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A couple of years ago, I followed a weight loss diet and succeeded by achieving a weight loss goal of 20lbs. I was so happy that I had finally gotten rid of the extra flab that had been slowly creeping up on me over the years. I promised myself that I would never let it happen again. However, I quickly realized that my journey was not over. Not even close! It had only begun… 
Losing the weight was not the hard part. Keeping it off is where the real challenge remained! 
When I first finished my diet, all I wanted to do was dive into all the treats I could find and I did… But, I also gained 5lbs back within 2 weeks! WHOA!!! My heart sank and I was absolutely devastated. What did I do to myself? Why did I let myself do that? How could this be? I was in total shock and I was so mad at myself for being so careless. Had I learned nothing over the past couple of months? Did I really just throw away all that the diet taught me? I took my achievements for granted and just assumed that things would go back to how they use to be. Why I thought that way is beyond me. Today, I know how stupid that thought was… But, when you don’t know, you don’t know. Of course I could not fall back into my old eating habits otherwise I would just regain my 20lbs back in no time. I never wanted to go back to that unhappy place and I was not going to! A promise is a promise! 
This is where I decided to start a food diary. I started by tracking my daily calorie intake as well as by planning my meals ahead of time. I found that this kept me on track and it also kept my portion sizes in check. Once I was comfortable with the idea, I started entering my weekly workout schedule, motivational/inspiring messages, recipes and the list goes on. I was having fun with the idea. This journal soon became a part of me that I could not live without. I put anything and everything in it and would leave the house without it. 
I still keep a food journal to this day. It has literally changed my life. It is such a positive part of my lifestyle and I actually look forward to writing in it everyday. Don’t get me wrong some days aren’t as easy as others but at least my journal keeps me honest. For example, if I do not want to write something in my diary then I probably shouldn’t be eating it… There is of course the exception of a cheat day here and there. We all need those every once and a while! 
Everyday I remind myself that I am the only person that is responsible for what goes into my mouth. Nobody can force me to eat something that I do not want to. No excuses! Ever… 
In such a crazy world, if there is one thing that I CAN control, it is my body!  

How do you stay on track? Do you keep a food diary as well? What do you write in it?