I mentioned a few posts ago that I hired a personal trainer. I had my first session with her last Tuesday and let me tell you, the woman is intense. The workout she gave me wasn’t even that hard (lucky me still has a lower back “issue”) but she’s been on my case about food. I told her I need her to do that and she hasn’t let up. Damn, now I actually have to follow through.
While we worked out she casually mentioned that she’d like to see my food journal. We moved on to other things but 2 days later I received an email saying: “I expect you to bring your food journal to our next session. Have a great day.” I guess that means I actually have to track my food, huh?
I’ve officially been a Weight Watchers member for months but haven’t really followed the program to the T. This week I decided to track my food, no matter what. There is no pressure (yet) to be “perfect” and stay exactly within the points (although hopefully I’ll get there soon). The only rule is to track: good or bad. And well, it’s been eye opening to say the least.
I started last Tuesday. I get 29 Points Plus a day, 49 additional points a week and extra “activity” points if I work out. Break-down so far:
- Tuesday: 30 points, 3 activity points (49 weekly points remaining, 2 activity points remaining)
- Wednesday: 27 points
- Thursday (beginning of new week since I weigh in on Thursdays): 31 points, 47 weekly points remaining
- Friday: 52 points (!!!) – that vegan dinner, including 4 cookies (and 1 cookie’s worth of cookie dough while baking) and around 3 glasses of wine was 37 points; 24 weekly points remaining (1 day after the week started)
- Saturday: 62 points (!!!!) I came home after a long day and polished off the rest of the cookies, all 5 of them (I had 1 earlier in the day). 8 activity points (from my morning run); –1 weekly points remaining (yup, that’s negative and only 4 days into the week!!)
Sunday I logged all of this in and decided that enough was enough. This week is not over and I can change things around. I could get overwhelmed (very tempting!) or I could eat a little more clean(ly?) and move more. So I made a healthy frittata for lunch.
Ingredients (makes 4 servings, 7 Points Plus each)
- 3 small beets
- 1/2T EVOO
- 2 slices bacon
- 2 cups baby spinach
- 1 cup grape tomatoes
- 3 eggs
- 6 egg whites
- 1/4 cup milk
- 3/4 chickpeas (cooked)
- 2 oz goat cheese
- 1 garlic clove, minced
1. Slice beets, place in foil, drizzle with EVOO and salt and pepper. Wrap foil all around beets, making a little packet. Bake at 425* for 25 minutes. Cool.
2. Fry bacon. Reserve 1T bacon fat. Blot bacon slices, then crumble.
3. Sautee spinach in bacon fat, add grape tomatoes, beets and garlic + S&P.
4. Whisk eggs, egg whites, milk and S&P. Pour over veggie mixture. Sprinkle with bacon, chickpeas and goat cheese.
5. Bake at 350* for about 25 minutes, until eggs firm up.
This was a healthy and hearty lunch that put me back on track with my diet. The goat cheese melted all over the eggs and I loved the smokiness of the bacon. Delicious!
I haven’t completely turned things around yet, but I really love how just tracking all the food has brought more awareness to what I’m doing, how much I’m eating and how it will surely affect my body. I make a choice at every meal/snack/workout to bring myself one step closer to my goal or one step further from it.
I’m on a business trip in NY over the next few days (blogging from the hotel room right now) so things may get interesting. I will continue tracking my food though. No more mysteries. Ignorance is not always bliss (that scale shows it all every Thursday and believe me, it’s far from bliss).
Do you keep a food journal? If so, do you think it affects the way you eat (or maybe how much you exercise)?