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CHALLENGE: One Week of Food Journaling

I've been pondering the next challenge for a few days now. I want to make sure that these challenges are achievable, doable, useful, and most importantly, motivating.

You may know I try to keep an accurate a food journal online using twitter (@RonisFood) and I've been food journaling on and off for about 5 years now. Over that time my food journals have evolved.

While Losing

When I first started I did a sort of pre-meal food journal. In the morning I'd jot down what I was going to make for dinner and what I was bringing to work for lunch. Then I recorded my breakfast and would add in any snacks as I ate them throughout the day. I did this all in written format and actually still have them. (yes, I'm a freak like that)


Once I transitioned into maintenance I started to keep my journal as I went through the day. I'd actually email myself when I ate. At the end of the day I'd gathered all the entries up and posted them on my blog. I did this so much and for so long I actually created a tool to help me called the The Daily Food Journal Generator.


The next evolution was my migration to twitter which is what I'm using now. Sort of. I've been slacking lately. It's not that big of a deal. Most people live very happy healthy lives never food journaling at all. I get that. But for me, it's all about consciousness and accountability. I still have tendencies to over eat, binge and mindlessly munch and the food journal helps me in all 3 of those departments. When I slack with it it's normally becuase I don't want to face what I'm eating.

I realize not everyone is cut out for food journaling but I'm here to issue a.... yup you guessed it.... a challenge!

So here's the deal. One week of food journaling any way that makes sense for YOU. Buy an old paper journal, email your self, send text message to a friend, use twitter, take pictures, use the voice recorder on your phone. I don't care HOW you do it, just THAT you do it. The point in to be aware of what you are eating and why you are eating it.

Remember this is only a week long commitment. The point isn't to make you neurotic or obsessive but aware. I have no doubt that you will learn a lot about your self and and your eating habits. Especially if you've never attempted to food journal before.

I'm purposely scheduling this challenge for a Saturday. That's right Saturday. Probably quite possible the "hardest" day of the week for some of us. But here's the deal. The journal isn't meant to restrict you. I'm not asking you to change what you eat but to simply record it. There is no guilt or shame or regrets. Just a simple record of what we consumed.

So if you are interested in signing up for this challenge leave a comment below. I'll post a discussion every day this week starting Saturday in the Weekly Challenge group so you can report your progress. Feel free to post your food journal there, or on your blog, or don't post it at all, keep it private and just let us know that you did it.

ok.. so who's up for this weeks food journaling challenge? I'm actually really exited about this.. I'm in desperate need of some extra accountability.

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Comment by Dani on May 28, 2010 at 9:12am
I'm in and you're right. Saturday is by far the toughest day to journal. Have a fantastic trip!!
Comment by Deborah Onions on May 28, 2010 at 9:28am
Count me in - Saturday is always the worst day for me. Its amazing just how much food disappears into a black hole of my memory or I try and count in my head and end up forgetting all the high fat high point stuff. This will help me coz if I can track on Saturday then the rest of the week will be a doddle!
Comment by Audrey on May 28, 2010 at 10:01am
Count me in. Tracking on the weekends is toughest for me since I am not on the computer.
Comment by Melissa Moore-Price on May 28, 2010 at 10:23am
I'm up for it! I think starting Saturday is a good idea. I always do really well during the week and tend to slack a little on the weekends.
Comment by Jessica on May 28, 2010 at 11:13am
Yup! I need this! I have a few little notepads floating around the kitchen. Some days are better than others with the recording. I need to account for the few handfuls of Goldfish that attacked me not 5 minutes ago!
Comment by siri on May 28, 2010 at 11:29am
it is really a big coincidence i had just started a plain blog for me to journal my food after going through your website. this is like a god sent sign to get going i am gonna take pictures and write description on my blog .
Thanks roni
Comment by Ericka on May 28, 2010 at 3:20pm
Count me in !
Comment by Caroline on May 28, 2010 at 3:39pm
I'm up for it!
Comment by fanchy on May 29, 2010 at 12:23am
I'm in!
Comment by Caroline on May 29, 2010 at 11:25am
I'm in! I stopped journaling a couple months and really need to get back into it.


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