Friday, November 04, 2011
I like to challenge myself. It's as though I am always in a contest against my best previous score. I guess you would say I am competitive but not so much against others (though that happens at times). In this weight loss journey, I am really trying to settle in to doing my best day to day and not so much competing with myself to get the lowest number of calories.
I am one of the fortunate ones. My husband makes most of the meals, so I can just enter the info into the nutrition tracker. That's good and bad. I don't always have the info until after the meal. Here's where the competitive nature comes in. I want to beat the numbers. I look at the ranges available to me and I want to beat them...every day. Some days, the meals are a bit higher in calories, or I had a snack that was a little higher and my numbers exceed the limit. So the next day I will try to go a bit lower,...then I am sometimes too low and looking for something light in the kitchen that can bring my numbers up a bit. I forget that it's not all about numbers. It's about the big picture and less about whether or not I am within the budgeted calories. I know if I am too low, my body will think I am trying to starve it and stop metabolizing the food. My greater issue is hitting the mark in some of the nutritional areas I watch. Calcium, for example is very hard for me to take in enough without exceeding calories.
So now that I am accustomed to documenting my food, I need to start tweaking my intake to meet the mark in all of my nutritional areas. Can I do it? Yes, with the help of SparkPeople and the tracking systems!