One of the tools I had planned to use on my wellness journey was a food journal. I once watched an episode of Dr. Oz where he said that people who keep a food diary lose 50% more weight than those who don't. The theory is that we tend to underestimate the exact amount of our caloric intake each day.
I originally planned to write everything down in a physical journal. Two problems emerged with that tactic: 1) my purse was getting weighed down by carrying yet another book and 2) I really wasn't sure how many calories were in the food I was eating.
In comes Aunt Theresa to the rescue. She recommended that I use a tool called My Fitness Pal. Here, I can record my daily food intake and the system records my calories for me. I can also record my exercise. (If only I had any activity to record!) The best part is when you are finished recording for the day, the system gives you immediate feedback. For instance, yesterday's feedback informed me that I would GAIN 2 pounds in 5 weeks if I continue with my same food consumption and lack of exercise.
It is kind of a wake-up call. I guess I am one of those people who underestimated my calorie intake. It's only 3:15 PM, and I've already consumed 76 extra calories. I suppose I could make up for tonight's dinner by spending an hour on the treadmill. Sadly, my reality is that when I get home from work, all I want to do is cuddle and play with my girls. I only get to see them an average of 3 hours a day. I really don't want to decrease that precious time to 2 hours. Guess I'll have to try to wake up at 4:30 tomorrow morning and get in some cardio while they're still asleep. (Wish me luck; I have a hard enough time getting up at 5:30!)
My friend Maggie shared an awesome picture on her Facebook page today. I think I am going to print out a couple of copies and put one by my alarm clock and one on my treadmill. Hopefully it will help me to get motivated. It is a simple yet perfect prayer when things seem too tough. Only with God's help will I have a true and lasting breakthrough when it comes to my health.