This Week: Tracking My Current Diet

I’m going to use this week as a sort of control. I’m going to record my current diet and exercises to get a better idea of where I am and where I require improvement. I will be tracking my progress via MyFitnessPal and IG (selfcarediaries and selfcare_diaries respectively).

 

*It’s important to note that I do have a big family BBQ this Saturday the 19th, so that may affect my results slightly, but I will treat that as a fast food/take out meal, which often happens during the week anyway.

One Step at a Time

So I mentioned that I would do things a little differently this time around. Instead of crash diets or boot camp challenges that expect you to quit bad habits cold turkey, I will slowly introduce new habits week to week that will gradually lead to my overall goal.

Instead of making my goal dropping 30lbs as quickly as possible, I am going to focus on dedicating a full year to better lifestyle choices. I’m going to take the time week to week to address a specific issue or issues. Let’s start with diet.

So, originally I looked at extreme diets like the 28 Day Blogilates Challenge. I failed before I began. I don’t think it’s a good idea for me to make drastic changes like that to my diet, especially without consulting a doctor. It honestly could just cause me to binge eat. I’m not saying it’s a bad idea. I actually think it’s a great idea to cleanse your system of processed foods and sugars. However I believe in order to be successful, I need to work up to it gradually so that my body (and also so my personal recipes) can actually adjust. I found when I tried to quit chocolate a few months back, I gave up after only six days. I spent the entire time thinking about chocolate until eventually I just caved. I want better results this time. Often times when we try to get rid of bad habits, we forget that we also need to replace those old habits with better, healthier ones. When you deprive yourself of something like chocolate, you just end up thinking about what you can’t have. But, if you find an alternative (either a healthier version of my favourite things, or something new entirely), there is a much better chance of success.

Next: Tracking my current diet…

The Action: Goal 4 Part 2: Meal Plan

I talked about building a meal plan and here it is.


I’m leaving my weekends as wild cards for the most part because there is more time to plan around those meals and also, too much structure can become a hindrance and a bore. The point of a meal plan is to be specific enough to keep me on track, but flexible and versatile enough to still have fun and enjoy meals.

I may choose to move things around as I go, as I learn what works best for me in relation to my workout schedule.

(If you would like to keep up with my day-to-day stats, you can follow my instagram @selfcare_diaries). 

Challenge Accepted!

21 Day Challenge:
So I watched a video talking about a 21 day challenge meant to encourage exercise and healthy eating habits. It inspired me to create my own 21 day challenge, with it’s own stakes.


I will be posting my meal plan, workout regimen and goals soon. Stay tuned!
(If you would like to keep up with my day-to-day stats, you can follow my instagram @selfcare_diaries). 

Some apps I’ve been trying…


To keep me on track with my goals, I’ve been trying some apps, videos, websites, meal plans, etc. It’s still a learning process. But here is what I have enjoyed so far. 

MyFitnessPal

This app is great for allowing you to track meals as well as exercise, weight, water, etc. 

It even allows you to scan barcodes for food items and add recipes from online, or manually, so it’s pretty convienient. I’m not using the premium method yet, but I’m thinking of giving it a go. I believe premium offers meal plans, workout regimines and a more refined calorie count. 

Google Calendar

Before google calendar, I was pretty lazy with my orginazation skills. I would jot things down on a stray piece of paper or maybe on notes in my phone. 

But now everything is all in one place. I get alerts and can even set specific reminders, goals or events throughout the week.

This has kept me much more motivated and focussed. 

I need apps that are convienient, easy to navigate and actually keep me organized and so far these two have been the best.

This is just a quick update. Much more to come soon!

 

The Goals

Goals are a big one for me. There is a lot that I want and need to happen just in this summer alone. But I guess we can start with the big ones.

  1. Career Goal. This has been tough for me. I’ve gone back and forth on this many times, but I need to sit down and really decide where I’m going and what I want out of life in this regard.
  2. School. I’ve been out of school for a few years now, and my goal is definitely to get back into it.
  3. My Driver’s License. Here is something I’ve been procrastinating about for a long time. But this summer is not ending before I get my G2. *Inserts andthatsafactjack.gif here*
  4. Eat Right, Lose Weight. It’s been a long time coming. I’m not a teenager anymore and my metabolism could only take so much. There is a good 25-30lbs I’m looking to get rid of come this time next year. Diabetes runs in my family and so does a sweet tooth. Genetics are no joke. I really want to build the right long term diet and exercise plan for myself.

So there it is. My goals. My destination. Deciding where you want to go is the easy part, but figuring out how to get there, that takes some trial and error. And trust me when I say, I’ve made some errors. But this will finally be my year. At this point, I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. So it’s time to get it done.

-D

Next time:

Now that I have established The Goals, the next few blog posts will be about The Plan.