharing a page from my journey. I've been on this trek since July 22nd 2010 (almost two years). Over the 24 months I HAVE had my share of detours. As I look back I find TWO factors that always accompanied those detours. One was decreased exercise (more on that later this week) and the other GLARING one was lack of tracking.
Hey I get it! Tracking takes time and is "work" but it's the number one thing that keeps me OUT of the detours and on the road to "Health & Fitness". I have said it before and I will say it again. I KNOW I am not able to accurately portion and count my food in my head. I FAIL miserably when I attempt it.
Here is one example. This is my "fit" breakfast cereal. A serving 29 grams-3/4 cup is 110 calories.
Fail to use the scale and "fill the bowl" and I end up with 107 grams for 400 calories!
See the problem?
Not only does it matter if we weigh and measure but it matters if we don't write down every bite!
Here are some examples of how quickly calories add up:
3 french fries from your child's kid's meal = 27 calories
3 sticks of fruit flavored gum = 30 calories
5 tortilla chips = 50 calories
a swig of cola = 15 calories the whole can = 150 calories
one chocolate sandwich cookie = 53 calories
Now, I'm not saying you can't have these items in your food budget, I'm just showing you how when you don't track those nibbles between meals start adding up! This is WHY I have to weigh and measure my food.
Some days I start well and then I have meal when I KNOW I have gone over and the temptation is HIGH to not bother to track but that's when you SHOULD track because knowing what you really DID eat is essential in making those adjustments.
Tomorrow is Monday. Why not give it a try? Weigh and measure your food and TRACK it for one week and see how you do.