Food Journals Don’t Have Much Plot

Researchers have known for a long time now that writing down what you eat every day helps you cut calories and lose weight. I tried doing this for a while but couldn’t sustain it. Why? Because I’m one lazy lass. So here, with my Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle, I’ve done it for you.

I do believe in journaling, however. It can be quite satisfying to spill out your thoughts, fears, goals, successes … whatever is inside you … on the page. And if you wanted to journal about the Lazy Low Cal Lifestyle, I would be honored.

So here’s the deal. There are no magic potions or incantations or weird food to buy. It’s healthy eating based on 400-calorie meals. You can exercise or not, but we all know we’re healthier, our metabolism gets a boost, and we lose weight faster when we exercise. (If you haven’t been active lately, please check with your doctor before you start exercising or changing your eating habits. You want the green light and The Physician Seal of Approval.)

You’ll download and follow the instructions to create a weekly frame for your meals. I’ve done the rest of the work for you by giving you several pages of 400-calorie meals, with new ones added whenever I get enough to fill a page. You cut them out, select the ones that appeal to you, and place them wherever you want in the frame. You also use them to create your shopping list for the week. I seriously doubt it could be any easier unless I came to your house and did it for you. But then you’d have to scrub toilets and vacuum floors, which I think would create more work for you.

More than anything, by using a plan, I’ve learned I can let go of what I should do and concentrate on what I can do. If that means going slower on the elliptical or giving in to the beer, I do it. It’s not the end of the world. I’m not interested in living the rest of my life exercising constantly or not enjoying the food I love. But I can do it all in mindful moderation.

Your ultimate goal, though, is to wean yourself away from my menus after a few months and create your own, based on your lifestyle and what works for your taste buds. Your mission — should you choose to accept it — is to internalize smaller portions, 400 calorie meals, and sugar intake.