Wednesday, September 24, 2014
In my old life, I was too willing to listen to the idea that counting calories doesn't work. Something I realized while I was on vacation this summer is that counting calories is a lot like using a timer when you cook. Now some people don't use timers when they cook. When my dad visits, he puts on a pot of rice and takes a nap and sometimes it's okay, but sometimes he has burned rice. (At home he has a rice cooker.)
I don't use a timer for everything. If I'm scrambling eggs, a timer is pointless. Similarly, there are some foods I don't bother counting calories for. If a freggie isn't sweet or starchy, I don't worry about it. No one ever got fat on tomatoes. I absolutely measure my salad dressing, though. I don't weigh fruits.
Somethings you can eyeball at your own risk. I eyeball meat and jam usually. You can eyeball cookies or rolls, though I often use a timer because I don't want to sit there watching the oven for 11-18 minutes. Pasta is something I both cook by feel and dish by eye (using a lunch plate helps).
If something is mostly fat or pure carb, I will generally measure or weigh it, even after close to 2 years at goal. With the peanut butter or cheese, it's just too calorie dense to do otherwise. With cereal, it's more about my sneaky midbrain. It's not that I'll take bigger and more, usually, it's that I'll come back and ask myself if I've really had all I'm entitled too. The cooking correllary to this is hard boiled eggs and goes back to the rice. If you don't time them, you will have green yolks and burned rice. And you can't make rice pudding tomorrow if you burn the rice!
P.S. The larger context of my calorie strategy is knowing how much to eat when. 500 calorie breakfast (usually in 2 parts) 500 calorie lunch, 400 calorie mid afteroon snack, and 600 calorie dinner. I find this pattern works really well to get me full at a feeding, and get me to the next meal without being ravenous. If I'm going to have a big meal, I try and make it lunch. Dinners with extended family are still a challenge for me. But I've found it doesn't pay to skip a snack before them.
Sunday, August 03, 2014
Wow, a month goes by fast. I had no idea it had been that long since I'd updated my blog. I was already pretty busy with school, and then I was thinking of getting a job, but we decided to try for a refinance instead. So I was working a lot on getting the house ready for an appraisal (which we haven't heard back on).
I was apparently stressed enough that it interfered with my cycle, but that's back on so that's good. I've gone over a few days in the last week, and need to keep an eye on that. We have a trip coming up that I gained three pounds on last time we went, but I think so much of that was having to deal with in law's eating schedules, and then riding in a car.
Friday, July 04, 2014
The good news is I'm scoring pretty high on my anatomy tests. The bad news is I misinterpreted something I thought I heard the teacher say and have lost some credit on homework assignments. So I guess we'll see what he meant about attendance and participation at the end of the term. But I can kind of see the light at the end of the tunnel for this term.
My plan for spending these two weeks prepping the house for sale has not gone so well. Each day seems to fill up with other stuff. We may have a party in a week or two, though, so that should require some focus in that direction. Well, life is too precious to spend much of it in regret. Moving forward and hoping for the best may sound naive, but I really am working my assets off.
I have a physiology test on Tuesday but I feel pretty well in control of that.
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