Posts Tagged ‘Photo Food Journal’

By Sheila Arkee

I have to confess that while I was in the middle of posting yesterday, I was fearful. Am I making a huge mistake? Food is such a personal thing, this airing out of my intake feels like I’m walking around naked! Really, it’s scary.

I’m still on the edge about the food photo, but I have felt a big change within myself since I’ve been photographing my meals. With my tendency to misjudge portion sizes, I’m never sure of what I’m actually consuming. The reality is scary!

A few updates:

1. I weighed myself and not sure how accurate the scale is, but I came in at 240 lbs. I was a little surprised because I don’t feel that big – at my largest I was about 250 and wore a size 22, and now I’m a solid 18. Perhaps because at my highest weight I did not work out whatsoever and had no muscle mass? These days I do work out pretty consistently (but still not enough), and I have a 35 pound kid that I haul around on a daily basis so I’m thinking that helps at little bit.

2. For the first time in a long time I felt HUNGER today. First, when I woke up, and then throughout the day. I was being mindful of what I was going to eat, so I didn’t run out and get fast food when the mood struck, but waited until I was able to get some halfway decent food.

3. My dad is so excited about Get Fit! He really is. He’s loved reading everyone’s stories and has been going between teasing me about my love for food, and giving me some advice on how to proceed.  One thing he shared with me has to do with “veggie-tables”, as he says. According to a recent study, eating a fresh vegetable salad with no dressing before and after meals helps with weight loss.

I can’t skip dressing, so instead of the creamy blends I’ve been using in the past, I’m mixing up my all-time favorite dressing again – olive oil, lemon juice, and sea salt. I eyeball the proportions over my salad and it is seriously the best dressing of all time. You really cannot go wrong here!

4. As mindful as I was with  my food today, there was a bit of slip-up. Whoops. We all have them. Best to power on and not let it happen that frequently!

Whey protein shake


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By Sheila Arkee

I’ve been faithfully photographing my food intake for the past couple of days with my handy little smart phone, and I already feel an improvement coming on. While the photos aren’t as fancy as I like, they’re exactly what I need to whip myself into gear – public accountabilty, yo! Nothing like it!

When I got into my best shape ever five years ago, I was able to visit a nutrionist who told me to journal for one week without really changing anything about my food intake. With that in mind, the next few days will be far from perfect. They’ll be pretty ugly, but I know at some point I’ll look back at these pics and be glad for how much better I’ll be eating at that point.

Although I cannot guarantee that I will post here every day, I’ll make an effort to post at least 3 days of eating per week, to keep myself on track. Here we go!

FYI, I do drink plenty of water throughout the day! One thing I learned from Dr. Howard Murad is that you don’t necessarily need to drink 8 cups of water per day, as has been drilled into our heads for ages. We can get that water from veggies and fruits, so eat up!

Oatmeal with a pat of butter.

Coffee with half and half and splenda.

Whole wheat bread with cream cheese.


You are totally free to judge me on this one.


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