Because once I got down to it, it's been very easy to do, practically second nature for me, and I'm attributing that to the fact that I've always been a list maker. My desk is riddled with To Do lists, lists of songs I want to remember, lists of possible future book titles, characters, story ideas, groceries I need to buy and pretty much anything that crosses my mind that I don't want to forget. The food diary, it turns out, is just a different type of list. I've been keeping one for the past several months, and I no longer even have to think about it much any more (if I'm away, I grab a piece of scratch paper and write down what I've eaten so that I can transcribe it later. Since I'm often a creature of habit, I set up a short list of foods I eat regularly and what their calorie count is so that I don't have to keep going online to find out that information, but by now I've memorized much of what I need to know just because there are some items that I eat on a regular basis.
And I'm not fussy about the process, either. Here's my current food diary.
It's an old spiral notebook that one of my sons discarded after the school year was over. The front is even ripped, but...who cares? It does the task. As you can see, I create two columns on each page, so I can fit each day, just a penciled line running down the middle of the page. No big deal. It's fast. I just include the date with the day of the week, so I can easily refer back to it if I want to, my weight for the day and a running tally of what I've eaten and the amount of calories I've consumed. Sometimes, if I remember, I jot down whatever major exercise I've done at the top of the page, but most of the time I forget to do that.
I should have known that this would work for me. I've always been a hopeless list maker.
Are you a list maker? What types of lists do you make?