I mean EVERYTHING...what you ate, how you felt before and after you ate, what your workouts were, how hard or easy it felt when you were doing it, how you felt before and after, why you skipped a workout, your general mood, your motivation level...anything you can think of. This can help identify trends and gives you items to compare to find what's working and what isn't.
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Being honest and writing everything down helps me stay on track. When I stop writing small amounts, the calories add up and the pounds do too.
Writing everything also allows me to track cravings and trends. This helps me prepare for the next "cycle" of them. If I am expecting them, I can adjust early, thus saving myself headaches and guilt.
I plan my daily meals in the morning. I write everything down and log in and once that is done I leave it alone and follow that plan. It is such a pain to go back and change things or remove items. Once it is down it is final. That is what works for me.
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