This is a goal I have wanted to achieve my whole life. 2013 hasn't started off so great, so why not take control over what I can and force something positive into this calendar year?? It will for certain go down as one year I will never forget!
The left hand side starts with my current weight at the top, and the bottom left is the date, starting with this Friday, March 1st. The diagonal line that you see is the line I plan to chart my weight along twice a week, and ends at the bottom right at 150 lbs on August 30th. I have 26 weeks to get to that bottom right hand corner. I'm liking this chart thing already!
I did realize on Monday that I do spend a lot of time thinking about food, and as I spend today sitting down to blog throughout the day, I realize I have lots of thoughts about this. Roberta told me on Sunday, when we had our meeting, that she noticed, via my blog, that I spend a lot of time thinking about food. So now I have been thinking about why I have been thinking about food so much!
We actually had a WW meeting about this one time. I cant remember the numbers, but I do think I blogged about it. The average person makes a ridiculous number of decisions regarding food, each day. I think that was the subject of discussion? How many food decisions does the average person make each day? It's a LOT!
I have developed a love for cooking the last few years, so food for me has really become a hobby that I enjoy. Cooking seems to be very trendy these days. Look at all of the cooking shows and the cooking websites and blogs that are out there! Pinterest is covered with recipes! More and more people are really enjoying the "art" of cooking! I love to read recipes! I think it's fun to try new foods and to try new cooking methods. Lots of people love to talk about food! I know I have exchanged recipes or meal ideas with friends on many occasions. Plus, food is something we HAVE to think about everyday, several times a day. So even though I need to view it as a necessity as fuel for my body, shouldn't I also be able to enjoy the pleasure of it? Or? Is my new fascination with cooking and creating causing me to eat more often than I should, and more quantities than I should? I don't know.
When I started blogging with pictures of food, the whole idea was to show WW members that they could really enjoy what they were eating and satisfy all of their cravings by actually putting MORE thought into the food they were preparing and eating. I think by planning and being creative with my meals, I was forcing myself to try harder to create low point meals that were filling, tasty and physically appealing! I also received a lot of positive feedback about the food photos and their point values.
I also like to take pictures of packages of food. For me, a favorite part of my WW meeting is when other members bring in items they have discovered and that they recommend. I do like telling others about a great tasting, low point food I have discovered! Maybe I'll just do that on occasion. It's not like I buy a new product every day?
I had planned on recipes being a large part of my blog. My initial plan was to blog about a recipe, take pictures as I went, list the WW Points, then catalog it on my blog website. Well, I have an old Desktop that I haven't even turned on in months, so my iPad has become the complete source for my blog, and doing detailed things on my blog, such as labels and pages, can not be done on the iPad. So until this house see's a new computer, or the blog app is updated to do those things, the labels and pages part of my blog are a tad on hold.
I realize that I get a lot of personal satisfaction at the end of the day when I have stayed within my points and I look at the pictures of all of the food that I ate. I guess I am a visual person, and I assume others are too, and perhaps seeing all of the food that you can eat and lose weight, can be encouraging to someone that is just getting started.
So........those are several of the reasons that I can come up with for explaining why I spend so much time thinking about and blogging about food. This has been an interesting reflection for me.
What are your thoughts Coach? I am curious.
Do I take a break from the photos and food blogging?
Do I go about it differently?
Excited to get your coaching advice!
Here is my journal for Monday.
Can you read it? I want the world (okay, my few readers) to know what I ate, that it was all delicious, that I was completely satisfied all day and night, and that I stayed within my points!!!!!
"love the life you live, live the life you love"