Do you keep a journal while dieting?
I’ve always kept a diet journal. At least while dieting. In fact, in cleaning out my shower stall last week, I came across books upon books of calorie and fat intake, partially used waitress check books with my intake scribbled all over them. I kept track at work, mainly because people wanted to know what I ate, and it was just easier for me to hand them my book and let them read it.
Now, I may not necessarily write down my feelings – except for a word here and there, but it’s important for me to know what I ate, how much, how many calories and fat calories something has in it. I don’t always weigh out my food – I did it for so long that I can eyeball pretty much anything – with accuracy – and know how much I have. Portion control and I don’t get along.
I don’t write my feelings (I had an episode in high school where someone read my diary so I ended *that* habit right then and there) because I know what makes me eat. I’m hungry. I know what makes me fat. I eat the wrong thing.
I self analyze all the time. Eating is not necessarily connected to my emotions – I know how I feel. I know when I’m pms’d. This is easy because I’m pms’d 30 days out of the month. But nothing triggers my eating. I was simply born hungry. I can choose to eat whatever I want, or I can choose to eat healthy and still lose weight. It can be done.