Erin is a mom of two and has been with Today’s Mama for ten years. She is charged with finding and sharing all of the wonderful things the web has to offer. She is particularly fond of food, photography, printables, and funny things. She writes about losing weight in her Healthy Living for Mom series, and is chronicling her attempt to master her DSLR camera with her series, Big Girl Camera.

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Healthy Living for Mom: Food Diary Saves the Day

Last week after I admitted to winging it through my diet and the remaining peppermint-filled days leading to Christmas, I found myself standing on the scale…scowling.

Three pounds gained. OVERNIGHT.

The night before was Saturday and I had enjoyed a bacon cheeseburger and fries. I may have even thrown caution to the wind and dipped those fries in ranch dressing.

Later, there was peppermint cheesecake.

So there I stood, ready to throw in the towel on this whole thing. I got frustrated. I thought, “I can’t even enjoy a burger and fries…and cheesecake without gaining a pile of weight! I am going to fight this battle forever. One big meal packs on 3 pounds!”

I grudgingly pulled out my weight journal/calendar to note weight and my big meal (I do this to help identify a pattern or to plan ahead…I will often note upcoming events where cake will feature prominently). As I was writing “Five Guys + Cheesecake”, I remembered the Cafe Rio takeout and cranberry margaritas from Friday night.

A few cookies while grocery shopping…followed by cheesy French Onion Soup on Thursday night.

Dinner with a friend that ended in cannoli on Wednesday night.

I jotted all of those meals down on my calendar, felt like a whiny jerk and thanked my lucky stars that I had gained only three pounds.

It seems silly that I would have forgotten all of those delicious dishes, but I did.  While a full-blown food diary doesn’t work for me, it helps to keep track when I go buck wild at the drive thru window.


  • Starting Weight: 195.5 pounds
  • Week Sixteen Weight: 178 pounds ( +2 pounds / -17.5 pounds total)*
  • Goal Weight: 165 lbs

Merry Christmas! I hope Santa brings me a Chocolate Orange and a 20lb Kettlebell.

What do you want Santa to bring you?

*The 3 pound gain I’ve referenced above, was because I weighed in at 175 on Saturday and then jumped to 178 on Sunday morning.


Other posts you might enjoy:

Healthy Living for Mom: Dieting During the Holidays 

Healthy Living for Mom: My Friend the Scale 

Healthy Living for Mom: Move More Eat Well 2012 

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  2. Erin @ Small and Simple Things 12/22/2011 at 8:29 am

    Thanks for this little nudge. I’ve been giving myself a lot more leeway (“It’s Christmas” and “I’m pregnant”), but the pounds are creeping on faster than they should. A food diary is just what I need.

  3. Erica Fehrman 12/22/2011 at 7:48 am

    Cafe Rio and a cranberry margarita would be worth the calories, in itself. Great job on keeping yourself accountable and realistic!

  4. rebecca.k 12/21/2011 at 10:48 pm

    Congratulations on your weight loss so far! I know that it is discouraging to see the scale going the “wrong way”. At least you are recognizing WHY it is going up! Also, don’t forget that there are also hormonal/water weight fluctuations that may not have anything to do with what you ate. Good luck and keep going!!