Why I keep a food diary and weigh myself every day

Feeling comfortable in my own skin has always been something of a mission of mine. Last year I managed to lose two stone, and I started running. I even completed my first half marathon and am signed up to do it all again this year.

Like many other men and women who have tried to lose weight, I’ve had some pretty unsuccessful experiences.

Take 2016 for example. I started the year at a weight I was happy with, but the end of 2016, I’d put all that weight back on again. It’s something of a viscous cycle that felt like a constant occurrence in my life.

In 2017 I was determined to lose the weight and keep it off for good. Thankfully, I lost two stone and so far I have managed to keep the weight off. I think the main different this time around for me is the running.

Down to a size 10 and very happy about it!

In my past experiences it’s always been all about the food, but this time around it’s about balance. Running helps to keep me motivated, which helps me want to eat well. Of course, I also enjoy the odd treat and takeaway too.

I’ve found that keeping a food diary, and weighing myself every day definitely helps me to stay in control of my weight.

It may seem extreme to weigh every day, but it’s something that works for me. It helps me to stay on top of my weight.

A food diary helps me to be accountable of what I eat. I just write down what I eat on the note section of my phone, nothing fancy! By doing this I’m more aware of what I’m eating because I know that if I have to write down ‘x’ number of chocolate bars or packets of crisps, takeaways etc, then I’ll guilty!

As I said above, I do allow myself to have the odd treat, but it’s all moderation. By keeping track of what I eat, I can watch out for any patterns that may cause me to put weight back on etc.

At 9st8, I’m the happiest and fittest I’ve ever been. Weight loss isn’t easy, but trying to keep the weight off and maintain it is even harder!

17 thoughts on “Why I keep a food diary and weigh myself every day

  1. You look amazing! I wish I could say I was the happiest and fittest I’ve ever been but instead all I can say is I am so to pop with my 3rd. LOL #ThatFridayLinky

  2. Hi, well done on the weight loss and enjoying and keeping up with the running. I would struggle to keep a food diary every day and weigh myself, I don’t have scales #ThatFridayLinky

  3. Looking awesome!! As a weight-loser myself, I’d recommend that you do a weekly weigh-in, rather that a daily – at the same time each week (ie. just before breakfast on a Monday) – it evens out the natural ups and downs of daily fluctuation and takes up less time! Huge congrats on the progress!!

  4. You do look great – very well done. Staying that way is the hardest thing, and it looks like you’re in control of that. I’m still yo-yoing – I train from home when I can, but it’s not always easy. In order to get any exercise in, I’m often doing it at night when it’s the least invasive for everyone else. I’ll keep plugging away.

  5. Wow you look great! Keep it up! I’m the fattest I’ve ever been so I need to do something……I’ll just get Easter out the way first! ☺️ #thatfridaylinky

  6. You look amazing! I think it’s great you’ve found something that works for you, I could never do a food diary or weigh myself due to a history of anorexia, I just try to be healthy and feel good in my own skin. #thatfridaylinky

  7. You look amazing! Well done on the weight loss. So inspiring, especially as I am trying to lose 2st myself right now. I seem to do a few pounds and then give up and start eating way too much again. I feel more determined this time round though, so fingers crossed. I have started running again too. I ran the London Marathon 5 years ago (a highly recommended experience!) but since then have been very slack when it comes to exercise. I met my other half and then just kind of let it all go! Hoping to get back on it soon. You do look fantastic, well done again! It’s not easy!

  8. Well done!! I need to start my food diary up again, I am much better with my weight if I write it down. I don’t get on the scales more than once a week. For me it isn’t about the weight, I prefer to go by dress size #ThatFridayLinky

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