When this blog first started, I followed the path of what other bloggers were doing: online food diary posts. “This is what I ate for breakfast” lunch, dinner, snacks, etc. Eventually I got bored with that format because I really do eat boring foods. My diet is pretty much the rotation of about 5 dishes for each meal. My breakfast is even more normal: scrambled eggs with beans, a piece of bacon or turkey sausage and (most recently) sometimes half an avocado sliced on top. Somedays I might have a bowl of cereal with an English muffin. Sometimes I have oatmeal when I’m bored with eggs.
The same goes with lunch and dinner. Michael and I eat a standard dinner of a protein + veggies. Like I said, we rotate between pork chops, salmon, shrimp, chicken, steak, and turkey burgers. With our blooming veggie garden, we’re eating tons of salads and kale from the garden!
I’m sure some of my readers sometimes wonder “She ate THAT?! How does she keep the weight off eating THAT?”
Most of my dinners look more like this:
And less like this:
So what is my answer? It’s twofold. The first part of the equation is exercise. If I burn over 600 calories, I feel less guilty about eating a burger that is 900 calories. And I skip the fries and get a salad. The second part of the equation is the food. Michael and I share a lot of things. 99% of the time we split an order of dessert at a restaurant. It’s rare that I get my own and eat it all by myself. I also practice portion control. I tend to take half (or 3/8ths when my self-control is struggling a little) of my entree home for lunch the next day. Eating half of my entree is just as satisfying and I feel less guilty afterward.
Michael and I get pizza probably twice a month. My secret? I eat one or two slices. I’m not eating half of that pizza like I used to in the old days! Sure, I may not take pictures of the two slices I ate, instead taking a photo of the entire thing.
I bring this up now because I’m not really in the “I’m trying to lose weight” zone anymore and that can be weird for some readers who read my blog because they want to START their weight loss journey. I lost 110 pounds and I’ve kept it off for 4 years now. I do this through a consistent exercise schedule and counting my calories. I indulge. I eat treats. I drink wine. I eat pizza. I eat sushi. I love chocolate. But I consistently stay within my calorie goals each day — even with indulgences.
To give you an example of a few days worth of calorie counting (my base number is 1600 calories each day):
Day One -Food 1572 calories, burned 150 = 184 calorie deficit
Day Two – Food 2030 calories, burned 350 = over my goal by 80 calories
Day Three – Food 1913 calories, burned 701 = 388 calorie deficit
Day Four – Food 2292 calories, burned 1048 = 350 calorie deficit
Day Five – Food 2107 calories, burned 918 = 411 calorie deficit
Day Six – Food 2250 calories, burned 653 = 3 calorie deficit
I do have bad days, days when I go over my calories by several hundred, days when I struggle to avoid the Candy Room at work. I try not to do that on a regular basis. I’m not perfect but what I’m doing is working for me.
QUESTION: Do you prefer the “food journal” type blog posts? If you’re a blogger, do you take photos of every meal?
About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and Glamour.com.