As I mentioned in a post last week, I was planning to clean up my diet this marathon training cycle. To bring some discipline to the process, I am planning to photograph everything I eat each week and post it online. I’m finding that photographing each meal and snack is a very effective way to consciously keep tabs on not only what I’m putting in my mouth, but assessing if this is something I really need to eat. I caught myself on a few occasions picking up some snack item only to put it back down realizing that I wasn’t really hungry and was only going to eat it out of boredom or habit. Also, knowing that I was going to post a photo on a public web site helped me avoid eating some junk food that I would normally not think twice about eating.
As I mentioned last week, my goal is not necessarily to lose weight, but to eat cleaner. Last week I weighed 144.4 lbs (65.5 kg) and as of this morning, I weighed 141.5 lbs (64.2 kg), almost 3 lbs less. I’m not sure if it is real weight loss or just a difference in hydration levels (i.e., water weight), but it is an interesting metric to monitor.
Overall, I think week 1 went well and I kept junk food to a minimum and avoided overeating. Probably went over my 80% full doctrine on many occasions, but never exceeded 100%. Below are pictures of what I ate all week. As you’ll see, my food choices didn’t have a lot of variety, but I like to keep things simple. Here’s a list of the core things I ate.