Thursday, September 29, 2011
I have been tracking my food lately, which is new for me. I committed to tracking my proteins for 21 days and have found myself tracking more than that, although I almost never track everything. Still, it is amazing what I am learning. It is interesting to see how that one-thing-that's-bad,-but-not-
t-make-that-much-difference really DOES make a significant difference in my day. It is also quite interesting to see how much portion distortion I really have. When I think I am eating light, I am really eating about what I should. "Ridiculous" has become normal for me. Relearning normal will take a while.
I did find a new trick today. OK, OK, I've seen many people talk about it before, so it's not really new. But it's new to me and it was amazing. I tracked the banana in my breakfast, but none of the veggies or dip. Then I tracked the chicken and mustard in my lunch (but still none of the veggies... they're too much work), and my coffee as a snack. Later, someone gave me a cookie. A big cookie from Panera Bread. I tracked it and decided I wasn't too excited about what those 420 calories did to my day, so I decided to save it and split it with my husband. When I got home tonight, I split the cookie in half and will count that for part of my dinner. You know, I wasn't all that crazy about the cookie and am very glad I didn't blow 420 calories on the whole thing. If I hadn't tracked it first, I would probably figure it wasn't such a big deal and gone ahead and eaten the whole thing even though I didn't enjoy it much. I never really *got it* before regarding how an item's calories fit into a whole day. I guess because I had heard about the enormous amount of calories in restaurant meals, I didn't understand that one big cookie is really equal (in calories... certainly not in actual nutrition) to an entire meal! Now instead of thinking something "only has 420 calories... that's not bad," I actually am beginning to see what that means in the grander scheme. I guess you could say I'm learning the value of a calorie.