The New Year has come along with a few resolutions on my end. The most difficult of these resolutions would be to log my food & beverage intake everyday…and not just a guess of how much I am eating & drinking. I actually have been weighing & measuring EVERYTHING that enters my body. Not only is it irritating for me; it is extremely time consuming. I get up 30 mins earlier so I can have time to enter my food. Yep. 30 mins. Sometimes I like an tablespoon of 2% milk in my hot tea. Sometimes I like 2 teaspoons of diced onion in my eggs. My diverse diet causes me grief in this entering process. Lots and lots of grief.
My main issues have come from my dinners. I enjoy a combination of multiple veggies mixed with a lot of seasonings and 93% fat free ground turkey. It becomes complicated when I make a meal with black olives, red bell peppers, yellow onion, fresh garlic cloves…etc. I must weigh, measure, divide and enter every last ingredient. I never skip entering ingredients because I track my fat, sodium, sugar, and protein intake. For example, even though olives are low in calories, they are high in sodium. I. Log. Everything.
I have seen changes all ready. I am more organized with my days and more aware of what I am consuming; often shocked of how many calories or grams of fat/sugar/sodium/carbohydrates are in my foods. I’ve gone over my daily allowance every single day in one catagory or another and I’m working to correct those overages. I don’t want a sodium/fat/carb or sugar heavy diet.
I recently read an article stating there was a study done proving it takes most humans no less than 66 days to create a habit (not 21) and another article stating you can radically change your body and life in 12 weeks therefore I started a 12 week challenge in my classes and am partaking in the challenge myself. Cheers to another 11 weeks of being dedicated to logging my food- and hopefully a lifetime skill set I will adopt!