What to track? It all depends on your personality type. You can track food and times, water and even things like workouts and sleep if you want. The most important thing to track is what your are eating and when. I also do a total at the end of the day that shows my total number of servings of Protein, Carbs, and Fats. (I aim for 40% carbs, 30% protein, 30% healthy fat. Based on my experience and some research this works for me. If you want more information on how to figure this out, let me know and I can point you in the right direction.)
The longer you food journal, the more you can learn about your diet. If you have never started a healthy eating plan or its been a really long time since you have tried to change your eating habits, I would start with journaling for 2 weeks. Some people find that it keeps them on track to continue with the journal for months, even years. I use it as a spot check, to get me back on track and I journal for 3 days. After 3 days I usually have an understanding of where I am struggling, such as not having snacks on hand or having to postpone a meal because of my work schedule.
After I pinpoint where I am going wrong, I figure out ways to fix the problems. If its something I have never had to fix, I hop on the internet and research ways to fix it. Currently I am having crappy breakfasts due to rushing around in the mornings. To fix this I a) need to wake up a half hour earlier and b) need to have something prepared and ready to go on the days that I have to get up really early. I have one more day left to journal, and will keep you posted on what I find and how I plan to fix it.
I use the same notebook every time I journal. This helps me to get ideas from old meals and keeps all my notes in one place.
After Eva, dinner became whatever was in the fridge. Grilled Chicken (love the new grill) and Broccoli & Low Carb Pasta tossed in Olive Oil, Garlic, and Lemon Juice. Nothing fancy, but hit the spot after that long workout.
So for a snack I grabbed some mini Resse's Peanut Butter Cups and a tiny glass of non-fat organic milk. After those five, I really wanted more but was too exhausted to go and get any more!
Take a peak at who I get to work with all day :) Ha. Love of My Life!