Food Journal {What I Learned}

As I mentioned in this post, I want to drop some unwanted pounds while I train for the marathon.

I decided to track my food in My Fitness Pal, a free online tool and app, for a week to see where I stand. What I found is pretty interesting.

Here’s a look at a typical day of my eating habits:

Please note that I am in no way shape or form an expert in diet or fitness. I have no certifications and am just sharing a day in my life, what I’ve learned and how I am adjusting to make myself not only look better but feel better. What works for me may not work for you. 

DATE: Wednesday, January 21st

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This breakfast is pretty typical. I went to the gym at 5 AM with Hubby and I completed a 2 mile run/walk and some weights. Once I got home, I prepped some eggs with spinach and a hazelnut coffee. I love having something warm in the morning. When I got to work, I ate an apple and had 2 more cups of coffee. I really like having sugar and recently switched to Stevia packets instead of Splenda. I don’t notice a difference in taste, but Stevia is better – from what I’ve heard!

I would give myself an A- for this breakfast. A low amount of carbs, high amount of protein, limited sugar. The best thing is I felt full for a long time because of the eggs and didn’t need to snack on the apple until 9 AM. (I ate breakfast at 7 AM).

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I went out to lunch with my boss to a local restaurant. Where we went wasn’t in My Fitness Pal, so I took a guess. This salad had romaine lettuce, avocado, bacon, egg, bleu cheese and grilled chicken. I used balsamic vinegar as my dressing. I didn’t eat all of it, which is why I said 1 serving. I’m not sure if this even remotely accurate, but it seems right. I know avocado, bleu cheese and bacon have lots of calories. I love drinking unsweetened iced tea at lunch because it’s something different than water but also has 0 calories. It mixes up my day.

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I chose this day to feature because it was the worst dinner I ate all week. Hubby would live off of Tombstone pizza if I let him. I know this meal has absolutely no nutritional value and shouldn’t even be in my home, but sometimes convenience wins. I had a bad day at work and didn’t want to cook. Glass of red wine non-negotiable.

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Snacks were the highest category for calories. They were “decent” snacks, ones that helped me get through the day. I had all snacks after lunch and put the Cheerios in my yogurt.

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I set my food intake to 1,500 calories and I earned calories from my work out. As you can see, I was technically below my allotted calorie intake, but way above the fat intake. Hello, frozen pizza and avocado!

What I Learned:

I need to plan ahead. I started off the day great! My breakfast was well balanced and kept me full. By the end of the day, I was exhausted and wanted to grab whatever I could to eat! If I had just taken the time to plan a meal (or even better, prepped it over the weekend), I wouldn’t have eaten the pizza.

I have food guilt. After eating the pizza, I had insane food guilt. And I noticed that throughout the week. Whenever I ate something “bad” for me, I would eat it, not really enjoy it and then feel guilty about it.

I don’t burn as many calories as I thought. With the training we’re doing, I was sure I was burning at least 500 calories a day. So not the case. I only burn that many calories if I run 6+ miles. This day, I only did 2. (The calorie deficit is more than 200 calories because I linked my UP to My Fitness Pal and it included my step calorie burn).

I don’t eat enough fruits or veggies. I already knew this but to actually see that the only fruit I ate all day was the apple in the morning was pretty alarming.

I don’t drink enough water. Enough said. I do drink a decent amount of water every day, but it’s not enough for me. I need a lot more than 8 glasses a day to feel good and not bloated.

Based on these insights, I’m going to focus on planning ahead meals, limiting my “guilt” and eating fewer “bad” foods, eating more fruits and veggies and drinking more water. Sounds pretty basic enough. I’m going to do a check-in in another week to see how I’ve progressed.

What do you do to eliminate food guilt? Do you experience the same tribulations throughout the day? 

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