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A week of tracking so far

Saturday, May 11, 2013

As I set my goal to do, I started tracking again as of 4 May. I am using a software called Living Cookbook rather than SP. The key reason for that is the software does a bit more including kitchen inventory (helping me keep track of what I have and what recipes will work from that) and pricing (I record what ingredients costs when I buy them, and it gives a cost for recipes or quantities of the ingredient.)

I haven't yet met my goal of bringing my calories down to 2050 so I can get back to losing. Instead, as I mentioned in one of my feed statuses, I've been eating over my maintenance range by around 600 calories (at a guesstimate).

Now, one week later, I thought it was interesting to look at the numbers.

My weight has bounced up and down, all below my "hard cap" of 180, but too close for comfort. End result? No change. Meanwhile, my calories daily have averaged 3140.

... DATE ....... WEIGHT ......... ATE
5/4/13 Sa ...... 178.0 .......... 2817
5/5/13 Su ...... 177.5 .......... 3278
5/6/13 M ....... 178.5 .......... 3097
5/7/13 Tu ...... 178.5 .......... 3029
5/8/13 W ....... 178.5 .......... 3547
5/9/13 Th ...... 179.5 .......... 3477
5/10/13 F ...... 179.0 .......... 2738
5/11/13 Sa ,...178.0

Given those numbers, I'm actually not sure I'm going to need to drop all the way to 2050 calories, but for now I'm not changing that goal so much as moving toward it progressively rather than abruptly.

One thing about tracking with the software that has been a little more challenging is that I do it at the end of the day, when it is too late to change what I've eaten. It is built to be a menu planner, and as I get the inventory set up and begin planning the main meals, it will sort that out.

On the flip side, I knew before I tracked which of those days were going to be highest and lowest. I just didn't know what the number would end up being. I also knew and know that I've been eating too much. Something like string cheese in the morning, I've been eating two sticks instead of one ... for no obvious reason I can think of. I think maybe I started that to boost my protein, but with my protein over 100 all but one of those days, that's not really an issue.

In fact, nutrients are all doing pretty well. Averaged over the seven days, all the nutrients I pay attention to were well within acceptable ranges (not too high, not too low). Even with calories higher, my sodium averaged 2320mg and my fiber averaged 27g.

Feels so good to get back to tracking. It is a bit of work, but I love having those kinds of numbers in review.


My Rave Run 5k is tonight. I don't know how well it is set up for speed (the Color Me Rad run wasn't, but the Firefly Run was). I am going to be throwing in some jogging here and there, which I've done on the Adventure Runs, and just see how it works out.

In the meantime, I'd better go eat then head grocery shopping, and get a few chores done. Ah the joys of a Saturday.

Have a most marvelous day!
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    How did you 5K go ?

    I LOVE looking at your pictures
    comparing 2011 and 2013
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    1258 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon the food tracker makes me nut sometimes too but its getting easier some days thanks for sharing emoticon
    1258 days ago
    Hope you had an awesome time at your run. emoticon
    1260 days ago
    I love tracking what I'm eating. I've very recently been trackin my sodium and cutting back. It was shocking just how much I was using and eating. Is it completely perfect no, but it's much better. I try to stick in what Spark let's me have as far as calories, there are day though when I need to eat more because of a really intense workout. But I also have made it a point that I don't eat when I'm bored, I eat when I'm hungry. It gets easier with time.
    1260 days ago
    The only way I can lose weight is to keep things in the 1200 -1500 range that Spark gave me. It's really tough.
    1261 days ago
    Hope you had a great run!

    Happy Mothers Day!
    1261 days ago
    I hope you had an awesome time at the 5k! Congrats on getting back to the tracking, it's such an important tool to have, to be able to look back and see what you did right (or wrong!) on any given day.
    1262 days ago
    Have fun at your race. Keep playing around with your food tracker, you'll get to the right balance.

    1262 days ago
  • KARL1266
    Sounds like you had a fairly successful week. Not sure where I'd be without tracking, so that is one area I do diligently. Jodi set me up with an app that I have been using now for a few's called Fooducate. You scan the barcode on an item and it gives you a grade and alternatives. Pretty cool.

    I like seeing the numbers as well, glad they are working for you!

    Good luck on your run!
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  • SHEL_V2
    More bravery... I'm guilty of just not tracking when I go through a phase of eating whatever I want (aka "how to weight 200 pounds".
    1262 days ago
    You are my fitness role model!
    1262 days ago
    You are my fitness role model!
    1262 days ago
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