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Challenge #3 – Day 3

I have a confession to make: I have not been writing everything down like I should be. I have been remembering however. But I’ve got to remind myself that writing in the moment will be much more beneficial. I really want to delve into those feelings I have towards food.

Today I’ve noticed that I tend to pick certain foods out of convenience. I’m a lazy eater and I’m not going to put work into making my meals. For instance, today I had a Zone bar for breakfast, a donut for lunch, and a Lean Cuisine for dinner. Not healthy choices at all!

I’ve also noticed that I eat fast. There’s a reason that experts say to eat at a calm pace, it’s because when you eat fast your brain has not registered that you’re full yet. I need to learn to listen to my body.

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Challenge #3 – Day 2

Grilled Five-Cheese Sandwich. With recipe!

Image by pirateyjoe via Flickr

I’m not going to bore you by writing my list of everything I ate today, however, I will present you with some highlights. I started the day the way I usually start it, with an iced caramel latte at 9:45 AM. Honestly, I drink way to many of them. I hate the taste of whole milk, so I always have skim, but there still has to be a significant amount of calories considering there’s caramel in there.

So anyway, I have my latte, and probably 75% of the time, I don’t eat breakfast. So, how am I still fat? Good question. After that I noticed at about 1:30 PM, I was feeling pretty hungry, growling-stomach hungry. I saw someone eating grilled cheese, so I just had to get two for lunch, plus some rice pilaf. I love rice pilaf!

Here’s what I’ve noticed about myself. I will eat and keep eating even if I don’t like what I’m eating. The grilled cheese today wasn’t good. It was lousy. My college used to make delicious grilled cheese. The grilled cheese today was cold and they don’t even use real butter. What’s up with that?

So, anyway, despite this craptastic grilled cheese, I ate everything. I’ve also noticed that I eat very fast, barely taking time to breathe between bites.

When I was supposed to be having dinner at 5:30 PM, I ended up eating a delicious piece of chocolate cake. It was spectacular! When I eat dessert, I tend to savor every bite, eating slowly and enjoying myself.

I bought myself another latte on the way home from work at 8:00 PM. I didn’t eat anything at home until about 11:30 PM when I popped some popcorn and ate the whole bag. Mind you, this was not one of those individual bags.

So, what habits have I noticed? Well, I eat too fast, for one thing. I also eat in excess of what I should. My meals aren’t well balanced and some meals are non-existent. Just some things I need to work on.

Challenge #3

The Challenge: During this time period, I resolve to observe my eating habits.

The History: The earliest I can recall keeping a food journal was when I joined Weight Watchers for the first time. That was in October of 1998. Since then, I’ve tried several times to monitor my food intake and I’ve lost interest.

The Reasons: I can’t find the actual source, but I remember hearing at a Weight Watchers meeting that people who journal tend to lose more weight than people who do not. 

The Benefits: Keeping a food diary will allow me to really think about what I’m putting into my body. Think about it, how often do you mindlessly eat, just throwing food into your mouth? If you’re like me, you do it constantly.

I also want to monitor my feelings about food. I never stop to think about how I feel before or after eating. I want to start asking myself:

  • How hungry am I?
  • Why do I feel the need to eat? (emotional, physical, etc.)
  • How do I feel after eating?

The Plan: This will be easy enough, if I can just keep up with it. I plan to keep a small notebook with me and write in it when I feel the need to. Eventually, I’d like to design a template to use each week.

Just one of my many attempts at keeping a food journal.

 

 

*This is not a diet, this is a way to get me ready for upcoming changes to my diet.

The Time Period: This week will focus on the food journal only, but I intend to make it a permanent addition to my life (like quitting smoking)!