Monday, December 17, 2012
I was making my grocery list this weekend and grabbed the only notebook I could find in our house. IN an attempt to find a page that wasn't scribbled on by my niece, I stumbled upon the food journal that I kept the very first time I joined SparkPeople. Boy was that eye opening!
I have convinced myself that I require 2000 calories a day to function. Reading through this food log from 2010, I see that my daily caloric goal was 1500 calories. Most days I hovered withing 20 calories of that. Some days I was closer to 1400. Occasionally I hit 1600. But I was able to maintain a 1500 calorie diet and in looking at my entries, I was eating good! I seen snow crab legs, yams, roasted fish, steamed veggies, deserts, tons of fruit, tons of soup, snacks, you name it, it was there. I even wrote the time of the day I was eating these things and I was putting something in my mouth every 2 1/2 hours like clock work. Why have I NOT been doing that this time around???
I have told myself that I don't want to be too restrictive so that I can maintain this lifestyle for longer. I agree with that. But in reviewing this food journal, it is obvious that I PLANNED before and I was actually cooking a lot of fresh produce. I wasn't any less busy. in fact, I was working two jobs then, putting in 60-70 hours a week between the two. Another reason I think it worked is because I had to MANUALLY write down everything I ate. I am a visual learner and I think Writing down what I was going to eat BEFORE I stuck it in my mouth made me really consider whether it was worth it. Plus, seeing the calories disappear with simple subtraction made every bite a conscious choice. I decided I am just going to start copying what I ate before and use it as a sort of meal plan to help me get back on track.
Today I bought a new, shiny notebook. I will be writing down everything I eat and drink. I am even keeping count of where I am for water consumption. It's funny that I pulled out two pieces of chocolate from my holiday treat bag a co-worker sent and after eating the one dark chocolate Lindor and seeing what it did to my 1500 calories, I THREW the Ghirardelli Peppermint bark back into my desk. I no longer want it.
I think that I will come to find that I am able to survive on 1500 calories, and even if I go above it, I won't need to reach 2000 calories unless it is a special occasion. Considering it is 1:30 and I still have 870 calories left and am on my way to having soup for lunch, I should be right on track for today.