Are you Logging?

If you have been reading my blog you know I am a HUGE logging your food and workouts advocate!  I feel it’s important for newbies just starting out on their journey and for veterans.   I believe your journey starts first and foremost with how you eat, how much you eat, when you eat and what you eat.

It’s funny, well not really “funny” in a ha ha ha way, but funny in an ironic way.  People say they are doing “everything” they can to loose weight and they have hit a “plateau” or “don’t know why the weight isn’t coming off.”  In reality they are NOT doing everything it takes.

It takes:

  • eating right
  • exercising
  • logging
  • measuring your food

If you are going to take the time to exercise and  eat “right” (which are the harder steps) then why not take that extra little step and measure and log your food and exercise?!?!?!?!?  TOTALLY don’t get it.

Why I feel it’s so for those just starting out:

ALL the time I hear  “I don’t really eat that much” or “I watch what I eat”   If that’s the case why are you overweight?  Why are you struggling?  The point of logging is to make you aware and accountable.  If you log everything and eat within the calories/calorie deficit then there are no questions and no excuses why you shouldn’t be loosing the weight.

Why it’s important that veterans log:

We get complacent.  Period.  We think we are eating the serving size but over time it becomes more and more.  I still log to get me back on track.  We condition our bodies.  We gradually start eating more and our bodies gradually start needing more.

People are “food spoiled” and have the mentality of “I don’t wanna”.  It’s really not that hard to log.  If being healthy and loosing weight is important then take the time to do it!

There are tons of free food logging phone apps and websites few of my favorites are:

Daily Burn is one of my favorites because not only can you log online they also have a smart phone  app and a smart phone bar code scanner app so you don’t even need to type in the words.  They have an EXTENSIVE food and workout data base!  It syncs with the web site so if you log on your phone it updates on the computer.

A new one I just discovered and am loving is freeworkoutlog.com

myfitnesspal

Calorie Counter

There is NO excuses.  It couldn’t be easier to log what you eat. If you are really doing everything you possibly can to be healthy, loose weight, get back on track… whatever it is… you should be logging and be honest!

I CHALLENGE all of you to start logging your food daily!

2 thoughts on “Are you Logging?

  1. This post makes me think about financial budgeting. It is basically the same thing, right? You have to know what is coming in and what is going out, to be able to see and fix the problems. We never thought we were overspending that much, but then we were always broke and scraping by at the end of the month too.

    For some reason, budget is a dirty word too. People even call it “the b word”. I used to think of it negatively as well. But, starting a written budget, and tracking every dollar is one of the best things we ever did for our financial future.

    BTW – If anyone is interested in a great budgeting app, I cannot recommend YNAB enough: http://www.youneedabudget.com/

  2. I use myfitnesspal on my iPhone and it makes it easy to track food and exercise wherever you are when you want to input something. It also tracks your weight and adjusts your calorie goals based on a basal metabolic rate calculator. Highly recommended for those of us that travel and eat out a lot. So how many calories are in that Bloomin’ Onion? Answer: you really want to look it up before you eat it … Ouch!

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