For that month, I was tracking everything on Livestrong's MyPlate Calorie Tracker. Writing down everything I eat is the only way I make healthy choices. Otherwise, I mindlessly stuff food in my face and then mysteriously my clothes start fitting funky. Take today for example. I've eaten 5 pieces of Trader Joe's 73% dark chocolate and half of a donut. Off to great start!
For a few weeks, I was also using an app called The Eatery. With that app, I took pictures of everything I ate and and random strangers RATED my food. I rated their food in return. At the end of the week, I had a huge collage of all the food I consumed. It was shocking and so helpful!
But then it got embarrassing. Especially when my daughter Ella asked me why I was taking another picture chocolate. As if I don't already document enough of my life! She must of thought I was bonkers. And what kind of message does that send her? I stopped, but I thought the concept was brilliant nonetheless. Having a visual representation of my weekly food intake had such a bigger impact than counting calories.
How do you manage your weight? I have months when I don't care about what I eat, then I get a picture back of myself that shocks me into eating healthy again. After the jump: The picture that inspired me to start eating healthy this time.
Thanks to student photographers Heidi and Amanda for taking my picture for this post! Love them!!