Monday, February 1, 2010

Transparency

I've decided to post my food intake and my exercise/activity levels *in their entirety* on my blog for the month of February. While this might make for some boring posts, I think it will help me to stay accountable. I have developed a habit of counting all my calories until dinnertime and then just eating whatever. And then snacking all evening. Maybe I will think twice about eating a bowl of cereal after dinner if I know I will be posting it here.

I also think the complete transparency will be a good thing for those who don't quite get what it is like to try to lose weight while struggling with compulsive eating. I think it'll be good for folks to see what I ate all week and the results on the scale. I've always been completely honest about my weight on here and have posted all my binges, but it's the bits of overeating here and there that are keeping me fat. I want to keep a record... a snapshot if you will... of my eating and activity for a month. I won't be taking pictures of all my meals. I love blogs that do that, but I just don't have time. I will post a recipe and some pictures here and there though, as usual.

For the record, I am *not* posting my intake because I want feedback on what I eat. In fact, I *do not want* feedback on my eating. I pretty much know when I am eating well and when I am screwing up. If you have some special suggestion regarding some recipe you love or how to cook a certain food, by all means comment away! But if you feel the need to *tsk tsk* me for eating something you deem a poor choice, try to remember that I am a grown woman making these choices for myself. Not looking for negativity, scorn, etc.

These daily "transparency" posts will come in between/in addition to my regular posts so feel free to skip them if you find them boring, and scroll down to see if I posted something more interesting earlier. I already was posting much of what I eat on Twitter but I won't do that this month. If you'd like to follow my blog via Google, click here (or look on my sidebar for the Follow button). I hope this month will be interesting AND successful.

14 comments:

Queen said...

Bravo to you and your commitment to yourself.
Pretty courageous thing you've done by putting yourself "out there" like this!
I find myself in a struggle with the fluctuations of the good, the bad & the squishy.
You just may be get of my a$$ mojo I've been looking for!
I look forward to your journey!!

Anonymous said...

I post about EVERYTHING I eat. I don't say apple (65 calories) or chocolate (500 calories) but I do post the food I eat and how many calories I eat for the day. It really helps knowing that I will have to show the internet what I've eaten, whether it's good or bad!

seth said...

I think that is an awesome idea! I do it as well daily

Margie M. said...

Good idea on posting your daily "menu". It is a great way to face what you've eaten. And, as you wrote, you are doing it for YOU and not necessarily for your readers benefits. I do the same thing with my true and accurate weight. I always tell the truth about what the scale told me, it would serve me no purpose to "fib a little when I'm posting." I post it to keep me accountable in facing what that number says. In keeping my weight off, honesty is the best policy.

Hang in there, girl! You'll get there!!!

Margie writes at:
www.myhealthylivingthruweightcontrol.blogspot.com

Dinah Soar said...

Yes Lyn, it is so key. I know if I were to count every calorie I'd do much better controlling what went into my mouth. Good for you taking this step.

Kelly L said...

I think it's a great idea - I need to be that brave - I can go almost all day without eating then 10 PM hits and I am out of control.... now I have to lose more than what my 11 year old weighs... scary.
I look forward to being encouraged by you
love
Kelly

Tamzin said...

I like it!! Those are the best posts for me. I really do love a good perv into someones life. :) not that we don't get that with you normally.

:) enjoy the month of "boring posts". I'll be here sliently cheering you along.

Rebekah said...

Really good idea. I am going to comit to recording everything I eat for this whole month as well!

Autumnforest said...

It works great. When I wrote down all my exercise and food on a notebook on the counter that hubby could see every day--I lost 10 pounds in 7 days! I didn't realize how much of what I put in my mouth I'm completely unaware of. It's like I'm a walking eating zombie.

screwdestiny said...

I think it's a good idea, whether it makes your posts boring or not (I don't think those kind of posts are boring though, for the record). Here's to a better month for you than January. :)

Anonymous said...

Lyn, I am glad you said that you specifically don't want people to comment on your meals because I never understand it when people feel the need to do that...especially with a blog like yours where you obviously know what you are doing and what needs to be done.

Also, I think this is a really good idea. You have always been nothing but honest on your blog so I think keeping an account for transparency is a great idea! Here's hoping February is even better for the both of us in our weight loss journey!

Anonymous said...

I'd like to comment on your speghetti dinner. A great substitute for the meat that I found (because I love meat sauce, too) is sauteed fresh mushrooms. Bring to a boil, drain & add spray butter (or a dab of the real stuff) & garlic powder and/or salt. Make alot, pile it on and enjoy!
Stacey South Western, PA

Closer to Lucy said...

You are just the inspiration I need to work out this last 15 (or 20) pounds. I've fallen drastically off course and haven't the motivation to hold myself accountable. You are a brave soul.

Lyn said...

Stacey~

I love the mushroom idea! Thanks!