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.