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My Wednesday inspiration usually comes from my Tuesday night of watching The Biggest Loser- if you don’t watch and need some motivation or inspiration, watch! I think the weekly weight loss is highly unrealistic for someone that doesn’t have 24 hour access to a gym, live in chef and live-in trainer, but I get motivated by their stories and their passion to make a change in their lives.
Last night, the talked a little about their food journals and tracking every bite they eat. It got me thinking about my day, so I thought I would do a quick journal and see if I can identify some problem spots.
Tuesday, September 27th:
Breakfast: 2 eggs, sprinkle of cheddar (<1/4c), 1 strip turkey bacon, 1 low-carb wrap, coffee, lowfat creamer
Morning: Snacked on 1/4c trail mix, decaf pumpkin spice tea
Lunch: Skinny pumpkin spice latte (260 cal-ack!), 3 tootsie rolls <—needs improvement, since I had a packed lunch in the fridge at work!
Snack: Greek yogurt with toasted almonds (1/4c), 3 york peppermint patties <– should have skipped and waited for dinner!
Dinner: Lean beef burger w/buffalo sauce, weight watchers bun, roasted asparagus and zucchini
If you are struggling with a plateau, trying to jump-start your weight loss or just curious, I’d suggest keeping a food diary for a few days or even a week! Like me, you may find that you ‘sneak’ things in (tootsie rolls, lattes and peppermint patties) where there should be more substantial foods- or at least a mix of carb/protein to keep me going! If writing it down doesn’t work for you, try a website like THIS to help.
So, the plan for today, is to stick with the actual plan!
Breakfast: Wrap to go (egg, cheese, bacon, low-carb wrap), coffee, lowfat creamer
Morning snack: decaf tea, KIND bar
Lunch: What I had planned (and still have in the fridge @ work) spaghetti squash with homemade marinara and lean chicken sausage, roasted veggies
Snack: Fat-free latte, no syrups!
Dinner: Grilled, boneless pork chop with BBQ sauce, roasted veggies, quinoa
Workout: 40 minutes, walking, adjusting incline every few minutes (or every song!)
How do you track your calories? Have you ever kept a food journal? What is your favorite online tracking site?