Discovering the food tracker!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Okay, so I knew it was there, but I just figured out how cool it is. I am a creature of habit (with many of them maladaptive) and I like to eat the same stuff every day. I get on these food jags until something interrupts them, so I can easily track my total day's intake. Seeing the pie charts at the bottom is sooo cool. Except the part where you see that you are way carb- heavy. No surprise, since I've been a carb junkie my whole life; I think I exited the womb screeching "See's Candy!"

My most recent and dearest food jag ended because the food is no longer available. Pomegranates!! I love them! During pomegranate season, I painstakingly wrench them apart and pry all the seeds (actually they are called "arils") out, putting them in a bowl. Then I cover them with low fat vanilla yogurt (Safeway Organics is my favorite). I can eat this twice a day easily. My cat will perch on the chair next to me until I am done, then she gets to lick the bowl. She will only eat vanilla yogurt; won't touch fruit and plain flavors. I didn't think cats had taste buds for sweet things, but she seems to.

Anyway, I appreciate this tracking feature, since I have never really had to track my food intake before. I grew up being underweight and active. Already ran a couple marathons, played sports, ran track, did swim team, yadda, yadda. Messed my knees up running, and 3 surgeries later, plus a steel pin in one shoulder from a skiing accident, I had gotten a little sedentary. Throw in menopause, and, VOILA!! My waistline seems like an alien appendage! There's this doughy thing hanging over my pants, I mean, it's a flippin' outrage.

So now I am doing yoga 3 times a week, and it's a fast-moving kind, so that is helping to build muscle. I ski one day a week, but I'm not getting much cardio. I have crummy knees, but there's a new style of running that is biomechanically easier on the joints: Chi Running, By Danny Dreyer will tell you about it if you're interested, and Barefoot Running, by Michael Sandler, which is also interesting because it tells how unhealthy most footwear is, even for walking around in! I am hoping I can get my running started again, because I love to run.

I also got the Spark book, and I have already learned some things from it, like, for instance, I will no longer mentally refer to myself as "Fat Sow," :) This weight gain thing is a huge head trip; I've always loved my thin self, and now I'm kind of flailing. I feel like I've always done everything right and suddenly it isn't working. I HATE fast food, and don't care for meat. Grew up in Santa Cruz, Calif., drinking carrot juice and eating lots of healthy fresh food, and I have always been super active. This is a whole new deal for me, but I don't have any choice. I really can't afford a whole new wardrobe and my self image is just shot! I'm THIN, dammit!!!! Somebody throw me a pomegranate!
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