My frenemy--the food diary
Monday, April 01, 2013
One of the things I realized during my journey to drop 50 pounds was the inconvenient necessity of maintaining a food diary. The research is clear; people who maintain food diaries lose more weight. As much as I hated the idea of tracking everything I eat, I started to do so two or three times a week and eventually built up to daily tracking.
Then, after I lost the weight, I told myself; “Well, you’ve got new habits so you don’t need to use the food diary anymore.” Okay, fine. So I tapered off gradually and eventually stopped using it. Maintenance over the past few months has consisted of regular weigh-ins and mindful eating—but no food diary.
Now, I’m ready to tackle the next five pounds and realize it’s time to return to my old frenemy—the food diary. Although Sparkpeople has a user friendly tracking system and a convenient phone app, I am still resistant to this mundane activity. But I want the five pounds gone more than I want to avoid the tracker, so I’m back.
My class reunion is now only four months away. I still have 15 pounds to lose. The clock is starting to tick, so I need to quit procrastinating and get to work. Thankfully, the weather will be warmer soon and I’ll have more opportunities for exercise. Hopefully, I can get it together long enough to reach goal by August.