A couple of weeks ago, I re-ignited my health journey to lose weight. I felt like I needed to get back on track, as I was allowing myself to make some not-so-great food choices. They weren’t bad foods, but I was allowing myself to for example, eat a bunch of pretzels with hummus. I was not controlling my portions. For me, that is key to remain and stay successful.
Back in late 2008/early 2009 when lost my 75+ pounds, counting calories and portion control was vital to my plan. It was then that I learned about calories in, calories out, and how many of said calories I could burn with and without exercise. The calorie-counting became a normal thing for me for a long time. I did it to lose the weight, and kept doing it for years after.
I don’t know the exact time I started to not be so diligent in my food logging and all, but it probably happened over a period of time. I always had a general idea of what I was eating, but eventually, that just wasn’t good enough. You can easily “forget” you ate that extra cookie, or not count out how many chips you can eat with your sandwich. Those things matter when you are consuming more calories than you are burning in a given day.
Anyway, the bottom line for me is, I need to stay on top of my food logging to be successful. It works for me. It may not be that way for everyone, but you gotta stick with what works.
My health journey is going well. I have not been staying on plan and logging my food in MyFitnessPal. I am not buying any of my “trigger” snack foods right now. These are things that I know I have trouble portioning out. Instead, I am eating more veggies (always a good thing), and getting back into my smoothies again. I’m also taking my daily multi-vitamin (got away from taking it), apple cider vinegar gummies, BCAAs, Tonalin CLA, and Garcinia Cambogia.
The goal is to not only get myself back on track nutritional-wise, but to lose 5-8lbs. I know it won’t be easy, but I know I feel better when I’m not only eating right and taking my needed supplements, but when I fit into my clothes better. That’s my motivation, to feel better from the inside out.