This is what tracking every bite does to the "Snack" section of my tracker.
I said yesterday that I am a notorious nibbler and there it is in living color. I had to figure out how much of a serving 2 turkey pepperonis were and 3 Cheezits. But it all adds up. My nibbling counted for 107 calories yesterday. 100 extra calories a day can help you gain a pound in a month.
Will I stop nibbling? Doubtful, the time between getting home from work and dinner time is awful for me. I'm in the kitchen, feeding my daughter (who enjoys feeding me snacks) and it's hard not to have a bite here and there. I just need to make sure I have the room in my calorie range for it.
Speaking of, the last few days I have been starving. Real, legitimate hunger despite eating mostly nutritious foods and eating in the middle of my calorie range. So I ate. Then I changed my weight loss goal so that my calorie alotment would be higher. Hunger is not a long term weight loss strategy and for someone like me, allowing that to continue even a few days would lead to binging.
I think I am going to change my weigh-in day to Tuesday. For some reason, I guess weekend eating which I don't think is too different than my weekday eating but whatever, on Mondays my weight tends to fluctuate high. Then on Tuesday it drops back down.
Last Monday, I weighed in at 218 and Tuesday I was down to 217, more in line with where I had been the previous days. Yesterday, I weighed 216.6 and this morning I was 214.8. I like Tuesdays much better! Yes, I weigh everyday. Allowing myself to skip a day leads to skipping a week which leads to denial. If I don't see the scale going up, it isn't really happening. For other people, once a week or month or whatever may be a better system.
I am up to running 2.5 miles without walking now. It seems so weird that less than 2 months ago I was doing no running at all. I am scheduled to run a 5K on May 7 and I should be ready to go barring injury (knock on wood). I'm excited. I haven't added to my race t-shirt collection in almost 2 years.
"Shooting at the walls of cellulite. Bang, bang. I am the Warrior."