One Goal Down

July 14, 2008 · 8 comments

The first goal in my goals for this week was to record 100% of everything I ate today. Mission accomplished:

2 egg omelet with avocado, mushrooms and a little smoked provolone. (531 calories)
12oz Spicy V8 (75)
16oz decaf coffee with 2 sugars at McDonalds (for the commute) (30)

Morning Snack
Banana (105)

Small bowl Thai Curry soup with no noodles at Noodles & Company, plus tofu and chicken breast (520)

Afternoon Snack
Kind Fruit & Nut bar (210)

Chopped salad (arugula, cucumber, avocado, tomato, mushrooms, green onion, olives, almonds, balsalmic) (457)
Leftover grilled chicken breast (180)
Yogurt (90)

1 Gallon of water. Also had 3 sticks of sugar-free gum, 2 glucosamine & condtroitin pills and a scoop of Citrucel.

All told, 2,269 calories. According to The Daily Plate at my weight to lose 1.5 pounds/week I can eat 2400, so I am withing range for the day.

I probably will just go with the tofu and stop adding the chicken with lunch. I was going to add a couple of cheese sticks to dinner until I noticed they were 120 calories each.

I really don’t want to do this logging every day because it isn’t sustainable “in the real world” but it is a good reminder on what I can really eat. It wouldn’t have taken but a tiny slip and I’d be past my limits.

Even though I don’t want to do this food journaling long term I am going to set a goal of doing it for Tuesday as well.

(By the way, I also completed Day One of Week Three on the Hundred Pushups Challenge, did lower body strength training and ran/walked the 4.1 mile loop around the lake, so all in all a great start to the week!)

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Metroknow July 14, 2008 at 11:33 pm

Nice work John! I definitely think its a good thing to take inventory once in a while - good reminder of how much you can actually eat and still do alright weight-wise, particularly if you are working out as you do.

Keep it up!

Andrew is getting fit July 15, 2008 at 2:55 am

Good stuff! I can’t journal every day but I do like to do it every once in a while just to check that I’m still on track.

Carol Bardelli July 15, 2008 at 8:05 pm

I find a food diary necessary and do it every day, but I have a daily planner so I have to be on schedule anyway. I add my food up at fitday - sometimes the next day from notes - and it gives me a good idea of what I need to increase or reduce.

I’m sure intermitant food journalling is valluable too. Once you can eyeball portions its not that necessary to do it daily.

Keep up the good work.

Johnny July 15, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Way to go, John. This is something I would definitely have a hard time with…this is indeed an example I could stand to follow.

John July 16, 2008 at 10:44 am

Congrats. Do you hand record everything? I recently started using Sparkpeople to record my nutritional intake. It is nice since it gives you lots of neat and helpful charts.

I use The Daily Plate

MizFit July 16, 2008 at 12:04 pm

I think I could record for a week….doesnt sound as though it made you too too crazy.
I know after THAT it would knock me into Obsessiveville!

GeorgieGirl July 17, 2008 at 2:01 am

Recently there was a study about keeping a food journal. There seems to be a positive benefit to keeping a daily food diary.

Here’s the link to an article about the results of the study:

I was keeping track of my daily food intake and calories burned on It’s was super easy to keep up with when I’d log in at the end of each day.

Mike Foster July 17, 2008 at 6:45 pm

Congrats on a very difficult thing to do-write down everything you eat and stick with it! A few years ago, I did the same thing and it helped me lose over 40 pounds in 6 months. The good news: once you get to your goal weight, you can toss the journal, if that is also a goal.


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