5 More Food Journals for Your Planner

Food Journal

The only way to know for SURE what you’re eating is to write it down!  These five food journals can help. Food Journal 1 This food journal is especially helpful if you like to plan ahead what you’ll be eating.  It gives you space for the plan and space for what you actually ate.  You don’t have to re-write like I did – you could use some sort of symbol or other technique.  Food Journal 1 … [Read more...]

How to Figure Calories for Homemade Food

Pesto Chicken Penne

When you’re trying to count calories, it can get pretty complicated when you’re eating homemade food.  When everything you eat is processed or packaged or simple (like fruit or bread), it’s easy.  But homemade stuff can get pretty difficult. However, there are a few things you can do to make it a LOT easier. 1.       Keep a calorie counting book handy.  I have two – one is much more detailed … [Read more...]

FitBit Pedometer: A Creative (and Fun) Way to Exercise

Fitbit pedometer

I bought myself a new pedometer.  I’d had the old one for 10 years, and when we moved, I lost it (convenient, huh?!). I wasn’t crazy about the new one at first, especially since it wasn’t logging as many steps as the old one.  I’m not sure if my activity level dropped or if the old one was just overly generous.  At any rate, I had to step it up just to get back to where I was. My … [Read more...]

10 Tips for Keeping a Food Journal

Food Journal

I won’t bore you with the details of why keeping a food journal will help you lose more weight than people who don’t.  If you haven’t heard that before or aren’t convinced, there are tons of articles on the internet that address the topic.  Instead, let’s talk about how to make your food journal work better. 1.       Tie it in with your planner so it’s more convenient!  If you have and use a … [Read more...]

No Time To Exercise? Count Steps!

Pedometer on Tennis Shoes

Yes, the ideal scenario would be to go to the gym three or four times a week and maybe do some running or fast walking outside.  But I’m not going to.  I don’t have time and I don’t have the desire - at least not at this point in my life. So I came up with a solution that’s better than nothing.  I wear a pedometer.  I’ve been wearing a pedometer for a long time!  And the thing is, when I wear … [Read more...]

4 Food Journals To Help With Weight Loss and/or Healthy Eating

Food Journal Header Large

Everybody knows that if you want to lose weight or eat better, keeping a food journal makes a huge difference.  I’ve kept food journals in the past but haven’t lately.  However, it’s time to start again. I’ve had the most success keeping my food journal in my planner (of course, that makes sense since I carry my planner with me nearly everywhere).  So I went through the forms I’ve made in the … [Read more...]

Mindless Eating – How We Eat More Than We Think!

Candy Dish

Most of us eat more than we think we do and we’re influenced by circumstances we have no idea even exist.  If we were aware of those circumstances, it would be easier to make better decisions.  Here’s what I’m talking about: 1.       PROBLEM:  We eat more when we’re given a bigger container.  As the size of our dishes increase, so does the amount we scoop onto them.  SOLUTION:  Use smaller … [Read more...]