Counting is a Tricky Business
Saturday, May 19, 2012
I am not a math girl; I never was. When I go out to eat with friends, I let them calculate the tip because they're just so much faster than me. Otherwise, we'd be sitting there while I think in my head, "Okay, that's four, and carry the two..." It's sad. I mean, I get by, but I'd just...rather not!
Which is why I love that Spark adds up my calories for me -- it saves me a lot of mental anguish! But, and this may sound like a weird problem, sometimes I end up UNDER my daily goal. I know, poor me, right? Normally when this happens, I'll drink some 1% milk and that will solve the problem. I worry that it if I don't land somewhere within that span of numbers in my tracker, it will work against me and my plan -- the little warning they post has me spooked. But by the time I get the ol' cow juice, I'm usually not hungry, and it's often around 9:30/10 PM -- bad time for consumption. This week it happened a few times because I was fighting off a bad cold and wasn't hungry. So I wonder, what's better -- to take in the calories and meet that goal to keep your body on track, or to not make up the difference and just go with how you feel? (Am I making too big a deal about this? I feel like I'm making too big a deal about this.)
Today was a prime example of this little deficiency scenario. I am not a big breakfast person, so my calories are good enough but low. Lunch was a salad -- not many calories there either. I had one snack (fruit) and then my husband and I went out to play miniature golf (and oh my god, I totally beat his butt, I am the Mini Golf Majesty!) and dinner at Chipotle -- YUM!!! I diligently cut my burrito in half and took the rest home, because they are crazy high in calories if you eat the whole thing, yikes! And I was like, yeah man, look at me and my control, and then I entered everything into my tracker...and I'd fallen short again. Significantly short, like 3 cups of milk short. Huh. That's just too much milk for me to take in one sitting, so I had a spoonful of peanut butter. There, mission accomplished.
Does anyone else ever have this problem? What do you do? I should've entered the meal in before we went out, but I didn't have time. I guess I'm still figuring out what I need to do to stay on track.