Trying out SparkPeople

After interviewing several people for fitness-related stories that said it was actually diet that was the most important part of their routines, I decided that I needed some more discipline in my diet.

Like any bride-to-be, I also want to look good in my wedding dress, but without going on some crazy crash diet that I will never maintain. So, I decided to try using SparkPeople.com to record what I eat and how much I exercise. I really like it.

I’ve kept food journals before, but this is different because it’s interactive. It offers meal plans and grocery lists, and gives feedback on how you’re doing. I find that it keeps me from mindless snacking or baking up random batches of cookies because I know I’m going to have to be accountable for that stuff. I could just not input it into the computer, but for some reason I feel compelled to do it.

My only complaint is that it’s a little complicated to use, especially if you can’t find your exact food in the search. And sometimes it seems to me like it’s underestimating calories (I don’t need any help lying to myself). But overall, it’s a good thing.

Things I’ve learned about myself:

• I pretty much always eat more for lunch than for breakfast and more for dinner than for lunch.

• I don’t drink enough water.

• I’m always hungry from about 3-5 p.m. even if I have snacks. Going back to my first point, I’m just spacing my meals out in a way that doesn’t work.

• I eat too much sugar and not enough protein.

I am thinking I should add in some more Greek yogurt and cottage cheese, and maybe some green smoothies (the only way I like to eat spinach).

Have you tried this or something similar? Does it work for you?