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Calories, Fats, Carbohydrates - Oh, My!

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Yesterday was not anything to be proud of, so I'm glad I already decided to be in this for the long haul. I didn't exactly binge, but I sure ate more than looked good on the tracker.

I wasn't hungry after lunch, but I felt like eating. So I did. And then I felt like eating a little more, so I did that too. I'd planned my supper in advance, and I ate as planned. And then after I tracked, the shock hit.

I was over on calories, over on fat, over on carbohydrates. I wasn't too terribly surprised, but I sure didn't like realizing that I still had 10 grams of protein to go to get to the BOTTOM of my range! Now what?!?!?

Do I eat - and go still farther afield in order to reach my protein goal? Do I not eat and figure I'll make up the protein tomorrow? Do I eat enough to be ALMOST to my protein range but minimizing the damage to the other categories? Ah, the agony of decisions that I don't want to make.

I decided to go for the protein. That way, I could put the day to bed and truly start over in the morning. The idea of making a bargain with myself sounded too much like the Old Me. You've been there, haven't you? "I know I ate too many cookies today, so I won't eat anything with sugar in it for two weeks!" Or maybe you've bargained about exercise: "Yes, I skipped my walk, so I'll walk five miles tomorrow."

I ate a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt. I avoided any further fat, but I added still more to calories and carbs. Do you want to know what I did after that? I had some SparkTime, I read, and I went to bed.

Today I started all over again and did a whole lot better! Know why? I told you why in the first sentence - because I'm in it for the long haul! And when I have that mindset, yesterday was just a speed bump. It really won't matter a year from now how many calories, fats, or carbohydrates I went over range on April 1, 2013. What WILL matter is that I decided what to do next a long time ago -
just stick with it.
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  • v OAKBORN
    I think we all have been there!

    Every day is a new beginning!
    1207 days ago
  • v INAFFIT319
    emoticon emoticon
    1213 days ago
  • v GOPINTOS
    Great blog!

    It all averages out. Your body doesnt really care if you went over today and under tomorrow, it will sort it all out with the average of the week... or like you said... over the long haul :)

    It does us good to mix it up. To throw in extra calories now and then. I try to do this on purpose now, after chronically being too low for too long... and things screeching to a halt!! If I just would have thrown in a day here and there of more calories and more carbs, I feel like everything would have been just fine. Oh well, live and learn.

    You are mindful of it, you have a plan, you know it is about the long haul. It's all good! emoticon
    1213 days ago
  • v DEEEBEE
    We've all done exactly what you did...overeat and then it's OMG! And it will happen again and again. Changing habits is hard to do. Thanks for writing. You're making a lot of people feel better and showing them the way to take overeating once in a while in stride.

    DeAnne, Missourians Team
    1213 days ago
  • v CRAMOMMY
    I needed to see this today! thank you :)

    I lost control (got stuck in a plateau) and kinda gave up a few weeks ago ... today I rebooted, but went over on carbs calorie and fat ... not surprising considering this is why I probably havent lost in three weeks ...

    Im going to repeat your last paragraph to myself often:

    It doesnt matter what happened today ... it matters that Im in this for the long haul!
    1213 days ago
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