It’s Not Only About The Numbers

I don’t talk about my weight or (lack of) efforts here much here because I don’t see the point in it. I’ve gained weight, and I don’t like it. I know that I need to make some changes if I want my weight to change, blah, blah, blah…

I’d like to start seeing the numbers decrease again, but more importantly, I’d like to regain control of my habits.

It was a pretty simple process for me. Eat mostly healthy food, track it and exercise. Simple enough, but it’s not something that I’ve been focused on over the last year. I haven’t exactly given up on reaching my health goals, but I haven’t done anything to achieve them in a long, long time – until last week.

There’s something about Fitbloggin that makes you believe that you can do anything. It could be the fact that there are hundreds of people in the same place who recognize that it’s not easy even though they also realize it’s possible.

When I got home from Savannah I decided to make a simple change. I didn’t worry about changing anything except this – I decided to track my food.

It’s astoundingly easy to pass on the doughnuts when you’re calculating the calories and fat in them. For me, tracking food makes it real. I want to be proud of the things that I write down so I make better decisions. I drink more water. I try harder to do healthy things, and I feel better as a result.

I’m a week into tracking, and I don’t know what the scale says. I don’t care what it says, but I know my body. I know that I weigh a little less than I did last week because I’ve made good choices. That realization leads me to want to make more good choices.

Maybe I don’t have it all figured out, and maybe it will still be a struggle. Regardless, it’s been a long time since my food choices were intentional, and it makes me feel good.

Has anyone else noticed a difference in your food choices due to journaling them? Am I the only one who chooses an apple over a cookie when I know I’m about to write it down?

10 thoughts on “It’s Not Only About The Numbers

  1. I am now folllowing for the umpth time Weight Watchers, as in the past I have lost quite some weight. WW encourages you to write things down. It’s unbelievable when I have not written my meals down during the day, how many items I somehow missed/forgot…..i will be lying in bed thinking Oh yeahhhhh that candy piece…oh, and i grabbed 2 brazil nuts when i was cooking.
    I will continue to write everything as far as possible in my journal, and make the difference in my head!! keep it going and all the best! xx

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  2. Not to be a smarty pants, but isn’t it all about the numbers when you’re calorie tracking? And yes, I do tend to make better choices when I’m tracking my food and calorie counting. I try to keep around a certain amount (1500 calories) and so on most days (usually weekdays) my calorie counter is like a budget. As I’m recording my planned calories for the day I see just how much I have left for snacks or sides and adjust accordingly. But then some days, like today, my boss brings in chocolate chip cookies and I just let myself have one knowing that it messes up my calorie allotment.

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    • It isn’t all about numbers for everyone. For some, and it sounds like Kenlie is one of them, it is about awareness. I think tracking is a great place to start. Kenlie may just not be in a place right now where she can deal with the calories/points/whatever you want to count, but she is taking a step towards awareness…and that is a big deal.

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    • I cannot obviously speak for Kenlie, but I took her post to mean that she’s simply tracking the food she eats, but not necessarily sticking to a certain calorie allotment per day?

      Kenlie – I hope that the both of us can find the strength we need to overcome this challenge in our lives. Looking forward to hearing more!

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  3. It definitely easier to make the right choices when I am tracking my food. I never want to have to write down something that I feel guilty about, so those foods are eaten much less.

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  4. Seems like you’re living in my brain! I could have written most of those first several sentences. I *just* pulled out my food journaling notebook, as I was preparing my lunch and jotted down what I’d eaten so far today. I’m hoping that extra step of writing will give me pause before my next food choice. Thanks for a relevant post!

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  5. absolutely!!! we are on a parallel quest!!!! mine is in response to God’s blessed revelation to me of a genetic lipid that I carry that requires a low carb diet starting with nothing white, no potatoes and of course, no sugar. tracking is crazy revealing!!!! do you have an ap on your phone that you use?

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