Just a little note on what I am doing. After getting back from Africa, I decided to start tracking my food carefully and honestly, to try to get off the post-Christmas/travel weight. Here’s what that looks like at my house:
That’s it. Stop it! Don’t try to decipher my shorthand system. And don’t look too close. You might see some stuff on there that I say I don’t eat too often… Saturday was a work day and Wednesday was a work day. You can see the problems on those days. Sunday was fine, I just wrote what I ate somewhere else. Yes, I wrote it on the church bulletin. It keeps me from obsessing about what I am going to eat that day.
Anyway, didn’t mean to go on about it that way. Just wanted to say its not that hard to keep track of what you’re eating. That piece of scrap paper stays on the side of the fridge with a magnet, and I always have a pen in the kitchen. I try to keep the calorie book there too. Most of the time I don’t need the book. Either the calories are on the container, or I know them by heart. When I am being careful and honest like this, I will usually think twice before I take a few extra walnuts. And it helps me to decide ahead of time what I will eat later in the day (depending on whether I eat heavy or light earlier in the day.)
So originally, I had a goal of 1300 calories per day. Remember I am only 5 feet tall, and I am old, so my metabolism isn’t as fast as you young’uns. I also know I am satisfied (not that hungry) if I eat 1300 nutritious calories. I also have another theory about calorie counting (or whatever kind of counting you are doing.) So even if someone says, ‘1300 calories is not enough for you,’ but you are not hungry, there is the possibility that your counting is not exactly accurate, but it is a consistent method of counting. And if you are losing a small amount of weight somewhat consistently, I don’t think you have to worry that you are eating too little.
Anyway, you can see on there that I usually went over my goal of 1300 calories. I was a little glum about that this morning. But I remembered something Vicky had done one time. I added up the whole week’s worth of calories and divided by 7, and my average daily calorie intake was 1550. I was pretty pleased with that.
I’ve had a little trouble getting to the gym this week (as in, just couldn’t make myself go) but I have had some killer walks with the dogs, pushing myself to make it more of a cardio workout. With the hillwork, I was really feeling the effects the next day.
Today I went to a quilt shop and then out to lunch with a couple of friends. Went to a new restaurant, and I was so happy with my choice–had a delicious salad, ordered the ‘small’ size (which, come on, is never all that small) and we split a small order of sweet potato fries between the three of us. NO DESSERT. NO COFFEE DRINK. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. Just that when I’m trying to lose weight, it doesn’t work for me, because I still want to eat something or other for dinner when I get home.
Here’s a couple of links to blogs that I really appreciated this morning: Helen talked about the difference between having a single moment that ‘clicks’ for you vs. reaching for a goal. That made a lot of sense to me. And Vickie wrote about the difference between ‘being nice’ and ‘having grace.’ Also resonated with me.
Allright, sayonara mes amis! Here’s a preview of the next blog.