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Food log "additive"

Thursday, May 12, 2011

There are many little daily goals that I'd like to accomplish related to sleep, food, wellness, exercise, and finances. I actually have a column on the right of my food log (one page a day) that has these grouped and listed with check boxes in front of them so I can keep track of ones I've met or ones I've struggled with. I can also keep track of exercise minutes, steps, hours sleep, and the total counts for the day (cal, carb, fat, protein, fiber) so I can see how I'm doing. It's a bit of double tracking, as I use the tracker on SP, but I put it all in sequential order with times and what's going on at the time work-wise or mood-wise. It's a lot easier to show my doctor or nutritionist what I've been doing as well. We have a program at work which requires tracking (it's worth the $15 off of health insurance every two weeks) and having it all in the food log helps with keeping track of that as well (similar categories of exercise, nutrition, wellness goals, sleep, "bonus" items).

I've found that if I don't track, I get lazy and fall into old habits of eating and portion distortion. I really need to keep up that awareness! I've added the financial stuff recently to remind myself to keep my checkbook up to date (I'm worse at that than meal planning). I need to do something repetitively to get it engrained into my "programming." Reminds me of the "90 meetings in 90 days" that AA recommends to newcomers. That, and the "it works if you work it"
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