Portion control, perfectionism, and pie
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Yesterday was not my most successful diet day, but it was definitely a learning experience.
In the morning at work "breakfast" was a variety of cold cuts, cheeses, croissants, grapes, and two kinds of cake. I should have turned around and went back to my desk for oatmeal and a banana, but I didn't. So, I had a croissant with two slices of turkey and half a slice of cheese and a dozen grapes, and managed to keep it under 400 calories according to the nutrition tracker.
The rest of the day I stayed on track, and had planned my evening food carefully (ok, obsessively) to meet all the nutrition goals.
When I got home, however, what should be sitting on the kitchen table but a freshly baked lemon meringue pie!
So I said the hell with it. I had my salad with toppings as planned, and a big 1/6 piece of pie.
If I had just stopped there, I would still have been within my calories, but not the rest of the trackers (protein, fiber etc.).
But no, having "blown it" already, at bedtime I indulged in a glass of port with two squares of dark chocolate and a handful of walnuts. I wasn't physically hungry; I think I was trying to comfort myself for my earlier lapse. It was not very effective in the comfort department, but it did get me thinking.
From day one I have tried to match ALL of the nutrition trackers every day - wth other goals on top of that like fruit/veggie servings, fiber and water. If I don't get everything within range I don't feel successful. Many days it's very hard to meet all of the goals and I have to eat extra foods in the evenings to make up any deficits, especially protein and fiber.
Perhaps this is a bit too ambitious for a beginner who is also a perfectionist... For the next week or two I'm going to try paying less attention to those other trackers and just worry about water and total calories. (I don't know if I can really ignore them, but I will try.)