If you are participating in the 10 in 10 Challenge with Boutique Fitness of New Bedford and Mattapoisett, or have worked with us in the past, then you know, when it comes to dropping inches a Food Journal RULES!

Our little black books have become synonymous with BIG RESULTS, but it's not magic (OK, maybe a little bit;)

Awareness: The very act of writing down your nutrition forces you to pay attention to what you are eating. Many things go into our mouths mindlessly (i.e. our kids sandwich crusts, or goldfish crackers), but committing to a journal brings awareness and presence to eating. It helps us get real about portion size, food choice and how often we eat. We often think that we are eating "pretty healthy" and after a few days of food journaling realize that we are way off the mark.

Accountably: Clients are always telling us that they didn't eat x or y (usually some junky food­like product) because they didn't want to have to write it in their journal. It keeps us on point, especially if you are sharing it with your trainer;)

Reflection: Keeping a journal allows us to look back at our day or week. Are we eating enough veggies? (or as many as we thought we were?) Are we starving after work and ravaging the snack cabinet? Maybe we need to plan a healthy snack for the commute home to tide us over to dinner. Is it nighttime eating that gets us? Boredom? Stress? Parties? Tuning in to our eating behaviors allows us to address them. Many times it’s the smallest tweaks that yield the biggest result.

By: Lara Harrington, ISSA, ACSM of Boutique Fitness in New Bedford and Mattapoisett