Back on the wagon

Back on the wagon

Back on the wagon is essentially a food diary site that lets you look up or enter the nutritional content for the food you eat, set goals, and track your progress.1 A very long time ago I lost probably about 25 pounds by using the site.  A friend lost about 80 using the same site!

Well, I started using again, at the time I’m writing this post2 it’s been 37 days.  To put this in perspective, in January of 2012 I was able to consistently use the site for three whole days.  Prior to that, I used the site for 35 mostly consecutive days.  In any case, 37 consecutive days is a pretty good record for me.

As before, my diet consists of trying to not eat like a pig and keep my caloric intake to no more than 2000.  While most days I stay below that number, there was a day in there where I just CRUSHED it.  In the past I’ve basically completely abandoned the site after having fallen off the wagon.  This time, I gave myself permission to go ahead and kick the crap out of my daily limit – as long as I still documented what I ate and kept at it the following day.  Several weeks after the fact, even with a mini-vacation in the interim, I’m still logging my diet.

In my experience, a food diary not only helps not only with monitoring caloric intake, but also helps me be more mindful of my choices of food.  Since I’m more aware of what and how much I’m eating, I find I choose things that are better for me.


I started writing this post back in February.  At the time I’m hitting publish on 4/18/2013, I’ve logged everything I’ve eaten into my account for 100 days in a row.  In this time I’ve lost 20 pounds – but more on this in a little bit.

  1. Photo courtesy of Dave Wilson []
  2. You never know how long it takes to actually click Publish []

3 Responses to “Back on the wagon”

  1. Mathieu says:

    That’s definitely the key. Measure, even when you eat more than you really should. In the end, it seems to be enough to just be mindful.

  2. MakerBlock says:

    @Mathieu: Thanks man! I know you’ve had a lot of success with the same site. This is probably the longest I’ve ever used it – and I’ve used the site off-and-on since around 2003 or so. My problem is that when I go off my “diet,” everything goes completely off the rails. If I can keep with it longer, I may try logging my food only one day every other day or one day a week – but I’m really not looking that far ahead.

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