Happy WIAW Gang. For those you new to this rodeo, What I Ate Wednesday (WIAW) is a day like none other, a day where food bloggers list out every single morsel they popped into their mouth on any given day. Alright, maybe food bloggers do this all the time, but at least WIAW gives us a forum for our madness. Let’s give a shout out to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for hosting our fine weekly affair. I’d like to make some dirty joke about affairs, but I’m skipping it for a little bit of brevity, which might be just as awkward as my wholesomeness yesterday. I’m not sure I pull either off, but I’m going to try, because today I’m doing something a little different, so bear with me.
I’m not dieting. I don’t count calories, not in and not out. I don’t weigh my food, and I could care less about the number of weight watchers points in any given meal. To be clear, I’m not knocking any of these; they just aren’t my thing. To each their own, right. My thing, and maybe I’m starting to sound like a broken record or maybe its been far too long since I actually came out and said it, is to eat more real food, less weird chemicals. Pretty straightforward, yes? I think so.
I find tracking calories, grams, points, units, and pretty much anything dealing with food to be exhausting. It detracts from my real focus, which is to feel healthy and be happy with myself. That being said, one lovely reader asked me to publish a log of my eats, day in and day out. She wanted to see an entire week start to finish, so I’ve been tracking this with pretty strong regularity since early December, and I hate it. In the beginning it was bothersome, but now three months later, it’s downright maddening, and I don’t like the pressure I’ve put on myself as a result.
I’m really not sure why I didn’t type up this post sooner and just be done with it, so I could stop tracking each and every morsel I ingest. Probably because I was waiting for the perfect week or concerned about how others might judge my choices, but let’s be real. There’s no such thing as a perfect week, and people are going to come up with whatever opinions they want. I’m just going to be honest and share what went down because at the end of the day, it’s realistic and I’ve got to be me.
Stacey – this one is for you, my dear. Once I am done with this post, I will be free of this burden and my glittery sparkly tracking notebook. You know it’s bad when sparkles don’t help, and if you want to see the last three months (give or take a day around the holidays), the notebook is all yours. I’ll be glad to be rid of it.
With all that being said (holy crap I said a lot, which should surprise no one), I’m going to share an entire week worth of eats. I’m skipping last week because that’s when I got braces and my food has been nothing short of strange and way too malleable for my own taste. Instead you are going to see the last full week prior to me becoming a full on metal mouth: February 17th through February 23rd. This is the week my little brother was in town, so my food choices were a little different, and you can do what you will with that knowledge.
For the record, while I will be publishing a full week of food, I will not be sharing pictures of ever morsel since I would have lost my mind (and I need to keep every little bit I have left) if I had to photograph it all, and some of the pictures are repeats, but the meal was the same so you get the basic idea. One last thing, while I didn’t include it, I drank buckets of water every day because that’s how I roll. I drink from buckets now; alright not really but I do like a good old fashion mason jar.
On that note, do you count calories? Do you track your food? If so, do you enjoy it? Would you ever publish an entire weeks worth of eats?