I keep a diet journal. I write my weight in it once a week, and I write down Steller Dieting Insights I have, and I make lists of useful foods, and I write down milestones like going down a size, and I write to distract myself from eating, and I use it as a confessional, and I write in it when I'm feeling very tempted to scrap the whole diet.
I recommend it. It's helpful at the time I'm writing (accountability, therapy, distraction), and it's helpful to look back and see progress: from "I don't think I can do this" to "I'm doing this!"
It's also helpful for my character, to be reminded of what a REPETITIVE, LAME, incredibly SLOW learner I am. I was looking back at my last diet, to see at what point I was able to fit in my next-size-down jeans---I don't even want to TRY them if I might not fit. And I found myself reading basically the same things I'd JUST been writing.
Easter 2006: All day I ate sweets. They all tasted too sweet---sharp and cloying---but I felt like I'd regret it if I didn't fully take advantage of this Free Day.
Easter 2008: Today I barely even wanted the candy, and ate it partly out of feeling like I'd be mad at myself later for not taking the opportunity when I had it.
Easter 2006: So I spent all morning eating Hershey and Cadbury and Reese's. Do I feel great? No, queasy. Was it really fun and satisfying? No, it was just okay. So WHY can't I take this experience WITH me, so I won't pine incessantly for the candy I apparently don't even want?
Easter 2008: I've felt queasy all day. When I eat candy, I feel yucky. But when I CAN'T eat candy, I want it ALL THE TIME. It's a CONSTANT STRUGGLE. WHY IS IT? Since candy makes me feel sick, why can't I REMEMBER that information and NOT EAT IT?
March 2006: My body feel suddenly different. I notice it feels different to wash, like after a haircut. My jeans are loose enough, I'm thinking of trying the next size down.
March 2008: I suddenly feel different, smaller. I'm tempted to try on smaller jeans. It's like instead of a HAIRcut, I got a BODYcut.
In fact, what I recommend is keeping a diet journal just once, and then RECYCLING it. No sense wearing out your wrist and wasting ink.
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