Cut the Crap-Imperfect Progress

Well Divas, it is Monday….AGAIN!  Yay and boooo all at the same time.  We are thankful that we get to see another day yet saddened to get back into the grind of our weeks.  I don’t know about y’all but the weekends are some of the hardest times to follow a healthy eating plan.  Our normal schedule is off, and if you are like me, the weekends are simply packed full!

When Monday arrives, regret about the weekend’s food consumption rears her ugly head.

Regretting makes me feel like giving up:

“I failed so why not just quit?”

“What is the point anyway?”

I am reading the book Unglued by Lysa Terkeurst and one amazing term that she uses is, Imperfect Progress “slow steps of changes wrapped in grace”. I just love the sound of that!  Imperfect progress is a wonderful way to think about any lifestyle change.

Our class is currently in the midst of the Cut the CRAP challenge!  This basically means that we are committing to eating a healthy diet of nutritious foods. A diet of nutritious foods contains limited amounts of : CRAP–(caffeine, refined sugars, alcohol and processed foods).

Each week, we have been focusing on making small changes in our daily diets:  1.  Completing the food detective worksheet, 2.  The Healthy Plate, 3. Don’t Drink all Your Calories. 

This week our challenge is to keep a food journal.  Simply record what you eat and mark off the fruits, veggies, and water intake on the side!  You can use any food journal/tracking system that you would like.  I found a very useful and cute one from fitsugar.  You can download it here

Here are my favorite reasons to keep a food journal:

1.  Keeping a food journal encourages you to focus on your food choices.  We live in a society that demands multi-tasking.  More often than not we overeat because we are focusing on something other than what we are eating. Writing down what I eat in a food diary forces me to focus on what I am doing.

2. When we write down what we are eating, we are more able to  make an honest assessment of what we are really eating and make changes and choices to recommit to our goal to live well.

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.” – Mother Teresa

Let’s all make some imperfect progress this week!

Do you normally keep a food journal?