Why I Don’t Do WIAW

I’ve been thinking about doing this post for awhile.  Then about two weeks ago, I was over at hellyontherun where she posted her first WIAW.  I usually skip over these posts but hers was totally different.  Then AFastPacedLife responded in the most hilarious way and pointed out that she had done it incorrectly and it lead to a funny bit of banter between the three of us.  I told them that I had been thinking about this post and they agreed that I should go for it.

The reason I often skip over WIAW posts is because, quite frankly I think they are very often a load of baloney.  I don’t mean that to offend anyone and believe me, I do follow many bloggers who post great WIAW’s.  But ask any personal trainer who has worked with someone doing a food log, and odds are that someone is on their best behavior when their eating is being tracked.  Either that or they “forget” some of the little things that are added in during the day.

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I have a childhood friend that I follow and when I read her posts about what she eats in a day I feel both sad and hungry.  As Elle pointed out in her response to Helly’s post, the typical WIAW starts with a green smoothie, usually after an early workout.  Sometimes before lunch they sneak a little snack of 5 almonds and a couple of grapes.  Lunch consists of a bed of greens with a protein on top.  A glass of tea is consumed as a snack before dinner.  And then come dinner time, they are so full from lunch they can barely eat a bite.  But usually they do splurge and have a sliver of dark chocolate for dessert.

Let me be real honest here and say that my diet looks nothing like that!  If you do eat like this, kudos to you.  I wish I had your willpower and a much smaller appetite.

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This is my breakfast of choice for shorter runs under 10 miles.  I realize it isn’t the healthiest and Rock teases me that Life and other sugary cereals aren’t the best.  But it sure looks better than his boring oatmeal!

There is a lot of shaming that goes on in the world.  Fat shaming, skinny shaming, mom shaming; the list is endless.  The last thing I think we need is food shaming.  So many people eat a variety of diets.  Some have to for health or religious reasons.  Others have found that certain diets work best in their fitness routines.

While I do work to eat a healthy diet, I am well aware of the fact that I slip up, a lot.  And I eat  a lot.  Training for a marathon makes you ravenous.  Training for life makes you hungry!

The other problem is that I am a terrible blogger when it comes to pictures.  I often think on runs about the perfect pic that I will take when I finish, only to remember it when I am done and in the shower.  I tried yesterday to take a pic of my meals.  As you can see from the other pics, I got breakfast and lunch in.  I was so busy making a salad for dinner while feeding a fussy infant, that I completely forgot to document it.  I also totally forgot about that moment after she had a bottle before her nap and I was so ravenous that I went for a bag of baked Cheetohs…and ate way too many.

Sure I had some cereal for breakfast and a nice sandwich after my speed work.  But what I didn’t note was the post breakfast Teddy Grahams before I went out for my run.  Let’s not even discuss how addicted I am to Biscoff cookie butter right now.  I would have eaten that at some point during the day, but I polished off our graham crackers a few days before that and keep forgetting to buy some more.

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Adding bread back in has really helped my training.  At the same time, I have also switched to organic antibiotic and nitrate free lunch meat.  I also add a little pesto for some extra deliciousness.

On a side note, I did eat a banana and strawberries as a snack with lunch.  However, I should note that it was mostly because I am doing my darndest to get as many fruits and veggies into Mary’s diet now that she is eating solids. So yeah, I was eating her food too!

I tend to avoid complex carbohydrates in my diet because I find that it makes me feel “puffy.”  I often have said that eliminating them has helped me lose weight in the past.  However, in my most recent training cycle, I gave myself a bit more leniency with bread.  I use it as my fuel for longer runs.  Guess what happened?  I actually noticed weight coming off for the first time ever in a training cycle.  Then I read this great article by Matt Fitzgerald.  I think this makes an excellent point of showing that sometimes when we are so concerned with eating less and keeping weight off, the weight stays.

You probably wont’ be seeing a WIAW post by me anytime in the near future.  But you can certainly assume that I am enjoying my food!

Do you like to share your meals?  Or are you like me and forget to take pics until it is too late?

40 thoughts on “Why I Don’t Do WIAW

  1. I don’t really follow blogger trends and when I see those posts, I always feel like I eat so much junk food (I do eat some junk food, but my weight’s healthy and my performance hasn’t suffered). My coworkers have this “challenge” going on and a group on Facebook where they post pictures of food… I think all of them are eating 1,200 calories a day and things like “lettuce wiches” and their favorite thing is grilled Chick Fil A nuggets and the Superfood Side because… carb free. I’m like… where are the waffle fries?

    I always wonder if those people who post WIAW are really eating all of that, or if that’s all they are eating. Anyone can take pictures of food and post and talk about it.

    • Yikes. 1200 calories is not much. I couldn’t run on that. Most people can’t function on that long term. And what happens when the challenge is over? I’m sticking to loving food and mileage 😉

      • All I can think of is that my coworkers who are posting pictures of such tiny lunches are probably bingeing when they get home because they haven’t fueled their bodies. I try to eat healthy but won’t post pictures of my food in their facebook group because… carbs. Then again, I run 40+ miles a week, soo…. :).

  2. I don’t really like to share my meals unless I’m sharing a recipe I think others will enjoy. I also typically forget to take pictures and know that my pictures won’t be very pretty–my lunch is straight out of tupperware container and not fancily plated like some other bloggers.

    • Haha. Not in the dark. It is “What I Ate Wednesday.” I was always confused because it was what a person are the day or so before. Not actually what they are on Wednesday. People usually take pics of everything they ate in one full day (or so they say, wink wink).

  3. Great post! I’m not a fan of WIAW either.
    First because I really don’t care what anyone eats. Sorry if that sounds too snarky, but it’s true.
    If you have a great recipe or a find at a store, please share, otherwise…don’t care. 🙂 (I promise I’m not as negative as I’m sounding)
    By the way, I LOVE Life cereal! So good (and still so much better than many other cereals out there).

    • Not snarky at all. I’m totally with you. I love new recipes and great finds. It helps to find new things and mix up what I’m eating. But what your daily meals are? No thanks. And so glad there is another Life fan. That and coffee are keeping me going in the am!

  4. My boyfriend eats veg on Thursdays and posting those meals helps motivate him to make something healthy/yummy. I’m glad it helps, but it also drives me crazy!!! Once a week I get to watch our hot meals get cold while he carefully arranges the plate and adjusts the light and is that blurry, let me take a few more.

    I appreciate when people share recipes and fun new snacks they find, but taking pics is the last thing on my mind when I’m hungry!

    • If I open chocolate chips or white chocolate chips, they don’t stand a chance. They are so tiny so it seems like it will be okay to have a few. They build up quickly!

  5. This is awesome. I am now heading over to catch up on Helly’s blog and read her post too – I need to get the whole picture here. I have only ever done one of these posts, and it was during the height of my training because someone asked. I posted all of the weird crap I eat during the week, but also the stuff I eat when I cheat on the weekends. I was pretty honest, but I agree that people being monitored “forget” to post items or are on their best behavior. I really was on good behavior during my Boston training.

    However, my day would look way different now – for example, I started off pretty well yesterday but it lasted until I came home, made a batch of brownies and covered them in store bought buttercream icing. I had that and a stromboli for dinner. All while sitting on the couch, watching Lifetime movies and actively avoiding any sort of exercise. The struggle is real.

  6. Yup. This is why I do it every now and then, and even then, I don’t post everything of course. I used to do it every week, until they reclarified the rules and I was obviously doing it wrong.

  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE this … 🙂 And went back to comment on Helly’s post as well!

    For me, when I am running I tend towards making ‘better’ food choices – it is a very interesting cycle that works in both directions in terms of health and weight, as you can imagine.

    So I have no problem every day eating plenty of fruits and yogurts and nut butters and on and on. I make my own pseudo-ice cream smoothies with frozen bananas and soy milk at least a couple of times a week, adding fruit or peanut butter depending on how I feel.

    It also helps me that I can pretty much eat the same thing day after day after day … can’t do it for dinner (my family will kill me!), but for breakfast or lunch I have very limited variety – I will evolve over time, but not much. 🙂

    But I LOVE food … all kinds of food, and I always want something sweet after dinner even if I am full enough I should skip it. Like last night – I made chicken parmesan, and it was very good but filling. So I had a bowl of berries (‘fresh frozen’), but decided to dump on some Nutella as well 🙂

    Life is too short to live according to someone else’s idea of a good diet.

    • Love that last line. It is too short. Eat healthy, enjoy in moderation, but don’t let it consume you. The best part of running is enjoying that post run meal 🙂

  8. So, please forgive me ignorance but first thing that came to my mind is wtf is wiaw?!! I’m guessing its a “what I” something or other…I thought maybe “am wearing” but your post is about food, so guess not. Anyway, totally agree with your post. I try to eat reasonably healthy, cut out certain good things like beer during the week…we do make our own recovery smoothies but nothing real special or outstanding. Now, cookie butter…that sounds awesome, gotta go look for that though cookies are a major weakness! Based on your post think I’ll skip on these wiaw whatever’s!!

    • LOL. This made me smile. I used to wonder the same thing. It is “What I Ate Wednesday.” It is very common with healthy living blogs. Skip it and go for the cookie butter. It is amazing.

      • Haha, oh ok…I often tweet a picture of whatever beer in drinking on Friday happy hour…does that count? maybe I should come up with a catchy theme for that…and I’m looking for that cookie butter!!

  9. Love this! I haven’t got into WIAW posts either. Now that I think about it, I haven’t even shared a recipe in a very long time lol! I try to make healthy choices on a daily basis but I don’t beat myself up if I have a cookie here and there. Plus, I don’t think I have patience to take pictures of all food that I eat. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I think my food would go cold by the time that I finally get a good shot. LOL!

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  10. I’ve thought about doing one of those posts but on a day where I eat lunch at 10am, or eat two lunches, or eat an inordinate amount of chocolate. I do try to eat healthful things most of the time but I have many days where the amount of food I put in my stomach seems to have no effect on my hunger level.

  11. I’m definitely not with the blogging world. I has to look up WIAW meant. I hardly post food photos here or on IG as I believe those things should be left to the experts: chefs who know how to plate and a food photographers. I do get however the motivational side, but please, no half eaten food pics!

  12. i’ve never even considered doing a WIAW post and prob never will, for my own reasons, as i struggled with food/weight/body image for years in my teens and 20s and am so conscious of staying away from doing anything that might trigger me again. i don’t even really enjoy reading about food or what other people eat much at all, tbh, and usually skip those posts. safer rather than sorry.
    Life is my all-time fave cereal!! followed by Puffins. 🙂

    • I am totally with you. After years of body image issues and years of what might be considered disordered eating or at least obsessive, it is a dangerous thing to delve into. We all have our own needs and ways to fulfill them.

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