Everyone knows that it’s important to track what you eat, because it’s sometimes hard to remember what you had for breakfast. If you are not a morning person, I hate mornings, then breakfast is a difficult meal. I’m like a toddler at nap time, take a few bites, fall asleep a little bit. Breakfast is a new adventure for me, but I’m really liking the effects so far. I’m not as tired on the drive to work, because of getting that sustenance in the morning. But I digress, back to the topic at hand, food tracking. It is probably every dieter’s least favorite activity. But it might be the most underrated. A dieter tracks their weight, their measurements, clothing size, but food gets over looked. Because you have to do it constantly, but it’s worth the effort.
I admit in my past failed attempts at dieting, food tracking was not something I did, I tried…but usually failed after a day or two and gave up. I found it too tedious, and I just thought I would remember everything. So this time around, I am tracking and sticking to it. I made a planner that works for me, it’s a whole normal sheet of paper. I write big, I can’t help it. I hate when I have to write small, so pocket notebooks and such I would always have to use several pages a day and having to flip around annoyed me. I tried a tracker that was commercially available, but it didn’t fit my needs. It was meant for someone eating a lot less food than I am. The bigger you are the more food you need, not eating enough food can stall your weight loss. Not to mention make you very sick.
So this time around I made my own. I did it in Microsoft Excel, I love excel, I use it a lot. I have my budget, which is obvious. But I also have a movie list, alphabetized, complete with year, rating, genre and synopsis. I keep my movies in binders so I also have which binder, what page, and what slot listed as well. I had some time on my hands before I got my job, and I was so annoyed with having to flip through 3 binders to find the movie I wanted (I have 600+ movies). The picture is of the organizing process. Once again I digress, sorry.
Food tracker. I just printed a month’s worth of pages from the excel template I made. Then, I put them in a binder with a calendar of January on top, and then a quick, simple design sheet in the front cover saying what it is. I know it’s not convenient to carry around a binder, but I like my paperwork neat and in order. I can’t stand paper clutter, I constantly file or pitch papers I don’t need. I also hate having to search for what I want. In school I had binders for every subject, plus each binder had at least 5 tabs. So January is in my binder now, then I have a separate larger binder that will be my archive where I’ll keep all the old months, tabbed of course. It’ll be good to have further on down the road just to track where I started.
At first I was printing the pages and then gluing them into a composition book for easier portability, but it was a hot mess so I ditched it. But I did use it, so I’ve been tracking since November. I wasn’t so great towards the end of December though, I admit it. I started the binder on Monday and so far it’s working out well.
Now for something other than food tracking. I am loving all the feedback I am getting from my family, friends and strangers. I get so excited over new comments, it’s bad. So, I’m going to work on setting some things up this weekend. And I was wondering what I should add and take away. So any suggestions you have that you think this site needs or what it doesn’t need feel free to comment. I love constructive criticism. My twitter username is now in my contact me page it is @sarcasticchem. I’m thinking about attempting to be more twitter savvy. Also I am going to create a Facebook page so people can follow me that are not on my personal Facebook account. I’m not going to do a newsletter, yet. Yet, being the operative word there. I want to do a little more research into newsletters. Pinterest will also come at some point down the line. Right now I’m pinning to my personal Pinterest page, so my friends on Facebook and Pinterest can follow that board.
A big thank you to everyone reading this, I can not believe all the positive feedback I have received already. And it’s all been positive! I’m shocked that I haven’t gotten any mean comments. I’ve gotten some spammy comments that I deleted, but no mean ones. I was scared to put myself out there like this, but it’s been a great motivator so far.