For a whole bunch of reasons, I started using the Sparkpeople diabetes tracker.
I'm not diabetic, but it runs in my family. I would really like to keep saying that sentence.
But beyond that, I still have some crappy eating habits I want to address.
1. Not eating breakfast. I get into this cycle where I don't bother eating breakfast, and then I have a balanced lunch, but I'm super hungry after dinner. I want to try eating more calories during the day, which will hopefully help with night snacking.
2. Food indecision. Sometimes it is really hard for me to figure out what to eat.
3. Eating more balanced meals. Because diabetic meal plans are designed for the timing, as well as the content of food, I am hoping that it will encourage me to eat small amounts often.
So, that's it!
Yesterday was my first day, and I was pleasantly surprised at the ways my food tracker changed! In addition to having an overall calorie goal for the day, there is a calorie goal for each individual meal and snack.
I'm using the meal plans as a guide, tweaking it as necessary. (I had a few extra blueberries at breakfast, and used a different brand of yogurt at breakfast today. I will also skip the planned dinner meal entirely, and aim for a similar calorie/nutritional balance for the meal I'll make with my sweetie later.)
It's taking a little extra effort, but I imagine it will be like when I first started Sparkpeople, and I needed to put in some energy to learning the basics. I need to be careful not to spend all my time planning/thinking about food - and I'm mentioning it here to remind myself of that.
Motivation and accountability are good!
I've lost 20 pounds this year, and I am happy with the progress, but I also think I can do better.