I started my first food and fitness journal during my first year of graduate school. I wrote down everything I ate and drank and every workout I did, and I calculated calories in and calories out.
And I lost weight.
Diets In Review featured a study from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center that found women who keep food journals lose more weight than women who do not. I would like to be on the more weight loss side of that study.
I started the journal on the advice of my friend and co-graduate teacher Ashley R./T. Remember her? I miss her.
I stopped the journal because graduate school and teaching are incredibly time-consuming and stressful, and I ran out of motivation to calculate every package of Ramen Noodles I ate after midnight.
After regaining all of the weight that I lost, I decided that it was time to start another journal.
My first food journal was a professional food journal with space for food, fitness and calories in and out equations. It was pretty detailed, which might be the reason I didn’t have the time I needed to keep it up.
My newest food and fitness journal is far less professional. I bought a simple, 192-page notebook filled with ruled paper. It is less of a food and fitness journal and more of… well, just a journal. I fill it with the workouts I have completed, the workouts I have missed and, occasionally, the food I eat and beverages I drink. I also use a smart phone app, Fooducate, to figure out what it is I am really eating.
Sadly, there are more workouts missed than completed. I’m not worried, though. I have to start somewhere!
Do you journal? What are your experiences with food and fitness journaling?