Thursday, November 24, 2011
"Now that you've done the food blogs for a while, I'm curious about what you think about the experience. How do you feel about your progress overall? What appeals to you specifically about the food blogs? Are you happy with the kinds/quantity you're eating? Any insights you've gained? Inquiring minds want to know.... "
That's what my dear, supportive Sparkfriend, TEMPEST272002 asked me a couple of days ago. This blog is my response to her and any other "inquiring minds."
I started food picture blogging back in October. See the attached link to my "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words" blog wherein I explain my reasons for beginning it in the first place.
So... on to the answers to the questions:
How do you feel about your progress overall? - Overall, I do not feel that I have progressed. I have remained the same. This is no different than what happened when I was calorie counting. I didn't progress much with that either. Mainly, because food consumption is not as much of a problem for me as exercising (or lack thereof) is for me.
What appeals to you specifically about the food blogs? - The thing that appeals to me most about doing these food picture blogs is the saved time. Tracking my food on the Spark was time consuming. And for all the effort, I still wasn't losing weight. I still didn't have a clue what calorie range would produce weight loss in me. I was stressed when I didn't know the calorie content of foods. It was a lot.
Are you happy with the kinds/quantity you're eating? - I am. I have tried new foods that I might not have tried before. And, I have made choices NOT to eat things that I might have eaten before without much thought at all. I didn't want to post a picture of bad foods. It definitely helped me get through some PMS and TOM binges. The damage was lessened because of these picture blogs. Sometimes people would see my pictures and think, "wow, that was a lot of food today..." or "everything was healthy except _____" or "you didn't consume enough of this or that" but that's okay. Blogging opens you up to various opinions and suggestions and I knew that going into it. But, my picture blogs weren't really because I need advice/guidance on how to eat as much as it was just a window into how I am eating. I just wanted to be visibly accountable. I wanted you to SEE and KNOW what I was eating.
Any insights you've gained? - I wouldn't say I've gained any NEW insights. I have come to a conclusion though... I think picture tracking would be most helpful to myself and others if I could attempt to utilize it along with using the nutrition calculator. I have been often curious not so much about how many calories I'm consuming, but about the other nutrition markers for protein, fat, calcium, cholesterol, fiber, etc. So, beginning next week (starting on Sunday) I'm going to invest the time in utilizing both the nutrition tracker and my food blogs. Time to pull the food scale back out! I'll do that for the month of December leading up to Christmas and see what results.
In short, tracking my food this way has simply reinforced what I already new... what we all know... that you have to have a balance between eating right and exercising. One without the other just doesn't work. It doesn't work for me LONGTERM anyway. Until I can get BOTH down, I won't progress.
It would be AWESOME if I could commit to doing a video exercise blog every day in addition to these food picture blogs!! Maybe that would help me be more consistent with exercising as well. Hmmmmmm...... thinking.... thinking... thinking.